Rio Azul Lodge – Vilanculos, Mozambique

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Sitting on the banks of the Govuro River, near its confluence with the sea, Rio Azul is home to six twin chalets and two luxury villas. The lodge specialises in both family and fishing holidays, with fly-fishing, light-tackle lure fishing, surf fishing and deep-sea fishing all on the menu.




The fishing

Rio Azul might not be exclusively a fishing lodge, but its fishing programme is right up there with the best in Mozambique. One of the great things about staying here is that every room is supplied with a complimentary estuary boat; guests are given instruction in how to use them, or can hire a skipper if they wish. The estuary is a good place to target grunter, kingfish, barracuda and rock cod, with trolling tactics working well.

The surf fishing is also top class: kingfish, queenfish, king mackerel, springer and barracuda all hunt close in, with sharks and rays also in abundance. It doesn’t end there though. The list of potential species is long and illustrious: pompano, spotted grunter, bonefish, stumpnose, rockcod and various species of snapper. Lure, fly and live bait tactics are all popular.

Rio Azul also has a selection 31’ cats for deep-sea fishing. The nearest reef is roughly a 10-minute ride from the lodge.

The facilities

Accommodation comprises six twin chalets (all with two single beds, plus a roll-out bed for children) two three-bedroom villas (six adults) – beds may be double or single + loft room (six children).

In addition to the fishing, activities on offer include kayaking, bird watching, boating and snorkelling. Further facilities include a lounge, dining room, and a bar area with a wooden deck, a plunge pool and spectacular views over the bay.

Also on site is a small shop selling items such as batteries, sun screen, clothing, sunglasses and fishing tackle. Electricity is supplied by a generator.


From R2250 (per person, per night sharing)

Rates include: All meals daily, use of sea kayaks, tea & coffee, snorkelling on request, aluminium estuary boats (12’ for two guests)
Rates do not include: Drinks, boat hire for deep-sea fishing, snorkelling at sea, all flights, transfer from Vilanculos Airport to Rio Azul lodge return (R400 per person; R800 for solo travellers)

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