Restaurant with view over the Rufiji River at Great Water Lodge, Selous

Selous Great Water Lodge

Selous Great Water Lodge is located outside Africa’s largest and wildest protected sanctuary for game. Here a million large animals roam amid a spectacular landscape that has far fewer human visitors than other reserves – no traffic jams of safari vehicles with visitors queuing to see a predator here! The lodge is right beside the mighty Rufiji River, lifeblood of the Selous. Our location on the high riverbank is truly spectacular, especially at sunset as the vast expanse of water turns crimson and purple. Comfort and security are combined with the sheer excitement of being in such a place. 

We are a small, friendly lodge and pride ourselves on our genuine hospitality, offering a personal service to guests, and all at a very affordable price. From the outskirts of Dar es Salaam we are under five hours away by road. Otherwise you can fly to a nearby airstrip, perhaps on your way to or from Zanzibar or Mafia Island.

Activities include game drives, boat cruises, river bank walks through the forest, and cultural tours to villages to gain insights into how local people make a living. All activities are with a professional guide. But you can also just relax and admire the beautiful view while enjoying a cold drink from the bar.

Accommodation comprises of four en-suite luxury tents, built on two meter high platforms under thatched roofs. Meals are served in our beautifully thatched main area overlooking the Rufiji river. We are happy to cater for vegetarians and guests with other dietary requirements. Fresh river fish is on the menu when available, and roast duck has proved the most popular of our excellent chef’s dishes along with his range of home-made soups. After dinner you can sit around our fireplace listening to the sound of the river and animals in the night, and marvel at the complete peace and tranquillity of the place.