Holiday review by Miss Anna Rice
Name: Miss Anna Rice
Date of trip: 31/10/2015
Number of people: 2
There were so many special moments on the trip! A pack of Wild Dogs with pups turned up near our lodge in Selous on the second day we were there and stayed around for the duration of the trip so we were able to observe them for days which was fantastic! Having elephants and hippos wandering near the camp was incredible and you really feel the wildness in Selous which isn't always the case in some of the more popular parks. People said it feels like the Africa of decades ago and we could really see what they meant by that.
When we decided we wanted to go on safari, we knew that we wanted to go Selous and it really didn't disappoint. The Azura Selous was a fantastic lodge and very remote - we were quite a way away from the area that the majority of lodges in Selous are located and we barely saw another vehicle when we were out on drives.
Sinead was really helpful in organising our trip and answering any questions that we had along the way. This trip was part of our honeymoon and Polly was fantastic at helping us to arrange vouchers for our wedding list etc.
The guides were really fantastic - local to the area and knowledgeable. We loved hearing about traditional bush navigation and tales of their grandfather's too. They were also really good at not getting too close to the animals, giving distance or not approaching at all when it wasn't appropriate.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
The two lodges we stayed at both hired local people and although it's sometimes difficult to see the direct benefits to communities when staying in fairly remote lodges, we spoke to quite a few people who said that the money generated from tourism was being funnelled back into local projects.
The places you stayed
Fundu lagoon is a beach resort built in and around forest - the cabins feel really unobtrusive and natural. It's very laid back - you don't have to wear shoes at all if you don't wish and the views are beautiful. For diving/snorkelling you have to take a boat to a nearby island but they are also happy to arrange trips for you to local places.