We spent 5 nights at The Retreat which was the most amazing place. It was made so special by the lovely staff who couldn't do enough for us. We were met at the airstrip by our driver and a ranger and given refreshing pink soda and tasty breakfast bites. At the main fort we were welcomed and introduced to all of the people who would be looking after us. The view from the fort was brilliant, a perfect spot for a lovely lunch which we did enjoy. The setting by the river was perfect with hippos to watch all day long. We did game drives, walking safari's and even spent a relaxing afternoon at the spa overlooking the river. Our guide was full of facts about the bush and great at spotting animals and giving us information about them as we went along. On a full day drive over to the lakes we spotted hippos, lions, elephants, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, wilderbeast, velvet monkey, eland, waterbuck, crocodile and lots of beautiful birds. On our last few days a couple of elephants had come to the river and it was great to watch them just below our banda one afternoon. We had a magical breakfast in the bush set up by the river with freshly cooked eggs, delicious sweet mango and great coffee. We had dinner at hippo point and counted about 25 hippos in the river below. On our last night we had a surprise dinner in the bush which was just great, arriving at the river bank to see a fire set up and lamps set around a table for 2, just behind that was the bar and then the chefs arrived and prepared a delicious 3 course dinner, out of this world.
The Retreat is a really special place and I would love to go back.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- The Retreat Selous Tanzania/Selous Game Reserve