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Kisawa Sanctuary: An African Coastal Destination with Views of the Indian Ocean

When one thinks of Africa, the vast savannahs with their roaming wildlife come to mind. However, that is only a fraction of this immense and diverse continent. Part of it is Kisawa Sanctuary, an African coastal destination with views of the Indian Ocean. This area is teeming with marine life and boasts white sand beaches and surrounding lush vegetation. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all.

Situated on a pristine stretch of coastline, Kisawa features three bungalow “Residences” where guests can unwind, letting the sound of waves melt their worries away.

Photo courtesy of Kisawa Sanctuary. Photography by Elsa Young

The bungalows are a haven for those seeking tranquility and relaxation. Each thatched-roof structure has its own private beachfront, an open-air deck with views to die for, an infinity pool, an outdoor day area, and a stocked pantry.

Photo courtesy of Kisawa Sanctuary. Photography by Elsa Young

The interior spaces vary from 200m2-600 m2 depending on how many beds a family needs. Still, there’s plenty of room inside these residences, regardless if it is just a couple staying inside or multiple children running around.

Photo courtesy of Kisawa Sanctuary. Photography by Elsa Young

To enable guests to enjoy their Mozambican home and fully recharge and reconnect, Kisawa has a dedicated service team, including a private butler, complimentary laundry, and unpacking services.

Those traveling from a thousand miles away will appreciate the personalized arrival and transfer service from Vilankulo Airport (VNX) to Kisawa via boat, followed by a 24-hour jet lag recovery treatment featuring a 90-minute massage at the Natural Wellness Center.

Camping in luxury is also a must-do when at Kisawa.

At Ponta Mutsita beach dune, glampers can spend the evening feeling the warmth of a crackling fire under the stars. While most glamping sites in North America offer African-style safari tents, dune glamping in this paradise on Benguerra Island means getting cozied up in an Australian bell tent.

Part of the Bazaruto Archipelago, the island is home to humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, over 150 bird species, Nile crocodiles, samango monkeys, and more.

Photo courtesy of Kisawa Sanctuary. Photography by Elsa Young

When on a secluded luxury escape, visitors can enjoy coastal activities such as swimming, snorkeling, diving, and fishing. They can also visit Flamingo Beach to watch the pink creatures, go on a discovery walk, dine on shore, or get a full view of the island’s opulence through a helicopter safari.

For land-based activities, guests can drive electric Mini Mokes to explore all the sanctuary has to offer. They can also harvest their own lunch with the gardening team at Kisawa Garden, where they can learn about traditional farming techniques.

Photo courtesy of Kisawa Sanctuary. Photography by Elsa Young

Kisawa Sanctuary offers guests an ocean-side luxury getaway, enabling them to support marine research and conservation through its sister property Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies, Africa’s first permanent Ocean Observatory.

The coastal sanctuary was awarded the best “Castaway Island Escape” in the UK National Geographic Traveller Hotel Awards in 2021.

For more information, visit https://kisawasanctuary.com/.

Featured image from Kisawa Sanctuary.

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February 16, 2024 9:01 am

Isn’t Kisawa Sanctuary a whimsical wonder? The bungalows, beachfront, and infinity pool sound like a magical paradise. And the wellness center and water activities offer the perfect blend of enchanting relaxation and thrilling adventure. It’s like a coastal utopia come to life!

May 3, 2024 3:55 pm

I just found out that Kisawa Sanctuary is the place to be for cool water adventures like snorkeling and deep-sea fishing! The spa there uses all the good stuff for treatments, giving you that ultimate relaxation vibe in the midst of the stunning coastal scene. 🌊


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