- Beautiful riverside location
- Stunning pool, spa, private plunge pools
- Game drives and guided walks
- Fishing and boating excursions
Azura Selous is a luxurious tented camp set on the banks of the Great Ruaha River in a particularly remote part of the Selous Game Reserve, Southern Tanzania. Accessible only by air, the surrounding wilderness is breath-taking, with rivers, lakes, forests and vast plains to explore, and a variety of animals to track including hippo, buffalo, wild dogs and some of Africa’s largest populations of lions.
The main areas comprise a lounge and dining room with a fresh, modern feel. The pretty infinity pool has expansive decking overlooking the tranquil river rapids. While mobile reception is intermittent, the WiFi signal is good. The camp belongs to the luxurious Azura Retreats portfolio and prides itself on its varied dining experiences, with food served at individual tables in the dining area or privately in guest suites. Bush picnics, riverside dinners, and communal candle-lit bush dinners are also offered.
The accommodation comprises twelve large, tented suites with thatched rooves and stone floors to keep them cool in hotter months. Each room is equipped with fans and air-conditioning (evenings only). Every suite has a bedroom with king-size bed, and a separate dressing room leading to an en-suite stone bathroom with flushing toilet, indoor and outdoor showers, and twin sinks with views of the river. All suites have a large viewing veranda and private plunge pool.
Activities include game drives, guided walks, fishing, boating (water-level permitting), spa treatments, and the birdlife is wonderful. Although wildlife in this secluded part of the reserve may not be the most intense, sightings in such an exclusive and untouched location are a humbling experience, and a real treat.
Azura Selous welcomes children aged 6 and over, although in common with many camps across the Selous Game Reserve, only those aged 16 plus are able to participate in nature walks outside camp. Extra beds can be added to any of the tented ‘villas’ to accommodate families of up to four. For safety reasons, guards accompany guests to tents at night and all under 16s must share a room with parents. Azura is the only camp in the Selous with a dedicated children’s programme, including fishing by the lodge, plaster-casting and guided walks around camp, plus family activities can be booked on an exclusive basis and meal times are flexible. Given the camp’s wild location and the surrounding river and private pools, parents must keep children under close supervision at all times.
Azura Selous offers guests a unique, tranquil and authentic safari experience with all the trimmings, in a beautiful area well off the beaten track.
Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.
Laura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018
We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!
Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:
Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.
I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.
The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.
The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.
We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.
The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.
The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.
Gwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018