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The Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 30,000 hectares.

Situated south of the tiny town of Vilanculos on the coast, the sanctuary covers pristine marine and wildlife territory.

This diverse ecosystem of bush and wetland, with its powder white beaches and crystal clear water is host to a magnificent array of fish, dolphin and dugong.

Shallow and deepwater reefs reveal beautiful creatures such as the green and leatherback turtles, sailfish, and manta ray, to name a few. Big deep-sea game fishing of marlin and barracuda is truly spectacular.

Finally, there are over 300 bird species including the mangrove kingfisher, crab plover and magnificent flocks of flamingos and pelicans.

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    Accommodation choices for Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Santorini Mozambique, deck area outside suite

      Santorini Mozambique

      First Class

      Santorini Mozambique offers an indulgent stay, exceptional service and white sandy beaches, making it a good option for a relaxing end to a safari.

    • Dugong Lodge, Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary

      Dugong Lodge

      First Class

      Dugong is a luxurious and relaxing lodge with a unique position situated within an area of great natural beauty on the Mozambique mainland. It is the perfect for relaxing on the beach or exploring the surrounding sanctuary.

    • Casa Rex, Vilanculos

      Casa Rex


      Casa Rex is a superb base in Vilanculos and ideal for those wanting a more authentic Mozambican place to stay whilst not missing out on the spectacular marine attractions of the area.