Rio Azul (meaning 'Blue River') offers the perfect opportunity for couples or families looking for a beach holiday. The lodge is located on the banks of the Govuro River, approximately 80 km north of Vilanculos, at the northern end of the Bazaruto Archipelago.
The main guest area consists of a lounge, dining room, a bar area with a big wooden deck in front and a plunge pool. The view from the bar is possibly one of the most spectacular in Africa, overlooking the Guvoru River during sunsets. Another part of the experience here is the excellent fine dining experience, with freshly caught cuisine to tantalise your senses.
Activities range from walking on pristine beaches, dhow trips, kayaking, snorkelling, island trips and beach picnics. Each chalet also has the use of its own "tinnie" boat, a small aluminium alloy boat with 15hp outboard motors that is so easy to use it doesn't require a boating license. Set out on your very own adventure in the lagoon, take a camera, some binoculars or even snacks and enjoy the freedom. The lagoon is home to a myriad of birdlife, offering excellent bird watching opportunities.
Fishermen will also delight in the deep sea fishing trips that can be arranged - catering for beginners through to the more experienced - on both the esturary and the sea.
The accommodation consists of 5 thatched luxury beach front chalets and 2 luxury villas.
Both villas have a private lounge with overhead fans and a full kitchen for private dining. Each villa has 3 rooms sleeping 6 adults, which are all en-suite. The villa also has a loft with beds for up to 4 children. Each villa also has its own swimming pool and is situated along pristine beach shores.
Dining at Rio Azul is a delightful affair with the freshest ingredients locally sourced and produced, or grown in their own vegetable and herb garden, as well as straight from the sea. Expect Mozambican specialties such as peri-peri chicken and freshly caught prawns. The 3 course dinners in particular are always a delightful experience and can vary between relaxed and informal evenings, romantic and candle lit affairs, as well as lively beach BBQs.
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All meals; unlimited use of esturary boat (excluding petrol cost); use of kayaks; tea/coffee; and snorkelling (on request and local trips only - NOT sea snorkelling) are included.
Children aged 6 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request.