Why We Love Rio Azul Lodge

An intimate holiday destination featuring only 2 exquisite beachfront villas with 3 bedrooms each and 6 beachfront chalets for couples with kids.

Wonderful mangrove and lagoon kayaking birding then head out to sea to see dolphins and whales.

Meet the local fisherfolk living in their quaint stilted homes over the water around the estuary.

Freshly caught Mozambican prawns, crab, lobster, calamari and line fish of the day every day.

Snorkelling day trips to Paradise Island to get lost in perfect reefs harbouring colourful fish.

Luxury Lodge Accommodation at Rio Azul Mozambique

Rio Azul means “Blue River” in Portuguese, an apt name for a quality Vilanculos beach lodge that overlooks the Govuro River estuary and mangrove swamps on the tip of the Bazaruto Archipelago.  Rio Azul Lodge. Some of the finest beach accommodation in the Vilanculos area. Book the best Mozambique resorts from the specialists. This is a haven of biodiversity hiding in the exquisite Bartholomew Dias Point – an island holiday retreat, connected to the mainland by a narrow 6km dune beach that splits the azure blue ocean and the Govuro River’s mangrove forests. It’s no surprise that this luxury accommodation is a premier fishing resort in Mozambique – and it has the best facilities and activities in the region for all ages! 

Anglers, families, couples and groups of friends can stay at Rio Azul Mozambique and revel in its luxury lodge accommodation that comprises six thatched luxury chalets and two luxury villas. Each villa has a private swimming pool and estuary boats where guests can fish in peace out of the wind in the unspoilt estuary.

The main lodge showcases a beautiful wooden deck and a plunge pool, wonderful views of the estuary, lounge, dining area and bar, the interiors are modern with inviting sofas and chairs. The view from the 31-foot bar is possibly one of the most spectacular in Africa, overlooking the Guvoru River.

fishing resort in Mozambique

Exciting Beach, Ocean and Mangrove Activities at Rio Azul Lodge 

There is something for everyone at this stunning Mozambique beach lodge, its best feature being the dazzling ocean views across a pristine mangrove ecosystem. Naturalists can seek out a fascinating chain of pioneering water-based plants harbouring diverse crustaceans and birds including mangrove kingfishers and crab plovers.

Rio Azul Beach Lodge offers an exquisite dining experience to guests. Part of the experience is the excellent local seafood – casual 3-course meals highlight freshly caught fish tantalizingly prepared with exotic Portuguese spices and traditional Mozambican cuisine. A “dining under the stars” experience can be arranged for private parties or romantic dinners, as well as private pleasurable picnics on the beach with your partner, a must-have honeymoon experience!


  • 6 double chalets, 2 x 3 bedroom villas
  • Estuary boats (fuel excluded)
  • Bar, lounge, dining room
  • Swimming pools
  • Shop


  • Estuary fishing, surf fishing, offshore fishing 
  • Beach walks, swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling 
  • Dhow excursions, a boat trip to Santa Carolina (Paradise Island)
  • Island picnics
  • Dining and socialising

How to get to Rio Azul Lodge

Rio Azul Lodge is located close to the town of Inhassoro in the Bazaruto area in the Southern region of Mozambique. Fly to Vilanculos from Johannesburg. Self-drive from Maputo to Vilanculos then 20km to Inhassoro. 

The average travel time from Rio Azul Lodge to Vilanculos International Airport is 120 minutes, but this varies depending on traffic.