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Reviewed 8 July 2016

We went to Rio Azul for 8 nights in July16. The intention was a fishing holiday with our three sons and while the website is OK we relied on only a few tripadvisor reviews and jumped in. We have been to Moz a few times and stayed in some wonderful and v pricey offerings. The cost was reasonable. Driving (from airport) to Rio Azul I suddenly realized we had no real idea of what to expect and worried that this might also be a disaster with three small kids. On arrival it was clear that there was no reason to worry. Starting with the people, bar none they were very friendly and efficient. The rooms were on par with anything we stayed in before and spotless. The food, while basic, was prepared perfectly and there was even salad everyday. The location is sublime. The estuary is a haven for many species of fish and we caught enough to keep the kids happy. Offshore was a bit rough so we used the tinnies provided all the time. It should be noted that this is a fishing lodge - don't go there expecting a spa or pretty snorkeling spots. The tides are strong so takes some decent sized ball sinkers to get on the bottom. For lures red/white rapala-type shallow divers seemed the most consistent with good poppers if you try surface fishing.
The lodge was very quite when we were there so might be different with rowdy fishermen but if you like pristine light tackle (inside estuary) fishing this place gets all the thumbs up possible. Cant wait for the next trip

Date of stay: July 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank cobusv418
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Reviewed 30 April 2016

We stayed at the Rio Azul lodge for four nights over Easter after staying at Vic falls then Sabi Sands.
After a very scenic transfer along the beach we were given a warm welcome at the lodge by the Lodge manager Andre and the staff. The owners of the lodge John and Jane were present during our stay and were equally welcoming during our stay and we enjoyed their company. We initially found the heat in Mozambique a bit challenging for us lily white brits, however there were plenty of comfortable shady places to relax at the lodge and as long as we took advice to cover our skin it was always lovely out on the water with the breeze cooling us. We are not experienced at fishing but were given lots of help to enjoy all the fishing experiences on offer and my husband had great success thanks to the experience of Andre and the lodge staff . The lodge appears to cater equally for people like us who just want to have a go at fishing and to very experienced fishermen/women and we enjoyed the company of other like minded people. The fresh fish served was very good and breakfasts were very nice. We love birds, and we enjoyed seeing a wide variety of birds including flamingos. All of the lodge staff are local and are doing great to improve their English skills, they are all friendly and helpful and polite. If you like tranquil, natural places in a beautiful environment you will enjoy Rio Azul. For anyone lucky enough to be going going to Mozambique, it's a beautiful place and we would recommend Rio Azul lodge.

Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank bellf0x
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Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

The drive from the airport at Villanculos to the lodge is about 1.5 hours and isn't too bad considering how remote and idyllic the location for the lodge is.
The lodge is situated on an estuary which is brilliant. The water is calm and very clear. It's also extremely warm and swimming is mandatory.
We stayed in Villa 1 which sleeps 10 but has 3 proper rooms. 2 with double beds and 1 with twin beds. Then there are 4 bunk beds in a loft situated above the lounge/kitchen area.
The food is really good. Lots of fresh sea food on offer and plentiful.
The hosts are really great and knowledgeable about the area and there are tons of activities to do with the kids and friends.
Take lots of sun cream because it gets very hot and there are mosquitoes in the evenings. The threat of malaria is low here due to its remoteness.
This place scores 10/10 in my books and is a definite recommendation to anyone considering travelling to Mozambique.

Date of stay: December 2015
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank Francois M
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

Rio Azul is an amazing place to experience Vilanculos. I was there for a friend's wedding and would recommend it to anyone looking to have a destination wedding or looking for some time out. I spent four lovely days there, the vilas are divine, the food was yummy and the peace of mind I left with cannot be bought. We also spotted schools of dolphins, flamingos and thoroughly enjoyed the boat rides out

Room tip: All the rooms are lovely
Date of stay: May 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Tsitsi H
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Reviewed 27 October 2014

A magical place on the estuary with great staff and management, both very friendly and professional. Erhardt gave us a delightful late afternoon introductory cruise on the estuary & we followed that up the next day when we took out two tinnies, with Milton as our guide. We also went exploring ourselves when we paddled around in the sea kayaks. When we got back Shadrack was the epitome of professionalism and friendliness behind the bar; he also gave me very useful background about Mozambique.

The kitchen and house staff were also wonderful. And all the while Debbie runs Rio Azul with absolute attention to meeting all our needs, and keeping the resort at top class. The food was great and I highly recommend the stand alone villas as a romantic and tranquil setting.

We drove through the mangrove swamps to get to Rio Azul (ie, not along the beach), apparently we were about the first guests to do this. Tricky on the way in but almost impossible on the way out as the tide wasn't out far enough!

Room tip: The villas are fantastic
Date of stay: September 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank CookbookTourist
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