andBeyond Benguerra Island

andBeyond Benguerra Island Resort

andBeyond Benguerra Island Lodge is a unique, African island paradise; washed by the turquoise waters of the warm Mozambique channel. The lodge is small and intimate offering personalized service and barefoot luxury accommodation.

Benguerra is the 2nd largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago; approximately 55 km² (11 km long x 5.5 km wide), and lies 14 km offshore.

Characterized 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; while the 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 colorful and exotic tropical fish; while keen fishermen can target a full range of game fish, from sailfish to giant trevally, bonito, and marlin; subject to a strict ‘catch & release’ policy.

Inland, Benguerra Island comprises forest, savannah, freshwater lakes, and wetland eco-systems that sustain a diverse population of fauna and flora. Freshwater crocodiles can be found in the three lakes.

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Colorfully 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.

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Dhow Bar andBeyond Benguerra Island

Spread out along warm, golden sands, every room and guest area at &Beyond Benguerra Island opens out onto a spectacle of sparkling ocean waters. Boasting a fresh island feel; the lodge’s welcoming guest areas offer views of the lush tropical garden and the ocean beyond.

Set deep in cleverly created patches of shade, comfortable loungers beckon; set around the lodge’s rim-flow swimming pool; look out onto the waves. Closer to the water’s edge; a colorful traditional dhow has been transformed into the perfect setting for an alfresco meal; with your toes in the sand.

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Candlelit dinners on the beach

How to get to &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge

&Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge is situated on the protected northwest side of Benguerra Island, which is part of the Bazaruto Archipelago, off the coast of the Moçambique mainland.

Guests fly to the town of Vilanculos and then transfer by helicopter to the island. There are regular flights from Johannesburg and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit to Vilanculos.

Chartered flights from neighboring countries are also available on request.

Community and Sustainability

andBeyond Benguerra Island Lodge and the Bazaruto National Park strive, in conjunction with the community and other related parties, to maintain a diverse and pristine environment for the enjoyment of future generations. Since the inception of the Lodge in 1988; its owners, management, and staff have been intricately involved in the ecological preservation and conservation of the island’s heritage. The cooperation of the island’s local community and the adoption of eco-tourism and modern conservation practices; have already demonstrated numerous benefits. Ask us for more information on community projects.

andBeyond Benguerra Island Lodge Accommodation

The lodge has a range of luxurious thatched accommodations. Set amidst lush island forest, there are 2 x cozy Cabanas; ideal for couples or honeymooners; and the slightly larger 10 x Casinhas. Cabanas and Casinhas all offer private timber decks, rim-flow pools, sun loungers, and private Salas with irresistible hanging daybeds. They admit cooling sea breezes through wooden shutters and glazed windows and doors; that fold back to frame the magnificent views.

andBeyond Benguerra Island accommodation
andBeyond Benguerra Island accommodation

A light and airy color scheme combine tropical chic; with a distinct African feel and reminders of the area’s Portuguese heritage. Both Casinhas and Cabanas boast elegant four-poster beds with white linen canopies and comfortable day beds. Spacious bathrooms feature generous bathtubs big enough for two; while outdoor showers decorated with hand-painted tiles offer an opportunity to enjoy your ablutions; while listening to the nearby whisper of the waves.

Vast wooden verandas flow from outdoor dining areas ideal for starlit dinners; to cool private plunge pools that mimic the glimmer of the sea. A few short steps down a sandy path shaded sun loungers on the open beach; invite you to while the hours away.

Casinha Accommodation at andBeyond Benguerra Island
Casinha accommodation

Casa Familia

For families or small groups, the exclusive-use Casa Familia is an ideal option with three ensuite bedrooms, a large deck area, and a private pool overlooking the beach. Set in its own secluded garden and mere meters from the beach; the Casa Familia is the ultimate family vacation destination. The Casa Familia is on the edge of the main lodge; offering private views of the ocean and a long stretch of beach.

Casa Familia at andBeyond Benguerra Island
Casa Familia accommodation

Kids on Family Holiday Activities

Children visiting the lodge can take advantage of the fun-filled and interactive WILDChild program that offers various activities; such as treasure hunts, building sandcastles, baking in the lodge kitchen; with the chef, an array of beach games, snorkeling in the lodge pool, hand-line fishing; from a dhow or the beach, horse riding, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

Mozambique family holidays
Mozambique family holidays

&Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge Activities

Indulge yourself in countless hours of relaxation under coconut palms; delight in the diversity of birdlife, visit the historic freshwater lakes; and their crocodiles, sail in a traditional Dhow, and search the seas for the legendary dugongs. You can choose to do as much, or as little, as you like.

Bazaruto Ocean & Land Adventures

Snorkeling

Venture out into the vast blue ocean on a boat, and explore exposed coastal reefs; just off Benguerra Island with the aid of snorkeling gear. Witness the technicolored marine life of the Indian Ocean; flitting through the translucent waters under the searching rays of the African sun.

Snorkeling at Two Mile Reef will suit every guest; regardless of age and expertise. However; the boat ride out to the reef can be bumpy; as the outgoing and incoming tides converge in the channel between Bazaruto and Benguerra Island.

On the boat trip, you may be lucky enough to spot playful dolphins and the elusive, endangered dugong. Under the water, you may encounter harmless reef sharks and slumberous turtles that effortlessly glide past with their wise eyes. Embrace the unspoiled beauty of the reef and the kaleidoscopic colors of the tropical fish; that move in droves around the exposed coral. Two Mile Reef is faultless in its beauty; guaranteeing an unforgettable outing, and is ideal for those who want to confidently explore the Indian Ocean’s shallower coral reefs. Your snorkeling excursion goes out at low tide; so is determined by the timing of the sea.

Bazaruto Scuba Diving

Ideally situated in a protected marine conservation area and home to Africa’s only population of the rare Dugong; andBeyond Benguerra Island offers exceptional diving opportunities. The island boasts outstanding topaz reefs, perfectly and naturally preserved for diving enthusiasts. The surrounding reefs are home to ageless turtles; that glide through the deep waters and nest on the deserted outer shores of the islands. Migrating whales of colossal mass and presence, curious dolphins, and the elusive and endangered dugong romp these warm, inviting waters. Alongside a wide variety of reef species; a large population of spear-bill marlin, steel grey sailfish, and tuna thrives on these reefs.

andBeyond Benguerra Island has a fully equipped Dive Centre; offering a full range of diving adventures that suit the preferences of every guest.

There are a number of choice dive sites available to willing guests; such as the main dive site at Two Mile Reef; saturated with iridescent fish that glow in the clear, warm waters. Or venture further on trips to 5 Mile Reef, 9 Mile Reef, San Sebastian, and Margaruque Island.

Exciting scuba diving adventures are available any time of the day and are not tide-dependent. Expert guides can provide lessons in the pool and equipment; as well as guide you to the best diving spots.

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Incredible diving at andBeyond Benguerra Island Lodge

Benguerra Island Fishing

The Bazaruto Archipelago is a world-renowned fishing destination. The shallow flats between the islands and the mainland provide an excellent breeding ground for baitfish; which in turn provide sustenance for the numerous species of abundant game fish. Delight in an assortment of fishing options; either over two hours, a half-day, or a full day of adventure. Hop aboard a versatile, multipurpose fishing boat; fully equipped with fishing tackle and safety equipment; at the ready for a fishing excursion unlike any other and accompanied by a professional guide.

The lodge and fishing grounds are ideally located in a National Park; where bottom fishing is taboo and the catch-and-release of all species is greatly encouraged.

Fly-fishing is a wonderful adventure that can be enjoyed by both experienced and novice fishermen. Quick sinking lines are used over reefs that vary in depths from 10 to 40 meters (33 to 131 feet). This excursion is more productive in the summer months when the fish are feeding aggressively. Target species like the king and queen mackerel, the ferocious barracuda, the bonito, and the crimson snapper.

For those interested in a more relaxed fishing experience, light tackle fishing, using live bait and artificial lures; will easily trap the elusive sailfish. The dedicated fisherman will revel in deepsea fishing for the predatory billfish; which grow to lengths of over 4 meters (13 feet) and sport sword-like bills. Head out to the deep ocean and prepare for an epic fight, often interspersed with long periods of waiting; all made worthwhile by the catch of a lifetime; set against the backdrop of a breathtaking ocean landscape.

Mozambique fishing
Mozambique fishing

Dhow Cruise

Hop aboard a traditional dhow, a wooden vessel with a triangular sail, used for fishing by the island’s locals. The sailing adventure presents the Island and its surrounding waters in a unique light; from the perspective of one of the island’s fishermen and offers excellent photographic opportunities.

Watch the sunset over the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago as you drift along the calm water; guided by ocean breezes. Witness the cerulean sky rapidly change color. Marvel at the illuminated water, dancing with gold shimmers, as it welcomes the sun’s descent beneath the distant horizon. The scene plays out beautifully and the ocean swallows the golden orb into its infinite depths. Travel back to the shore, accompanied by the quiet swoosh of the dhow’s sail; lost in the kaleidoscope of an African sunset.

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Dhow Cruise

Castaway picnic on Benguerra Island

Feel as though you have the island all to yourself as you indulge in a decadent picnic; set in one of the most secluded sites on the Bazaruto Archipelago. Revel in magnificent sea views from the sand spit and lounge on the peak of soaring sand dunes; romantically set up for an idyllic picnic. Delight in fare that is sure to tantalize your taste buds; with a vast assortment of hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, and local delicacies.

Choose from South Point Bazaruto or North Point Benguerra; gently evoking feelings of being a castaway on a dreamy deserted island. Kick up your heels and lounge on satiny sands; with 360-degree views of the ocean vista and the frolicking dolphins below.

Romantic Mozambique Island picnic
Romantic Mozambique Island picnic

Swimming with Horses

Equine enthusiasts of all ages, and riding levels, will have the memorable opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled Swimming with Horses adventure, on &Beyond Benguerra Island. Dress down for the occasion, in just your swimwear, and ride bareback into azure waters; gently striding into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean on top of your mount.

Expect some splashing, and the occasional grunt of pleasure from your horse as it wades into the calm waters. Afterward, hop off your steed and allow them to enjoy a well-deserved roll on the beach.

This 30 to 45-minute adventure is perfect as a standalone activity or; it can be added after a more extensive horseback exploration of the island. The Swimming with Horses activity is seasonal; as well as weather and tide dependent.

Swimming with Horses at andBeyond Benguerra Island Resort
Swimming with Horses at andBeyond Benguerra Island Resort

Helicopter sightseeing over Bazaruto Island

Experience the beauty of the Bazaruto Archipelago from above as you board a helicopter and fly along the Mozambican coastline. The scenic flip offers magnificent photographic opportunities through every window, with unobstructed views for all passengers. Marvel at the crystal clear water and the pristine, pearlescent beaches of this natural haven. The island is surrounded by glorious golden sand dunes; forever changing form in harmony with the whims of the temperate winds, as well as; deep blue lakes dotted around jade vegetation and pristine, unspoiled white beaches that blend perfectly into the azure ocean.

Benguerra Island Expedition

Island expeditions are fully tailored and customized to accommodate your personal interests and preferences. Explore the azure lakes and creamy sand dunes on the northern side of the island; stroll among the pews of the resident church, and interact with the native Mozambican people in their vibrant thatch and straw village.

Climb up the golden sand dunes, and watch the sunset with your favorite cocktails. Cast your eye to the leafy branches and spot an Osprey. This specialist fish-eater is a common sight; soaring over shorelines, patrolling waterways, and standing on their huge stick nests. Venture to the northwestern part of the island; to seek out Green Malkoha and sightings of the shy Suni antelope. Indulge in fresh, scrumptious fruit and vegetables from the local farmers.

A fascinating excursion to the community center, Centro Cumunitario Kanhe Kwedo reveals a wonderful community initiative; where women delve into their entrepreneurial creative spirit and create beautiful beaded items, and men practice conservation initiatives.

Each drive is accompanied by a local guide; with extensive knowledge of the rich history and fauna and flora of the island. Guides are dedicated to treating you to an authentic local experience; teeming with culture and African flavor. Marvel at the colorful vegetation peppered throughout the island; ‘picture perfect’ in its lustrous presence and inhabited with the silhouettes of tiny rainbow-like birds and candy-floss flamingos. Stroll across the infinite stretch of unspoiled shore, before savoring a delectable picnic spread, served al fresco on unblemished, satiny sand.

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Benguerra Island Expedition – Flamingos

andBeyond Benguerra Island Lodge Accommodation Rates

All rates are in US dollars and are per person sharing per night
Valid until 10th January 2023
Cabana $835
Casinha $1150

The Casa Familia of 3 interleading suites sleeping a maximum of 4 x adults + 2 x children; is $ 5750 per night. A 3rd and 4th child is possible; on request.

Valid from 11th January 2023 until 10th January 2024
Cabana $920
Casinha $1265

The Casa Familia of 3 interleading suites sleeping a maximum of 4 x adults + 2 x children; is $ 6325 per night. A 3rd and 4th child is possible; on request.

&Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge Rates Include / Exclude

The fully inclusive rate includes
Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees,
Laundry,
Emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT,
Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip.

Plus the Fully Inclusive rate includes these activities:
Sea kayaking, sunset dhow cruise, scheduled snorkeling trip, island expedition & local village tour (subject to availability and weather conditions). In addition to the above; Scuba diving is also included. A maximum of 2 dives per day; which is tide-dependent. A full PADI certification is required. Horse riding, and a castaway picnic.

Excludes activities not mentioned above.
Telephone calls, safari shop purchases, gratuities, all items of a personal nature.
Champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits, and cigars.
Conservancy fees (currently $10 per person per night), landing fees, and airport taxes.

andBeyond Benguerra Island Lodge Accommodation Special Offers

Long Stay Offer at &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge

The longer you stay, the lower the price.
Valid until 10th January 2024 for stays of 7 nights or more at a combination of &Beyond lodges in Africa (subject to the seasonal availability of the offer); for the same guests on a single itinerary.

&Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge Honeymoon Package

Honeymooners save 50% on one partner’s accommodation at &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge.
The honeymoon offer is valid for stays of 2 or more nights; throughout the year; within 6 months of the date of marriage. However; due to the impact of COVID-19 travel restrictions; guests qualify for the honeymoon offer if they travel within 12 months of the date of marriage; if they travel before 15th December 2023.

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&Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge
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