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Benguerra Island

Benguerra Island in Mozambique is the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, which broke away from the mainland thousands of years ago. The island is approximately 55 square kilometers (11km long x 5.5 km wide), and lies 14km offshore. Portuguese explorers also gave the island the name Santa Antonio.[1] It is famous for its unspoiled white beaches, dive sites, luxury resorts, horseback riding and fishing.

Habitat

Benguerra Island comprises forest, savannah, freshwater lakes and wetland eco-systems that sustain a diverse population of fauna and flora. Fresh water crocodiles can be found in the three lakes, bearing testimony to the island’s mainland past. The island, which is home to approximately 140 bird species, was declared a National Park in 1971.

Each day at low tide in the Bazaruto Archipelago, the waters of the Mozambique Channel recede just enough to reveal sandy shoals that stretch far into the ocean, blurring the boundary between land and sea. The thatched beachfront cottages of andBeyond Benguerra Island look out over this inviting swirl of pearl and turquoise, which is bordered by Bazaruto National Park—Mozambique’s only marine reserve. While the sparkling waters always beckon on this tropical isle, inland excursions reveal an unexpected paradise—one of towering sand dunes, flamingo-filled lakes, and traditional fishing villages dotted with beached dhows. During downtime at the lodge, the program is all ocean dips and hammock naps, capped off with lantern-lit meals at the water’s edge.

Highlights

  • Dive into the Indian Ocean on a snorkeling or scuba excursion and swim with dolphins, whale sharks, and the elusive dugong.
  • Get a bird’s-eye view of Benguerra’s swirling shoals during a helicopter tour over the archipelago.
  • Wrangle denizens of the deep—from black marlin to sailfish and giant trevally—on a thrilling catch-and-release fishing expedition with local guides.
  • Venture inland to scale sky-high sand dunes and encounter flamingos wading in freshwater lakes.
  • Saddle up one of the lodge’s rescue horses and gallop along golden sands at sunset

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