The second half of my Adventures in Africa were all about Azura Retreats!!!! These properties are truly one of a kind and essentially hand curated by the owners Stella and Christopher who pour their love and passion into each detail. You quickly learn about the sustainable practices, the purpose, and how each property supports the local community.
First off : Azura Benguerra
This stunning barefoot luxury resort off the coast of Mozambique was built by the local community. There are 20 Luxury Villas scattered along the coastline of the second largest island of the Bazaruto Archipelago all equipped with plunge pools and easy beach access. Perfect for both Honeymoons and Family getaways for those who want a genuine experience along the coast. Take a quick 2 hour flight from Johannesburg to Vilanculous, from there its just a short and picturesque helicopter ride and you are in paradise. Spend your days enjoying a private lunch on a white sandy beach, snorkeling, boating, stand up paddling, enjoying a massage and taking in the colorful African Sunsets. The staff here is so incredible they constantly go out of their way to curate your experience, setting up special beachfront Dinners, activities and little surprises along the way. When you stay at Azura Benguerra you get the opportunity to connect with the local children who are supported by the Rainbow Fund which has been put together by Azura. Rainbow Fund has built the first local school on the island and supports a variety of social and environmental projects in the local area. This is a place where you can really unwind, relax and connect with the island and its people.
Next : Azura Quilalea
That exclusive private island experience you dream of exists off the coast of Northern Mozambique with just 9 villas and the most spectacular house reef just steps from the main beach. The uninhibited island is full of activities for guests including snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, SUP, and diving. Each villa is unique from the next, but all are fresh and breezy. You can take over the entire resort for an unforgettable wedding or celebration! This is also the perfect place for a digital detox!
Our Last Stop : Azura Selous, Tanzania
This is a must for those who love Hippos!!! Azura Selous is built along a river full of them!! The camp is extremely remote and very barefoot feeling. You truly get the feel you are out in the wild just you and the animals and the amazing staff at Azura. Along with hippos you will get out on safari and see lions, giraffes, zebras, impala, hyenas, elephants, lots of beautiful birds, and at times wild dogs and cheetahs. All 12 tents are spacious with private plunge pools. You can sit in your own private pool and watch the hippos bath out in the distance. Azura does it again with unique meal experiences... Our last evening we had a BBQ at a remote location in the middle of the park!! Reach out for more information on these incredible experiences!!!