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Reviewed 3 January 2017

My husband surprised me with a week-long honeymoon at Rio Azul Lodge in Mozambique. It exceeded my every expectation. The staff are fantastic - thank you to Andre and his team! The location is idyllic - away from the commercial buzz of other typical honeymoon holiday package destinations.

We would highly recommend Rio Azul to honeymooners, families, friends and fishermen alike!

Marna & Hannes Badenhorst

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank marnadebruyn
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Rio Azul's two main strengths are its location and its staff. We were there primarily on a fishing trip but also to relax and get away from the bustle of Johannesburg. We were met by Charles at the airport and did the 2 hour northbound trip to the lodge with him. He was friendly and informative, this theme was to be repeated by all the staff. From Andre, the lodge manager, to James in the kitchen, Shadrack behind the bar or Phillip & Milton on the boat, everyone was friendly and efficient. The lodge is well built and thought out. Views overlooking the pools and deck onto the estuary are spectacular. We stayed in one of the "Villas" The rooms were spacious & light . Bathrooms each had a shower and bath, hot water was no problem. Linen was clean & beds were comfy. Surprisingly very few mosquitoes although nets are provided.
Despite fishing conditions being tough Andre did an excellent job of getting us onto productive reefs and we caught fish regularly. The 31ft boat is in good knick and is well maintained. The quality of the food was excellent, nothing was too much trouble for the kitchen staff, all requests were met with a smile and were dealt with brilliantly considering where we were and the obvious logistical issues of getting fresh produce. One slight negative was the price charged for the transfers, I thought they were a bit over the top. Overall Rio Azul delivered beyond my expectations, I will certainly be back. Well done and thank you to the staff who played such a big part in making our stay a memorable one

Stayed: October 2016, travelled with friends
3  Thank FrankDodkins
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

Rio Azul is a fantastic African resort on a beautiful estuary. The staff are wonderful and the villas/rooms are more than comfortable. Our villa had a private pool which was a real treat. We were happy with all the amenities provided for fishing and the eagerness and willingness of the guides to assist us on our outings. The food was great...with consideration to the location of the resort. One big drawback is the perception created by the website. If we had gone to experience the week without any preconcieved ideas, we would have been more than satisfied with our experience. However, it was our experience that the estuary fishing is dismal (and we are expert fisherpeople), there is no part of the estuary that is "untouched" (on the contrary it was heart breaking to see the stress on the entire environment) and the local snorkling is limited to a small artificial reef created by a neighbouring lodge. The only reasonably good fishing and snorkling to be had is by boat out at sea and apart from the added cost, this is not easy to negotiate privately when there is one boat and other people also staying at the lodge. having said that, with new our new perceptions, we would happily visit again, with a good book and a game of chess! We would also LOVED to have been offered in room dining as an option for lunch...

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Thank dooley_13
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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

  • Stayed: July 2016, 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.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank bellf0x
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