the historical Moçambician channel, opposite Vilanculos
on the mainland, lie a chain of 5 islands; Bazaruto,
Benguerra, Maraque, Banque and Santa Carolina.
Benguerra is approx. 11Kms
x 5Kms, and the forest, savannah and wetland eco-systems sustain
a diverse population of flora and fauna on this idyllic island
getaway, which was declared a National Park in 1971
Originally named "Santa Antonio" by Portuguese explorers,
it was later named "Benguerra" after a local Tribal
Bazaruto Island is 37Km
long by 7Km wide, with flora and fauna abounding. Flamingos
frequent the tidal flats, and the freshwater lakes on the
island are home to many large crocodiles. The West of the
island is savanna grassland and thicket whereas the East is
composed entirely of enormous sand dunes that change colour
in the different lights of the day.