Azura Selous

Reviews of Azura Selous

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Below are independent comments from 3 of our travellers who have visited Azura Selous, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr P from Ottawa
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great safari at Azura Selous

Our safari experience at Azura Selous was beyond expectations mainly due to our very experienced guide - Joseph.

He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful in every possible way.

The food, drink and lodging were also excellent.

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Tom from London
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Fantastic Safari at Azura Selous

We stayed at Azura Selous for four nights in September 2015 for our honeymoon, and had the most amazing time. The camp is simply spectacular, from the location on the river, to the lounge, pool, and bungalows. The bungalows are very spacious and very comfortable (complete with enormous beds), with your own private terrace and plunge pool overlooking the river where you can watch the hippos, monkeys, impala, and water buck. There is also an outside shower which shares the same view, which is a wonderful way to start the day.

The hosts Karen and Jason were welcoming, knowledgeable, and friendly and did everything you'd want and more, including organising a number of lovely 'surprises'... The staff were also very attentive and the food excellent - I have no bad words to say! Finally, our guide Koboko was simply fantastic. An incredible person, who is so enthusiastic about what he does. His knowledge and skills were unbelievable and he'll do his best to accommodate everything you want to do and see.

This was our first safari, and we thought the wildlife viewing was spectacular. We saw a really wide range of animals and were delighted with everything. Certainly the wildlife around the camp is sparser than further afield, so the all day drive is a must, as you'll see so much on this day. However, as the wildlife around the camp was sparser, it made us appreciate some of the smaller, and maybe overlooked wildlife. If you're surrounded by elephants all day, you don't notice the birds, and the plants, and the less well known wildlife. You'll also enjoy learning to track the animals (even if you don't end up finding them!), and you'll see plenty of other things along the way.

The camp also arrange alternatives to the drives, such as boat trips, fishing, and a walking safari, which are definitely worth doing. We were also lucky to be joined for dinner by one night by George the elephant, and had evening drinks interrupted by a lion on another!

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Mr & Mrs M from Canada
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Azura Selous - deluxe accommodations

Since Azura Selous is in a game reserve, the 4x4s are not restricted to staying on the "roads". This was a distinction that wasn't clear to us but we learned fast enough by going to Ruaha National Park after (strictly roads only). This means that you are able to see and go into areas you can't in a National Park. We appreciated this since we were going in February, when the grass is a bit taller and the trees are leafed out.

There is only one other camp in the area of Azura and the only time we saw their vehicle in 4 days was at the air strip. This makes for a very remote experience which we appreciated. The quality of our guide at Azura was very good and the vehicles were comfortable. We liked that our sundowners and breakfasts were set up on tables, with camp chairs.

All of the staff at Azura were wonderful and very welcoming. Everyone, without exception, wanted to ensure that our stay with them was totally enjoyable. The individual "villas" are beautifully appointed and I loved the stone waterfall shower outside, as well as the plunge pool that overlooked the river. Having air conditioning over the bed was very welcoming as it was very hot out and didn't cool down at night.

We enjoyed lazing around in the pool, watching the hippos and waterbucks down at the river, and the lounge area is newly furnished and comfortable. Chandeliers in tents - gorgeous!

The camp held dinner in a different spot every night. One night was a private dinner on our porch, another was down by the river (hurricane lamps surrounding the area with a Masai guard keeping an eye out), and the last one was a group bush dinner. It was really quite magical. They lit up an area in a clearing with hurricane lamps, and set up a buffet and family style table for eating. The service was excellent. An enjoyable side-benefit was that the general manager of the camp was an astronomy enthusiast, so he gave a talk pointing out all the constellations that we could see.

One activity that we really enjoyed was the river safari. We took some fishing rods along and fished on the banks of the river just before sunset. A very memorable experience!

The diversity and number of game in this area was fantastic on our trip. We came across wild dogs a few times, and saw pretty much everything we were hoping for except Leopard and Cheetah. (The grass was too long.) And not a single mosquito in sight!

One area for improvement is the food. It was inconsistent and mostly average. I also felt that the quality of the complimentary wines could be improved. It also seemed that ice was in short supply because it was only put in drinks in small quantities. When questioned, they said that this was indeed something that they were trying to address.

The camp has a lady that provides massages and other spa services. The fees that were associated with these services were quite high in my opinion as they matched North American prices.

If the food was better, I would give this camp a rating of Excellent.

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