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Benguerra Lodge is a rustic luxury lodge run by one of Africa’s top safari companies in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Mozambique.
What’s Benguerra Lodge really like?
When you’re trying to imagine Benguerra Lodge, it’s probably best that you forget visions of resort hotels and instead think of a safari lodge. It’s small, close to nature and seriously authentic. There are just 13 rooms stretched out along the shoreline, blended in with the natural vegetation. The beach bar is an old dhow with a sail stretched over the top, and there’s a firepit out in front for evening star-gazing and tale telling. More often than not meals are eaten outside. Just back from the beach there’s a swimming pool for when the ocean goes out at low tide and behind in the palm trees is the main lodge with the shop, tv room and lounge.
Even the simplest rooms here are really rather lovely, two cabanas with an airy Mozambican feel. We have to confess, we’re suckers for this kind of modern tropical décor, with high thatched roofs, cool tiled floors, and gleaming brass fittings. There’s a lovely tub, outdoor shower, and plunge pools outside on the deck. The ten casinhas are quite a bit larger, with their own sitting area and a general feeling of space. Lastly there’s the three bedroomed Casa Familia, with a larger pool and a sitting room. Each room has its own banda on the beach. In general this is a wonderfully peaceful spot and a real escape from the modern world, so it’s worth noting that drones are not permitted here.
What can I do at Benguerra Lodge?
Benguerra Island is truly a lovely part of the world, and exploring here naturally focuses on the ocean. There’s snorkelling on the offshore reefs, sailing around the bay on a traditional dhow, and diving for guest who are PADI certified. If you are exceptionally lucky, this is one of the few places in the world where you might see a dugong. There’s also deep sea fishing (mainly catch and release), and remote beach picnics. On land there is the chance to explore the island by vehicle, horse riding (guests must weigh under 85kgs) and rather lovely massages beside the ocean.
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