Reviews of Bazaruto Lodge
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Beautiful setting on the beach
When we arrived at Vilanculos airport the voucher for our flight to Bazaruto was not accepted by the ground staff. Another company had taken over the air route. Luckily a desk clerk, Banu, allowed us to use his phone. After several calls between us and Expert Africa and Banu's boss, we were allowed to fly. The colours of the sea as we flew to the island were absolutely wonderful.
After reading reviews on tripadvisor, we had requested a superior room - 8, 9 or 10 if possible. We were shown to Room 8. It was one of the oldest chalets, not quite on the beach, and was very dark. I think the reviewers on tripadvisor were being facetious!
We requested a move to the new wing of chalets and from a handful of choices picked 37; a lovely bungalow right on the beach with an unobstructed view of the bay. There were very few guests staying in the hotel; many more staff than guests. Basic wine, beer and soft drinks were included in the tariff. The food was good.
We wanted somewhere where we could relax and sit in sun after nearly 4 weeks on safari. We weren't looking for somewhere extra luxurious. We did not have to pay entry fees to Bazaruto Marine National Park at the lodge.
Good service at Bazaruto Lodge
The beach side chalets gave a good view of the sea when the tide was in, or c.1km of sand when it was out! Very comfortable, good mosquito netting, good hanging area for clothes, room safe, LARGE bath, and large outside shower area where we could also wash and dry some clothes. Staff very attentive, even doing some sewing for us.
The pool, though large, wasn't very inviting, so we didn't swim in it. A nice bar area with an old dug-out canoe suspended over it. Good big dining room, with very attentive staff, even though it was self service. After 6 days the food started to become a bit predictable, but it was always good.
Tony, the Manager, was very helpful and organised a lot for us. He made our stay very enjoyable, even though the hotel had been taken over by 64 S. African marlin fishermen during our stay!! We were unlucky with the weather - windy and cloudy for 4 days running so little snorkeling. Interesting bird life on the island and on the beach when the tide was out.
Expert Africa comments
The lodge management is most apologetic for the inconvenience caused by not forewarning us that Bazaruto Lodge would be full with Marlin fishermen during these travellers stay. At the time of booking, the lodge was completely empty but when the Marlin competition group booked, Bazaurto agree that they should have informed us.
Our Expert Africa team has noted the rough dates of this competition for future reference.
Tried to be an ocean paradise
I've been to many Pacific and other ocean retreats, and although Bazaruto tried to mimic the ambiance, it didn't quite live up to the others I've experienced (Barrier Reef in Aus, Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii, etc). Must admit that my views of it were influenced by the fact that I had bad dysentery for the whole stay, so couldn't enjoy the food or alcohol, although must admit that I slipped at times because the pina colatas were so yummy.
The staff tried to help me with medicine and hydration salts, but nothing worked. Cabins were lovely and had AC, what a treat, and were close to the general activity center; this was nice as I had little energy. The setting was lovely with a beautiful pool, and I took a piece home with me, three weaver birds nests all attached together, that had to be cut down from a palm tree so they wouldn't fall in the pool. For me, these nests, were the most unique part of the stay.
The draw of this place was supposed to be snorkeling and scuba diving, both of which I'm proficient at and certified, and could have done while sick, but the weather did not permit either; sea was too rough for their "rubber ducky" (a raft) boat. I've been on several actual scuba diving boats, and this raft would not classify as such. But, hey, I must remember, this was Africa.
We were, though, able to go out whale watching one afternoon on the rough water as the raft didn't have to put down an anchor.
Pleasant week at the beach
Lodge was VERY quiet and felt a bit run down. Food generally was pretty boring (low number of guests can't have helped) - Breakfast was best.
Lighting in main dining room was very poor, could not wait to finish dinner and get back to the bar.
Waiting staff seemed under trained and disinterested - to be honest the manager seemed to be leading in this direction by example !
Rooms and bathrooms were of a good basic standard and we really liked them.
Other activities, in particular Fishing were very expensive, to the extent that I did not participate despite this being a major driver for including Mozambique.
Spa was excellent and very well priced and in consequence we spent a fair bit of time their rather than the fishing we had planned
The Island is fantastic but I would look for an alternative hotel for any future trip.
Bazaruto Lodge review
40 rooms with at most 12 people staying made this a wonderfully quiet place to spend a few days by the beach.
Staff were helpful and friendly, if a little difficult to find at times because there were so few of them. Unfortunately the hobie cats were away in South Africa being repaired - this was the one activity we'd been planning on doing.
We saw no mosquitoes around the hotel but don't walk up to the lighthouse first thing in the morning without insect repellent - the (very steep) path seemed to attract hundreds of them!
Bazaruto Lodge review
What an amazing place to spend our last week in Africa !!!
Bazaruto Lodge offers clean, spacious bungalows with spectacular sea views. Our room consisted of 2 seperate rooms and a lovely deep bath and a seperate outside shower ! It was wonderful to walk out onto the sand and into the sea within seconds and then to saunter along the beach to the dining room. (Every morning and evening the cushions on the lounge chairs by your room and put away / bought out and twice a day your room is also swept so the sand that you drag in daily does not accumulate .. lovely touch)
The service was great - the front management staff were friendly and helpful (Sarah even climbed through a toilet window to rescue my son who had become locked in - THANK YOU !!), the waiters in the restaurant obliging and always smiling and the staff (especially Alex) in the sports center were experienced and able to show us the wonderful underwater treasures of Mozambique.
The food was great - a buffet for breakfast , lunch and dinner with lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and salads .. couldn't ask for much more !
PS the Pina Colada cocktails were divine !
Pleasant stay at Bazaruto Lodge
I spent 3 nights at Bazaruto Lodge in August.
The location is beautiful, the lodge is set on the beach on Bazaruto Island.
The rooms were comfortable if not spectacular. The service was good, the food was fine, if a little repetitive.
Bazaruto Lodge review
This was a beautiful way to end the holiday. Very relaxing after all the game drives. Fantastic sunsets.
We were unfortunately unable to go to Paradise island (because there were not enough people interested) but we thoroughly enjoyed the mornings snorkelling at the Coral gardens which is provided free. The travel by tractor over sand was more comfortable than by jeep.
This was the only place we were troubled by mosquitoes. Fortunately mosquitoe nets were provided.
The view from the transfer plane was beautiful.
Bazaruto Lodge review
A tale of two halves: Brillient or awful.
Accomodation, administrative and general staff and restaurants great. Nothing too much trouble for the friendly staff. General manager Louis really helpful, sorted out medical and travel difficulties immeadiately. Chef came and introduced himself to discuss my daughter's allergy.
Inclusive activities disappointing. No one to show you how to sail the catamaran. You had to find your own canoe. Snorkelling meant being left on a beach with equipment and collected two hours later. Paddle boat broken our whole trip.
Sea fishing was an extra. Staff didn't smile, introduce themselves or talk to us until a fish was caught. Luckily we did catch some amazing fish, with their help, which saved the trip.
The atmosphere of the whole place changed at the weekend when a large group arrived and took the place over.
Expert Africa comments
When we put these comments to the lodge, we had a swift response from Derek, the activities manager (Bazaruto Gone Fishin'). He apologised for what happened to this family at Bazaruto Lodge, and assured us that steps had been taken to correct the issues. He commented that he had:
1. Employed the right person that can teach hobbycat sailing, and to accompany clients if they need assistance.
2. Ensured that a guide always accompanies the snorkelling, and in the unusual event that more that 15 people wanted to snorkel, then a second guide would also be sent.
3. Made sure that the paddle-boat has been repaired.
He also commented that the lodge had had put in place weekly training sessions to improve staff communication skills, so they could help their staff better. Hence we’re optimistic that this will help future visitors to the lodge.
5 relaxing days at Bazaruto lodge
A lovely 5 days were spent relaxing at Bazaruto. It has a very laid back nature and we were left to enjoy ourselves. We would have preferred more information on the trips available.
We wish there had been spa facilities but realise that due to issue of the cyclone earlier in the year this ended up being our 3rd choice hotel.
Rooms were kept clean and the service we received was good. We loved our private breakfast and also the dinner outside our room together with our own camp fire - thanks to the honeymoon package.