Travel Guide to the Benguerra Islands

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Travellers to Mozambique often prefer to visit the amazing string of islands off Vilankulo because of its sheer beauty and the range of unspoilt marine wildlife and island habitats. The Bazaruto Archipelago should not be missed, by honeymoon couples, families, divers, fishermen and those with an adventurous spirit. Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands are the two larger isles offering wonderful, plush accommodation in lodges and villas right on the beach.

Getting there:  Fly to Mozambique’s Vilanculos International Airport, the gateway to the Archipelago, via Maputo, Johannesburg or Inhambane. Lodges on the islands then arrange a boat or air transfer to their respective airstrips or boat docks.

The shuttle to Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands takes about 30 minutes. Boats between the islands are the best modes of transport. If you’re lucky enough to be staying at one of the deluxe resorts, a direct seaplane flight from Maputo or light aircraft from Vilanculos or Gorongosa National Park can be organised. Daytrips by dhow or motorboat can easily be arranged from the mainland by a private tour operator. Contact one of our consultants who will arrange it all for you!

Visas: All visitors need a visa and passport. Contact the Mozambique High Commission near you or use a specialist visa company. Airport departure taxes are also charged.

Weather: The best time to enjoy Bazaruto and Benguerra is from late May to September when it is drier and temperatures range between 22-30°C (71-86° F). The rainy season is from late October to March or April when it is humid and temperatures soar. January and February are the wettest months with the most cyclones, so try to avoid this period.

Malaria: Mozambique is a Malaria area. It is advisable to take malaria prophylaxis. Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding recommended brands.

Bazaruto / Benguerra Highlights:

  • Wide, white-sand beaches fringed with palm trees and lush island vegetation, inhabited by Samango Monkeys, butterflies and an array of birds.
  • World-renowned scuba diving and snorkelling sites.
  • Excellent big game fishing, with Giant Trevally, Sailfish and Marlin frequently caught.
  • Laid-back village life with traditional cultures and colourful markets, set in the shade of fruit and nut trees.
  • The national park is home to an amazing variety of marine life and pristine coral reefs.

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