Remote and uncrowded Selous Game Reserve offers seasoned safari travellers and adventurous souls thrilling close-up wildlife encounters, while beautiful Pemba Island is a tropical hideaway with a magical underwater wilderness waiting to be explored.

Azura Selous, on the wild banks of the Great Ruaha River, is the perfect base from which to explore remote Selous Game Reserve, which forms part of Tanzania’s Southern Circuit and is the second-largest conservation area in Africa. As it is a reserve and not a national park, safari regulations are more relaxed and allow you truly wild big-game encounters.

After this intensely rewarding and exciting wilderness experience, chill out in laid-back luxury at Fundu Lagoon on totally unspoilt Pemba Island. Part of the Zanzibar archipelago, Pemba is accessible only by boat. The small boutique hotel, situated on an unspoilt white-sand beach fringed by forest on the southwestern coast, offers spectacular diving in the crystal-clear tropical waters… or kick back and relax poolside beneath swaying palms.

Itinerary overview

Duration8 days/7 nights
AccommodationAzura Selous
Suited ForFamily & friends; romance; adventure
HighlightsBig-game viewing; elephant encounters; predator action; uncrowded safari; tropical island idyll; diving & snorkelling

Itinerary in detail

Image of Azura Selous Camp, Selous Game Reserve

This remote and lovely lodge on the hippo-filled banks of the Great Ruaha River is a perfect blend of bush luxury and wild, rugged Africa. You barely have to leave camp to encounter incredible viewing of such prized sightings as a pride of lion lounging in the shade of a dry riverbed or a breeding pack of the endangered African wild dog. Explore the area with a mix of extensive game-viewing drives both on and off road, walking adventures and boating.

Image of Fundu Lagoon, Zanzibar

Make like Robinson Crusoe on the castaway island of Pemba, north of Zanzibar. Unwind post-safari in total peace with breathtaking views of the sparkling Indian Ocean. This is a tropical island getaway par excellence. When you can bring yourself to leave the barefoot luxury of your romantic thatched villas, explore the underwater world surrounding you. The waters around Pemba have some of the best snorkelling and diving sites in the world.

Accommodation in Tanzania

Azura Selous

Azura Selous – in Tanzania's Selous National Park – is a window into the wild, untrammelled Africa that so enchanted early explorers. This vast World Heritage Site has a remoteness that ensures it is Africa’s largest undisturbed wilderness area and thus far more exclusive than its more famous African relatives. As one of just two lodges in this vast, untamed section of the park, Azura Selous guarantees its guests exclusivity and the solitude to savour their safari experience. While in the rainy season the Selous may at first resemble a vast English country estate with lush green grass beneath majestic shade…

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