Lodges

Azura Benguerra

Postcard-perfect beaches and a relaxed atmsophere

Azura Benguerra

This thatched beachfront lodge on the northwest coast of Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago oozes understated elegance. Known for its eco- and community-friendly management style, the lodge has charismatic local staff who know their surroundings intimately. Take advantage of the attentive hospitality, enjoy the loads of activities available or simply relax on a recliner with a book and let the day unfold at its own leisurely pace.

At the lodge

The hotel

Azura Benguerra Island Lodge's communal spaces have stone walls, wooden flooring and high, palm-thatched roofs, making for a cool interior. The areas are chicly decorated in fresh beach style, with the lounge area furnished in a soothing palette of pastel blues and greens. The food is excellent and it's served at private wooden tables. There is also a small library, spa, diving centre and an interesting beach bar. Guests can relax on the exterior decks' scattered recliners and shaded seating or beneath thatched salas on the beach.

The rooms

The lodge offers a variety of accommodation, all echoing the style of the main lodge. Villa Amizade and the Presidential Villa are ideal for family groups; 10 Infinity Beach Villas have prime beachfront locations; the Beach Villas combine Afro-chic style and beach views; and the trio of Beach Villas, although still roomy, are the smallest of the properties and perfect for intimacy and romance. All are spacious and luxurious, with private pools, comfy furnishings, coffee stations, air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.

On safari

Experiences

The primary activity at Azurra Benguerra is relaxation, whether that be on the beach, cocktail in hand, or at the in-house spa. For those needing a little more adventure in their day, a wide variety of beach- and water-based activities are offered, such as scuba diving, a catch-of-the-day beach braai (barbecue), deep-sea catch-and-release fishing, fly fishing, cruises in a traditional dhow, cultural tours and lots more.

When to go

Benguerra by month

January

Season: Wet
  • The height of the wet season with rain falling on a third of the days, temperatures are hot with high levels of humidity and storms can become unpredictable along the coast.
  • This is a risky time of year for a beach based holiday, but the prices can't be beat.
  • Enjoy big game fishing over this period with tuna and marlin being the stars of the show.
  • The warm water temperatures make diving and snorkelling good year round, with tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs to keep you busy.

February

Season: Wet
  • The height of the wet season with rain falling on a third of the days, temperatures are hot with high levels of humidity and storms can become unpredictable along the coast.
  • This is a risky time of year for a beach based holiday, but the prices can't be beat.
  • Yellowfin tuna are the prized catch at this time of year for big game fisherman.
  • Head into the warm waters and explore a different world beneath the rippling blue, home to tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs.

March

Season: Wet
  • This month sees a decline in rainfall from previous months, temperatures are still hot and humid with the possibility of storms along the coast.
  • This is a risky time of year for a beach based holiday, but the prices can't be beat.
  • There is no bad time for big game fishing with tuna being the primary attraction of this period.
  • Known for the warm temperature of its ocean waters, diving and snorkelling are a pleasure with tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs to keep you entertained.

April

Season: Dry
  • The warm water temperatures make diving and snorkelling good year round, with tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs to keep you busy.
  • A sunset cruise on a traditional dhow is the perfect way to end a day in paradise.
  • The end of the wet season has arrived, with a welcome drop in the humidity level and isolated rainfall across the month.
  • Relax on a beach recliner, with a cocktail or local brew, letting the carefree days roll by.
  • Yellowfin tuna provides endless angeling entertainment at this time of year.

May

Season: Dry
  • The weather sees a drop in the high temperatures and humidity, with very little rain falling across the month.
  • Spend your days on the white sandy beaches overlooking warm sapphire waters.
  • A great time of the year for big game fishing, with sailfish targeted towards the end of the month.
  • Head into the warm waters and explore a different world beneath the rippling blue, home to tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs.
  • A champagne cruise aboard a traditional dhow provides soothing end to a day at the beach.

June

Season: Dry
  • The weather is approaching its peak comfort levels with warm daytime temperatures and little rainfall across the month.
  • With ideal weather, take advantage of the beaches with activities like horse riding and champagne picnics.
  • Take to the sea in search of the migrating Humpback whales as they move north to their breeding grounds.
  • Enjoy prime fishing conditions with tuna and sailfish the target species during this this month.
  • Known for the warm temperature of its ocean waters, diving and snorkelling are a pleasure with tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs keeping you entertained.

July

Season: Dry
  • Take to the waters for a day's angling, targeting species like Yellowfin tuna and Sailfish.
  • In this month temperatures are warm during the day and cool at night with little rainfall and low humidity.
  • A wonderful time of year for beach relaxation, with recliners, cocktails and umbrellas provided.
  • Humpback whales provide a thrill at this time of year as they pass by the coast, migrating north to breed.
  • The warm water temperatures make diving and snorkelling good year round, with tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs to keep you busy.

August

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are warm during the day and mild at night, with low humidity and rainfall.
  • With ideal weather, take advantage of the beaches with activities like horse riding and champagne picnics.
  • Take to the sea in search of the migrating Humpback whales as they move North to their breeding grounds.
  • A great time of year for big game fisherman, targeting species like sailfish, tuna and Giant trevally (Giant King fish).
  • Head into the warm waters and explore a different world beneath the rippling blue, home to tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs.

September

Season: Dry
  • Ideal weather is enjoyed in September with hot days and cool night with low humidity and little to no chance of rain.
  • Enjoy the picturesque beach settings with soft white sand, glowing green waters and total relaxation provided.
  • Humpback whales provide a thrill at this time of year as they pass by the coast, migrating North to breed.
  • Test your fishing skills with a day out on the water chasing the famed marlin and sailfish of the region.
  • Known for the warm temperature of its ocean waters, diving and snorkelling are a pleasure with tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs keeping you entertained.

October

Season: Dry
  • This month produces exceptional weather with low humidity, high temperature and little chance of rainfall.
  • Your last chance to enjoy the powder white beaches and Azure waters of Benguerra Island, rain free.
  • A unique diving experience is provided by Whale sharks during this month.
  • Enjoy pristine fishing conditions, with marlin and sailfish the targeted species.
  • The warm water temperatures make diving and snorkelling good year round, with tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs to keep you busy.

November

Season: Wet
  • The wet season has kicked off, temperatures are relatively high with increased humidity and short sporadic showers across the month.
  • The beaches are a 'hit and miss' at this time of year, picturesque on some days and cloudy with rain on others.
  • Spend a morning at sea swimming with the unusual and docile Whale sharks.
  • Fishing is still good over this period with marlin, tuna and trevally about.
  • Head into the warm waters and explore a different world beneath the rippling blue, home to tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs.

December

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot with a high average humidity, rainfall increases drastically, with heavy downpours across this month.
  • This is a risky time of year for a beach based holiday, but the prices can't be beat.
  • Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience with the Whale sharks present off the coast of Benguerra Island in early December.
  • Marlin are present in the vibrant ocean waters at this time of year.
  • Known for the warm temperature of its ocean waters, diving and snorkelling are a pleasure with tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs to keep you entertained.

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