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Bazaruto Archipelago

Bazaruto’s main attractions are the white palm-lined beaches and clear waters for snorkeling and diving amongst exceptional marine life. This is a place for chilling and relaxed exploration from April to October. Marine turtles, humpback whales, bottlenose, spinner and humpback dolphins are frequently spotted around the islands. Rare dugongs (related to manatees) can be found in the waters here.

Six small and sandy islands make up the Bazaruto Archipelago,  15 to 25 km off the southern coast of Mozambique. Accessed via Vilanculos on the mainland, the archipelago is a national park protecting diverse marine ecosystems.

Bazaruto Island and Benguerra Island are the two inhabited islands, both renowned for white palm-lined beaches and clear waters.

This is one of the best places for diving and snorkelling in Mozambique but this is really a place for chilling and relaxed exploration.  Marine turtles, humpback whales, bottlenose, spinner and humpback dolphins are frequently spotted around the islands. Three types of turtle nest on the beaches, including the loggerhead, one of the rarest turtles in the world.

To the south of Bazaruto are some large freshwater lakes supporting small breeding colonies of freshwater crocodiles – just one of the 45 reptile and amphibian species found on the islands.

The islands are comparable to the Indian Ocean Islands of the Seychelles, Mauritius, Réunion and Madagascar, with white palm-lined beaches. home to suni antelope, red duiker and samango monkey. Bazaruto Island also supports an endemic variety of butterfly. Around 150 species of bird have been recorded here including green coucal, sand, crab and Mongolian plovers, olive and blue-cheeked bee-eaters, as well as a variety of petrels, gulls and waders.

Vilanculos and the Bazaruto archipelago are linked directly from Johannesburg and Kruger National Park providing the best option for combining southern Africa’s tropical beaches with a southern safari during the high season from July to October.

If you’re looking for beaches and relaxation on idyllic tropical locations Bazaruto ticks all the boxes.

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