andBeyond Benguerra Island
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andBeyond Benguerra Island in Mozambique

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Welcome to andBeyond Benguerra Island, a slice of paradise nestled in the Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique.

Imagine a place where the Indian Ocean meets endless white sands, where luxury and nature intertwine seamlessly. Benguerra Island is a diverse ecosystem of white sandy beaches, towering dunes, inland freshwater lakes, and lush forests.

This idyllic setting is not just for show – it’s a carefully protected paradise. The surrounding waters are a marine conservation area, home to dazzling coral reefs and an array of marine life including dolphins, dugongs, and turtles.

The island’s commitment to preserving this natural wonder is evident in every initiative they undertake.

The andBeyond Experience

andBeyond Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago
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andBeyond is synonymous with luxury, personalized service, and experiences that stay with you long after you leave. At Benguerra Island, this ethos is woven into every aspect of your stay.

From the moment you step onto the island, you’re enveloped in a world where every detail is crafted to ensure an unforgettable experience, all while embracing the local culture and environment.

Accommodation and Amenities

andBeyond Benguerra Island accommodation
Casinhas at andBeyond Benguerra
Luxury at atBeyond Benguerra
private plunge pools at andBeyond Benguerra Island
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With a maximum number of 32 guests across 2 cabanas, 10 casinhas, and 1 casa familia, each offering a private slice of paradise with direct beach access, spacious living areas, private plunge pools, personal bars, and hanging daybeds, accommodations on Benguerra are the epitome of luxury.

The design reflects Mozambican culture with a modern twist, featuring local materials and craftsmanship. Amenities are top-notch, ensuring comfort and luxury while maintaining an eco-friendly footprint.

Dining and Cuisine

Dining at andBeyond Benguerra is an experience in itself. Meals are a celebration of local flavors and the freshest ingredients, with seafood caught daily from the surrounding waters.

The culinary team expertly crafts a variety of dishes that reflect the rich mosaic of Mozambican and international cuisine. Whether you’re enjoying a beach picnic or a romantic dinner under the stars, each meal is an event to remember.

Activities and Experiences

Activities on Benguerra Island
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Benguerra Island is a playground for the adventurous and a sanctuary for those seeking peace. Dive into the clear waters to explore the vibrant coral reefs, swim with horses, set sail on a traditional dhow to watch the sunset, pamper yourself with wellness treatments on a private catamaran charter, or simply marvel at the wildlife spectacle of humpback whales breaching close to the shore.

Horseback riding along the beach offers a unique perspective of the island’s beauty. For a truly special experience, partake in a castaway picnic – a day trip to a deserted island with nothing but the ocean for company.

Conservation and Community Initiatives

andBeyond’s commitment to conservation and community is at the heart of everything they do. Their efforts on Benguerra include marine conservation projects, wildlife protection, and water sustainability.

The lodge also supports local communities through education, healthcare, and employment opportunities.

Guests are encouraged to learn about these initiatives and even participate, adding a deeply meaningful layer to their stay.

When is the best time to visit andBeyond Benguerra Island?

The best time to visit Benguerra Island is during the dry season from May to October when the weather is cooler and the visibility underwater is at its best.

When is the best time to spot whales from Benguerra Island?

From June to December annually, southern right whales can be observed near the coastline. During the period from mid-June to mid-August, humpback whales migrating through the area frequently breach the surface.

How do you get to Benguerra Island?

Reaching the island typically involves a flight to Vilankulo, the nearest airport to Benguerra Island on the mainland, followed by a short helicopter transfer, adding an exhilarating start to your adventure.

Is andBeyond Benguerra Island child-friendly?

Yes, andBeyond Benguerra Island is child-friendly. The WILDchild Programme developed by andBeyond offers a range of engaging and interactive activities designed to foster an environment where children can thrive through exploration, discovery, and learning.

With a profound affection for Africa at its heart, this program not only crafts a series of memorable experiences for the entire family but also nurtures meaningful connections between our young visitors, the Earth, and its diverse cultures.

Kids staying at the lodge have the opportunity to enjoy the exciting and engaging WILDchild Programme, which includes a variety of activities like:

• Fishing with a hand-line from a dhow or on the beach

• Participating in baking sessions in the lodge kitchen alongside the chef

• Constructing sandcastles

• Playing with rackets and balls

• Riding horses

• Exploring the waters through kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

andBeyond Benguerra Island isn’t just a destination; it’s an experience that captivates and enchants. It offers a unique blend of luxury, adventure, and a deep respect for the natural and cultural beauty of Mozambique.

Whether you’re seeking a tranquil retreat or an adventure-filled escape, andBeyond Benguerra promises a stay that’s as enriching as it is luxurious, leaving a lasting impact on your heart and the world around you.