L. Vilanculos Travel Guide
Vilanculos is a sleepy little town that only recently returned on the vacation map of many visitors. Development North of Maputo is not as fast; hence you will find few tarred roads and generally a more rural environment.
The largest island in the group is Bazaruto island, filled with fresh water lakes inhabited by crocodiles and many species of birds. The island itself is home to some 125 different species of birds. Bazaruto offers a multitude of delights for the avid fisherman, for both big...
Walk along the pristine beaches!
Vilanculos is set in one of the most picturesque areas in Mozambique, with spectacular views of pristine beaches and the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.The warm Indian Ocean offers safe bathing all year round. The wide open, squeaky clean beaches offered Anne and I...
Climb a palm tree & grab a free coconut!
All along the beaches around Vilanculos you will see plenty of plam trees. If you are not feeling energetic enough to climb one of these trees and obtain a free coconut, there are always several eager local lads who will climb the tree, retrieve a cocont and prepare it for...
It is from Vilanculos that you will set out on your dhow safari to the Bazaruto Archipelago. If you plan to visit one destination in Mozambique this string of islands should be it. The main ones are Santa Carolina, Bazaruto, Benguerra and Magaruque. They offer a...
Sail on a Dowl to the Bazaruto Islands and Snorkel
It is possible to hire a boat from Vilanculos to the Bazaruto islands. You can stay on the islands which has very little trees for shade, but has an amazing coral reef with many varieties of coral, fish, and even a species of manatee. The dowl ride is quite nice too. I got...
Most of the people here are here to play with their waterboats, quadbikes etc. You can relax on the beach, take a stroll into town or use Vilanculos as a base to visit the Bazaruto islands.(see my section of those for more info)
Smugglers - vilanculos: Lively bar and right on the beach
I stayed for 2 nights, either side of a boat trip to the islands, the bar and hotel was busy both nights and there was a great atmosphere. They served great food and the rooms were good.
excellent location, right on the beach
Rustic, very basic accommodation. The lodges/camp sites are right on the beach. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to be close to nature and do their own thing.
Barra Lodge.: Accommodation on the beach.
Barra Lodge is set in one of the most picturesque areas in Mozambique, with spectacular views of pristine beaches and the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Access by road is a pleasant drive from Zimbabwe by tarred road which is suitable for the passage of a normal...
Bazaruto Lodge: The pearl of the Indian Ocean
The island of Bazaruto is situated around 2o km East of Vilanclulos. Arriving on Bazaruto is like arriving in paradise. The lodge is situated on the Northern Side of the Island and offers 5 Star amenities directly on the beach. 26 chalets with African decoration are situated...
Vilanculos Beach Lodge: Gateway to Paradise
Vilcanculos Beach Lodge serves well as a gateway to Bazaruto Island which is directly opposite. My first stay in the lodge was while I was ill with Malaria and I will never forget the great care the staff and management took while I was staying there waiting for a flight out...
Julian's Place: Increadible Ambiance in Vilanculos
There is not much here in the way of facilities, however, the ambiance makes up for it and much much more. There are two bungalows here right on the dunes of the beach looking out towards the Bazaruto Islands. It is really rustic but increadible beautiful. There is also...
Zombie Cucumber: Cooozy hangout in Vilanculo
A great backpackers with 3 huts for 2/3 persons and a dorm for 9 pax. The dorm is nice and clean with superb mosquito nets(NEEDED) the staff are suberb, and Stephanie is a good chef and John is a friendly barman.
Nice clean quiet friendly Dorm was about 8U$and huts 12U$ Not...
The bar at the campsite sells beer but no food.
Smugglers is a pub which does food. Food is of the burgers and chicken type and be prepared for a long wait, this is african service at its best...it took us about 2 hours to get our food.
Written Feb 17, 2003
Flights to Vilanculos
The best way to get to Vilanculos is certainly by air since it is almost 600 km north of Maputo.
LAM operates flights 4 times a week on the route from Maputo to Vilanculos as well as 4 times a week on the route between Vilanculos to Beira.
Written Dec 18, 2004
According to early Portuguese accounts, the Tsonga people were already living in the central and southern areas of Mozambique, between the Indian Ocean and the Lebombo Mountains, during the early 16th century. Being fairly isolated, they lived a peaceful life in dispersed settlements, having some customs in common, but lacking a common political identity.
Written Oct 10, 2005
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Beware of Seasonal Flooding
Every so often, Mozambique gets unbelievable rains in December through March. It is possible to get stranded on beach locations and especially the Bazaruto Islands. There was severe flooding in 1998 and 2000.
There is only one main road that runs North and South. If the road is out you are pretty much stuck.
Updated Oct 21, 2004
Visa for Mozambique
All nationalities with the exception of South African citizens visiting Mozambique require a visa. The visa can be obtained at arrival at the airport or at any border post. The process takes about 10 minutes and one has to fill in two forms hand the fee around USD 20 and...
Eating at Vilanculo and Just Being
There is really little in the way of facilities in this fishing village. There are some restaurants. There are some really expensive resorts about 2 kms north of the village if you really need luxary. But my favorite thing to do here was to buy some firewood, potatoes,...
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