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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!

11 Kids & 11 Adults go on Safari

From the Owners - April 2017

Easter fell during rainy season in Tanzania this year, in theory not the best time for a safari, but we set off in two Cessna caravans with 4 other families determined to make the best of it. None of us could believe quite what an amazing trip we had. Having arrived late morning, in theory after the morning rush of animal activity, the boys and the kids headed off to fish – we have tigers, barbell and squeakers in our river that are a delight for all to catch whilst watching the passing hippos, while the girls settled in with pomegranate champagne. Not 2km from Azura Selous, out pop the lions and take a warthog down right in front of everyone…wow!

Leopard Sighting at Azura Selous

From our Guides - March 2017

Our Leopard sightings are a frequent attraction at Azura Selous, this video was taken just last week of a sighting which too place only 3km from the Azura Selous camp. 

Leopards are solitary creatures that only spend time with others when they are mating or raising young. They are also nocturnal and spend their nights hunting instead of sleeping. Leopards spend much of their time in trees. Their spotted coat camouflages them, making them blend in with the leaves of the tree. They will often drag their prey into trees to keep it from being taken by other animals.

When Lion met the Wild Dog

From the Owners - February 2017

So there we were out on the landrover, checking out some of our our new lion cubs - the main Azura pride has 3 new little ones this year, and the Walkers pride has two, when the pack of wild dog that often frequent our area came bouncing out of the bush right in front of us: 1, 2, then eventually all 18 of them emerged from differing directions. It was as if the lions, king of their terrain after all, didn’t care, with life as usual, parents and cub casually chewing on a warthog bone that we had seen them kill earlier in the day. Right up until the first wild dog appeared…Then Mummy lion leapt into action, roaring and running in the direction of the wild dog alpha female.

Padi Junior Scuba Divers x 3

From the Owners - January 2017

I have been waiting, not so patiently, for the day when my children would finally be able to dive with me. They have donned the equipment, and tried it out in the pool since they were 8 thanks to the Padi Bubblemaker course, and even been down to 2m in the sea with Azura’s patient dive instructors steering them from behind, whilst keeping them the right way up given the heaviness of the tank on their slight frames. But as my youngest turned 10 on Quilalea Island, I said its time, let’s get the books out and take your proper Padi Junior Open Water Scuba course. Yay – up they jumped, off to the Watersports, fins and masks at the ready.

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