Expansive Selous & Waters Blue

Selous Game Reserve and Quilalea Private Island

Discover the vast Selous Game Reserve followed by a unique beach break on a private island in the Quirimbas Archipelago. Start and end in Dar es Salaam.

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- Remote locations
- 4x4 safaris, walking, fishing & boating on the Ruaha River
- Private island with snorkelling & diving directly off the beach
- Azura-style hospitality with private butler hosts


We love this time of the year in Tanzania. Between the short rains in November and the long rains in April/May, it is the warmest time of the year with beautiful days. This is Mozambique's 'green season’, the most humid months where temperatures often reach more than 35ºC. Days are hot and sunny with tropical rain bursts, but these usually occur in the late afternoon or overnight. These showers bring some relief from the heat! The turtles lay their eggs along the beaches from December to February and hatchlings appear from late January through to March.

For those who are not afraid of a few showers this is a lovely time to travel to Tanzania! Please note however that many camps are closed during April and May. This is a lovely time in Mozambique - April can still be a little wet but the days are lovely and warm (not as hot and humid as January to March) and the evenings start to cool. The whales start appearing along the coastline in June.
Azura Selous closed 1 April - 31 May

In July the Tanzanian landscape is lush and green after the rains, with warm, dry days throughout August and September - it is a superb time to come to Tanzania! A lovely time of year in Mozambique, days are lovely and warm with cool evenings. Good chances of seeing the humpback whales as they start appearing along the coastline, and it is also a great time for scuba diving.

One of the best seasons to visit Tanzania and it is the perfect time for travellers who are not bound by school holidays. These are wonderful months and can be getting hot and dry before the November short rains. Mozambican days are now much hotter, the heat builds from late October and the much-needed rains start in November. November is also the start of the turtle nesting season.


MOVE: Arrive in Dar es Salaam. Fly from Dar es Salaam Airport to Sumbazi airstrip in the Selous with Coastal. 4x4 safari from Sumbazi airstrip to Azura Selous.

STAY: 4 nights Azura Selous

PLAY: Enjoy a sophisticated safari in a remote wilderness with 4x4 safaris, walking, fishing, boating and signature Azura-style attention to detail.

MOVE: 4x4 safari from Azura Selous to Sumbazi airstrip. Fly to Dar es Salaam Airport with Coastal. Fly from Dar es Salaam Airport to Pemba Airport, Mozambique with LAM (Wed, Fri, Sun).

STAY: 1 night Pemba Beach Hotel (dinner not included)

PLAY: Enjoy an early breakfast before transferring to Quilalea Private Island.

MOVE: Helicopter transfer from Pemba Airport to Azura Quilalea.

STAY: 6 nights Azura Quilalea / 7 nights Azura Quilalea (Luxury for Less offer) 

PLAY: Idyllic barefoot castaway experience on a secluded private island surrounded by coral reefs. Snorkel the islands shores, dive from the main beach, kayak the mangroves or relax in a hammock beneath the giant baobabs on the island. End each day with a sundowner cocktail brought to you by your private butler/host.

MOVE: Helicopter transfer from Azura Quilalea to Pemba Airport. Fly from Pemba Airport to Dar es Salaam Airport on LAM (Wed, Fri, Sun). Depart Dar es Salaam Airport on international flight.


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Azura Quilalea

Azura Quilalea is a hidden gem, located on a small (35 ha) tropical island floating in the azure waters off Mozambique’s coast. It is the perfect retreat from the mania and pace of ‘normal’ life, with a relaxed and understated ‘Robinson Crusoe’ castaway atmosphere. Snorkel the island’s shores, dive from the main beach, kayak the mangroves or relax in a hammock beneath the giant baobabs on the island. Quilalea is the ultimate private luxury hideaway in a stunning, paradise-like destination for just a discerning few to discover...



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