Benguerra Island

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Situated on the second largest island of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra offers exceptional opportunities to explore some of the very best of Mozambique’s magnificent marine life and experience an abundance of island adventures.

Benguerra Island’s ten casinhas and two cabanas are set in lush forest on the edge of a crescent beach overlooking a permanent lagoon allowing direct access. Extensive refurbishment has created the quintessential island retreat, the pinnacle of barefoot luxury on this remarkable island which forms part of Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago.

The thatched cabanas and casinhas take their inspiration from a combination of the region’s Portuguese heritage and African setting fusing both to create a light and airy space. Four-poster beds with crisp white linen canopies and comfortable day beds are encapsulated in an elegant thatched room whose shuttered windows gaze out over the beach and beyond. A rim flow pool provides a cool relief without disturbing the vista. The large bathroom include oversized bathtubs and outdoor showers decorated with hand painted tiles. Families are catered for with the Casa Familia with its three bedrooms, all en suite, along with a private swimming pool.

Starlit dinners are hosted under the shaded gazebo, with the dining room and lounge sited on expansive decks.

Activities complement Benguerra Island’s exotic location with a focus on the surrounding forests and aquatic life, including one of the world’s most pristine coral reefs just offshore. The permanent lagoon is perfect for swimming and snorkelling and a PADI dive centre allows guests to explore further afield, the waters surrounding the island boasting a staggering variety of colourful and exotic tropical fish. The beach provides a magnificent setting for beautiful beach walks and horse riding. The area is home to the rate dugong along with a diverse bird population of over 140 species. Fishing is conducted on a catch and release basis with a full range of game fish, including sailfish, giant trevally, bonito and marlin found here.

Benguerra Island allows guests an exceptional opportunity to explore some of the best of Mozambique’s shoreline with magnificent marine life set amongst breath-taking natural beauty.

In Outline

Location

Access

Benguerra Island is reached by a short helicopter transfer from Vilanculos in Mozambique. Both SA Airlink and LAM operate direct flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos, while LAM also runs flights between Maputo and Vilanculos. Direct flights between Nelspruit, in South Africa, and Vilanculos are also available.

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Rates

From USD 765

Climate

Mozambique’s hot weather lasts from October to February, while the winter months from June to August are warm

RAINFALL

Rainfall usually occurs between November and March and peaks in January and February. Rain is mostly in the form of afternoon storms

TEMPERATURE

Average daytime temperatures in summer (October to February) are between 25 and 34˚Celsius and 21 – 27˚Celsius in winter (June to August)

WATER TEMPERATURE

Water temperature ranges from 26 – 31˚Celsius in summer and 21 – 28˚Celsius in winter

Facilities

  • Ten casinhas and two cabanas
  • Three-bedroom Casa Familia for families or groups
  • Private rim flow plunge pools and a lodge pool
  • Beach Shop
  • PADI dive centre
  • Ideal for swimming and snorkelling
  • Swimming and boat access directly off the beach even at low tide
  • Exceptional game fishing and fly fishing destination (catch-and-release)
  • Home to the rare dugong

Travel Notes

Sightings

An island paradise Benguerra Island is home to over 140 bird species. The last remaining dugongs in Africa are found in the waters surrounding the archipelago. Just offshore one of the most pristine coral reefs in the world boasts a bewildering variety of colourful and exotic tropical fish. The full range of game fish, from sailfish to giant trevally, bonito and marlin can be caught on a catch and release basis.

Best Time to Travel

Benguarre Island is excellent all year.

Children

Children are welcome although childminding facilities are not available.

Guest Safety

Guests are requested to take care at all times and adhere to guidance given by guides and camp management.