- 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.
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019