Benguerra Island Lodge
Benguerra Island, Mozambique
At a Glance
Magical stretch of unspoiled beach
Helicopter trip over to Benguerra is an experience in itself
Picnics on Pansy Island
Fabulous diving and snorkeling
The Lodge is small and intimate and offers genuine hospitality and personalized service
If you are keen horserider, I would highly recommend going on a ride with Mozambique Horse Safaris based at Benguerra Lodge. A wonderful way to explore the remote island and gallop along the pristine beaches. Do note, it is not for beginners.Camilla Whitworth
Benguerra Lodge strikes the perfect balance of privacy by day and social by night.Camilla Whitworth
Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Benguerra Island Lodge
Benguerra is the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, which broke away from the mainland thousands of years ago. The island is approximately 11km long by 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.
Benguerra Lodge and the Bazaruto National Park strive, in conjunction with the community and other related parties, to maintain the 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. Part of the &Beyond group, you can expect beautiful rustic-luxe style, superb service and fabulous food. The local staff are immensely friendly and always willing to help. There are ten casinhas, two cabanas and a three bedroom Casa de Familia with it's own private pool. All of the rooms are the epitome of Robinson Crusoe chic, with soft fronds of thatch overlapping from the roof, beautiful four poster beds and decor with a mix of ocean blues and African artwork.
There are three different types of accommodation to chose from at Benguerra Island Lodge. Each one is individually designed and decorated and include ten Casinhas, two Cabanas and a Casa Familia, which is made up of three bedrooms. All have en-suite bathrooms with outdoor showers and generous bathtubs, as well as private decks with plunge pool. The rooms embrace Benguerra’s unique blend of safari chic and Arabic style.
Children of any age are welcome at Benguerra Island Lodge. There is a three bedroom villa which works very well for families and extra beds can be accommodated in the casinha room category if parents want to share with one child.
Benguerra Lodge has an expansive lounge, bar and dining room – all with large wooden decks and indoor and outdoor seating areas. By the spacious reception area is the gift shop selling local handicrafts. There is also a swimming pool and small spa.
Benguerra takes great pride in personal service and offers an experienced guide to accompany guests, whether snorkeling on the Archipelago’s magnificent reefs, or casting a fly from a boat.
There is so much to discover on and around the Island, on foot or in an open Landrover. Activities include: snorkeling, sea kayaking, dhow cruises, landrover Island tours and village visits.
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 center with dive instructor has been set up. There are numerous dive venues available, including the superb Two-Mile Reef.
For experienced riders it is possible to explore this remote island on horse-back with Mozambique Horse Safaris based at Benguerra Lodge.
Location & Directions
Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Benguerra is the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago.The island is approximately 55 square kilometers (11km long x 5.5 km wide), and lies 14km offshore. Inland, Benguerra Island comprises forest, savannah, freshwater lakes and wetland eco-systems that sustain a diverse population of fauna and flora. The island, which is home to approximately 140 bird species, was declared a National Park in 1971.
When to go
The Bazaruto Archipelago is warm and sunny year round with temperatures averaging 25° C in the winter months (May – August) and over 30° C in the summer months (December - March). Rain is possible from November to March, usually in short bursts. The sea temperature varies with the seasons and currents, and ranges between 22° C and 32° C.