Rio Azul means “Blue River” a true reflection of the beauty of this setting to the north of Vilanculos, Mozambique. The estuary is the perfect setting for this premier eco lodge in Mozambique.
Located on the banks of the Govuro River, Rio Azul is close to the mouth of the river and about 110km north from the town of Vilanculos, Mozambique. Rio Azul is a 1 hour 45 min road transfer from Vilanculos International Airport.
The Govuro River runs north from Vilanculos, Mozambique and past Inhassoro, entering the sea at Bartholomew Diaz point, at the northern end of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Rio Azul offers one of only a few access points to deep water with strong currents close to the beach, for easy casting distance at the point of the river mouth where big game fish feed. Many species of fish can be found in the estuary for fishing with light tackle.
Rio Azul operates a catch and release system and offers deep-sea fishing to shore fishing, estuary fishing to salt water fly fishing, as well as charter fishing and fly fishing trips in an un-spoilt estuary environment.
October to the end of January is the best time for black marlin, and an excellent time to visit this fishing lodge in Mozambique. September to January is the time for Blue and striped marlin while June to September is best for sailfish. The rare Whale Shark can be seen between December and February, it is the largest shark / fish in the world and one of the archipelagos most interesting creatures.
The Mozambican reefs are mostly in pristine condition and lie close to shore, many remain unexplored and there is an incredible variety to be seen, the abundant and colourful soft corals host fabulous marine life, a diver’s paradise.
The endangered Dugong, a unique creature that is half mammal and half fish also lives in this area. In the shallow, clear, aquamarine waters, anemones, star fish, seahorses and plentiful Mozambique Prawn can be found.
The Rio Azul shores boast abundant bird life; avid bird watchers can see the wintering Crab Plovers and Mangrove Kingfishers on this tranquil coastline. The Bazaruto islands are home to over 164 different birds living in varying habitats.