Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Private Retreat on Bazaruto Island



8 Days

Prices Start from

$5,044pp (ex. flights)

Miles of white sandy beach stretches out along Mozambique’s idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. On Benguerra Island, Azura Benguerra offers a chic beach retreat that epitomises barefoot luxury. Surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean, spend a week snorkelling over coral, walking along golden dunes or simply relaxing on the private beach.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Helicopter, Azura Benguerra, Mozambique 1

Fly in

Helicopter over turquoise waters crisscrossed by traditional dhows and dugout canoes.

Beach villa, Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique 2

Private villas

Stay in a spacious and secluded villa with direct access to the private beach.

Benguerra Island, Mozambique 3

Benguerra Island

Explore the island and its reefs with plenty of activities on offer.

Dolphins Surfing, Mozambique 4

Marine Wildlife

Spot turtles, humpback whales, dolphins and whale sharks, depending on the season.

Why we like it

Azura Benguerra offers an uncomplicated island escape – the perfect end to any safari or a destination in its own right. Convenience is key here, with the simple logistics meaning a week of relaxation isn’t bookended by lengthy travel arrangements. Direct flights link Johannesburg or Kruger with Vilanculos – just a heli-hop away from Benguerra’s relaxed beaches.

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  • Day 1

    Vilanculos - Bazaruto Island

  • Day 2 - 7

    Bazaruto Island

  • Day 8

    Bazaruto Island - Vilanculos

Day 1

Vilanculos - Bazaruto Island

Helicopter, Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Fly in

Helicopter over turquoise waters crisscrossed by traditional dhows and dugout canoes.

Day 2 - 7

Bazaruto Island

Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Benguerra Island

Explore the island and its reefs with plenty of activities on offer.

Day 8

Bazaruto Island - Vilanculos

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Benguerra Island

Escape to the Bazaruto Archipelago, staying on the remote Benguerra Island, renowned for its unspoilt white-sand beaches. Here, the eco-retreat of Azura Benguerra

The spacious seafront villas at Azura Benguerra each have private swimming pool, private beach access and a personal butler-host to look after your every whim. Dine on freshly caught seafood and drink wines flown in from the owners Loire Valley chateau, all in the most imaginative and romantic settings.

Sailing, Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Ocean Activities

Tempting as it is to just do nothing, there is a wide range of activities on offer on the island. Offshore, try snorkelling or scuba diving off the spectacular Two Mile Reef, which is alive with colourful tropical fish. Between May and October, humpback whales can also be spotted here, whilst dolphins are sighted regularly throughout the year.

Alternatively, set sail on a traditional Dhow sail boat and watch the sunset as you drift along the ocean, with a drink in hand. And if you feel like catching your supper, take advantage of excellent shore-based fishing, with the option to venture offshore in search of bigger catches.

Entertainment, Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Island Activities

Spend time on the beach or discover the inland forests, wetlands and freshwater lakes. Explore the coast by beach bicycle, take a 4×4 trip around the island, horse ride along the beach or visit one of the local schools that Azura supports.

For a slightly slower pace, have a beautifully prepared picnic on a remote sandbank that can only be accessed at low tide or head to the spa, which uses local ingredients to revive and refresh.

Male Lion and Cub, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Suggested Extension: South Africa

Azura Benguerra can also be easily combined with South Africa with direct flights from Johannesburg and Kruger. Combine an action-packed safari in the Sabi Sands with some relaxation on the beach – see our South Africa and Mozambique in Style itinerary.


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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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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From $5,044 Per person

When to travel

Mozambique in January

January is the start of the rainy season in Mozambique. Cyclones do at times affect the coastlines which pass rather quickly.  Temperatures can reach into the 30s and sea temperatures are in the mid-20s

Mozambique in February

Still falling within the rainy season, expect afternoon showers or the occasional cyclone.

Mozambique in March

March is the end of the rains and although the temperatures are still high the humidity is easing off.

Mozambique in April

Heading into April it becomes one of the better times to visit Mozambique.  Day time temperatures are still high, with at times a wonderful sea breeze.

Mozambique in May

In May temperatures start to drop slightly but still a fabulous time to visit.  The skies are clear and the waters are calm which will make it the perfect time to enjoy snorkelling and diving.

Mozambique in June

June brings warm sunny days.  The waters along the coastline are much calmer and will be a great time for diving and snorkelling.  The annual Humpback Whale migration starts in June along the coast with the whales making their way up from the waters of Antarctica up north along the Mozambique coastline.  This time of year will be the perfect time to visit the national parks for Gorongosa and Niassa.

Mozambique in July

During July it is the mid-winter and the middle of the dry season.  Days will be beautifully warm and mild with a cool ocean breeze in the evenings. Along with great weather for diving and snorkelling, it will be the perfect time to explore the lively capital, Maputo or the World Heritage Site of Ilha de Mozambique.

Mozambique in August

August is another beautiful month in Mozambique. Days are still mild and sunny which is just perfect for spending time on the beach or set out exploring the smaller islands by dhow or catamaran from Ibo Island.

Mozambique in September

September is the start of Spring and temperatures start to rise. With the higher temperatures, September is one of the best times to dive or snorkel. The migration of the humpback whales continues as they start to head back down to Antarctica over the next few months. In the reserves of Niassa and Gorongosa the animals are giving birth and due to the lack of rain tend to keep close to the waterholes.

Mozambique in October

Alone the coast the temperatures continue to climb and the humidity starts to increase. Day time temperatures are hot and dry but in the evenings it will cool down. October will be one of the last opportunities to see the humpback whales before they head off.

Mozambique in November

The temperature continues to climb, as does the humidity. With the increase in humidity expect thundershowers and rainstorms during the day and early evening.

Mozambique in December

During the course of the month, temperatures start to reach their peak and although your days will be beautifully sunny you can expect the odd thunderstorm. Keep a lookout along the shoreline as it is the perfect time of year to see turtles come ashore to nest.

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