The second largest island of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra ofers exceptional opportunities to explore some of the very best of Mozambique’s magniicent marine life and experience an abundance of island adventures. Characterised by its towering sand dunes, inland lakes and idyllic beaches, Benguerra was declared a National Park in 1971. It is home to over 140 bird species and the waters surrounding the archipelago are home to Africa’s last remaining population of the rare dugong. With one of the most pristine coral reefs in the world just ofshore, the island waters boast a staggering variety of colourful and exotic tropical ish, while keen ishermen can target a full range of game ish, from sailish to giant trevally, bonito and marlin (catch-and-release).
Guests visiting the island awake to the sounds of ishermen trading their daily catch from their traditional sailing dhows and embark on a series of adventures that includes horse riding dhow cruises, diving, snorkelling and exhilarating catch-and-release deep-sea fishing.
A tropical paradise tucked into a lush indigenous forest and looking out onto a picturesque crescent of sandy beach, &Beyond Benguerra Island is undergoing an extensive refurbishment to become the quintessential luxury island retreat. Boasting a fresh island feel, the lodge’s welcoming guest areas ofer views of the lush tropical garden and the ocean beyond. Set deep in cleverly created patches of shade, comfortable loungers beckon guests to relax around the rim low swimming pool while drinking in the ocean views. Closer to the water’s edge, the lodge’s colourful beach bar is the perfect setting to relax or enjoy open air meals right on the sand.
Set among a lush island forest, ten casinhas and two cabanas are being extensively revamped in a light and airy colour scheme that combines tropical chic with a distinct African feel and reminders of the area’s Portuguese heritage. Set under local thatch, both casinhas and cabanas boast elegant four-poster beds with white linen canopies and comfortable day beds. Large windows with dark wooden shutters gaze out towards the Indian Ocean, while private timber decks and cool rim low pools ofer a secluded alternative to beach sands and ocean waters.
Bathrooms feature generous tubs big enough for two, while outdoor showers are decorated with hand-painted tiles. A shaded gazebo provides the ideal venue for starlit dinners, while the stylish dining room and open lounge, both of which boast wide, sunny decks, are the setting for more social dining. Ideal for families or groups, the Casa Familia boasts three bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom, as well as private swimming pool set on the sheltered wooden veranda.
AT A GLANCE
•Ten casinhas and two cabanas
•Three-bedroom Casa Familia for families or groups
•Private rim low plunge pools and a lodge pool
WHAT SETS US APART
•Direct beach access
•Situated on a permanent lagoon, so access to water is not afected by tides
•PADI dive centre
•Ideal for swimming and snorkelling
•Beautiful beach walks
•Outstanding marine life
•Situated in a national park
•Home to the rare dugong
•Swimming and boat access directly of the beach even at low tide
•Exceptional game ishing and ly ishing destination (catch-and- release)
Included (one per day)
•Scheduled snorkelling trip
Included (one per stay)
•Local community tour
At an additional charge
•Deep sea ishing or saltwater ly ishing (catch-and-release)
•Scenic helicopter tour
SA Airlink and LAM operate direct lights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos, while LAM also runs lights between Maputo and Vilanculos. Direct lights between Nelspruit, in South Africa, and Vilanculos are also available. This is followed by a short helicopter transfer to the lodge.