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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.
The guestrooms at Benguerra Island Lodge - thatched Casinhas and Cabanas, and the Casa Familia - all enjoy ocean views, and are set within tropical gardens just steps from the sandy beach. There are just ten Casinhas and two Cabanas, which all welcome the sea breeze through wooden shutters, and fold-back doors. Accommodation is light and spacious, with a distinctly African feel, whilst incorporating reminders of the area's Portuguese heritage. Four poster beds, comfortable day beds, and generous bathtubs ensure there is plenty of space for relaxation, along with outdoor dining areas and cool plunge pools.
The Casa Familia is home to three bedrooms, as well as a private swimming pool, and is perfect for family travellers. The WILDChild programme at Benguerra Island offers a range of fun, interactive activities and opportunities for the little ones to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. On arrival, each child will receive a WILDChild bag, and a personalised welcome note.
Meals are served at the lodge, with the option of dining in the dining room, or in the privacy of guests accommodation. Lunch can be taken as a 'castaway picnic', and private beach dinners can be arranged, for romantic dining under the stars.
The lodge is set within a marine conservation area, and so there are vibrant coral reefs teeming with tropical fish for snorkelling, some fantastic scuba dive sites within easy reach of the lodge - and this region is also the only African habitat of the Dugong. The deep Mozambique channel which runs alongside the island means there's some impressive sport fishing to be enjoyed too. Heading inland, there's a lush patchwork of forests, wetlands and fresh water lakes to explore. Horse riding and island hopping trips are also an option, as well a village visits, and sand dune exploration.