The second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, &Beyond Benguerra Island offers pristine beaches, unspoiled coral reefs teeming with marine life and excellent catch and release fishing opportunities.
Looking out onto the calm waters of a secluded bay the lodge boasts soft, shimmering beach sands as well as a deep channel that cuts straight out to sea allowing for swimming right off the beach - even at low tide - and permitting direct boat access.
Spread out along warm, golden sands, every room and guest area at &Beyond Benguerra Island opens out onto a spectacle of sparkling ocean waters. Boasting a fresh island feel, the lodge’s welcoming guest areas offer views of the lush tropical garden and the ocean beyond.
Set among a lush island forest, ten casinhas and two cabanas admit cooling sea breezes through wooden shutters and glazed windows and doors that fold back to frame the magnificent views.
A light and airy colour scheme combines tropical chic with a distinct African feel and reminders of the area’s Portuguese heritage. Set under thatch, both casinhas and cabanas boast elegant four-poster beds with white linen canopies and comfortable day beds.
Spacious bathrooms feature generous bathtubs big enough for two, while outdoor showers decorated with hand-painted tiles offer an opportunity to enjoy your ablutions while listening to the nearby whisper of the waves.
Vast wooden verandas flow from outdoor dining areas ideal for starlit dinners to cool plunge pools that mimic the glimmer of the sea. A few short steps down a sandy path, shaded sun loungers on the open beach invite you to while the hours away.
Ideal for families or groups, the Casa Familia boasts three bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom, as well as private swimming pool set on the sheltered wooden veranda.
Children eight years and older are welcome atan additional bed is set up in the parents’ room for children up to the age of 14.
WILDchild is a filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. Each child will receive a WILDchild bag containing a logbook, crayons, pencils and a pawprint tattoo, with those under three getting an African-themed soft toy as well.
&Beyond Benguerra is a romantic retreat for honeymooners - enjoy deserted sandbank picnics, sunset dhow cruises and succulent seafood dinners served right on the beach with your toes in the sand. Retire to your comfortable bed, where the gentle sounds of the surf will quickly lull you to sleep.
The lodge offers delicious meals of fresh, fragrant seafood which are served on your private veranda, directly on the sandy beach or in the elegant main dining area, with its open sides and cool thatched roof.
Set deep in cleverly created patches of shade, comfortable loungers beckon set around the lodge’s rim flow swimming pool look out onto the waves. Closer to the water’s edge, a colourful traditional dhow has been transformed into the perfect setting for an al fresco meal with your toes in the sand.
Local sailing boats carry you out to sea on dhow cruises and the billowing dunes and soft sands invite you to explore this extraordinary island. The lodge has a spa where you can relax and enjoy a spa experience.
Guests will often spot a resident pod of common or humpback dolphin, just two of the five dolphin species found in these waters. Divers may encounter devil rays or sting rays gliding along the sea bottom, while leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles are all found here.
Typically occurring in wide, shallow protected areas such as bays, the largest numbers of dugong in Africa are believe to live off the Bazaruto Archipelago.
&Beyond Benguerra Island has a fully equipped Dive Centre and offers a full range of diving adventures. If you are an experienced diver, our Dive Master will take you out to explore the waters off the Bazaruto Archipelago and, if you are a novice, our Dive Instructor will introduce you to a whole new world of mystery, wonder and beauty.
Spend an afternoon indulging in a “Cast-Away” picnic and explore the highest dune in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Put your feet up and enjoy the breathtaking, 360 degree views of South Point.
HORSE RIDING SAFARIS
Spend the late afternoon cantering along the water’s edge, explore the island’s hidden tracks or indulge in a gentle wander along miles and miles of endless beaches. Fully in tune with nature, horseback riding is the perfect way to absorb the beauty of Benguerra. Accompanied by a dedicated guide, we offer exceptional trails for all levels, from first-timers to experienced riders.
Explore the shallower coastal reefs situated off Benguerra island with the help of a snorkel. Equipment is provided and our guide will show you the best snorkelling spots to see the colourful marine life of the Indian Ocean.
Experience Mozambique from above. Hop aboard a helicopter and fly along the coastline of Benguerra Island and enjoy the crystal clear water and pristine white beaches with a bird’s eye view.
SUNSET DHOW CRUISE
Enjoy a cruise on a traditional wooden sailing vessel known as a dhow. A local skipper will fetch you in the late afternoon and will sail around the calm waters of the bay as the sun sets over the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago.
Island expeditions are fully customised according to your interests and may include anything from a 30-minute trip to the local school or a two-hour expedition around the island. Explore the lakes and dunes on the northern side of the island, visit the local school and church and interact with the local people in the village. Each drive is accompanied by a local guide with extensive knowledge of the island, who will ensure that you have an authentic local experience.