Benguerra Island

Azura Benguerra Island

Overview

Idyllic island villas

Azura Benguerra Island is a luxurious and exclusive resort located on the stunning Benguerra Island, one of the many idyllic islands that make up the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters and pristine white sand beaches, this secluded resort offers the ultimate escape for those seeking privacy, relaxation and adventure in equal measure.

The resort boasts just 20 villas, each one elegantly designed and beautifully furnished to provide a true sense of African luxury. Choose from a range of accommodation options, including beachfront villas, pool villas, and the magnificent Presidential Villa, each with its own private infinity pool and stunning sea views.

With a focus on sustainable tourism, the resort offers a range of activities that allow guests to discover the natural beauty of the island, including snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, and dhow sailing. For those looking for something a little more indulgent, the resort’s award-winning spa offers a range of treatments that harness the healing power of natural ingredients.

Facts

At a glance

  • 20 beach-front villas

  • Restaurant and bar

  • Spa

  • Private pools at each villa

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Experiences

  • Azura Benguerra Island MZ drive

    Red Dune & Crocodile Lakes drive

    Depart on a game viewer vehicle for some local island adventure! Pass through the Island’s many villages where you have the chance to encounter some of the local island communities. Along the way you can taste wild fruits from indigenous trees. Keep an eye out for the rich variety of reptiles, birds, and insects some of which are only found here. There is also the chance to see some of the large Nile crocodiles that live in the 3 lakes. On the “Wild Side” you can walk along the beach with its strong wind and waves coming in from the Mozambique Channel & Indian Ocean. Hike up Red Dune, an easy climb, for amazing views of Benguerra Island.

  • Azura Benguerra Island MZ southpoint

    Southpoint Beach picnic & drive

    Head towards picturesque Southpoint Beach. En-route the resort's guides will talk to you about the island's flora and fauna, geomorphology and local culture. Southpoint is the most southern tip of Benguerra Island, the eastern side faces the Mozambique Channel/Indian Ocean with crashing waves whereas the west side has calmer more tranquil waters. The location is dramatic especially with the driftwood tree trunks that lie resting on the perfect white sand. Walk through the mini sand dunes and arrive at a swimming and beach picnic spot. Azura will set up a wonderful picnic lunch for you with refreshments and shade.

  • Azura Benguerra Island MZ speedboat

    Island hopping by speedboat

    Welcome aboard Azura’s signature activity - a short hop to Bazaruto Island to hike up Bazaruto Dune for unsurpassed 360 degree panoramic views of the Archipelago. From here head to Two Mile Reef where there are hundreds of species of tropical fish, coral, rays, invertebrates, as well as the possibility of seeing various species of turtle, or humpback whales during their annual migration. Sightings of dolphin are common and if you are lucky, the highly endangered gentle giants, the dugong, may make an appearance too. After snorkelling, arrive at North Point for a tantalising picnic, and swim in the cool clear waters.

Community & culture

The Azura Rainbow Fund is the first registered charity of its kind in Mozambique. It supports a variety of social and environmental projects large and small, from building schools to environmental protection initiatives. Azura has a dedicated environmentalist and community officer, to work alongside the National Park and local communities wherever they can to protect and enhance the environments on which the resort and community depend.

Footprint

When building their properties, Azura used sustainable building materials where possible, the window frames and doors made locally, the roofing jekka was sourced from local women, and some of the resorts’ huge supporting beams came from trees that had fallen in a storm. Many of the furnishings were handmade by the local community, and as you look around Azura a number of the things you see were made by disadvantaged communities across Southern Africa. The properties have solar powered showers for all their guests and use only eco-detergents in laundry. Azura has state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plants at each of their hotels and recycle their grey water for the gardens to prevent environmental seepage.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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