Saturday, October 19, 2013

Last day at the Hippo Point of The Retreat, in the Selous, Tanzania



Good evening from a most beautiful place in Tanzania, with a million–dollar view in front of me as I type this out before dinner.

We left The Retreat, the best and most remote lodge in the Selous, very early this morning on one of those single-engine propeller jets. Then, via a series of flights, we made our way to another beautiful part of Tanzania. 




It's less remote here and certainly more Hollywood in feel than The Selous. But everywhere in Tanzania is different but beautiful in its own way.

VERY LITTLE BLOGGING IN THE SELOUS



In the Selous, I couldn't blog very much. We were quite busy doing all sorts of things, and there was virtually no mobile phone or Blackberry signal

Internet was terribly slow and spotty, too. 

To top it off, I lost my mobile phone on the way to Tanzania, so I was literally cut off from the outside world for three whole days.

DOWN TO ZERO AND COUNTING...

Our first sunset drinks at The Retreat

Not that I minded, though, because my stress level dropped down to zero in this beautiful place.

It was actually very nice.

Yesterday, our last day in the Selous, we went fishing in a river full of hippos and crocodiles instead of going on the usual game drive. 

FISHING IS WAY HARDER THAN IT LOOKS

Coby, the general manager of The Retreat

It was actually lots of fun, although we had the distorted dream of actually catching a big fish for lunch.

No such luck. And the lesson of the day is that fishing is harder than it looks.

WHATEVER WE WANTED



Then we had a very leisurely lunch. 

We were the only guests in The Retreat yesterday, so we had the place to ourselves and we could do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted.

AN AFRICAN SPA 
AND A LAST DINNER AT HIPPO POINT

So, first I did a great African spa experience in an open-air spa with all kinds of animals roaring in the backrgound.



That was just great.

Then, in the late afternoon, the Travel Companion and I, accompanied by two rangers, went on a walking safari though the wilderness. 



We'd been on safari before, at the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve in South Arica, but this was the first time to do a walking safari.


We asked the hotel staff to arrange a last dinner by the pool and the river, in a place called Hippo Point. 

We has sundowner drinks and dinner here the previous night as well, and it was simply beautiful. So my last request was to have a repeat evening here.


Coby, the general manager of The Retreat joined us for drinks, as well.

We had a very enjoyable time talking and drinking wine, while watching the sunset and the hippos swimming in the river.

MY FAVORITE SPOT IN THE SELOUS




It's my favorite spot in The Retreat, and it also just happened to be the place where we stayed. This is the ultimate get–lost–in–the–world place, by the way, so not a few celebrities hie off here when they want to escape from everything.

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graff stayed in these same set of villas last month, and I'll bet they loved Hippo Point as much as I did.

So all in all, a great way to end a wonderful stay at The Retreat, in the most remote corner of The Selous, in Tanzania living a Travelife.



Coby, the general manager of The Retreat, joined us for drinks at sunset

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