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Road Trip Ideas When Driving To Rio Azul In Mozambique

The road trip to one of the iconic yet luxurious beaches on the continent of Africa is nothing but a thriller filled with serenity. 

The visually rewarding beach is located on the bank of the Govuro River in Bazaruto near Inhassoro. Rio Azul, the magical world of nature, calls up scenes of the untouched paradise of Southern Africa.

The powerful looks of the estuary and the transition of land to sea make Rio Azul an ideal destination for a road trip.

Rio Azul offers a perfect blend of heavenly calm and breathtakingly beautiful sceneries. If you’re planning a road trip, let’s buckle up!

Routes to Rio Azul

Rio Azul is not directly accessible from any airport. There are two main routes to reach this stupendous destination;

From Johannesburg/Durban to Maputo to Rio Azul 

The road trip will be long, passing through N1, N4, or Durban. It usually takes 17 hours to reach the beautiful destination.

If you are planning to divide the journey into air and land, then you can fly from Johannesburg to Maputo Airport. Airlink and LAM flights will operate non-stop, trimming down the whole journey to just one hour. You can start your eleven-hour-long journey from Maputo airport to reach your much-awaited destination.

If you’re coming from Durban, then Airlink (3 to 4 hours) and LAM (5 to 6 hours) connecting flights will take you to the capital of Mozambique.

In case your preference is to reach your final destination in the shortest possible time, then instead of going to Maputo, go directly to Vilankulos.

From Johannesburg/Durban to Vilankulos to Rio Azul

If you take a road trip from a major South African city like Johannesburg, then driving might take 17 hours to reach Vilankulos via N4. Then an additional two-hour journey to reach Rio Azul.

If you take a direct flight from Johannesburg to Vilankulos, then LAM, Airlink, and CemAir only take one and a half hours. Then you can start your road trip journey towards Rio Azul.

In case you’re taking off from Durban, then connecting LAM, Airlink, and CemAir flights can take more than four hours to reach Vilankulos.

Which Route Gives the Best View of Mozambique

Although Vilankulos airport is the nearest spot to the Rio Azul, the journey from Maputo will give you the best view of Mozambique. It will take you through beautiful towns, mesmerizing sceneries, sunny beaches, exciting resorts, calm lodges, and many more. So, let’s start the journey.

Reaching the Maputo Airport in Mozambique

Whether coming from the USA, Europe, or Asia, you can take LAM or Airlink flights to Maputo airport. Maputo, the economic hub and capital of Mozambique welcomes you with beautiful hotels and diversity of African cultures.

Most flights to Maputo are connecting ones. So, you can expect a travel time of 12 to 24 hours, depending upon the place you’re coming from.

Once you’ve reached, take some fresh air and get your ride ready for the most exhilarating journey of your life.

Quality of Roads to Mozambique

For self-driving, the quality of roads matters the most. Luckily, you’ll be traveling primarily through the classic highway N1 and then switching to N241 at the point of Fazenda.

The total journey is 787 km long, which will take about 11 to 12 hours. Out of this 787 km, merely 55 kilometers will be on N241. So, if you have a quality ride with decent driving skills, then let’s start this electrifying journey.

Best Hotels on the Route to Rio Azul 

The long drive may exhaust you. But lavish hotels provide every amenity to kickstart your traveling journey once again refreshingly.

If you have just reached Maputo airport, then make sure to check out the Maputo AFECC Gloria hotel. It offers a luxurious lifestyle with all the modern-day necessities of life like WIFI, parking, air-conditioned rooms, and a wide variety of foods.

Once you’ve reached Xai-Xai District, don’t miss the opportunity to stay at the iconic Chinunguine Resort.

If you have missed the Chinunguine Resort, don’t worry; Pequena Gruta Nhampeque is ready to welcome you a few miles away.

After leaving the N1and heading towards Inhassoro, you must stop at luxurious villas offered by Rio Azul Lodge. You will feel the true meaning of heaven on earth. Refreshing sceneries, exclusive views, exceptional service, and quality food will make your stay unforgettable.

Once you’ve reached the Rio Azul, allow us to serve you. Our villas are at a prime location with countless avenues to enjoy your stay. A few includes;

  • Wakeboarding
  • Mangrove Forest Exploration
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach picnics
  • Nature Walks
  • Deep sea & estuary fishing
  • Safe swimming in calm waters
  • Kayak on the estuary at Rio Azul
  • Collecting Pansy Shells
  • Pristine beaches
  • Dhow trips
  • Romantic getaways
  • Exploring the estuary in tinnies

And the list goes on!

Beaches on the Route to Rio Azul 

Mozambique is the favourite vocational destination to enjoy serene and calm beaches with direct sunlight touching your body. On the way to your lovely destination, don’t forget to have a short stay at these beaches.

Macaneta Beach is a little away from the highway, but it would be worth your time and spending. You can enjoy the stunning view of the Indian Ocean while eyeing Maputo Bay.

Tofo Beach is another tourist favourite destination just next to Barra Beach. You must leave the main road at Inhambane and move towards the Southern coast of Mozambique to find this hidden gem.

Mountains on the Route to Rio Azul

This road trip isn’t just roaming on the roads. The magical beautification of Mozambique will enchant your imagination for weeks and months to come.

Monte Lopes mountain peak is just a few kilometers away from Maputo, Mozambique.

If you’ve stopped in the Xai-Xai district, Alto Macazene is a must-view beauty in the town. The refreshing view of beaches, mountains, and the Indian ocean will wipe out all the tiredness. This point has all the ingredients to make your vacations in Mozambique memorable.

In addition to all these wonders, you can enjoy the gripping views of Rivers and invigorating scenes of nature spread all around.

Wrap Up

Though the journey is long and tiring, revitalizing yourself with the wonders of nature throughout the road trip can give you life-long memories. If you don’t want to take a long road trip, then simply land on Vilankulos and take a short ride towards your Rio Azul.

If you have missed any spots, don’t worry, Rio Azul keeps everything for you. Sweet water estuary mixing with the saltish Indian Ocean, beaches, villas, and serenity of the place further aggravates the beauty spread around.

Rio Azul Lodges add perfection to it. So, whenever you come on a vacation trip to Rio Azul, contact us to enjoy the luxurious yet affordable stay in heaven on earth.



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