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Azura Selous

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Beautiful riverside location
- Stunning pool, spa, private plunge pools
- Game drives and guided walks
- Fishing and boating excursions

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Overview

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.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 499 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.

    We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.

    We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).

    We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)

    MissingJeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019

  • I had just the most incredible time on the climb.

    The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.

    George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.

    MissingFinn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019

  • We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.

    Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!

    We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.

    Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.

    MissingSuzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019

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