In the Mozambique Channel, 700 km north of Maputo, five sparsely inhabited, tropical coral reef islands form the Bazaruto Marine Park.
Here, warm turquoise seas shelter a wealth of marine life. Venture inland from the crystal white beaches and you will find freshwater lakes inhabited by crocodiles and myriad birds; or sail silently up to the graceful flamingos in a traditional dhow and watch some of the 125 species of bird of the area.
Access to the area is through Vilanculos airport on the mainland, followed by either a boat ride or a short flight, by helicopter or light aircraft, to the islands.
Flamingos frequent the tidal flats and you can silently approach them in a traditional dhow, with its triangular sail, and watch some of the 160+ species of bird identified in the area. Bird species include olive bee-eaters, green coucals, green pigeons, mannikins, paradise fly-catchers, purple banded and black sunbirds, bartailed godwits, whimbrels and crab plovers.
The archipelago is renowned for its pristine reefs and for the diversity of its marine life, and offers world-class diving and fishing during any holiday to Mozambique. Take a boat trip and you may be rewarded with sightings of dolphins, marine turtles, humpback whales (in season) or the endangered dugong.
Bazaruto Island is 37 km long and 7 km wide. The west of the island is savannah grassland and thicket. By contrast, the east side is characterised by towering sand dunes, which change colour in the different lights of the day.
The island of Benguerra is even smaller, just 11 km long by 5 km wide and has an incredible diversity of habitat including marine grass meadows, tidal flats, swamp forests and sand dunes, evergreen forest and grasslands. The freshwater lakes are evidence of the island’s ancient connection to the mainland.
Azura Benguerra Island is a luxury eco lodge set in one of the world's most undiscovered, prisitne environments in Mozambique.Azura Benguerra claims to have a zero carbon footprint and works closely with the local community on conservation and upliftment, and supports a variety of social and environmental projects through the Azura Retreat Rainbow Fund. Each of the 16 secluded hand built beach...
Bazaruto Lodge is in a bay on the northern side of Bazaruto Island, the largest island in the Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago.The island offers turquoise waters and idyllic beaches, and is an ideal base for exceptional diving, snorkelling and fishing. Families will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, children's rates and the fact that there is good snorkelling right off the beach.Accommodation...
Benguerra Lodge ,strung along one of the beautiful beaches of Benguerra Island, blends into the acacia and mahogany forest bordering Benguerra Bay.It is a lovely, remote setting for a honeymoon or romantic holiday in Mozambique, where you can relax and savour the beauty of the natural environment. With the outstanding diving and the fishing of the Bazaruto Archipelago, it also provides a comfortab...
Casa Rex is set on a cliff top on the outskirts of the coastal town of Vilanculos.This enchanting boutique guesthouse has spectacular sea views across the channel towards the archipelago.While the proximity to the harbour means this is not a swimming beach, Casa Rex sets itself apart as a good-value alternative to the island experiences.The 15 rooms and suites, most with airconditioning, have mini...
Dugong Beach Lodge is on the mainland and across the expansive bay from Vilanculos.The 12 air-conditioned chalets at this luxury lodge are on the beach. Pure-white sand leads down from your private deck and sunloungers, to the water’s edge.The two villas, each consisting of two chalets, share a plunge pool, and are ideal for families or groups of friends.Boat trips take you on desert island ...
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa on Bazaruto, the largest island in the group, demonstrates that you can have all the amenities of a high quality resort set in the beautiful surroundings of the Bazaruto archipelago. AccommodationThere are 29 beach chalet rooms, extremely well-appointed, which have large, well-stocked minibars, private verandahs, mosquito screens on the French windows, air c...
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