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Family Half Term at Selous

From the Azura Selous Team - March 2018

‘We really are the leopard capital of the Selous’, commented Joseph our Head Guide. And no wonder, as just that morning in our open Land Rover with a family visiting from the UK, we had watched one resting in perfect photographic range in a natural cove in the dry riverbank that is known as hyena stream. Eventually she slowly sauntered off, with cameras clicking and videos rolling. I had seen the brother and sister duo just the day before, also posing dutifully for our cameras, and they are now a regular sighting and highlight for all of our guests. Leopard capital of the Selous – yep that’s us.

10th Azura Day Celebrations

From the Azura Benguerra Team - February 2018

Azura Day is a time honoured tradition that takes place in early December each year with our owners, staff and local community. It celebrates the life of Azura, gives thanks for all we have achieved, and prays for good fortune in the future. It begins with the local church choir arriving en masse in a succession of boats, singing all the way across the sea from the mainland. Beneath the shade of palm trees a church service is held, incense wafting on the breeze, to receive the blessing of the church for the year ahead. We finish with a wonderful feast, a big birthday cake and a party for all of the staff.

Wild Dog Pups, Lions & More

From the Azura Selous Team - January 2018

It’s been a wonderful start to the year at Azura Selous, with a herd of 1000 + buffalo and elephant enjoying our waterholes, lion sightings in abundance, leopard and their cubs happily posing for photos, all capped off with the 4 month old wild dog puppies emerging from their nearby den. What more could any guest wish for? Read our latest Tripadvisor reviews here to see just how happy our guests have been.

The two lion prides in our immediate area have been having a battle of wills for male dominance these past few months.

Festive Season at Azura Selous

From our Guides - December 2017

This promises to be an exciting festive season at Azura Selous with numerous game sightings, beautiful sunny days and the bush flourishing from the recent rains.

We continue to see the abundance of life across the plains of the Selous, and particularly not far off from the Azura camp. The Azura waterholes are now brimming with fresh water and a hippo has already decided to take up occupancy and spend the festive season in one of the larger waterholes.

Family Activities at Azura Selous

From the Azura Team - November 2017

Discovering Africa is a special experience and the perfect family activity. At Azura Selous we personalise your stay as a family, providing your own guide and vehicle whenever possible. Our guides are the best trained in the Selous, and will take great pride in showing you all that this vast reserve has to offer as well as taking the time to share their knowledge with you, giving the children an opportunity to learn about the bush as well as the relationship between flora and fauna, and the medicinal values of the plants that thrive in the Selous. 

Locally Inspired Culinary Dish

From the Chef - October 2017

Mozambique is justifiably famous for its cuisine. With its 3000km of coastline it's no wonder that many of its renowned dishes involve fresh seafood. The Portuguese originally introduced chillies to Mozambican cooking, with the African Birds Eye Piri Piri chilli resulting in the well-known and much loved Piri Piri sauce that is widely used for prawn and chicken dishes. In the traditional spirit of Mozambique, Azura Quilalea Private Island delights guests with this local inspired dish known as Mozambique Miamba Prawns.

Azura Whale Migration

From the Azura Team - September 2017

All over the world, whales leap high into the air and crash back into the water, slapping their tails and fins on the ocean’s surface on the way down. This behaviour is called "Breaching", and is far more common when pods of humpback whales are far apart (at least 4,000 meters or 2.5 miles). Fin or tail slapping is more frequent as groups split or come together. Scientists (including University of Queensland marine biologist Ailbhe Kavanagh), say these patterns suggest breaching and slapping play a role in both long-distance and close-range communication. By slamming their massive bodies into the water, the resulting sounds, like a drum, can travel enormous distances.

Authenticity at Azura Selous

From the Azura Team - August 2017

There is no greater luxury then the luxury of space, Azura Selous is unique in its wildlife adventures and vast expanse of space that embodies the hotel’s location. The authenticity of the experience is like no other, away from the crowds of tourists and not being able to see another game vehicle for miles. Offering you a unique wildlife experience with exceptional service, knowledgeable guides and our signature tailor-made game drives. Enjoy sundowners at the river’s edge and personalised breakfasts in the bush, all this and more is what makes Azura Selous not only the most authentic bush experience but the most uniquely personal adventure.

Lots of Lions for Azura Selous

From our Guides - July 2017

Azura guests have enjoyed fantastic and quality sightings of lions of the Mwendokasi pride recently. Mwendokasi in Swahili means ‘always on the move during daytime no matter how hot it is’, a name our guides have given the pride. This pride consists of one male, three females and one cub. They are always close to camp and exciting our guests with their continual closeness to camp. An entirely new pride has been visiting at Azura Selous, it consists of 3 females and 2 young adults of which are curiously following the continuous movements of the buffalo. As the buffalo have become accustom to our waterholes, we are seeing an increase in visiting numbers around camp, resulting in the lion pride also staying near our area. 

Gin and Tonic O’Clock

From the Owners - May 2017

There’s an amazing little gin bar I’ve known for years in a fishing village called Carvoeiro in the Algarve, where the glasses are the size of fish bowls, and the mixologist’s concoctions endless in their originality. At least that’s how it seems when you’re there. As someone who likes a G&T, the new craft gin revolution that’s recently been taking the world’s trendiest spots by storm hadn’t escaped me. Now there’s nothing quite like watching the sun go down at Azura with a gin and tonic in hand. At any of our Azuras, be it from the landrover in the bush at Azura Selous, from the dhow at Azura Benguerra, or the beach bar at Quilalea. So it was obvious - time for a craft gin bar at Azura!

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