The Africa experience most only dream of – true to its roots, stylish, personal and with a generous helping of the wow factor – is reality at Azura Selous in southern Tanzania.
From its stunning design and infinity pool overlooking the Great Ruaha River rapids, to its air-conditioned tent villas with private plunge pools, the feeling here is of a private concession – in fact, guests rarely see another vehicle throughout their entire stay. The Selous itself is Africa’s oldest and largest game reserve, making for varied and exciting game drives that reveal some of the region’s largest populations of lion, hippo, elephant, buffalo and the rare and endangered wild dog. An authentic safari setting that takes it back to basics – this is a rare and beautiful African wilderness experience.
From the locally sourced wooden beams to the traditional woodwork found throughout the 12 air-conditioned tented villas at Azura Selous, there’s a definitive nod to the mood and textures of Africa. Each of the villas graces the banks of the Great Ruaha River for a private safari experience, where far-reaching vistas often include a grazing hippo or leggy gazelle. Part solid structure, part tent, for an authentic bush ambiance, the safari-chic tents boast beds draped in the softest netting, lounging decks with daybeds, fully equipped bathrooms and refreshing plunge pools.
Priding itself on an authentic and intimate African safari experience, Azura Selous meticulously crafts a personalized experience for each guest. Days may be planned around outdoor spa treatments on the deck of a guest villa, entertainment for young children at the Selous’ only dedicated kids’ program, swimming in huge plunge pools or taking in the view of elephants and giraffes that have wandered down to the watering hole.
When the bush is your playground, myriad outdoor adventures are on the daily docket, from game drives in custom-made 4×4 vehicles to greet the Big Five, to expert-led walking safaris to meet the “little five” up close. Guests are invited to fish in the Great Ruaha River, where one might reel in an electric catfish or sought-after tiger fish, or head out on a birding expedition to glimpse endemic, aquatic and migratory species.
Meals are a special occasion at Azura Selous, a time to gather together and toast an incredible natural environment and the magic of travel. Relaxed, yet gourmet, with a nod to an “every day is different philosophy,” the lodge’s dining plan complements a la carte options and three-course lunches and dinners with magnificent bush breakfasts, creative wilderness picnics, traditional African sundowners and romantic private dinners in guest villas.
Azura Selous is located in the Selous Game Reserve of Tanzania. The Sumbazi landing strip can be reached by a 1 hour flight from Dar Es Salaam airport.