The Retreat

Location: Selous & Southern Tanzania | Tanzania

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

The Retreat, located in Northern Selous, is an exquisite hideaway that offers complete seclusion in the heart of remote bush lands. They offer you a highly personalised and authentic experience in one of Africa’s largest game reserve. You are invited to discover it and enjoy it however you like, be it on foot, in an open 4x4 or by boat. There is nothing quite like the peaceful Selous.
Perfect forCouples and honeymooners looking for perfect seclusion or families wanting an adventure.
In the knowThere is a special yoga and meditation retreat that you can request if you are looking for that true escape from society.

Recommended for...

  • Chic Design
  • Food & Wine
  • Guiding
  • Honeymoon

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

The Retreat sits on the banks of the Ruaha river in the heart of this huge reserve, in the south west of Tanzania.

Rooms at The Retreat

Accommodation is split into three units all offering luxury and privacy with their own viewing decks and antique copper bathtubs. Settled on a hill, six Eagle Suites pamper you with panoramic views over the Selous and the mighty Ruaha River. The River Suites, all equipped with a private plunge pool, are perfect for couples looking for privacy and togetherness or for families looking for a spacious suite accommodating all while enjoying the river’s wildlife from their veranda. For an extra amount of exclusivity the Hippo Point, with its two River Suites plus private infinity pool, bar and chef, gives a maximum of luxury, comfort, privacy and the most intimate Safari Experience there is.

Food & Drink

Dining at The Retreat is always varied and imaginative. Everything has had a great deal of attention paid to it, down to the ornate glassware the meals are served in. Even though you are in such a remote part of Tanzania the kitchen team strive to provide you with meals made of fresh ingredients. Dine indoor and outdoor at the fort and for a special experience you will be treated to a bush dinner.


A great way to enhance your stay would be to sample the spa which offers a wide range of massages and treatments.

Activities at The Retreat

There is something for everyone at The Retreat, whether it is a game drive, a walking safari or an exploration of the Selous via boat to see a wide range of wildlife, including lion, leopard and wild dogs. Adventurous travelers can go for a Fly Camping Safari to camp under the stars while being served by your own private butler and chef. Honeymooners enjoy an adventurous romance by spending a night in the Love Nest – a tree house in the midst of the Selous – and with its Senses to Africa-SPA, The Retreat adds an extra experience to your Selous Safari for your mind, body & soul.

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