Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Holidays to Southern Mozambique & the Bazaruto Archipelago: an Overview

Enjoy a luxury holiday on the Bazaruto Archipelago in Southern Mozambique and explore its deserted and pristine white beaches, warm turquoise seas and small fishing communities.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Hunt for pansy shells on an uninhabited island then watch the sunset while cruising on a traditional dhow
  • Gallop along endless white sandy beaches, your horse's hooves pounding in the surf
  • Dive the famous Two Mile Reef and hope you spot a shy dugong

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Apart from the odd luxury lodge dotted amongst the islands, there is nothing much to disturb the serene beauty of the Bazaruto Archipelago. And on the subject of the lodges, we at Original Travel have been lucky enough to visit them all, and the overall standard is right up there with the very best beach lodges worldwide.

Offshore, the fertile waters are home to an abundance of life providing superb diving and snorkelling opportunities and some of the best salt water fly-fishing and deep-sea fishing in the world. On most days you should see shoals of dolphin feeding off the endless supply of fish, and if you are lucky you may see a rare dugong or humpback whales and whale sharks migrating along the Mozambique Channel between the mainland and Madagascar.

With over 150 species of birds, the Bazaruto Archipelago is also a haven for twitchers, and at certain times of year you are likely to be sharing the beach with flocks of flamingos. Other activities include island hopping, visits to turtle nesting grounds, beach walks, and horse riding.


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A note on price

Mozambique can be combined with a safari elsewhere in Africa, but a straightforward week at one of the country’s beautiful and unspoilt beach hotels would cost from between £2,700 to £6,250 per person including flights. Learn more about our pricing

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
  • Rainfall — 17cm / 6.7 inches
  • Water Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
Flight from London

11:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs


Top picks for Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

White Pearl Lodge

White Pearl Lodge

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

With the Indian Ocean to the East and the Maputo Elephant Reserve to the West, the new White Pearl Resort is the perfect location for guests seeking an active beach break, a post safari ‘chill out’ or a relaxing and restorative retreat.

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Azura Benguerra

Azura Benguerra

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Azura is a boutique beach lodge located on Benguerra Island, part of the Bazaruto Archipelago that lies just off the coast of southern Mozambique.

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Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa is located on the western side of Bazaruto Island, the largest of the five principle islands in the stunning archipelago off the coast of Mozambique. It’s part of Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in the Indian Ocean. You’re sure to be astounded by its rich culture, a convergence of Portuguese colonial heritage and colourful African influences.

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Villa Santorini

Villa Santorini

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Villa Santorini overlooks Vilanculos Bay, just a few miles from the coastal town of Vilanculos on its own stretch of beach. There are five double bedrooms in the main house and the place can be taken in its entirety as a private villa taking a total of ten adults or eight adults and six children or as individual hotel rooms. The separate Chapel is basically a private villa designed for a couple and ideal for honeymooners, with a private plunge pool and lovely views across the beach and ocean.

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Benguerra Island Lodge

Benguerra Island Lodge

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

In the middle of the Indian Ocean sits a collection of islands with powder white sand, dotted with swaying palms and overlooking turquoise lagoons, teeming with tropical fish. The Bazaruto islands really are a tropical delight, and the newly renovated Benguerra Island Lodge is the perfect, luxurious base from which to enjoy your stay in paradise.

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Dugong Beach Lodge

Dugong Beach Lodge

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Located on a golden sand beach on the fringe of the Vilanculos coastal wildlife sanctuary, the 14 chalets of the Dugong Beach Lodge provide guests with that castaway feeling without having left mainland Mozambique.

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