Benguerra Island

Kisawa Sanctuary


Bazaruto bliss

Kisawa is a 300-hectare sanctuary of forest, beach and sand dunes, located on the southern tip of the beguiling Benguerra Island.

Pairing traditional artisanal craft with innovative sustainable luxury, the style is a fresh and fabulous take on barefoot luxury. There are 12 one, two and three-bedroom bungalow residences, has its own private beach, an open-air deck, an infinity pool, an outdoor day area and kitchen.

There’s also a selection of culinary venues, from a chilled out breezy restaurant and wine room to a pizza tuk tuk and a selection of romantic private spots. Kisawa’s spa specialises in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic treatments.

There’s plenty to explore on land while the Bazaruto Archipelago National Marine Park is home to some of the richest and least explored subtropical ecosystems in the Indian Ocean.


At a glance

  • 12 one, two and three-bedroom bungalow residences

  • Selection of dining venues

  • Spa

  • PADI dive centre

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    Kisawa offers different levels of PADI certified private and group diving experiences that range from sharing reefs with turtles and tropical fish to deep sea diving with marlin, sail fish, yellowfin tuna, tiger sharks and manta rays.

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    Water sports

    SUP and practice paddle board yoga, kayak the cove side of the property at sunrise or canoe through a thriving mangrove ecosystem

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    Spot dugongs, whales dolphins from the Kisawa boat or visit the appropriately named Crocodile Lake and Flamingo Beach.

Community & Culture

Kisawa’s mission is to bring wilderness and wellbeing together, with strategic decisions informed by extensive research in creating a positive impact for the people of Mozambique and its natural surroundings.

Today the property is run by a passionate team of 220 staff, with 90% of the operational team from Africa and the remainder of the team combining different expertise from around the world.

Led by Culinary Director, Joseph Moubayed, Kisawa has built a network of farmers and fishermen from within the Inhambane province, supplying natural, local produce from within 300km of Kisawa Sanctuary, with as much as possible grown and made on site.


Positioned at the opposite end of the island, the Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies (BCSS) is the nonprofit sister property to Kisawa. It is an innovative platform hosting the first permanent ocean observatory focused on multi-ecosystem time series research in Africa, using its strategic location and data to support environmental management at a local level, facilitate regional collaboration and contribute to international scientific programs.


Kisawa is a pairing of innovation and tradition, created through work with skilled artisans from Benguerra Island as well as patented 3D printing technology. Decisions have been careful to protect the environment and we have ensured a light footprint on the natural landscape where possible.

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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