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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in The Retreat for 4 nights and saw a pride of 13 lion, elephants and hippos aplenty! Cesair, the guide, was exceptional and Helen, the lady who gave us food and smiles, was very kind and welcoming. The view from our room was nothing short of magical and the boat safari gave us a very close encounter with... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Magical Experience The experience was wonderful, really more than words can express. From the moment I arrived I felt drawn in by the warm welcome, friendly staff, breathtakingly beautiful hotel design, and amazing location which provides the most personal vantage point for watching all the wild life you can imagine. I shared my nightcap with hippos, only apparent from their... More 

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Thank Meelis K
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

The place is beautiful, a Dutch fortress converted into a beautiful heritage jungle lodge. It's located on a hill close to the Rufiji river, but they have riverside luxury camp / cottage type accommodation. It's right inside the wildlife park, and is about 30 min drive away from the airstrip. The drive to and fro is a mini jungle safari... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

This place became our second home. We love the tranquility and views, the sounds when you wake up, the food (wich is extraordinary), the staff,...and a lot more. It's not mass tourism and if you see a lion, it's just you and the lion. There are less animals as the serengeti but the wildlife experience is so much more real.... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

This was our first safari experience and I can't imagine how anything could ever surpass this. We spent three days at The Retreat and all the staff were totally amazing, in particular, Fabiano was extremely efficient, professional and friendly. He was able to make us feel left to our own devices but was there the second we needed anything. We... More 

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1 Thank ladynix
TheRetreatSelous, Leiter Front Office at The Retreat Selous, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your nice comment ladynix! We are so happy that you have enjoyed your visit at The Retreat and of course hope to welcome you again, soon! More 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 February 2016

The room was perfect bearing on mind that it was miles from any neighbour. Electricity to charge our cameras and solar hot water for showers. Perfect views and a short walk for the dining area. We were escorted after dark by a Masai. Food was very good with reasonably priced wines and other drinks. Lunch on the lake was a... More 

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TheRetreatSelous, Leiter Front Office at The Retreat Selous, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your nice words. We really appreciate that you have decided to spend your holiday at The Retreat and we are all very happy that you have had a nice time and a great safari. We hope to welcome you soon, again! More 

Istanbul
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

We have occasionally found The Retreat while making our plans for a Safari vacation in Tanzania, and surfing at internet , among many destinations in Tanzania. The first thing that has impressed us, was professionally designed web site of the lodge, that gave us full trust about the quality and high level of standards , and definitely differs from many... More 

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TheRetreatSelous, Leiter Front Office at The Retreat Selous, responded to this review

Dear Zuzu-x, Many thanks for your kind comments. We feel so happy that you have enjoyed your time at The Retreat and really hope to welcome you again, soon! Best regards, The Retreat Selous More 

Beirut, Lebanon
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

It is a nice experience but you really need to enjoy being in PURE nature. You are sleeping in the wild. It was a great experience with top level staff. If you have a problem with insects near you while you sleep this is not for you. Recommended 2-3 days is more than enough as the only activity available is... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 3 November 2015

My husband and me spent 5 days in the Retreat in October 2015. Compared to other lodges we've visited, The Retreat had some of the best features we've ever encountered - but there was some stuff we didn't like, too. What we really loved, was the absolutely amazing tent down at the river (River Camp). Huge terrace with plunge pool... More 

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TheRetreatSelous, Leiter Front Office at The Retreat Selous, responded to this review

Dear Africa-Fangirl, Many thanks for your nice comment. We are happy that you have enjoyed your time at The Retreat and also the fly camping. With regards to game viewing, the number of animals that you are seiing when on game drives always depends on the time of the year, such is the water level of Ruaha river for boat... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 26 September 2015 via mobile

I stayed here for 3 days 2 nights after Stone Town in Zanzibar. Uma the owner managed to help guide me through the booking in superb detail all via email, so you knew exactly what you were getting, as it's quite pricy, you need to know. She also booked our flights for us from Zanzibar to their local airport near... More 

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TheRetreatSelous, Leiter Front Office at The Retreat Selous, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Many thanks for your kind comment. It is so nice to read that you have enjoyed your time with us and of course we hope to welcome you again, soon. We are working on the wifi which is always a problem in the wilderness, and can already guarantee that we are not planning to have a television in... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Retreat Selous has been built into pristine land, untouched for centuries far away from anybody else. A mystical and historical spot with an all-suite tented lodge with only twelve units, where the journey to experience the power of the African nature and undisturbed behavior of wildlife roaming freely around you is getting a new dimension. Seek adventure, rejuvenate the soul, re-define the balance of life in taking a breath from the hectic world. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Retreat Selous

Address: Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Lindi Region > Selous Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,358 - $2,461 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Retreat Selous 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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“Try both rooms. The Eagle Nest room gives the most spectacular valley experience and River Side you will become Really part of the Nature!”
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 of 5 bubbles meelisk2014, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Hippo Lodge is great for honeymooners, but not accessible without driver after dark. Eagle Lodges offer easier access to the common areas.”
 of 5 bubbles NandiniG_12, 14 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The best views are at Hippo point but it's the most expensive place.”
 of 5 bubbles 126pieterr, 20 Jul 2016 | Read review
“There is slow WiFi but you don't go hereto read your emails! All rooms have a lake view, private balcony not overlooked except by monkeys.”
 of 5 bubbles thallchurch, 21 Feb 2016 | Read review
“The Hippo Point. The River Lodge”
 of 5 bubbles Zuzu-x, 13 Jan 2016 | Read review
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