Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge

Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge on Benguerra Island where peace and contentment penetrate the soul. Encircled by silver beaches, coral reefs and turquoise seas, this up-market Lodge offers exclusivity in a tranquil setting.

Tour Code:
Ben/gsa
Depart From:
Johannesburg   |   Ending at: Johannesburg
Departures: Daily
Duration: 6 Days
Country: Mozambique
Type: Exclusive Destinations |
Children: Allowed 

 






Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge

Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge

Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge

Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge

Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge

Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge

Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge

Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge

Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge

Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge

Fly-In to Benguerra Lodge

 
 

Approximately 900 km north of Maputo; 435 km south of Beira and opposite the coastal town of Vilankulo, lies a chain of five islands. Once part of the mainland, this “spit” broke away from “ terra firma” 25 000 years ago to form the Archipelago, comprising the islands of Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque and Santa Carolina (previously known as Paradise Island).

Benguerra Island is approximately 55 square kilometers in extent, ensuring guests ample privacy within this idyllic paradise. The Island, declared a National Park in 1971 sustains a diverse population of fauna and flora including forest, savannah and wetland eco-systems.

Accommodation
Nestled within a bay on the protected north-west side of the island, the Lodge merges naturally into the indigenous milk wood and acacia forests and is flanked by 10 beautifully furnished Casitas, 2 entry level Cabanas, and the ultra-luxurious two bedroom Villa. The Lodge merges with the indigenous forest of milkwood and acacias. Each chalet has its own sun-deck and plunge pool, and offers its own wonderful sea view and immediate access to the beach.

Sunsets, peace and solitude are a reality at Benguerra allowing the visitor to choose what to do – or not to do. However, guests can relax on unspoilt, uncrowded, pristine beaches while for more active moments there is excellent bird watching, superb diving and snorkelling as well as excellent fishing. Nor should one miss the dhow cruise to view the flamingos.

The main lodge building consists of an expansive separate lounge/dining room with a bar area, leading out onto a large patio. In the Restaurant, freshly caught fish, calamari and crab are served, tantalizingly prepared together with exotic Portuguese dishes. Meals are relaxed affairs served in different settings and always with unsurpassed personal attention.

Power
Generator lighting AC 220 volts, solar power is used to heat water. Videos can be recharged AC 220 volts, 3 pin round plugs.

Activities
Deep sea diving, snorkelling, game fishing, fly fishing, deep-sea fishing, dhow cruises, castaway picnics, beachcombing, bird watching, visits to freshwater lakes, mainland excursions to Vilanculos, wind surfing, volley ball and horse riding.

Children
Please be advised that the lodge does not accommodate children under the age of 8 years.

Diving
To encourage visitors to enjoy pristine reefs where no coral bleaching has taken place, we have a fully equipped dive school with Dive Master certified for PADI and NAUI. There are numerous reefs to explore with stunning arrays of coral, fish species, rays, turtles and, if lucky, dugongs. Two-Mile Reef is well known for superb opportunities to see many species of game and reef fish – and, of course, to view the magnificent untouched corals. All the equipment is available and is included in the cost of the dive. Diving courses may be completed at the Lodge and resort courses are offered.

Snorkelling
Superb, safe snorkelling can be indulged in on the inside of Two-Mile Reef. There, the wide variety of bejeweled fish and extraordinarily shaped corals is breathtaking. Snorkelling is also offered at “The Aquarium”. The corals and multitudes of colourful fish will remain a highlight of the trip. The reefs are protected, unspoilt and pristine. However, no corals may be removed from the reefs as the entire Archipelago is a designated nature reserve.

Fishing
All of the fishing takes place from the 22ft custom built walk around catamarans. Powered by twin motors and guided by experienced fishing guides, they provide the ideal platform to target the full range of species in the area. The fishing is varied and exciting from sight fishing to teased Sailfish, plugging for Giant Trevally or casting to surface feeding Bonito. The boats are also ideally suited to fly-fishing, and all of the species can be targeted on the fly-rod, the exception being Marlin.

The Sailfish season is from April to July, and as far as exciting fishing goes this is as good as it gets. The adrenalin surge that goes with casting to a sailfish that has been teased right to the boat is indescribable.

The reef fishing picks up in November and remains good right up until the end of July – the key for this fishing is to plan a trip that coincides with the spring tides. There are 6 common species of Trevally that make up a big part of our target species, hard fighting and dogged, they are always great fun to catch. Other target species on the reefs are speedy King and Queen Mackerel, green Jobfish, Springer and the acrobatic Talang Queenfish. Spinning to surface feeding Bonito is also great fun and peaks between December and February. These speedsters are great sport on light tackle and readily take a small spoon.

The Marlin season is from October to February, and if one is willing to invest a bit of time, the chances of catching this King of the Ocean are good. The tackle used is 80lb and 130lb stand-up rigs and a good level of fitness is recommended when taking on this awesome fish.

EXCURSIONS
Dhow cruises:
Sail silently in a traditional Arab dhow along the coastline in search of the island’s flamingos or glide peacefully, late afternoon with sundowners, to witness one of Africa’s marvels – the magnificent sunsets.

Mainland excursions:
A trip to the historic town of Vilankulo can be arranged where you can stroll the old harbour and famous Dona Ana Hotel: browse the local market in search of treasures and tease your palate with a local peri-peri dish.

Picnics:
Arrange your own castaway picnic at a secret rendezvous under the island’s casuarinas.

Birdwatching:
Because of the diverse habitats – coastal dunes, open grasslands, freshwater lakes, savannah and acacia woodlands – over 125 species of birds, including all the sea birds visit Benguerra Island. See if you too can spy the elusive crab plover.

Just plain relaxation:
It is not, of course, necessary to do anything except lie under a beach umbrella, sipping away at an exotic beverage. Without doubt, peace, solitude and serenity are still regarded by us as an integral part of our own island getaway.

Getting There
Scheduled flights depart regularly from Johannesburg International Airport to Vilankulo on the mainland. Clients can also travel by road to Vilankulo.

The LAM flight times on Mondays,Wednesday and Fridays and Sundays are:
JNB / VNX - 10H55 arr: 13H45 (short stop in Inhambane)
VNX / JNB - 14H15 arr: 17H10
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

Transfers
The Lodge will arrange boat transfers from Vilankulo or from the landing strip on the island.

Airstrip
Co-ordinates are: 21.51.00S 35.27.00E 1000 metres of useable hard grass. Further details on request

Conservation
To maintain the ecology and social integrity of the Bazaruto National Park, a long-term “Multiple Resource Use” project for the Archipelago is underway. Benguerra Lodge subscribes to the wise and sustainable use of the resources and contributes financially to the project. A donation of US$10 per person is requested for the multiple resource project.

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 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 Benguerra Island. (Please note at times visitors may be transferred by boat - it is at the discretion of the Lodge management)

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.

Day 6
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 Benguerra Lodge
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 29325.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR N/A Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Tour Include
Return transfers from Vilanculos to Benguerra Lodge by helicopter
A welcome cocktail on arrival at Lodge
Accommodation at Benguerra Lodge

All meals and snacks including private beach dinners and private meals on Casita decks
Local spirits,beers, house wines, soft drinks and bottle water
Sea kayaking,sunset dhow cruises, Landrover safari picnics with village visits
Local cultural event,incl beach BBQ and tribal dances
Daytime guided walk & village visit
Guided nightlife experience-end with drinks in the local tavern,drinks excluded from rate
All non-motorised watersports
Government & tourism taxes

Tour Exclude
Excludes: Visas;Selected spirits & wines; fishing; diving; Spa treatments; Yacht trips, etc.

All rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations and airfare increases.

Terms & Conditions
Generally, a 20 % deposit (non-refundable) is due within 7 days to secure the reservation.

Then final payment is due between 30 & 45 days before date of travel.

Usually after this time, a 100% cancellation fee would be applicable on any cancellation.
(Groups are different however, and often a 50 % deposit is required, and full payment is often due between 60 & 90 days prior to date of travel)

Airlines are also different, and will charge a cancellation fee once tickets have been issued. (regardless of time of travel)

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