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The Retreat Lodge – Tanzania

Passionate for the preservation of threatened wilderness & wildlife, fragile communities and the environment as a whole, our mission has been realized here in Selous Game Reserve in absolute seclusion. But also to make the “authentic” Africa perceivable for guests and friends has always been the idea of The Retreat’s founder, a Swiss doctor who has been living and working in Tanzania for more than 20 years.

The Retreat takes guests on a journey that blends the soul with nature & untamed wildlife and tailors each day according to individual pace and needs.

Careful attention has been given to detail, the integration of locally sourced products and an ambience that is deeply rooted in Africa, touched by the numerous cultural influences of the centuries in combination with principles of Feng Shui and the Five Elements.

Various themes like Adventure, Awareness, Romance in Africa, Family Delight or The Spiritual Retreat open doors to an individual discovery & touch of Africa. Feel peace & space, adventure & our passion. Learn about untouched ecosystems & our commitment to conservation of Selous & by staying with us, help to ensure that our work continues & that our passion is shared a little further.philosophy1


*The Retreat offers the most authentic, remote and personalized game viewing experience in Africa’s biggest Game Reserve, a vast and untouched land which is rarely experienced today.

*We guarantee a maximum of individuality in one of the last intact and untouched ecosystems of Africa.

*We don’t believe in fixed programs – our guests discover Africa in their own time and space – on foot, in an open 4×4, by boat or just sitting on the banks of the Ruaha River.

*Our guides are story-tellers about nature. They read the tracks of the animals like others read books and they give our visitors a unique understanding of the flora and fauna in this beautiful Reserve.

*All our guests enjoy a heartfelt, warm and genuine service from our dedicated staff who are employed from the local communities.

*The Retreat works in harmony with nature, wildlife and the local communities and contributes to the peaceful development of the Selous Game Reserve.




The weather at The Retreat Selous will remain warm throughout the year.

The rainy season takes place in April and May.

November to March sees the hottest and more humid climate.

June to October may be the most pleasant months to visit with cool nights and warm sunny temperatures during the day.




The Selous Game Reserve is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and at 55,000 sq. km is twice the size of Switzerland and just 200 km south west by air of Dar es Salaam.  It is the largest protected wildlife sanctuary in Africa and is widely accredited as being the most pristine wilderness.

The Selous boasts Tanzania’s largest population of Elephant as well as a large number of Lion, African Hunting Dog, Leopard, Buffalo and Hippo. Species commonly seen are Bushbucks, Red and Blue Duikers, Eland, Hartebeest, Hyena, Kipspringer, Impala, Giraffe, Oryx, Reedbuck, Waterbuck and Zebra.

The bird life in Selous is extensive and the 400 species recorded include the globally threatened Wattled Crane and the Corncrake.

Black Rhino have been close to extinction, but can occasionally be seen in the vicinity of The Retreat.

The topography of the Game Reserve varies from rolling savannah woodlands, grassland plains and rocky outcrops intersected by the wide Rufiji and Ruaha Rivers. The Hippo population at The Retreat is one of the biggest seen in the Selous and guests can enjoy observing their activities from the privacy of their tent and the main house.




A warm welcome awaits families with children of all ages enthusiastic for the natural world, whilst also ensuring that guests without children equally enjoy the peace and beauty of The Selous Retreat undisturbed.

Our experienced guides can take children on their own educational game tracking adventure helping them to draw up their own bush diary.

The spacious Lion’s River Suite, with its wonderful outlook or the privacy of Hippo Point makes these two rooms particularly suitable for families.children


The Retreat is a rustic and romantic honeymoon choice for couples looking to make their trip of a lifetime extra special. Not only do they offer firm favorites done to perfection such as indulgent dining, couple’s spa pampering and game adventures, but The Retreat goes above and beyond expectations.

Couples can spend the night in the secret Love Nest on the banks of the river or spend the night under the stars in the romantic fly camp.

Ask for our honeymoon specials!climate