Located on the shores of the Indian Ocean, in inhambane province is one of the most popular destinations in Mozambique, Vilanculos. The town was originally named Vilankulo after chief Vilankulo, and some of the "bairros" (suburbs) are named after his sons. Vilanculos has become a popular vacation destination and serves as the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, a group of islands and Mozambique's underwater national park.
The archipelago's diverse coral reefs and clear waters offer some of the best diving opportunities in the world. Though extremely popular the dive sites along the archipelago are not crowded, and boast vast species of both hard and soft corals and marine life. The depths of the dive sites vary from between twelve and thirty meters and visibility extends up to forty meters allowing divers to discover numerous protected reefs frequented by large numbers of dolphin, hump back whales, whale sharks, reef sharks, manta rays, spotted eagle rays and various species of sea turtles. Snorkelling along the Bazaruto Archipelago is also popular.
The Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary consists of a large bay, an estuarine lagoon, tidal sand flats, sea grass beds, freshwater lakes, complex mangrove swamps and reed swamps. The sanctuary also features coral and rocky reefs frequented by an impressive total of more than four hundred species of fish, as well as pristine sandy beaches and forested dunes.
Bird and nature enthuisiasts will find delight in the two hundred and seventy five recorded species found within the sanctuary, not to mention several rare reptiles. This unbelievably breathtaking sanctuary forms the southernmost portion of the magnificent Bazaruto Archipelago. The town is also situated close to the Banhine and Zinave National Parks, which are home some of Southern Africa's best wildlife.
Vilanculos offers hotel accomodations and restaurants in a third world style. Electricity and water supply prove to irregular from time to time, and are available during only certain times of the day. The night life is very much alive and well offering varied options in music, food and drink through out the night at any of the local discos. Vilanculos was once a popular hangout spot for the rich and famous, and was also a favourite destination for many movie stars but unfortunately lost its appeal between 1975 and 1993 due to the civil war which was fought in Mozambique. The Portuguese influence of the town has left a noted mark on the region's cuisine, with a lot of Portuguese food being served at the restaurants. Fresh sea food is a must try when visiting the town, and good food can be enjoyed at Smugglers, Vilanculos Beach Lodge, Zombie Cucumber, Varanda Restaurant and Baobab Beach.
Other attractions in Vilanculos include a great local market selling fresh produce and almost every kind of fish imaginable. There are horse safaris and various popular day rides along the Vilanculos coast, where visitors can enjoy long stretches of untouched beaches and amazing coastal views. Visitors can experience a number of tours of the Bazaruto Archipelago on traditional sailing dhows taking them to the islands of Benguerra, Bazaruto, Magaruque and Santa Carolina. Some of the tour operators offer both day and overnight dhow safaris into the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, which include all meals, tented accommodation, entry fees into the park, snorkelling equipment and refreshments all of which add up to an unforgettable experience well worth every cent.
The area provides almost unparalleled opportunities for fishing, and is currently ranked as the best Black Marlin catching destination in the Eastern Indian Ocean. The season runs from early October through to the end of January each year. The Marlin make their way into the shallow waters around the islands and can often be found feeding around the shoals of various species of tuna that frequent these waters.
Review Casa Chibububo Lodge Self Catering Accommodation in Vilanculos,
Thanks to Casa Chibububo Lodge for great accommodation in Vilanculos,
This, our first trip to Mozambique was an unforgettable experience! Casa
Chibububo Lodge accommodation is conveniently situated just 1km from Vilanculos
International Airport in Mozambique, making our trip from South Africa a breeze.
We stayed in one of the self catering accommodation wooden houses just 10 metres
from the beach, with wonderful views of the Bazurutu Islands. With house-keeping
daily, and a laundry service available, we had nothing better to do other than
island hop on a 'Dhow', swim, fish and snorkel. The great on-site restaurant
spoiled us with the most fantastic seafood dishes, and we enjoyed many fun
evenings in the bar making new friends.
Our Google search showed that there are so many Mozambique Accommodation types
available all year round, in so many different locations and to suit all
families. We searched under Mozambique self catering, Mozambique Hotels,
Mozambique B&B and Mozambique Holiday Resorts............ Mozambique is
quarantined to appeal to all.
Ski Boat fishing in Mozambique is probably the biggest draw card........great
Malaria precautions are advised - especially in Summer
We are already planning a return trip - Perhaps to a Mozambique Hotel.