vaccinations are required when visiting the island.
However, as a precaution, Malaria tablets must be taken.
Please consult your doctor or pharmacist. All drinking
water is filtered and treated. Beware of razor clams
in the bay area. Cuts and scratches can result in coral
poisoning and must therefore be treated immediately.
Some first-aid equipment is available, however, we recommend
you bring along the following personal medication: Insect
repellent, suntan and blockout creams, Immodium, Malaria
tablets, antihistamine creams.
Being within the tropics
the Bazaruto Archipelago never gets cold, but on some
evenings during the winter months of June and July a
light jacket or pullover may be necessary. For the rest
of the time, swimming costumes and light tropical wear
are all you need. The summer months of November through
to February can be extremely hot. This is also the rainy
season, though storms seldom last long.
Minimal clothing is required
as dress is casual at all times. A tracksuit or jersey
is recommended in case of an occasional cool evening.
Raincoats or waterproofs are wise during the rainy months
and while boating and fishing. Sunhats and caps are
necessary, as are tennis-type shoes for walking on the
of shellfish, shells, fish and coral from the islands
is strictly illegal. Therefore, locals are discouraged
from removing live shells and coral from the reefs.
The shores fringing the island are a paradise for plovers,
sandpipers and other wading birds. Thousands of Palearctic
migrants cram the shallow waters during the summer months
and a keen eye and a good pair of binoculars will reveal
many rarities among them. Terns, flamingos, egrets,
kingfishers, cormorants and even the occasional Open
billed Stork forage close to the shore at low tide.
Of the migrant bird-hunting falcons, only the Peregrine
and European Hobby have so far been recorded, but the
rarer Eleanora’s and Sooty Falcons may be expected.
A good variety of birds occur in the savannah and grasslands.
Walking trails could
lead visitors to interesting areas such as mangrove
communities, freshwater lakes and turtle nests. For
those who like a challenge, a walk up to the light-house
is a must. And with the crossing over sand dunes so
high and vast, you feel you are in the middle of a desert..but
surrounded on all sides by tropical ocean is an experience
never to be forgotten.
ROCK AND SURF FISHING
and release’ policy is encouraged.
Recommended fishing spots:
- Dom Carlos Sandspit. For Springer,
Sandshark, Stumpnose, Bonefish and big Garfish all
year round. The Kingfish peak from November to March.
Recommended bait is live-bait, plugs squid and sardine.
(Available daily from local boats.)
- Lighthouse and Northpoint
reefs. For Cuta, Kingfish, Grouper and assorted rock
fish. (Be prepared to lose tackle! Please return all
- Bays between the reefs. For
Bonefish, Pompano, Sandsharks, Kingfish. Recommended
bait is spoon, squid and sardine.
- Gengarema Point. For King
and Queen Mackerel, Grunter, Bonito, Kingfish. Recommended
bait is spoon, plugs and driftbait.
General fishing information:
It may be necessary to hire a Landrover to reach the
best spots. Boats can be hired for fly fishing. Kingfish,
Bonito, Bonefish and Gars are prevalent at evening high
Being on the
very edge of the deep Mozambique Channel, Bazaruto is
Africa’s most productive area for Marlin (Black,
Blue and Striped) and Sailfish as well as warm water
game fish such as Giant Kingfish, Wahoo, King Mackerel,
Dorado and Bonito. October to March are the prime Marlin
months with June to September being best for Sailfish.
Many other species of fish are caught all year round.
Boats can be hired with or without rods and tackle.
All boats must be in by 16H30 to allow for a daylight
search if a problem arises. Full safety equipment and
radios are supplied on all boats. No bottom fishing
allowed from the boats. Terminal tackle must be brought
along or can be bought at the Lodge. (Limited stock
There is a resident diving instructor at the Lodge. Dives
undertaken are all between 12m and 30m. Dive compressors,
tanks and weight belts are available. There is approximately
37 km of reef suitable for diving.
Best Diving Spots
- Lighthouse Point (max. depth
15m average 12m)
- Greek Temple (max. depth 16m
- 12 Mile Reef (max. depth 25m
- Whale Rock (max. depth 12m)
- Two Mile Reef (max. depth
- Gengarema Point (max. depth
- Manta Reef
- Rainbow Runner Dive
A number of safe bays enclosed by coral reefs, with warm
water three to four meters deep inhabited by a kaleidoscope
of tropical fish wait.
- Drinks in coolboxes can be
arranged with the barman for picnics or boat outings.
- Food baskets for picnics can
be arranged with the caterer in advance for longer
trips on the island.
- A daily laundry service is
offered at the Lodge at no charge.
OTHER LODGE OPTIONS: INFO ON
- MARLIN LODGE
- INDIGO BAY
- AGUIA NEGRA
HOW TO GET THERE:
JHB - VILANCULOS - JOHANNESBURG FLIGHTS:
*Direct, International Flights are available from Vilanculos
to Johannesburg International Airport. There are return
flights on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Depend on the schedule,
there are flights from Johannesburg on Saturday and a
return flight on Sunday. Other flight options are also
available - to suit your needs. We can arrange Private
Flight Charters, should you prefer.
We have a Herbal Provolacis available that can be taken
by the whole family. It has got no side effects and was
developed from a herb originated from Mozambique.
The dose is 1 capsule per adult per day or 1 per child
every second day. It has no bitter after taste... They
are R85/40 capsules, and can be obtained directly from
However, please make sure that you do use Tabard lotion
as well and sleep under the mozzie nets in the lodge.
>> What to
take with, when going to Mozambique.