Azura Selous, formally Amara Selous, is a luxurious tented camp located in the Selous Game Reserve which is the largest protected reserve in Africa. The camp overlooks the Ruaha River in a spot where the rapids are fast flowing and the hippos plentiful.
At a Glance
Sit by your private plunge pool overlooking the river
Great main pool and lounge area
Located in a very secluded area of the park
Enjoy the Sumbazi Spa for some relaxation between game drives
Activities from the lodge include walking, game drives, boat trips and birding
One of the most luxurious tented camps in the Selous
Overlooking the Ruaha River the lodge offers the opportunity to spot (and hear) hippos from your tent.Camilla Whitworth
Brilliant for families with enough activities to keep children busy from dawn to dusk.Camilla Whitworth
Enjoy a fabulous massage on your private deck - perfect for easing tired muscles!Anna Hearn
At night you can hear the hippo grunting away to one another as they make their way out of the water to grazeScott Dunn team
Enjoy an outdoor shower whilst watching the hippos wallowing in the river.Scott Dunn team
Look out for Boris, the resident bull hippo who reigns over the river here.Scott Dunn team
The Selous has been made a World Heritage Site, and this huge reserve, at a massive 50,000 square kilometers, has given over 1000 square kilometers in the north, to wildlife and safaris. It is the second largest protected wilderness area in the world. It also forms part of the Selous - Niassa eco-system, which covers 155,000 square kilometers across southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique.
One of most revered aspects of the Selous is the variety of activities on offer alongside traditional game drives which include walking safaris, fishing, boat safaris, spa treatments and bush dinners. Azura Selous is located right on the edge of the river so hippo are regular visitors to camp, and if you cannot see them then you most definitely can hear them!
The camp has a central area that includes an open sided lounge with comfortable sofas, wonderful books and African artifacts, this overlooks the camps main swimming pool and there is another dining area here where you will have breakfast and lunch.
The general day at Azura Selous begins with a morning game activity followed by breakfast, some time to relax at camp, enjoying a delicious lunch and reading or cooling off in the main pool or private plunge pool, before you embark on an afternoon activity of your choice. Dinner is served in a variety of locations and often in a new place every evening.
Azura Selous has only twelve suites and so only maximum of twenty-four guests can stay which means your experience is private and exclusive. Although the camp is authentic and tented, it has not compromised on luxury with each suite having its own plunge pool, indoor and outdoor hot showers and air conditioning. Your deck has a hammock and sun lounger and is an ideal spot to enjoy some downtime.
There are no specific childcare facilities at Azura Selous. However, children over the age of 6 years old are welcome, and extra beds can be put in the suites to allow families to all share together. Azura Selous runs a children's program that takes them out on wonderful adventures and teaches them about the bush from tracking animals, learning how to make fire, and fishing in the river.
The camp has a large shared swimming pool, in addition to each suite having its own private plunge pool. The main areas consist of a comfortable open sided lounge, ideal for an after dinner drink, and there is a second open dining area where breakfast and lunch are served. Both the lounge and dining area are on raised platforms overlooking the pool as well as having fantastic views out to the Ruaha River.
Activities range from game drives, walking safaris, boat trips, birding excursions, fishing and spa treatments.
Location & Directions
Azura Selous is nestled along the great Ruaha river, in the heart of Southern Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve, the largest Game reserve in Africa.
When to go
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, typically considered the best months for game-viewing as the wildlife is more concentrated around water sources and the grass is grazed and trampled down. Selous and southern Tanzania is typically hot and humid from December to May, without a dry period to break up the rains, so travel is not recommended during the British winter months.