Although Benguerra Lodge is the oldest lodge in the area, it is a wonderfully characterful old lodge that has long been one of our Bazaruto favourites. The area is famous for its fabulous white beaches, excellent fishing and first-class scuba diving and snorkelling. It was declared a National Park in 1971.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Just over an hour’s flight from Johannesburg, the island is approximately 11 km by 5.5 km.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The 13 rooms are located along the beach in well-kept gardens that have had three decades to develop into the most charming grounds of any southern Mozambique lodge. There are two categories of rooms – the Casitas and the Cabanas. The former are the finer, each with its own plunge pool on a private deck, whereas the Cabanas are more economical options that offer great value for a lodge of this quality. There is also a two-bedroom villa with its own swimming pool on the wooden deck outside. There is a large lounge, a restaurant serving traditional Mozambiquan cuisine, and a fabulous bar made from an old dhow sailing boat. There is also a good sized pool and a small spa.
Not only is Benguerra known for its fantastic diving and snorkelling, but fishing here is regarded as some of the best deep sea fly fishing in the world. Other activities include 4x4 drives across the island, dhow cruises, sea kayaking, catamaran cruises, village visits, island walks and birdwatching (the island is home to 140 species of bird).