Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands
A string of idyllic tropical islands off the southern coast of Mozambique offering everything from a rustic getaway to the lap of luxury. Spend your days diving and snorkelling or relaxing on unspoilt beaches, cooled by gentle sea breezes.
Whether your stay here is a stand-alone holiday or just a few days at the end of a busy safari, rest assured, there is rest and relaxation on the cards with a plethora of beautiful beaches, stunning warm ocean and a variety of excellent diving and snorkelling sites.
This beautiful archipelago is part of a conservation project whose primary objective is to maintain the ecological and social integrity of the Bazaruto National Park.
- Bazaruto Island: At 7km wide and 37km long, this is the largest island in the archipelago. Flamingos frequent the tidal flats, the freshwater lakes are home to many large crocodiles. There’s such biodiverse variety here; the west of the island is savanna grassland and thicket while the east is composed entirely of enormous sand dunes that change colour as the day progresses.
- Benguerra Island: About 14kms from the mainland is the second-largest island. The landscape is a mix of savannah, freshwater lakes and wetland ecosystems supporting a diverse range of flora and fauna. The island is famous for its unspoilt beaches and wonderful dive sites. Horse riding and fishing are other possible activities.
- Conservation: On Benguerra cashew nut trees are indigenous and grow on the seaward side of the island. Locals harvest the nuts to sell. The toxic husk of the nuts is used to brew a very strong liquor! Orange trees, sisal plants and palms are used to make mats and other woven products that can be bought as souvenirs.
- Birds: Another great spot for birders. From fish eagles to flamingos, over 165 different species have been recorded in the habitats of the archipelago that range from coastal dunes, open grasslands and freshwater lakes.
- Marine wildlife: The waters are usually pretty clear making it attractive to snorkellers and divers alike. Dolphins frequent the waters and if you’re really lucky you may see an elusive dugong or come across loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles swimming amongst hundreds of different species of fish.
- Cuisine: Fresh seafood features heavily on the menu on the islands, prepared with a tasty Portuguese influence.
- Activities: As we’ve mentioned, diving and snorkelling are popular here. The lodges offer a variety of other watersports such as kayaking and water skiing. For the romantics, a sunset dhow cruise is a must or a picnic for two on an exposed sandbar.