A very beautiful part of the world.
Sea level drops considerably so a fair walk or trip out to reach the sea each day
I love it!!!
If you take your own boat I recommend hiring a local that knows about the area, where the great spots are and know where to go and how to get back cause it really cann get confusing if you are a first timer... It cost us about R100 or about $15... for a whole day....not to bad and could be gotten for less as ours was a fully fledged skipper... so...more
When we first boarded our dhow Anne asked me if the crew cooked in the timber box that was located in the middle of our timber boat. Don't be silly I said "the boat would burn to the water line!" Well I was wrong! They do place coal in the box and they do cook in it and I still think they are CRAZY!more
You will require a captain for your dhow, although in Africa the captain is not always the boss! Our dhow had a "driver", a cook, a "packer" and "unpacker" as well as a guy who interpreted for us and who also seemed to be the boss of the other three! They all did their part in ensuring we had a great few days and I suggest you tip them as a group...more
While on your dhow safari, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and snorkel. On the second day of our 3 day safari we were taken to a reef where we were given the opportunity to snorkel in deeper water. It was an enjoyable experience and I did not see one person get out of the water without a smile on their face.more
It is a very pleasent experince to sail around the islands just taking in all the peace and quiet and the stunning scenery. Other tourists are few and far between, however you may run into another dhow tucked away in a secluded part of this magnificent destination.TIP....Take a towel to cover yourself with to protect yourself from the sun. Also...more
At the end of a hard day doing nothing (except swimming, sunbathing, sailing, sightseeing and eating) it is nice to sit and chat with fellow travellers over a few cold drinks. At US$1.50 for a 500ml bottle of beer, drinks were relatively expensive on the Bazaruto Islands compared with the mainland where the same bottle cost US70 cents. I did not...more
On the beautiful Islands of the Bazaruto area, unless you plan on visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, you will never have an opportunity to swim and snorkel in such clear, warm and azure waters such as these! Here we see Justin, our tour guide and sensational cook, removing himself from the land locked country of Zimbabwe and braving the...more
One of the most popular tourist areas in Mozambique is the Bazaruto Archipelago consisting of four islands - Bazaruto, Benguerra, Margaruque and Santa Carolina. They are situated just off the mainland and are accessible by dhow from the town of Vilanculos.The archipelago's coral reefs and clear waters are a magnet for snorkeling and the rugged...more
The food is generally good... But the crab starter is TO DIE FOR!!!! And the spring rolls were great too... I guarantee that you WILL CRAVE for more!!!! But I dont recommend the steaks as we ordered them Well done and they came bloody so we sent them back and it was returned exactly the same!!! CrAbS>!>!>!>!more
As part of our Kumuka overland safari of Mozambique, we were taken on a dhow safari. All meals were also included in this safari, which was cooked by the crew of our dhow. After sitting in the bar, drinking ice cold beer and watching the sun set, we were taken to our own camp kitchen where we feasted upon seafood! The calamari was the best I have...more
Benguerua - Gabrilles campsite has a restaurant which does nice food but if you are on a dhow safari then your captain will cook for you each day, 3 meals a day.Bazaruto - there is no tourist accomodation, therefore no food!Magaruque - there are no tourist restaurants although staying with locals may be possible to get food. Our dhow cook caught...more
There is no nightlife, just a few casual beers at the bar on Benguerua at Gabrielles. If the generators off then itll be warm beer too! Usually an early night!
Please be aware that the flights to and from Bazaruto really are by light aircraft and therefor the luggage weight restriction is imposed quite strictly. I believe it is possible to leave belongings in hotels from where you may have come from, an enquiry might be worthwhile.Soft bags are encouraged also.more
If you are driving and they see you they will probably pull you over...
They are big on bribes and if you havent done anything wrong they will look for a problem whether inside or outside of your vehicle and if the cant find anything then they are still going to ask you for a bribe!!!! Or some money, openly admiting to wanting some money for beer... so make sure everything is legit cause you might think that once or twice is ok but when you are travelling throughout mozambique it can really dig deep into your pocket...
Unique Suggestions: Tell them that you will report there requests and ask them to write out the ticket so you can pay at station... you will realise that they wont even bother wasting their time!!!
Fun Alternatives: keep to road speeds and road laws, and wear your seat belts!!!
Luggage and bags: The dhows are not that big so dont take your whole backpack, leave this on the mainland, just take the essentials or youre few days.
While sailing around the archipeligo on our dhow we visited several islands for a refreshing swim, snorkeling or simply to walk along the beach. One particular island is simply made up of huge sand dunes which we walked up to get spectacular views of the entire area.
Favorite thing: The islands are the perfect getaway, totally untouched by tourism, no high rise blocks, just a handful of wooden huts along the beach. When I was there, there were hardly any other tourists at all on the island and so it was the perfext getaway. The 2 accomodations run on a generator which often breaks down so you have no electricity or water(as the water is pumped from the lake which uses the generator) giving a sense of real isolation. The best thing to do is wash in the sea! The water is crystal clear and the islands are surrounded by reefs meaning there are no waves so the water just laps up to your feet. There are inhabitants on the interior of the islands and a walk through these tiny villages gives an interesting insight into how these people live.