General

Benguerra Lodge Bazaruto Archipelago

Along the historical Mozambique channel lies tropical Ilha de Benguerra. It is here that Benguerra Lodge – a unique and incomparable African island paradise – is washed by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

The Lodge is small and intimate and offers genuine hospitality, personalised service and an intimate knowledge of the natural environment. It has a rich East African/Arabic feel – evinced in both the décor, and the unique and delectable food. The rooms all merge naturally into the surrounding forest and are only moments from the gorgeous silver-white beach of Benguerra Bay.

Benguerra is passionate about conservation and dedicated to the involvement of the local community in conserving this idyllic corner of the world. This is barefoot luxury at its very best!

It is no wonder that Benguerra Lodge is one of the most sought after African island destinations for the discerning international traveller…

Benguerra is the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, which broke away from the mainland thousands of years ago. The island is approximately 55 square kilometers (11km long x 5.5 km wide), and lies 14km offshore. It is famous for its unspoiled white beaches, remarkable dive sites and excellent fishing (subject to a strict “catch & release” policy)

Some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world is available off Benguerra’s shores with the surrounding coral reefs rich in sea life. The archipelago is one of the last remaining habitats of the endangered Dugong. A pale, voluptuous sea mammal fabled to have made bygone mariners believe in mermaids.

Inland, Benguerra Island comprises forest, savannah, freshwater lakes and wetland eco-systems that sustain a diverse population of fauna and flora. Fresh water crocodiles can be found in the three lakes, bearing testimony to the island’s mainland past. The island, which is home to approximately 140 bird species, was declared a National Park in 1971.

Accommodation

There are three different kinds of accommodation at Benguerra – each with their unique characteristics and attractions.

The Cabanas

There are Cabanas built right on the edge of the beach. Romantic and elegant, the suites offer guests the chance to experience the ultimate island getaway.

The Casitas

A home away from home, where the eco conscious traveller can relax and enjoy the spacious and luxurious comforts to be found in this African Island Paradise. The Casita embraces Benguerra’s unique blend of safari chic and Arabic style. All have a private timber deck with a plunge pool.

Villa Chibuene

Villa Chibuene is the epitome of exclusivity. The luxury furnishings and private facilities make it an ideal place for those wanting unsurpassed comfort and privacy, honeymooners and families.

A personal chef prepares all meals at the Villa, although the main lodge’s dining facilities are also available to Villa guests, if desired.

Activities

There’s much to discover on and around the Island. On foot or in an open Landrover, the choice of how you explore Benguerra Island is entirely up to you. We take great pride in our personal service – and whether you are snorkeling on the Archipelago’s magnificent reefs, or casting a fly from a boat – you will have an experienced guide with you.

  • Diving & Snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Dhow cruises
  • Castaway picnics
  • Landrover trips
  • Bird watching
  • Island walks
  • Village visits
  • Sea kayaking
  • Catamaran Cruises
  • Horse Riding

Getting there

Benguerra Lodge is situated on the protected north-west side of Benguerra Island, which is part of the Bazaruto Archipelago, off the coast of the Mozambique mainland.

Guests fly to the town of Vilanculos, and then on to the island.

There are regular flights from:

  • Johannesburg International Airport & Lanseria International
  • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit

Chartered flights from neighbouring countries are also available on request. Alternatively, guests can drive to Vilanculos.

A representative from Benguerra meets guests at the airport, and escorts them to the helicopter for the Island Transfer. We will organise boat transfers to the Lodge only if the helicopter transfer is not available.