A safari company of choice for modern-day Rudyard Kiplings and Karen Blixens, andBeyond is renowned for its luxurious camps and lodges set like oases in the middle of some of Africa and South Asia’sÂ most remote and adventurous territories. Much to the delight of wildlife lovers, the newest additionÂ to the groupâ€™s collection came June 1 with the opening of andBeyond Benguerra Island.
As the second-largest island in Mozambiqueâ€™s Bazaruto Archipelagoâ€”the countryâ€™s first national marine parkâ€”Benguerra Island is a trove of forests, wetlands, three crocodile-filled freshwater lakes. Previously, the island was home to Benguerra Island Lodge, which andBeyond adopted into its portfolio and gave a US$5.5 million makeover, resulting in the castaway-chic getaway it is now. Intimate and exclusive, andBeyond Benguerra Island is accessed by a 10-minute helicopter ride (included in rates) from the nearest international airport in Vilaculos and comprises just 10 thatched-roof casinhas and two cabanas, each with its own pool and butler service. Design notes are taken from Mozambiqueâ€™s Portuguese heritage with four-poster beds under white linen canopies, large standaloneÂ bathtubs, and mosaic-tiled outdoor showers; and each night, the staff hangs the pathways winding between them with hurricane lamps.
Activities cater to hobbyists of all breeds: bird watching, village tours, dhow cruises, sea kayaking, and horseback rides on the beach. The island is surrounded by prime spots for fly- and game-fishing excursions (marlin-filled waters are right nearby), and a PADI dive center leads snorkeling and diving tours through the surrounding reef, which is inhabited by Africaâ€™s only dugong population. And when guests arenâ€™t off on one adventure or another, there are spa treatments to be had, hammocks to relax in, and meals of locally caught seafood and Mozambique fare served at the beach bar, main dining area, and anywhereÂ else on the property guests wish to dine.
For more information, visit andBeyond Benguerra Island.