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Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Bazaruto Archipelago

This collection of six sandy islands stretches north along the coast from Vilanculos. The largest of these is the elongated Bazaruto, around which the smaller islands cluster.

Forming a national park of the same name, this beautiful archipelago is almost completely unspoilt – naturally isolated from the mainland.

It is the waters that surround these islands that hold much of the archipelago’s riches. Coral reefs lie beneath the surface of the clear Indian Ocean and are home to a myriad of fish species, as well as turtles, rays and anemones. The diving and snorkelling are spectacular here, allowing for a relaxed exploration of this colourful underwater world.

Sandbank, Ibo Island, Quirimbas, Mozambique
Mozambique

Why visit Bazaruto Archipelago

Larger marine life also inhabits these warm waters, including dolphins, humpback whales and endangered dugongs. Although these dugongs are seldom spotted, they call the Bazaruto Archipelago home – forming part of the only remaining population in the region.

On land, diverse landscapes cover the archipelago. Dunes rise above the coralline beaches, forests fill the tropical interiors and wetlands fringe areas of inaccessible coastline. These varied habitats attract a variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, flamingos, bushbucks and lizards.

Diving, Azura Benguerra, Mozambique
Mozambique
Dhow at sunset, Benguerra, Mozambique
Mozambique

Highlights of the Bazaruto Archipelago

  • Relax in privacy and seclusion, taking advantage of chic, butler-serviced villas
  • Dive the tranquil waters that lie off Benguerra Island; spot turtles, reef fish and corals
  • Take a helicopter ride above this idyllic archipelago, which sits off Mozambique’s Indian-Ocean coast
  • Cruise down this idyllic archipelago in a traditional dhow, as the sun sets over the sea

Experiences

Stay in a Private Villa

Relax in privacy and seclusion, taking advantage of chic, butler-serviced villas.

Marine Wildlife

Spot some of the larger, mammalian creatures that frequent these warm waters, including dolphins, humpback whales and potentially, dugongs.

Helicopter Adventure

Take a helicopter ride above this idyllic archipelago, which sits off Mozambique’s Indian-Ocean coast.

Dive off Coral Reefs

Dive the tranquil waters that lie off Benguerra Island; spot turtles, reef fish and corals.

Sunset Dhow Cruise

Cruise down this idyllic archipelago in a traditional dhow, as the sun sets over the sea.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

&Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge £££££

  • Mozambique
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Benguerra Lodge is on the north-west side of Benguerra Island, just nine miles offshore from mainland Mozambique. Looking out onto the calm waters of an isolated bay, sheltered within a canopy of pine trees, the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean are spectacular. It is a bush and beach retreat with two cabanas and 10 casinhas. The rooms have a distinct Mozambican influence, combined with wide doors and windows, allowing for ocean views and private rim-flow pools set on wooden decks. Set under thatch, all rooms offer four-poster beds with white linen canopies.

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Azura Benguerra Island £££££

  • Mozambique
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Positioned on the western coast of Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, the tropical retreat of Azura is accessed by a 10-minute helicopter flight over the turquoise Indian Ocean. A blend of modern chic and traditional Mozambique, the swish, beautiful villas look out over white sandy beaches and are a haven of relaxation with their own pool, private beach sala and a Mozambican butler-host service.

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Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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