Benguerra 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. It is famous for its unspoiled white beaches, remarkable dive sites and excellent fishing (subject to a strict “catch & release” policy).
Some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world is available off Benguerra’s shores with the surrounding coral reefs rich in sea life. The archipelago is one of the last remaining habitats of the endangered Dugong. A pale, voluptuous sea mammal fabled to have made bygone mariners believe in mermaids.
Inland, 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.
The Main Lodge consists of :
- Large Reception Area and Gift Shop.
- Expansive Lounge and Bar, Dining Room – all with large wooden decks and indoor and outdoor seating areas.
- There is also a Swimming Pool and small Spa.
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.
Dining at Benguerra
Meals at Benguerra are comprised largely of freshly caught seafood – with delicacies such as prawns, crab and crayfish. Traditional Moçambican cuisine, Portuguese flavours and a variety of delicious dishes make up the daily menus. Breakfast and lunch are buffet affairs, while dinner is a set menu. Guests with special dietary requirements can be individually catered for.
The island and the lodge provide a variety of settings for lunches and dinners which contribute to the magic and romance of the island experience.
There are Cabanas built right on the edge of the beach. Romantic and elegant, the suites offer guests the chance to experience the ultimate island getaway.
The Cabanas each have:
- Queen-sized bed with mosquito net
- Large bathroom with bath, shower and outdoor shower
- Overhead fan
- Private deck with jacuzzi/plunge pool and sun loungers
- Tea & coffee making facilities
A home away from home, where the eco conscious traveller can relax and enjoy the spacious and luxurious comforts to be found in this African Island Paradise. The Casita embraces Benguerra’s unique blend of safari chic and Arabic style.
- Each Casita has a Queen size bed with mosquito net
- Tastefully appointed lounge area
- 100m2 of private timber deck with plunge pool
- Outdoor dining gazebo for starlit dinners
The Villa is the epitome of exclusivity. The luxury furnishings and private facilities make it an ideal place for those wanting unsurpassed comfort and privacy, honeymooners and families.
A personal chef prepares all meals at the Villa, although the main lodge's dining facilities are also available to Villa guests, if desired.
The Villa has:
Two double bedrooms (which may be converted into twins)
Mosquito nets and overhead fans
En-suite bathrooms with beautiful copper baths
Outdoor showers with intricate mosaic inlays
Intimate lounge and dining area
Private wooden deck and swimming pool
Direct beach access
Benguerra is a paradise for both experienced and novice snorkellers and scuba divers. To encourage visitors to enjoy the pristine reefs, a fully equipped dive centre with dive instructor has been set up. There are numerous dive venues available, including the superb Two-Mile Reef.
The most striking aspects of scuba diving the reefs around the island is the sheer unspoiled beauty combined with the variety and abundance of marine life. Many exotic reef fish abound such as schooling banner fish, moorish idols, butterfly fish, blue striped snappers, barred sweetlips, goldies, trigger fish and hosts of others.
After snorkelling the reef, go to the deserted Pansy Island, a unique breeding ground for the legendary pansy shell.
The Fishing in the Bazaruto Archipelago is world renowned. The shallow flats between the islands and the mainland provide an excellent breeding ground for baitfish which in turn provides sustenance for the numerous species of abundant game fish in the Archipelago.
The fishing options at Benguerra Lodge are varied, from light tackle fishing in the bay, to fly-fishing in the open ocean or even targeting the oceans kingpin, the Marlin. Our 2 versatile fishing boats are skippered by professional friendly guides, and come fully equipped with all fishing tackle and safety equipment. The Lodge and our fishing grounds are situated in a National Park - bottom fishing is not allowed and the catch and release of all species is encouraged.