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High up on a sand dune where gentle sea breezes flow, are many rooms with views. Forever views, really. Down below, the sun rises over the Indian Ocean and dolphins, dugongs and seahorses live in the warm waters. Come afternoon, fishing dhows scurry out to catch their supper and there’s just no other sign of human presence anywhere else – but for your own. Maybe watch the sun go down from the relaxing bath house, cocktail in hand. Then as evening calls, slowly gather in the boma and wait for the stars to come out and welcome the night, while dinner is cooked fire-style. It could be cracking fresh seafood or another delectable Mozambican delicacy accompanied by fresh veg straight from the gardens.

This is simply daily life at Azulik, in Vilanculos Wildlife Sanctuary on the San Sebastian Peninsula. You’re far, far away from any crowds, yet cocooned in all the carefree luxury you could ever desire. Azulik has just four luxury en-suite tents set on a dune 70 metres above sea level – and there’s also a two-sleeper loft space for children. It’s ideal for a multi-generational family of 10, or a group of close friends simply wanting to celebrate life and be pampered while they do it.

Spend the day on the deck or in the magical infinity pool looking out to sea; do yoga on the purpose-built platform alongside, while being enchanted by warm Mozambican hospitality and superb service from the house staff. It’s like being part of an exclusive and private beach club, where every desire is catered to and every cocktail is divine. Maybe go deepsea fishing, paddle boarding in the channel below or swimming in the shallows. Or consider game viewing in the reserve to see a variety of antelope, and finish off with a bush braai.

Then, head back to Azulik and a sanctuary of crisp, textured white with just a splash of azure to reflect the ocean. The lodge is magnificently appointed, beautifully serene and decorated in a beachy boho style with an African twist. Furniture is locally made, staff are local too and as friendly as cool mojitos in mid summer. Actually it’s balmy here all year round, and mojitos are always close at hand to remind you how good it is to be in Africa.

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What we love:

  • the whale vertebra totem on the pool deck
  • feeling like you are the only people on earth
  • elevated ocean views over the Bazaruto Archipelago
  • potted gardens in wooden dhows
  • the décor tree with crystal droplets
  • Land Rover Reef – a sunken Land Rover that’s being colonised by marine life

Need to know:

  • it’s a malaria area, but is regularly sprayed and no malaria cases have yet been reported from the lodge
  • the lodge is fully staffed
  • suitable for children over 12 years old, because of the steep 70 metre drop off to the sea
  • fishing is by boat and booked through Big Blue
  • Getting there: fly to Vilanculos, then a 45-minute boat transfer and 20 minute game drive to Azulik. Or take a 10-minute helicopter flight from Vilanculos directly to the lodge.


Sleeps 8 guests in four luxury semi rigid thatched tents each with:

  •  An ensuite bathroom with outdoor shower
  •  1 x queen sized bed with a mosquito net
  • A ceiling fan
  • Tea and coffee facilities with mineral water
  •  Mosquito repellent, a hairdryer and amenities
  • A private viewing deck, with a hammock from which you can enjoy the breathtaking views

Lodge Main Area
Open plan lounge and dining area with a bar. This area has a balcony that overlooks the Bazaruto Islands. This is a relaxed space with an indoor-outdoor flow with hammocks and hang beds. There is also a rimflow pool overlooking
the ocean.

Azulik is suited for groups of friends or family (max 8 guests) who are seeking a relaxing beach and nature experience.
Azulik Lodge is an exclusive lodge and so you will therefore have the entire lodge to yourselves.

*Subject to additional costs
Visiting the beaches
Game drives and bush walks
Island hopping
Deep-sea fishing
Dhow excursions
Helicopter tours


No Pets  Allowed

Check-in time

2 PM

Check-out time

10 AM

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