We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Vilanculos Canoe Safaris

Features Animals
Vilanculos, Mozambique
About Vilanculos Canoe Safaris
We offer professional Canoe Safaris in the Govuro Wetlands and Waterways 30 kms west of the town of Vilanculos. You are driven to the river and then paddled and guided through the reeds in the Canoes . The Govuro Spring River feeds the wetlands and waterways and is an Inland fresh water delta 20km by 30km in size, and is not connected to the Sea. It has crystal clear waters, with great bird life Including Black Crake, Purple Gallinule, African Darter, River Warblers, Pygmy Geese, Kingfishers, Jacanas, Cormorants, Eagles and Herons. The River is also full of Fire Fly's, which can be seen on the evening trips, as well as thousands of stars and a great sunset.
Closed Now
Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Travelers talk about

Vilanculos Canoe Safaris
Booking unavailable on TripAdvisor

Want other options you can book now?
Reviews (68)
Filter reviews
63 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews bird life catfish fire flies watch the sunset his team african bush jay fireflies wetlands weeds wildlife barbel feeding beauty highlights
Selected filters
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 63 reviews
Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

If you are wanting something a little different from the standard holiday faire, you can not do better than putting yourself in the hands of Jonathon Retzlaff of Vilancoulos canoe safaris. We were blown away by the beauty and diversity of the area, the relaxed...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Bluemangolodge
J100R, Director of Sales at Vilanculos Canoe Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2019

Thanks for the review !

Reviewed October 7, 2018

Jay and Zoe are fantastic hosts. We had a great chilled experience with them and their team. They are very knowledgeable about the wetlands and the birdlife. The canoe trip was very relaxed with the highlight being the feeding of barbel (catfish) and the fireflies...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Trip180634
J100R, Owner at Vilanculos Canoe Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2019

Thank you verry much for the review Rgds Jonathan

Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

What a great way to drift along on a canoe looking up at the African sky full of stars. Not only that these amazing fireflies light the night and show you the way home. This is a really peaceful experience among the reeds and you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank misspopeye
J100R, Owner at Vilanculos Canoe Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Thanks Mary Was wonderful taking you to the wetlands glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully take you out in the near future. Zoe and the team

Reviewed June 16, 2018

My mum and I spent a brilliant evening in the Govuro Wetlands on the fantastic firefly tour. Jonathan is a fantastic guide with great knowlegde about the Govuro wetland and its wildlife as well as a great sense of humor. As you don't have to...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank karinh832019
J100R, Manager at Vilanculos Canoe Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2018

Hi Thanks for your review ! Regards Jonathan

Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

Awesome canoe trip, this is a peaceful way to spend an evening. The trip is very well organised, with a pick up from and drop off back to our accommodation. Once you get to the wetlands, you don't have to paddle, just relax in the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Global756581
J100R, Owner at Vilanculos Canoe Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2018

Thanks for the nice review ! Rgds J

Reviewed January 29, 2018

I've gone to Vilankulos many times over the years, exploring the beaches & islands, and that was great, and I thought that was pretty much it. But going for a sunset ride in the wetlands with J and his team was really something, a whole...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank scottykozambique
J100R, Owner at Vilanculos Canoe Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2018

Thanks for your review Scott

Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

The wetland canoe trip is an interesting trip from several perspectives. One is transported 30kms from Vilanculos to a extraordinary spring-fed wetland site and then paddled by canoe through a zigzagging route cut through the wetland reeds. The tour leader is the laid-back and irrepressible Jay...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank WhenWe123
J100R, Owner at Vilanculos Canoe Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2018

Thanks for your wonderful review ! I will work on my city hat code and i can promise you there are no wooden Crocodiles in the wetland system look at all my underwater gopro footage of them on my facebook page or you welcome to...More

Reviewed January 5, 2018

Had an awesome time with jay on his Firefly Trip best thing about it we were paddled by our own guide on each canoe so we just relaxed and enjoyed the fire flys he also provides drinks, snacks was really worth it , slim jim

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Brendon E
Reviewed November 26, 2017

I grew up watching fireflies, as the years gone by they slowly disappeared. It was amazing to see them again drifting along the river. Jonathan is great, makes the experience even better. I highly recommend!

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank turkish_cat
J100R, Owner at Vilanculos Canoe Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to right review ! Jonathan

Reviewed October 25, 2017

Our experience was not as good as we could read in most of the comments. let me explain why. The booking and hotel pickup was nothing to complain about. When we arrived onsite, there was 4 canoes. Jonathan boarded 2 people on the first one...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Ben G
J100R, Owner at Vilanculos Canoe Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2017

Dear Ben , Firstly, I am sorry that you feel this way but it is an exaggeration to suggest that I would leave you to sleep in the wetlands all night. I would certainly never do such a thing. Secondly, The water at the river...More

View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
August 23, 2019|
Response from J100R | Property representative |
Hi yes all year round send me an email when you arrive Regards Jonathan
Shandra M
May 19, 2015|
Response from J100R | Property representative |
Hi price Is the equivalent to US $50 Dollars. Kids under 12 are half price and big groups and Family's are given a discount Jonathan