Lodges

Azura Selous

A world of luxury

Azura Selous

Looking for a bit of ‘wow’ factor on your safari? Azura Selous has got it covered. Recently taken over by ultra-luxury brand Azura, the 12 rooms look as if they have tumbled (perfectly) off the pages of Italian Vogue and private plunge pools rub shoulders with crisp white sun loungers and plump cushions. Super swanky it may be, but stuffy it’s certainly not and the atmosphere is totally relaxed with not an upturned nose in sight. The game viewing and activities are also fantastic and the location, tucked away in the north-west of the photographic zone of the reserve, means there’s hardly another soul in sight. The best kind of safari.

At the lodge

The hotel

The central area is arranged around the camp’s piece de resistance, a sparklingly turquoise infinity pool overlooking the swishing rapids of the Ruaha River below. There’s definitely no more perfect way to spend a siesta than here (G&T optional). Inside, the lounge is an impeccably-designed stone structure full of rich leather sofas, view-gazing chairs and interesting local artefacts and books. Next door is a pretty dining area – just one of many options for the gourmet breakfasts and lunches.

The rooms

Sandy walkways lead to the rooms – 12 totally luxurious and tranquil stone-and-canvas creations with more than enough space to swing several cats. There are outside decks with comfortable chairs and excellent views, bedrooms with colossal king size beds and even separate dressing areas. In the bathroom you’ll find his’n’hers sinks, an indoor shower and an outdoor ‘waterfall.’ Cherries on top are the private plunge pools and air-con. New in 2016 is Villa Twiga, an achingly romantic private villa with all the trimmings.

On safari

Experiences

Game drives are conducted in custom-made 4 x 4s and are made for exploring the wildest corners of the Selous. Whether going off road in search of lion or inching quietly toward a herd of ellies, the experiences are mesmerising and always private – there are hardly any another vehicles up here. Other activities include walking safaris (to really keep your senses alive!) and, when the water level is up, fishing and boating on the Ruaha River. There’s also a ‘mobile spa’ for massages in your room – bliss.

When to go

Selous by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

Wildlife


The vast Selous Game Reserve benefits from a variety of habitats, including expansive grasslands, Miombo woodlands and rolling swamp regions, stretched over a huge tract of land—the perfect environment to nurture a diverse range of wildlife species. While exploring, keep an eye out for large prides of lion, herds of buffalo, wild dog, hippo, giraffe, numerous antelope species and the rarely seen black rhino. Scanning from the ground to the tree tops, enjoy splashes of colour with more than 400 species of birds ruling the branches.

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