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|Benguerra Island - Bazaruto Archipelago
Mozambique lies along the south-eastern
coastline of Africa and boasts 2000 kilometres of pristine coastline.
Formerly a Portuguese colony, it has once again become the playground of
South African and overseas tourists who visit the turquoise waters of the
Benguerra Island is situated within
this renowned Bazaruto Archipelago.
Opposite the coastal town of Vilanculos,
lies a chain of five islands. Once part of the mainland, this “spit”
broke away from terra firma 25 000 years ago to form the Archipelago, comprising
the islands of Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque and Santa Carolina.
Benguerra Island is approximately
55 square kilometres in extent, ensuring guests ample privacy within this
idyllic paradise. The island, declared a National Park in 1971 sustains
a diverse population of fauna and flora including forest, savannah and
To maintain the ecology and social
integrity of the Bazaruto National Park, a long-term "Multiple Resource
Use" project for the Archipelago is underway.
Diving - To encourage visitors
to enjoy pristine reefs where no coral bleaching has taken place, a fully
equipped dive school with dive Master has been set up. There are
numerous dive venues available, including the well known Two-Mile Reef
where superb opportunities exist to see many species of game and reef fish
– and, of course, to view untouched corals.
Snorkelling - Superb, safe
snorkelling can be indulged in on the inside of the reef. There,
the wide variety of bejewelled fish and extraordinarily shaped corals is
Big Game Fishing - King- queen-
and spanish mackerel, kawakawa, kingfish, queenfish and sailfish can be
caught. Marlin season is from November to March. A policy of
"Catch and Release" is encouraged and all boats have the necessary equipment
on board for tagging.
Saltwater Fly Fishing - The
waters around Benguerra boast some of the finest saltwater fly fishing
on the continent. Fly fishers can pursue all the above game species,
including the much sought after bonefish, which is occasionally caught
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|Dhow cruises - Sail silently
in a traditional Arab dhow along the coastline in search of the island's
flamingos or glide peacefully, late afternoon with sundowners, to witness
one of Africa's marvels - the magnificent sunsets.
Mainland excursions - A trip
to the historic town of Vilanculos can be arranged where you can stroll
the old harbour and famous Donna Anna Hotel; browse the local market
in search of treasures and tease your palate with a local peri-peri dish.
Bird watching - As a result
of the diverse habitats – coastal dunes, open grasslands, freshwater lakes,
savannah and acacia woodlands - over 125 species of birds, including all
the sea birds visit Benguerra island. See if you too can spy the
elusive crab plover.
Just plain relaxation - It
is not, of course, necessary to do anything except lie under a beach umbrella,
sipping away at an exotic beverage. Without doubt, peace, solitude
and serenity are still regarded by us as an integral part of our own island
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