The Sanctuary boasts enviable conditions for a wide array of sporting and recreational activities ranging from bush and beach walks and bird watching to deep sea fishing, sailing and snorkelling, among many others such as game viewing safaris of more than 1,000 head of free roaming wildlife. The freedom and variety of the wide open spaces found on and around The Sanctuary makes this area unique as a playground for adventurous holidaymakers who enjoy unfettered access to the joys of a pristine wilderness. Whether a peaceful, reclining holiday or rigorous, excitement-filled adventure is desired, each guest is certain to find what is needed at The Sanctuary.



Fishing opportunities for the keen angler are among the principle drawcards of The Sanctuary.

The deep sea waters adjacent to The Sanctuary are world-renowned fishing grounds for the competitive and recreational deep-sea fisherman, offering a wide variety of trophy species in veritable abundance. The Sanctuary’s proximity to these waters affords matchless access for the keen fisherman, who can have lines in the water within as little as half an hour of leaving the comfort of home.

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marine activities

  • Whale season: August to November
  • Turtle nesting season: November to January
  • Manta ray & whale sharks: All year around
  • Scuba diving and snorkelling:
    • 2 Mile Reef and its aquarium is a snorkelling ‘must’!
    • Outfitters based in Vilanculos will come out to The Sanctuary by arrangement to guide deep sea scuba expeditions for rated divers on the reefs off The Sanctuary’s shoreline.
      • Dive Bazaruto: +258 84 8506 507 |
      • Odyssey Dive: +258 82 7817 138 |


The Sanctuary boasts excellent conditions for all types of sailing with wide expanses of water at high tide, deep channels and moderate to strong winds.

Glassy calm open expanses of water offer perfect conditions for water-skiing, wakeboarding and tubing, as well as quieter pastimes such as canoeing and SUP-boarding, or simply wallowing in the warm, shallow waters.

Marine Activiteis

birding & game viewing

The Sanctuary is a twitcher’s paradise with over 300 recorded species to seek out. With such a light footprint birdwatching enthuasiasts are assured of quiet and undisturbed birding experiences.

Bush walks are a highlight of a visit, facilitated by the many game tracks that traverse the reserve. 42 km’s of maintained, marked roads allow plenty of opportunity for languorous game drives. Exploring the interior of The Sanctuary affords visitors the privilege of experiencing the wide array of natural vegetation indigenous to the reserve. Game can be viewed at several lakes and or water holes and designated lookout points offer perfect locations for sundowners and birdwatching.


mangrove activities

A leisurely canoe or stand-up board ride through the mangroves at high tide is highly recommended. Expect to enjoy remarkable bird-sightings at close hand as well as the possibility of close views of frolicking dolphins or even, if you are blessed, the rarest of sea creatures, the elusive Dugong.

A trip to the lighthouse on the southern boundary of The Sanctuary is a noteworthy expedition for the adventurous guest, which includes a transfer by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe).