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Vamizi private island lodge, Quirimbas Archipelago
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Vamizi private island lodge, Quirimbas Archipelago

The exclusive Vamizi lodge, located on paradisaical Vamizi private island in the Quirimbas archipelago offers the quintessence of luxury island life. A kaleidoscope of blues provides the most spectacular backdrop to your stay.
Just twelve kilometers long and one kilometer wide, Vamizi Island, fringed with gently-shelving beaches and calm waters, is a haven for couples and families alike.

Miles of  white sand waiting to be explored entices you to kick off your shoes and feel the sugar-like grains beneath your feet, whilst beach combing along the shore.

Green turtles come ashore to lay their eggs on the beach; giant coconut crabs nestle within the coral, and in the mangrove forests rare Samango monkeys and colorful exotic birds have made Vamizi their home.

Designed with the privacy of honeymooners as well as families in mind, your villa is your own domain where you can truly relax – unwind from the stresses of everyday life with a massage or simply indulge in the view of your own private beach.


Thirteen romantic timber villas (currently closed for refurbishment)

They are strung along one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Each villa is 170m2 with 1 or 2 bedrooms, right on the shoreline with marble shower, vanity area, sun deck with to-die-for views of the ocean. They are widely open to catch the natural breezes. Three rooms have been specifically designed for families with large double (possible triple) bedrooms adjoining a central decked lounged area. All beds are mosquito netted, even though Vamizi is a low-risk malarial area.

Six exclusive private villas accommodating up to 12 persons

Villa Kipila is nested within 3 acres of grounds and with over 125 metres of pristine beachfront it offers the ultimate in exclusivity and can accommodate up to 12 customers in 5 sea-facing bedrooms. It has a pitched ‘Balinese-style’ timber shingle roof with high ceilings in all of the rooms. 

Villa Suluwilo has 5 bedrooms and can sleep up to 12 people. It lies within 3 acres of forest along a pristine white beach. There is a sunken Arab courtyard and a ‘lookout’ tower with spectacular views across the ocean. A beach gazebo offers the perfect setting for beach barbeques. The unique note comes from its ‘dhow sail’ roofs, inspired by the traditional dhow fishing boats in the area. The palm thatched roofs are carefully angled to catch the sea breezes, keeping the villa cool and fresh throughout the year.

Villa Casamina has 6 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 8 adults and 8 children. It lies within 3 acres of forest and has over 125 meters of pristine beachfront offering absolute exclusivity and privacy. Three bedrooms are sea-facing while another set-back in a ‘tree house’. It is covered by an impressive thatch roof with open sides offering spectacular views of the ocean. It has sensational views over the island from the top of the tower. The local coral limestone walls have been handcrafted and are a distinctive feature of this beautiful villa along with the spiral stairs leading up to the tree house.

Casa Marjani is a 5 bedroom private villa, sleeping up to 6 adults and 6 children. It lies within 4.7 acres of forest and has over 130 meters of pristine beachfront offering absolute exclusivity and privacy. The living area has a striking palm thatch roof and open sides. The decking flows into the landscaped gardens offering the perfect outdoor dining setting with beautiful views of the ocean. A mezzanine level within the main living area offers the perfect hideaway with comfortable futons and bean bags.

All the villas do have large lounge and dining room, private deck with a swimming pool and lovely pathways to the beach. They also have games for the children, TV and books.

They all come with a private chef and hospitality team and has its own 4x4 car with driver. An array of sailing boats and kayaks are available for guests along with fishing, diving, nature walks, community visits and picnics.


Thatched open dining room in the main lodge for casual dining, Muntu Nkulu castaway restaurant open during the winter season on the south side of the island, for a buffet and total relaxation. Bar, spa, diving center.


Remote beaches to explore, forest walks, lagoon boat rides to uncover the so particular flora and fauna
- Diving
- Diving courses
- Snorkeling straight off the shore and boat trips
- Yoga classes
- Swimming
- windsurfing
- Fauna and flora
- Kayaking
- Bird watching
- Beach picnics
- Whale watching in season
- Sailing
- Deep sea Fishing
- Nature walks

Responsible Eco-tourism

Vamizi Island is a conservation and community project, aimed at preserving the remote and unique wilderness and improving the livelihoods of its inhabitants. Vamizi’s resident community consists of about one thousand islanders who,
between 1976 to 1992, fled from the mainland to escape the civil war in Mozambique. Vamizi Island Lodge was built by the community and all building materials were obtained locally. The Lodge also supports village businesses; the womenfolk provide bread and create handcrafts for sale to guests and the island’s fishermen supply seafood for the restaurant. Visits to the villages can also be made to experience the lifestyles, customs and traditions of the islanders.
As part of the conservation ethos, the fishermen, working with the island’s conservation team, have come to understand the benefits of sustainable fishing and now help to patrol the waters to prevent poor fishing practice. They also help to monitor populations of dolphins and humpback whales and, most importantly, have embraced Vamizi’s turtle conservation project, aimed at preserving one of the last valuable nesting sites for green turtles in East Africa. As a result the area is turning into an important marine reserve. Home to some of the most significant and endangered habitats in the western Indian Ocean, the island has over a hundred species of birds, Samango monkeys, four species of turtles and giant coconut crabs.


The ultimate private island stay in remote wilderness, a true barefoot luxury experience. The lodge was Awarded in Condé Nast Travelers Award 2011 and 2010 and is Winner of Best African & Indian Ocean Beach Destination, Good Safari Guide 2011. In 2012 it was awarded best beach safari property in Africa by the "Safari awards".

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Hotel facilities

  • Minibar
  • King size bed
  • Complimentary water in the room
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Internet access
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Mosquito net
  • Swimming pool

Price terms and conditions

Exclusive villas - From $39.795 for 7 nights for the exclusive use of a villa

Villa double occupancy from $1.050    

Villa single occupancy from $1.575

Please note that the lodge is closed for refurbishment until further notice. 


Age 16 years and above - adult rate
Ages 5 to 15 years - 50% of adult rate in the 2nd bedroom of family villa
Up to 3 years sharing bedroom with adults - $150 per child per night.
Cots, highchairs and babysitting can be arranged with prior notification
Triples: Triples can be arranged for children under the age of 16 years at the lodge discretion.

The rates include:

- Accommodation in Ocean-facing beach villas
- All meals
- Soft drinks, local beer, wine, basic spirits and bottled water
- Daily laundry service
- Guided activities including motorized snorkeling or shore based snorkeling
- Sea kayaking
- Birding
- Walking trails
- Beach picnics
- Dhow sailing
- Hobie Cat
- Sailing

The rates exclude:

- Flights and transfers to and from the island

- Champagnes, cocktails, premium wines and imported premium spirits
- Personal gifts and staff gratuities
- Deep sea fishing
- Scuba diving and PADI scuba courses
- Spa Treatments
- Yoga
- Motorized water activities
- Visa fee and insurances (compulsory)

Special offers

Please contact us for honeymoon offers and low season free nights.