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L. Vilanculos Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 56 photos

Little known Mozambique was pullling itself out of a 20 year civil war when i was there in 1999. European and South African companies were involved in removing landminds and repairing the roads and communications. I travelled through the Tete region from Malawi's Blantyre and headed down to Vilanculos, a sleepy fishing village waiting to be discovered. The Bazaruto Archepeligo is right off shore with unbelievable snorkelling and diving opportunities. There is very little motor traffic and the only sailing vessels are the old arabic sailing dowls. The tides here are very dramatic and the water is constantly changing colors due to changing water depth and the light as the day passes. This place is one of my favorite beach spots because the ambiance is truly amazing. There were no classy resorts or any upscale restaurants or eateries. I pitched my tent on a sand dune in the back of a locals yard. Brillant!

Life here has not changed in 100 years, except for the new market opened by some enterprising indians. For the traveller this simple fishing villages offers a no-hastle, relaxing atmosphere which requires very little effort to enjoy and appreciate.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Pristine Beach with Incredible Ambiance
  • Cons:Sure to Become Over-run with Tourists Soon
  • Last visit to L. Vilanculos: Oct 1999
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2005
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  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2006 at 5:23 AM

    just exactly the kind of info we are looking for waxbag. much grass. cheap, pretty, and cheap. not you, the camping.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2005 at 11:19 AM

    nice glance at a hideaway from it all. i understand moz gets even more crazy farther up north! Nice shots!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2005 at 12:16 PM

    Bom Dia, @rie is right! awesome and the Dog on the Table, LOL...love it

  • K.Knight's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2004 at 12:43 AM

    John, Thankyou for sharing. We are going on a tour in 8 weeks time with Kumuka that will take in this area and the Islands. G'day from Australia

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2004 at 8:27 AM

    Can not breath to see the opening picture! Superb :)

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