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Bazaruto Archipelago tours & holiday packages

Diving, snorkelling, birding and paradisiacal Indian Ocean beaches

Fringed by inviting palm-lined white sands and hemmed in by some of the region's finest coral reefs, the Bazaruto Archipelago is the ideal beach destination for active travellers 

Gazetted in 1971, Bazaruto National Park comprises a quintet of small sandy Indian Ocean islands lying about 20 kilometres offshore of the Mozambican mainland between Vilankulo and Inhassoro.

The park's main attraction is its extensive coral reefs, which lie in crystal-clear water warmed by the Mozambique Current. In addition to the array of dazzling and oddly shaped fish that inhabit the coral gardens, marine turtles, humpback whales and three species of dolphin are frequent visitors. The islands are also renowned for their challenging game fishing, with marlin, barracuda and various sailfish among the more alluring targets for anglers. 

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Fringed by a succession of white palm-lined beaches, the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago are also great for more conventional beach holidays. For wildlife enthusiasts, freshwater lakes on the two largest islands, Bazaruto and Benguerra, support relict breeding populations of crocodiles. Turtles, including the rare loggerhead, breed on the beaches. Terrestrial mammals include the Suni antelope, red duiker, bushbuck and samango monkey. The shallow ocean around Bazaruto also supports what is probably eastern Africa’s last viable population of dugong, an endangered marine herbivore related to the manatee of the Atlantic Ocean. Whale sharks occur here too.

The archipelago has much to offer birdwatchers. Roughly 150 species have been recorded, including several that are rare or localised elsewhere in southern Africa, such as crab, sand and Mongolian plovers; olive and blue-cheeked bee-eaters; and a variety of petrels, gulls and waders. Lesser flamingos are sometimes seen on the lakes.

In medieval times, the archipelago supported East Africa’s most southerly Islamic trading outposts, few traces of which remain. Later, under Portuguese rule, it became an important centre of pearl production. During the 15-year-long civil war that ended in 1992, Bazaruto Archipelago was one of the few parts of Mozambique that remained safe to visit, leading to its development as an upmarket tourist destination that functioned in near isolation from the rest of the country.

Today, all the lodges on the archipelago still slot comfortably into the upmarket or exclusive price bracket, attracting a fly-in clientele comprising mainly visitors on a multi-country itinerary who barely set foot on the Mozambican mainland. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Bazaruto Archipelago

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

When is the best time to visit Bazaruto Island?

The best time to visit Bazaruto Island is during the dry season months of May to November. Mozambique is blessed with warm tempreture all year round, making it an excellent destination for water sport enthusiasts. go there.

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