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Farewell Azura Selous

From the Azura Management Team - February 2019

The government of Tanzania has recently announced plans to build a hydropower dam in the Selous Game Reserve. Whilst we did not expect to be affected, we are sorry to advise you that our Camp Management notified us recently that a team of loggers had unexpectedly arrived in the area surrounding Azura Selous, with the intention of clearing the area

Azura Rainbow Fund Clinic

From the Azura Benguerra Team - December 2018

In December 2018, Benguerra Island’s first health clinic opened its doors thanks to the support of the Azura Rainbow Fund. The Fund provided a total of US $65 000 for the building of a much-needed Community Clinic and Nurses’ Residence on the island to serve the local residents who have had little or no access to basic healthcare or medication.

The Tale of the Leopard’s Tail

From the Azura Selous Team - September 2018

Every ranger has a story to tell and the guides at Azura Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania are no different. The best stories are reserved for after dinner, when the glow of the campfire and the sounds of the bush create a conducive atmosphere for sharing tales of the day’s sightings. On such an evening our head guide, Joseph shared his most memorable encounter – with a well-camouflaged leopard.

Ocean Encounters at Quilalea

From the Azura Quilalea Team - August 2018

With its own house reef and the protected waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago to explore, Azura Quilalea Private Island is a scuba-diver’s paradise. Dive sites with names such as The Stadium of Light and Casino Royal promise unforgettable encounters with a staggering variety of marine life. These reefs are home to Giant Groupers and Napoleon Wrasse, a resident school of circular-shaped batfish

Benguerra Island Soccer Fever

From the Azura Benguerra Team - July 2018

Once again, the FIFA World Cup has stirred up millions of passionate soccer fans around the globe. But it could be argued that Africa is home to the most enthusiastic supporters of the beautiful game. No matter where you go on the continent, you’re bound to come across a band of children (or adults) chasing a well-worn football across a field with a crowd of supporters cheering them on.

Selous: New Season Sightings

From the Azura Selous Team - June 2018

Azura Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania has now been open for a full month since the end of the rainy season and our guests have already been treated to some exceptional sightings. Herds of zebra and buffalo, towers of giraffe and a pair of rather amorous lions are providing our guests with some once-in-a-lifetime photographic opportunities.

New Pre-bookable Experiences

From the Azura Team - June 2018

Launching this month, Azura Retreats, renowned for their award-winning luxury island and safari holidays, will introduce their first ever pre-bookable experiences in Mozambique, available at their Indian Ocean properties, Azura Benguerra Island and Azura Quilalea Private Island. In response to industry demand, guests will be able to pre-book a selection of unforgettable experiences prior to travel

The New Seychelles

From the Azura Team - May 2018

Five reasons Mozambique is the new Seychelles.

It’s time to explore this Indian Ocean gem with Azura Retreats. When it comes to an Indian Ocean escape, it’s time to look beyond traditional stalwarts The Seychelles, Mauritius and the Maldives and consider rising star Mozambique. Here’s why now is the time to visit...

Ideal Ocean Safari Destination

From the Azura Team - April 2018

With the Bazaruto Archipelago Marine Park and the Quirimbas Archipelago Marine Reserve, Mozambique offers an exceptional ocean safari experience for scuba divers, snorkellers and lovers of marine life alike. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the ecologically diverse marine life make it an obvious destination for those seeking the ultimate ocean safari.

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.

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