Draped along Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline from South Africa up to Tanzania is magical Mozambique. Vilanculos is a small, vibrant, coastal town 700 kilometres from the Mozambique capital, Maputo. It boasts a new international airport and is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelagos, idyllic offshore islands that make up a string of jewels in the Indian Ocean.
Vilanculos is a piece of paradise with dazzling powder-white beaches, coconut palms, crystal blue waters, superb all-year round temperate climate and is the perfect hideaway for a holiday that offers a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. There is a wide variety of accommodation anywhere from camping and backpackers to sublime luxury hotels and private, self-catering homes. Dining out is a pleasure as there are a handful of excelled restaurants offering the freshest sea food among other delights and specialities in Portuguese fair. For those who prefer self-catering, the local markets and fishermen have all that is necessary to do your own thing. Plus there are small supermarkets for all your little necessities. Adventure comes in so many forms – best marlin fishing in the world, snorkelling, boating, diving, kite surfing and just good old swimming.
Dhow sailboat trips and motorboat trips are offered by many to fulfil your adrenalin rush or provide the amazing opportunity of swimming with dolphins or sea turtles. The people are friendly and in no time at all, you would have made life-long friends. Vilanculos is just pure bliss! Indulge yourself!
The beautiful beaches along the coastline of Vilanculos are superb for horse riding and guided trails or visitors can set sail on a dhow (local sailing boat), to cruise on the crystal clear waters while lunch is prepared on board.
Diving and snorkelling safaris are a must in the Bazaruto National Park where a variety of marine species can be seen including manta rays, whale sharks, turtles and Hump Back Whales in season. This area is one of the few sites where the rare Dugong lives. Visibility in the clear water can be as far as 40 metres.
Deep sea fishing especially for Black Marlin is a major attraction in the waters surrounding this Mozambique marine park from October to February. A variety of Tuna species are also found in this area or visitors can try their hand at salt-water fly fishing.
Visitors with 4x4 vehicles can venture inland to the Zinave National Park, part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Areain Mozambique. This park is completely undeveloped and has a diversity of landscapes including miombo forest, riverine vegetation, open bush and even lagoons. A variety of animals reside here such as Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Spotted Hyena.