At The Retreat Selous in Tanzania, they take their retreating seriously.
Following a 60-minute scenic flight from Dar Es Salaam, we arrive at the Sumbazi airstrip in Selous Game Reserve where a cold welcome drink awaits. We are taken for a game drive on the way to the camp where the team gave us a warm welcome into a beautiful clay fort located on a hill overlooking the Great Ruaha river.
Uma and Mohamed, the owners, join us for a lovely light lunch before showing us to our river suite. Equipped with a charming plunge pool and chill out deck over the river, the rooms are furnished with natural materials and amazing creative Moroccan designs. We immediately feel part of nature and timeless infinity. This is clearly the place where you can feel nature and experience authentic wildlife. The rooms are impeccable and attention to detail exceeds our expectations of sleeping in a camp.
Our afternoon game drive starts at 4 p.m., elephants, giraffes, hyenas and lions cross our way and when you think the drive come to an end, we stop at Tiger Stone. A breathtaking location by the river, filled with hippos, crocodiles and a large variety of birds. The Retreats team is waiting with luxurious bush dinner by the river with a fire blazing.
The next day we embarked on a walking safari. After a short briefing, we started walking into the scrubs. Timon, our very experienced and passionate guide, was pointing out various things. Details that are unnoticeable from a vehicle. We consider at animal tracks, droppings, butterflies, insect behaviour, vegetation and bird life.
There are so many options at the retreat from sitting back watching nature do its thing, game drives, walking safaris to boat trips, fly camping, relaxation and wellness. The Retreat also offers pampering at the romantic outdoor spa whilst listening to the birds, the river and the breeze. Uma and Mohamed really know how to spoil their guests and their generosity is unbeatable. Emphasis throughout the camp is very much on a holistic experience of the surrounding nature. I would recommend this place to anyone who likes and adventure, pure wilderness and luxury combined. - Laura Jollit