Spectacular Marine and Land Wildlife Viewing

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Enjoy spectacular marine and land wildlife viewing with Africa Yacht Charters! The most romantic way to explore the pristine waters along the Mozambican coast, yacht safaris are now accessible to everyone.

The ultimate yacht experience combines the best of the oceanic playground with a couple of days in the pristine African bush. These combos are easily attainable in Mozambique, thanks to its glorious Indian Ocean coastline and pristine wilderness areas.

Africa Yacht Charters allow you to explore the least visited regions of the Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos, where diverse aquatic marine life occurs in abundance. You can enjoy these underwater wonderlands while diving and snorkelling. The Bazaruto Archipelago harbours a mystical species, the rare endangered dugong. This region is the only place along the African coast where the highest number of these sea cows is found.

Pick the season that offers you the kind of experience you are after. If you want to spot the marine giants, whale watching season in Mozambique falls in June all the way through December. Get front row seats to the best Southern Rights and Humpbacks sighting. Fishermen can also enjoy fantastic sport fishing right there on the deck of their yacht. The chances of catching Queen Mackerel, Black Kingfish, Marlin and other species are favourable.

After sailing in style, hop off your luxury catamaran yacht and head straight to Niassa National Reserve for Big Five game viewing. The reserve is teeming with diverse wildlife, including more than 10,000 elephants and over 200 of the critically endangered African wild dog. Gorongosa, not your typical Big 5 wildlife park, but offers some of the best wilderness experiences.

Arrange your Mozambique yacht safaris with the experts and get the best rates. Our team of friendly consultants is waiting to help design the perfect itinerary for your dream holiday. contact us now!

Exploring With Africa Yacht Charters

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Check our awesome Yacht Safaris to Africa. The best part about sailing and exploring the Quirimbas Archipelago is that you are travelling responsibly. Sustainable travel is all about having a minimal effect on the natural environment. And, of course, we offer you great rates!

Whole yacht charters include the following:

  • Meet and greet at Pemba airport
  • Return flights in light aircraft between Pemba and Ibo Island
  • Meet and greet at Ibo Island airstrip and transfer to Ibo Island Lodge
  • Use of Ibo Island Lodge facilities including swimming pools while your luggage is transferred to your luxury yacht.
  • Brief guided cultural and historical tour of Ibo Island
  • Sundowner and snacks at the Beach Bar on the point
  • Transfer out to the yacht after sunset
  • Full use of the yacht
  • Use of 4 double or twin en-suite, air-conditioned cabins for 8 guests maximum
  • All linen and bath towels – please bring your own beach towels
  • All activities are free – including all onboard equipment and facilities (see below)

Your experienced crew will look after your every need as you embark on a diving and fishing holiday from your elite yacht or a general island sailing holiday. Your confined space becomes your home – you can choose to snorkel alongside the boat while your chef prepares a cooked breakfast and crew lookout for amazing sea creatures for you to view.

Our unique yacht safari options sail into the vast regions of the Bazaruto Archipelago and the Quirimbas Archipelago, as well as Inhambane, Vilanculos, and the fantastic Niassa Wildlife Reserve.  Each massive yacht accommodates up to eight guests and you feel as if you have boarded a floating hotel – luxury on the ocean defined!

Come and join us on board the catamaran, book in hand, binoculars close by, and chill. Catch a tan while the sea breezes rustle the sails and dolphins leap alongside you. Snorkeling beside the boat is a huge plus for those who like to see wild marine animals while splashing in their bathing costumes, close to the water’s surface.

If you are in search of a Mozambique holiday with a difference, a yacht safari on the Indian Ocean is for you.

Treat Yourself to the Perfect Sailing Trip

Sailing Charters to Africa

We can offer you the perfect sailing trip into Mozambique’s never-ending ocean horizon. Picture yourself sailing on a yacht, into the distance, the sun setting into the sea. Now read on to learn more about our fantastic and once in a lifetime African Yacht Charter!

We offer a choice of adventurous sailing holidays in the Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelagoes in Mozambique. Leave all your worries at home when we launch your yacht charter into the hugeness of the Indian Ocean, carefree at last!

We recommend an island-hopping cruise that combines a few days on your luxury yacht, and a few days where you can treat yourself in a luxury beach villa in the beautiful Bazaruto Archipelago…

Check out this itinerary:

  • Day 1:  Fly from Johannesburg International Airport to Vilanculos with LAM. You will be met at the airport by a representative who will transfer you by light aircraft to Benguerra Island. Road transfer to Azura Benguerra Lodge. Read more about this lodge right here.
  • Day 2:  Spend a glorious day relaxing at Azura Benguerra Lodge.
  • Day 3:  Spend another day at Azura Benguerra Lodge – try their water sports or walk for miles along the endless white beaches.
  • Day 4:  In the morning, after a delicious fresh breakfast, you will meet the crew of the yacht on the beach and you will transfer to the yacht by small boat – you may need to wade into the water to get into the boat, but this is part of the adventure of Africa. There are no marinas in the Bazaruto Archipelago! We will overnight in our luxury yacht in the Bazaruto Archipelago.
  •  Day 5:  Spend this day cruising round the islands on board your luxury yacht – take part in activities that suit you including diving, fishing, snorkeling and kayaking.
  •  Day 6:  Relax on board during this unique Mozambique Yacht Safaris.
  •   Day 7:  Write a letter to a friend while you island hop your way around the awesome Bazaruto Archipelago.
  •   Day 8:  On the last morning, you will be dropped off at Vilanculos port and then transferred to the airport for your flight back to JHB with LAM.

You are the intrepid traveler and we are the supplier of yacht charters, rentals and sailing adventures in Mozambique. So let us work together!

We offer you:

  • An opportunity to experience elite and exciting island hopping, fishing, diving, water-sports exploration and discovery in some of the most beautiful and sought-after destinations in the world!
  • Magnificent experiences on the Indian Ocean – live aboard a luxury catamaran and fish, dive and snorkel to your heart’s content. Sail around this island region for as many days and night as you want to. This is the ultimate holiday where relaxation takes on new meaning.
  • A chance to sail silently into the majestic Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique, fast becoming a highly rated yacht charter destination in East Africa.
  • A chance to sail serenely into the remarkably remote Quirimbas Archipelago where luxury lodges fit in with the local villages and getting back to nature is the name of the game…

You are our discerning clients – book your luxury Mozambique Yacht Safari today and experience a holiday with a difference!

Set Sail in Style with a Luxurious Mozambique Yacht

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Set sail in style with Africa Yacht Charters. Once reserved for a select few, this trending and luxurious holiday experience is now affordable, thanks to our amazing special packages! You too can explore the wide open spaces in the Mozambique Channel on board a luxury catamaran yacht.

Africa Yacht Charters will take you to the remote islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago or the Bazaruto Archipelago. You will explore the uncharted waters along the East Coast, and depending on your itinerary, your exclusive yacht charter will see you sailing as far as the Zanzibar Archipelago!

You travel at night and drop anchor on deserted islands and on the mainland at daybreak. Day times are all about exploiting the many activities available, but if you would rather sprawl on the deck with a book in hand, it’s really up to you. Jump off your yacht for some phenomenal diving and snorkelling – checking out the astounding display of marine life in different shapes and sizes, plus the kaleidoscope of colourful corals.

While some holidaymakers are content with the watery wonderland, others prefer to combine their oceanic experiences with safaris in the wilderness. The Niassa Wildlife Reserve has an astonishing variety of animal species waiting to be discovered. If your yacht safari takes you to the Tanzania coastline, perhaps a visit to the Selous Game Reserve or the famed Ruaha National Park should be on the top of your to-do list.

Africa Yacht Charters give a whole meaning to relaxation. No crowds, just you and an attentive crew. The catamarans have enough space for 8 guests, allowing you to sail in style with the people you hold dear. After all, what could be more special than sharing this once in a lifetime adventure with your loved ones?

There is no better time to spoil yourself than now. Book one of our yacht charters and explore the stunning Mozambique islands. Our friendly consultants are more than happy to design your own personalized itineraries that incorporate. Get in touch with us now!

Climb Aboard with Africa Yacht Charters

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If you are looking for a reason to climb aboard and experience a yacht safari, then you’ve come to the right place. We not only give you one but several great reasons why you should!

Sailing the unexplored waters of the Indian Ocean can be the most romantic thing you can do for yourself. Imagine sprawling on the deck of a luxury catamaran yacht, with only you and your spouse in your own floating hotel? And of course, an attentive crew will be at your beck and call, ensuring you lack for nothing!

The Mozambique Channel is seldom sailed, particularly the country’s two remote island groups, the Quirimbas Archipelago and the Bazaruto Archipelago. Africa Yacht Charters will take you through these regions where you will occasionally find yourself sharing the waters with the local fishermen. Yours will probably the only yacht – an off the beaten track adventure at its best!

Each catamaran yacht has room enough for up to eight guests, this means you don’t have to leave those closest to you on this once in a lifetime adventure! Take your kids, take your friends, take whoever you want along and you can have an awesome party that will last as long as your safari!

Yacht safaris are not just about spending lazy days on the deck, catching the sun. They are about exploiting the many exciting activities you can find in the vast azure sea. Dive into the underwater wonderland and discover the treasures hidden below. The most pristine of coral reefs and a myriad of marine species will be your reward. Both the Quirimbas and Bazaruto boast some of the world’s best dive sites, with phenomenal drop-offs that are a delight for advanced divers. Snorkel to your heart’s content, hook big game fish and explore uninhabited islands, it’s all there for your indulgence.

Africa Yacht Charters can combine with land-based wildlife safaris in the Niassa National Reserve. These combos allow you to experience the very best of bush and beach with guaranteed sightings of both land animals and marine life.

Book your dream holiday today!


Fishing at Lazarus Banks

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Take a sailing trip to St Lazarus Bank – or Banco St Lazarus – the ultimate holiday destination for fishermen and one of the only places in the Quirimbas Archipelago sea where Marlin are known to breed. View this incredible underwater coral outcrop or atoll, that rises from the deep Mozambique Channel, from your luxury yacht. You are in a paradise where fish have made their playground!

St Lazarus Bank, about 30 kilometres long and 20 kilometres wide,  rises up from a depth of 2 400 meters in the Quirimbas – the epitome of a dream fishing trip and a challenging scuba-diving location for highly experienced divers only! Although this formation is known as an atoll, the reefs do not reach the surface and it also lacks back-reef lagoons which are distinctive of atolls. There is a middle, table-like podium which drops deeply down all sides.

Fish of all kinds come to this hidden atoll to feed on the Mantis Shrimp during its season from August to December when billions of them rise to the surface to mate! This is a fishing hotspot for Black and Giant Kingfish, Barracuda, Dorado, Queenfish, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, and Sailfish. All fishermen have to use the catch and release policy at this world-class fishing destination in the Quirimbas Archipelago.

You can get there from Ibo Island so book a few nights at Ibo Island Lodge to break the drifting motion of being on a yacht safari for so long. Spend your Mozambique fishing yacht charter holiday in luxury – find time to snorkel and take up a new water sport while your rod lies quietly, waiting for the zing of an exciting catch!

The best time to fish Banco St Lazarus is mid-September to the end of November. Fishermen are astounded by their incredible catches of Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Kingfish, Barracuda, Wahoo, Grouper, Jobfish, and other reef fish. These are hooked using a variety of fishing methods from trawling lipped lures to casting bait, plugs, and spoons to release live bait to Vertical Jigging and Fly fishing.

The main reason this period of the year is as good as it is is because of the shrimp mantis coming to the surface in their billions. This abundance of an easy nutritious meal attracts schools of baitfish, mainly Rainbow Runner that attract the game fish – the cycle of life!

Trips to St Lazarus Banks start in Pemba, Northern Mozambique, with regular flights from Johannesburg, Nairobi or Dar Es Salaam. We have the best rates on charters and a great selection of boats.

Sail and Safari Tanzania & Quirimbas

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Our Tanzania-Quirimbas sail and safari private yacht charters are made for you. All you have to do is enquire about our unique itineraries and you will soon be sailing atop the azure Indian Ocean towards an African wildlife holiday. It is time to get excited about this new way of adventuring into two countries at once, where the ocean has no boundaries. This is indeed the ultimate Africa holiday package where you combine a classic Tanzania safari circuit with a private yacht charter in the Quirimbas of northern Mozambique. Escape and explore with Africa Yacht Charters.

The thought of a Tanzania safari is mind-boggling enough without the added luxury of a Mozambique yacht safari thrown in. We can offer you affordable rates where you embark on an all-inclusive sail and safari holiday into two of Africa’s best east coast destinations. As you well know, Mozambique is a vast country but when you confine your holiday to the sailing destinations of the islands just off Pemba, you will find yourself in a true tropical paradise.

When you head further north into Tanzania waters, you find islands with names like Mafia, Songa and Kilwa and another Pemba which is a Tanzanian island. You can see it all when you set off on your classic Tanzania safari circuit with a private yacht charter in the Quirimbas of northern Mozambique. Escape and explore is our motto at Mozambique Yacht Safaris so please join us. Tanzania is a destination worth reading about.

Often when we cruise north to the Tanzanian island of Pemba we take advantage of the north monsoon winds known as the Kaskazi by the local people. This way, your Tanzania yacht safari is a strong sail to your surprise destination and you will be amazed at how fast your private charter can go.

Why not tailor make your sail and safari adventure to include a few awesome game drives in the Serengeti or the Masai Mara where luxurious safari camps add flavour to your holiday? Your yacht will dock at one of the Tanzania ports and you will catch a private air charter to your game reserve of choice. We can put together an all-inclusive package for you that incorporates these extras.

 This classic Tanzania safari on board your private charter includes all meals, all onboard equipment and activities, island visits and tours as well as water, petrol and gas. It is time to spoil yourself! Contact the yachting safari experts here.

Sail and Safari Kruger and Quirimbas

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For Kruger safaris with a difference, pack your walking shoes and khakis alongside your swimming costume and sarong. The perfect beach and bush safari package means combining a classic safari in South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park with a sailing holiday in the remote and beautiful Quirimba islands of Mozambique. We have private yachts at your disposal so all you have to do is tailor make the safari part of your unique African holiday.

The good news is that our sail and safari expeditions to Kruger and the Mozambique Quirimbas Archipelago are affordable. It is time to adventure into these two contrasting ecosystems and enjoy wonderful accommodation and service in both countries. To crown it all, we also promote responsible travel at every opportunity in a bid to highlight the environmental value of our two destinations.

Shall we start by combining a few days at Ibo Island Lodge with a few days under sail on the Indian Ocean and then with several days in Kruger viewing some of the best wildlife in Africa? Imagine Ibo as a tiny spot of land sitting in a huge Indian Ocean, surrounded by incredibly diverse marine wildlife including turtles, crab plovers and migratory birds, then contrast this with a huge mainland game reserve stretching two million hectares!

Our luxury Mozambique Yacht Safaris can do this for you. For the incredible deal of less than USD 4,000 for eight people sharing, you get an all-inclusive holiday atop the clear Indian Ocean. Chat to our well-travelled consultants to get your Kruger deal added to this rate and you are set for the Mozambique-South Africa sail and safari holiday of a lifetime.

Mozambique Yacht Safaris are private charters for guests who hire the entire boat for themselves, including the professional crew and skipper.  You can book our regular charters as add-ons to a safari (before or after the safari) or as part of a Mozambique holiday comprising some nights in an island resort and some on a yacht.  You will be glad to hear that there is no minimum charter length – as long as your private charter does not interfere with someone else’s established booking! Our rates include return flights between Pemba and Ibo Island Lodge.

Remember that our itineraries are not set in stone but can change depending on weather, time of year, safety priorities and of course, the prerequisites of all our guests. We know that divers, fishermen, SUP experts and those who want to relax and sip champagne all have unique needs!

Book your perfect bush and beach safari package with Mozambique Yacht Safaris today and have no regrets.

Mozambique Sail and Safari

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Africa Yacht Charters now offers you the ultimate African safari package! Get real value for your money when you book your first ever yacht charter into Mozambique waters on a sail and safari expedition. For less than USD 10,000, you and your family will set sail into the outstanding Quirimbas Archipelago with your own yacht charter, manned by a skilled crew and shared only by the marine wildlife and awesome sunsets!

You choose your rate and you choose your sail and safari option from one of our exceptional itineraries. You simply cannot go wrong with Mozambique Yacht Safaris because we care and we are the experts in this kind of responsible travel. Leave the city lights and noise behind and enter a period of intense solitude, silence and getting back to nature where we leave only the bubbles in our wake as we sail lightly on the Indian Ocean.

If you consider yourself an elite traveler, then you need to read this. For unique sail and safari options, combined with Mozambique, choose Africa Yacht Charters and we will show you the Big Five as well as some of the best marine creatures you ever dreamed of. Whales, dolphins, manta rays, whale sharks, turtles, and myriad tropical fish – and if you love to fish, you may hook a mighty tuna or barracuda! Check out our fishing charter details here.

East Africa is the destination of the moment and we can take you there in style. Our Lagoon 52 charter catamaran yachts are made for your comfort and take you to more than 100 islands and atolls along this stretch of coastline, between Mozambique and Tanzania. Think deserted white beaches, untouched dive sites, breath-taking sunrises, and bright stars to light your way at night. Seeing the incredible Quirimbas Archipelago from the deck of your own charter yacht is definitely the ultimate African safari package! And we include game drives at a top national park as well as a night or two at Ibo Island Lodge from whence we launch our sail and safari cruises.

 For as little as USD 3 000 per person, if there are 8 of you, you get all of this and more. We offer the highest safety standards on board our luxury yachts and we promise you a professional skipper and crew who will sail you into paradise without any problems. Speak to us about our luxury Mozambique yacht charters that sail into the Quirimbas Archipelago, continuing as far as the Tanzanian Archipelagos of Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia.

Where else in Africa, or in the world for that matter, can you go sailing on untouched waters AND embark on a luxury safari into the African wilderness? Mozambique offers it all! We propose unique combinations of Sail and Safari journeys where you not only stay in world class island lodges on the Indian Ocean but you also enjoy some of the best safari lodges in East Africa.

Contact Africa Yacht Charters today for your unique and elite holiday into Africa along the untouched east coast.

New Yachts Quirimbas


Have you ever thought about going on a yacht charter to Mozambique? Have you ever dreamed of exploring the Quirimbas Archipelago on a new luxury yacht? Our new yachts are now available to ensure that your dreams come true so check out our sail and safari itineraries where you choose a scheduled yacht departure to the Quirimbas and to a game reserve nearby. Charter your own 52 foot boat. Our Catamaran sleeps 8 so you decide who to bring and you decide on your own itinerary. The legendary fishing destination, St Lazarus Banks, is included.

 For less than USD 13,000 you and your spouse can set off on a sail and safari cruise to enjoy the best of Mozambique’s ocean islands and mainland game reserves. Board our new luxury yacht and we will change your life – tailor make your yacht charter to include time to relax in between the excitement of whale watching, swimming with the dolphins and seeing the Big Five!

Why would you want to join the throngs of tourists on the Mozambique islands when you can sail alone to the safari of your choice? Mozambique Yacht Safaris are made with your comfort and astounding pleasure in mind. We care about your safety and we are pleased to be able to make everlasting memories with you.  For your peace of mind, read up on our safety regulations here.

And this is not all. Mozambique Yacht Safaris has a green conscience and we promises that your private Quirimbas yacht charter will be as silent and environmentally ethical as possible, subscribing to the ideals of sustainable tourism.

When you set sail onwards towards the rewards of a safari later on, you know that your safety is our chief concern. Our luxury yachts are equipped with the latest in safety and emergency equipment, starting with high-tech satellite communications and beacons for emergencies. Not only does our crew come with the best seafaring qualifications globally but so too do our new Catamaran 52s come with the latest ISO 24803 certifications, not forgetting up to date PADI authorisations too.

Mozambique new yacht safaris have been cleverly designed with you in mind – our client should be able to marvel at the beauty around them from the boundaries of a spacious and safe vessel. When you disembark later to enjoy game drives at one of our recommended safari lodges, you will miss that floaty feeling of being constantly buoyed up on swirling ocean currents!

Take the leap, dig into your savings and book the sail and safari yachting holiday of the year! We give you real value for money when you book all 8 berths and bring your friends for fun on the water. You will each spend under USD4, 000 all inclusive!

Enquire here today and save your regrets for another time.