Travel to Bazaruto Archipelago – Beautiful Marine Life and Water Sports Aplenty
The Bazaruto Archipelago consists of four main islands which are Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque and Santa Carolina. It is protected as a conservation area and national park which therefore makes it the only official marine reserve in the country. You can get around the islands on a traditional dhow before participating in everything from diving and snorkeling to horse riding and fishing.
The islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago were formed from sand deposited by the Limpopo River, which has since shifted. The archipelago became a National Park in 1971.
There are four main islands here; Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque and Santa Carolina and on them the marine life is one of the main attractions and it is little wonder why as you can spot whales, dolphins and even sharks amongst others.
There’s also a huge variety of seabirds here as well as the largest dugong population along the Eastern African coast and beautiful coral reefs. Then on land you can see spectacular sand dunes, small antelope, fresh water crocodiles, mangrove crabs, samango monkeys, flamingos and over 240 bird species including eagles and osprey.
The islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago are a prime destination for water sports. One of the most popular being scuba diving where you can see sharks, whales, dolphins, rays and turtles. However, throughout the islands you are also able to snorkel, sail, swim, sunbathe and water ski. For water pursuits that are more exclusive to the islands opt to take a traditional dhow trip or go fishing for black marlins which are in abundance in the area.
Water sports aside, Benguerra Island is also home to superb horse safaris and day rides.
There are many beaches to lounge on in the Bazaruto Archipelago but one of the most relaxing pastimes here would be to take a dhow trip around the islands which are offered by numerous companies and often include meals onboard.
From the mainland there are dhows, dive boats and sea planes that access and go between the islands but once on the islands you can get around on foot.
- Dive in order to see whales, sharks and dolphins.
- Take a traditional dhow trip around the islands.
- Horse ride down breathtaking sand dunes.