Elephants kick up the dust of the sun-baked ground while close by hippos take a bath in the Ruaha River. Measuring vast 48,000 km², the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania is the largest, oldest and possibly wildest African game reserve.
Named after captain Frederick Courtney Selous, who was at once a big game hunter, naturalist and environmentalist, the Selous Game Reserve is famous for its pristine wilderness. You may look forward to memorable experiences in a pristine environment that
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has become a sanctuary for many endangered species.
And the stringent protection pays off: Today, the Selous Game Reserve is the park with the largest elephant and hippopotamus population worldwide. Of course, countless other species have made their home in the Selous.
Apart from elephants and hippos, you may also see lions, the African wild dog, leopards, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras and myriads of antelopes. Even the endangered black rhino is occasionally spotted.
Set directly on the Ruaha River, the extraordinary The Retreat Lodge offers twelve generously large (100 m²) tent suites. Experience authentic Africa coupled with luxurious accommodation nestling deep in the bush.
Incidentally, the The Retreat’s founding stone was put down in 2007. Previously, the owner and founding mother, a Swiss surgeon, had traversed the nature reserve on foot for three weeks, to find the perfect spot for her life’s dream.
Finally, a location on top of a forgotten lookout was chosen for The Retreat. Consequently, the guests enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful view of the landscape all around. Far from any other camps, The Retreat is set in the remote, north-western section of the reserve, on a bend of the Great Ruaha River.
A superb location and artfully designed architecture: The Retreat’s twelve highly luxurious tent suites are in keeping with the Feng Shui principles and reflect the philosophy of the five elements.
Grouped around the main building, the so-called Fort, the guest units are in harmony with nature, however, without sacrificing sophisticated creature comforts, superb gourmet cuisine being one of them.
The Swiss celebrity chef Wolfgang Kuchler (awarded 18 points by Gault Millau) personally trained the cuisine’s dedicated team of culinary magicians. Indulge in local and international delicacies. Only the chocolate and the parmesan cheese are imported. All other ingredients are bought locally.
Transfers to The Retreat in the Selous Game Reserve are generally operated by air. The landing strip Sumbazi is located only thirty minutes away. You arrive quick and effortless – and certainly there is no better way to get a first taste of the natural beauty than from the air!
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