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  • aerial
  • arrival
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  • upper rooms
  • riverside rooms
  • riverside family room
  • riverside pool
  • riverside spa
  • vehicle safari
  • motorboat safari
  • bivouac camping
Selous Retreat
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Selous Retreat


... is located in the Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania.

This reasonable quality permanent lodge is in an unusually remote location in Selous, an extremely large and important game reserve with an unusual languid atmosphere. It is an unusual lodge, split between an interesting hilltop fort and a more conventional riverside camp, each with a good swimming pool, a total of twelve guest tents and a small spa. It is relatively well priced compared with most other camps deep inside the reserve. Activities include vehicle safari, motorboat safari, walking safari and bush meals. Vehicle traffic in this area is particularly low. Wildlife viewing is at its strongest during the Jun/Nov dry season, whilst the reserve remains a beautiful place to visit during the converse Dec/Mar green season.

The main potential downsides are that, in our opinion, the lodge design is fundamentally flawed and there are very variable levels of service. The area is not always able to deliver the classic Selous experience, with motorboat safaris being unreliable this far upstream and the wildlife in this area is considerably less intense. Guests are often asked to share safari vehicles and safari guiding can be quite average.

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Seasonal Lodge Rating
Jan 5.5
Feb 5.5
Mar 4.5
Apr 4.0
May 5.5
Jun 6.0
Jul 6.5
Aug 6.5
Sep 6.5
Oct 6.0
Nov 5.5
Dec 5.0
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