Days at &Beyond Benguerra Island can be as active or as leisurely as you want them to be. This secluded island, with its white beaches and balmy Indian Ocean waters, invites you to lose all track of time. Activities and meals can be tailor-made to your wishes and there are many ways to spend each ideal, sun-washed day.
An idyllic luxury island getaway, Benguerra Island lies sheltered within a canopy of indigenous casuarina pine forest, which opens up to panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
Looking out onto the calm waters of a secluded bay, the lodge boasts soft, shimmering beach sands, as well as a deep channel that cuts straight out to sea, allowing for swimming right off the beach even at low tide and permitting direct boat access. Magnificent marine marvels wait in the ocean waters, from mystical dugong to bejewelled tropical fish and mighty marlin and kingfish that delight an angler’s heart.
Light and airy, spacious casinhas and cabanas combine tropical chic with a distinct touch of Africa and the Mozambican coastline’s Portuguese heritage. Wide doors and windows allow for magnificent ocean views and private rim flow pools set on wide wooden decks provide a cool refuge. Colourfully ornamented, a traditional wooden dhow has found its final resting place on the beach, offering the ideal spot to indulge in an ice cold cocktail or a delicious meal of fresh, fragrant seafood.
Local sailing boats carry you out to sea on dhow cruises and the billowing dunes and soft sands invite you to explore the marvels of this extraordinary island. After days filled with discovery, weary muscles relax and recharge under the magical attentions of the masseuses in the massage sala.
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. Characterised by its towering sand dunes, inland lakes and idyllic beaches, Benguerra was declared a National Park in 1971. It is home to over 140 bird species and the pristine waters surrounding the archipelago are home to Africa’s last remaining population of the rare dugong. With one of the most pristine coral reefs in the world just offshore the island waters boast a staggering variety of colourful and exotic tropical fish, while keen fishermen can target a full range of game fish, from sailfish to giant trevally, bonito and marlin.
Guests visiting the island awake to the sounds of fishermen trading their daily catch from their traditional sailing dhows and embark on a series of adventures that includes dhow cruises, beautiful beach walks, diving, snorkelling and exhilarating catch-and-release deep-sea fishing.
SA Airlink and LAM operate direct flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos, while LAM also runs flights between Maputo and Vilanculos. This is followed by a short helicopter transfer to the lodge.
Weather and Climate
Mozambique’s hot weather lasts From October to February, while the winter months from June to August are fine and warm. Rainfall usually occurs between November and March and peaks In January and February. Rain is mostly in the form of afternoon storms.
Summer: 25˚ – 34˚ C
Winter: 21˚ – 27˚ C
The currency is the Mozambican metical.
Visas and documents
Nationals of other African countries often do not require visas for Mozambique. Visitors must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel and should have two blank pages available in their passport.