The best features are the exquisite natural landscape, with the lodge location well thought out and pitched within the boundary of the mangrove environment. The staff are lovely, extremely friendly and always helpful. A highlight is the food, not lots of choice but simply and magnificently presented and prepared. The buildings and infrastructure of the lodge are within a year or so of needing refurbishment, however rooms are very comfortable and more than acceptable -(systematic use of insect repellant is a must really and should be expected for this type of environment). The "wet transfer" was fun.....rolled up trousers and shoes off, to paddle and climb into the small launch ferrying you to and from the resort. Some disappointment with the lack of information about trips available, meal times etc. However, for those with an assertive streak, not really a problem. Flamingos and dolphins are never far away with mornings and evenings being the bests times for sightings. The generator was a problem during our stay and one night free of air con was not good. Overall, a very special experience where tourist development is not quite completed. Long may it stay that way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on 30 000 hectares of pristine Marine and Wildlife territory, it provides a unique Beach & Wilderness Experience in a hidden corner of sub-tropical Africa. This diverse eco-system of wilderness and wetland, with its powder white beaches and crystal clear water is host to a magnificent array of fish, dolphin and most importantly, the nearly extinct "Atlantic Dugong" (which resembles a sea lion). Shallow and deep water reefs reveal beautiful creatures such as the great leatherback turtles, sailfish and manta ray. Deep-sea fishing of marlin and barracuda is truly spectacular and the large flocks of flamingos and pelicans are a sight to behold. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dugong Beach Hotel Vilanculos