Fly-In to Bazaruto Island - Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

This is a 6-day fly-in to tranquil Pestana Bazaruto Lodge on the Bazaruto Archipelago on the Mozambique coast and ideal for those of who’ve dreamed of an well earned escape to an exclusive Indian Ocean Island

Tour Code:
B/gsa
Depart From:
Johannesburg   |   Ending at: Johannesburg
Departures: Weekly
Duration: 6 Days
Country: Mozambique
Type: Honeymoon |
Children: Not Allowed 

 






Fly-In to Bazaruto Island - Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

Fly-In to Bazaruto Island - Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

Fly-In to Bazaruto Island - Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

Fly-In to Bazaruto Island - Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

Fly-In to Bazaruto Island - Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

Fly-In to Bazaruto Island - Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

Fly-In to Bazaruto Island - Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

Fly-In to Bazaruto Island - Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

Fly-In to Bazaruto Island - Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

Fly-In to Bazaruto Island - Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

 
 

Bazaruto Island is the largest of five islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago, which is situated approx. 800 km North of Maputo. Vilankulo, on the mainland is the nearest International Airport, and is approx. 2 ½ hours flying time from Johannesburg – either direct, or via Maputo.

The name Bazaruto originates from a local word; “Ushurutswa”, which means “island of the mist”; the Portuguese later converted it to Bazaruto. Legend has it that pearls were collected for the Queen of Sheba off the coast of Bazaruto.

The eastern strip of the island is composed of enormous sand dunes. The remainder of the island is thicket, grassland, scrub and wetland. Wildlife species include dolphins, dugongs, humpback whales and marine turtles. The freshwater lakes are home to big crocodiles. Near the north point of the island is an old lighthouse, the Farol do Bazaruto, built by the Portuguese over 100 years ago. This has not been in operation for many years, but the view from the top of the lighthouse is truly spectacular.

Accommodation
The accommodation at the Pestana Bazaruto Lodge Island Resort is in newly renovated air-conditioned A-frame chalets nestling among the forested sand dunes at the north point of Bazaruto Island, just below the lighthouse.

There are 40 chalets, all air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms. All chalets are also equipped with ceiling fans, mosquito nets, satellite TV and tea / coffee making facilities. The water is filtered and safe to drink

The resort boasts a stunning new Spa, and has two huge fresh water swimming pools with Jacuzzi’s. The new Spa is perfectly situated with stunning ocean views, and there is also a new children’s play area for younger children.

The resort has an air-conditioned conference room, and a games room with pool tables, table tennis, darts and other games. Watersports include ski boating, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, water-skiing and banana boat rides, etc.

The Lodge restaurant caters to the enthusiastic appetite of guests with a variety of delicious fresh seafood served daily. The attractive open-air bar encourages guests to meet new friends, while a sundown trip on a Dhow provides a breath-taking way to end the day. The well-stocked bar has Portuguese and South African wines.

Weather
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.

Dress
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 reefs.

Activities
The activities at Bazaruto Lodge are run by Gone Fishin’ and they offer a wide range of watersports, scuba diving, fishing, as well as excursions to various spots on the island, and boat trips to neighbouring islands.

Flights
The LAM flight times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Sundays are:
JNB / VNX - 10H55 arr: 13H45 (short stop in Inhambane)
VNX / JNB - 14H15 arr: 16H10 direct
Then on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays:
JNB / VNX - 10H55 arr: 12H50 direct
VNX / JNB - 13H20 arr: 16H15 (short stop in Inhambane)

Federal Air flight times are:
JNB / VNX - 10H20 arr: 12H40 (direct, except on Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, when the flight goes via KMIA)
VNX / JNB - 14H00 arr: 16H30

Please note:
Flights to Vilanculos are based on availability in Gold class. Airline has seats in Silver, Gold & Platinum with silver the cheapest, but not always available. On booking the availability of seats will determine final cost.

Health & Clothing
Health
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving within 6 days from infected areas.
Vaccination against typhoid is advised.
Malaria risk, predominantly in the malignant falciparum form, exists throughout the year in the low altitude areas (eastern part) of the Limpopo Province, eastern part of Mpumalanga (including the Kruger National Park) and northeastern KwaZulu/Natal as far south as the Tugela River. The risk is highest from October to May.
Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is endemic in the north and east. Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water - swimming pools which are chlorinated and maintained are safe.

Clothing
South Africa’s climate is generally sunny and pleasant. Winters are usually mild, although snow falls on the mountain ranges of the Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State and Natal and occasionally in lower-lying areas, when a brief cold spell can be expected throughout the country.

Required clothing: Lightweight cottons and linens and rainwear for summer. Warmer clothes are needed for winter.

Day 1 - Depart Johannesburg for Vilanculos
Depart from Johannesburg International Airport to Mozambique. Baggage is limited to 20kg per seated person.

After clearing customs and immigration at Vilanculos you'll be transferred by light aircraft to Bazaruto Island.

Day 2 - 5
Days at leisure. A wide range of watersports, scuba diving, fishing, as well as excursions to various spots on the island, and boat trips to neighbouring islands are offered.

Scuba Diving
The diving at Bazaruto has been compared to that of the Great Barrier Reef and there are approximately 37 km of reef suitable for diving. Gone Fishin’ at the Lodge has a fully equipped diving operation, with resident diving instructor (NAUI & PADI). Dives undertaken are all between 12m and 30m. All equipment, including dive compressors, tanks and weight belts are available in the water-sports centre.

Best Diving Spots
Lighthouse Point (max. depth 15m average 12m)
Greek Temple (max. depth 16m average 13m)
12 Mile Reef (max. depth 25m average 14m)
Whale Rock (max. depth 12m)
Two Mile Reef (max. depth 15m)
Gengarema Point (max. depth 23m)
Manta Reef
Rainbow Runner Dive

Snorkelling
A number of safe bays enclosed by coral reefs, with warm water three to four metres deep inhabited by a kaleidoscope of tropical fish, magnificent corals, star fish and sea cucumbers wait. There are some wonderful shore entry snorkelling spots, where even young children can experience the wonders of the ocean in complete safety.
- Venges Bay
- Coral Gardens

Rock and Surf Fishing
A ‘tag and release’ policy is encouraged.

Bird Life
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 andeven the occasional Openbilled 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.

Walks
Walking trails could lead visitors to interesting areas such as mangrove communities, freshwater lakes and turtle nests. For those who like achallenge, a walk up to the lighthouse 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.

Shell Collecting
The export 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.

Day 6 - Depart Pestana Bazaruto Lodge for Johannesburg
After breakfast you are transferred back to the mainland for your flight from Vilanculos to Johannesburg where the tour ends.

6-Day Fly-In to Bazaruto Lodge
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 16930.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 21555.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Tour Include
Return flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos
Return transfers from Vilanculos to Bazaruto island by light aircraft,
A welcome cocktail on arrival at Lodge
Accommodation at Bazaruto Lodge for 5 x nights
Three meals per day
Free daily snorkeling at Coral Gardens
Free daily drop and collect at Dolphin Bay
Free daily use of canoes and paddle boats
Non-motorised watersports
Government & tourism taxes

Tour Exclude
Visas; Mozambique frontiers taxes($3.00 pp ); National Parks Levy($10.00 pp); beverages; fishing; diving; and other activities, excursions, etc.

All rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations and airfare increases.

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