Mozambique escapade

Located along the dreamy coastline of Mozambique, Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary is a little piece of heaven best explored on horseback. Combine riding adventures with a luxury retreat on this beautiful horseback holiday. Not one day is the same: set out to explore the sanctuary, look out for the local wildlife, go swim with the horses, or go for a gallop along the beach. After the day, relax at the Lodge and enjoy a massage - with one night spent under the stars!
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8 days (5 riding) -
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From 12 years
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    Vilanculos Wildife Sanctuary



- Enjoy long beach rides and the chance to swim with the horses
- Discover the beautiful contrasting colours of Mozambique, from white sand beaches to turquoise waters
- Accommodation in a luxurious lodge at the heart of the Sanctuary
- Several activities are included in your package: snorkelling, sea kayaking, catamaran, and complimentary massages.
- Ideal as an extension after your safari in South Africa or Botswana, with direct flights from Johannesburg
  • Day 1 1 : UK - JOHANNESBURG

    International overnight flight to Johannesburg - Flights are not included but we can assist with this on request. Please note that you need to depart London before c. 21:00 so that you arrive in Johannesburg before 09:00 the next day to leave enough time for a long transfer to your flight to Vilanculos, usually schedule in the late morning (Johannesburg is a big airport and we recommend 2-3 hours connecting time)
  • Day 2 JOHANNESBURG - VILANCULOS - 2 hours riding

    Arrival in Johannesburg and connection to Vilanculos. Upon your arrival at the airport, a member of our local team will pick you up to take you to the beach where the boat awaits. A 30 minute boat ride with the chance to see marine life will take you to Dugong Beach Lodge in time for a wonderful late lunch prepared by a skilled chef. After a brief of the days to come, you will depart on an introductory sundowner ride. After the ride, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and candle lit dinner at the lodge.

    Please note - the following itinerary is not fixed and it can change on a daily basis depending on weather conditions and tide times.
  • Day 3 3 : VILANCULOS COASTAL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY - Approx. 5 hours riding

    Breakfast on the deck, overlooking the beach. The horses will be ready for a ride that will take you to a local village, where you can enjoy the local culture, with a traditionally cooked meal. Maybe you will be lucky enough to encounter some wildlife such as waterbuck or giraffe on the way. You will continue to the beach, for some swimming with the horses and return to the lodge. Upon arrival you will be received with cold hand towels - a blissful feeling after a day out! In the evening you might want to just relax on the beach or by the lodge's pool. Dinner will be served at the lodge.
  • Day 4 4 : VILANCULOS COASTAL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY - Approx. 4 hours riding

    This morning is free to spend at your leisure! Enjoy the beautiful setting of the lodge - perhaps have a lie in or engage in some water sports. Enjoy a massage either on the deck with views to the beach, or at the spa. After lunch you will set out for your afternoon ride, which will take you to a far spot on the sanctuary, where the fishermen and team will have set up local fishing boats ready for a magical night under the stars. Your horses will stay close to you for the night. Enjoy a BBQ of the catch of the day before you go to sleep under the African starry sky.
  • Day 5 5 : VILANCULOS COASTAL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY - Approx. 5 hours riding

    After a light breakfast, hop in the saddle to take a route along the coast. You ride up to a beautiful picnic setup. While you are having lunch, the horses will rest in their mobile paddock as you drive out with the boat which is waiting, to sunbathe, swim or snorkel/kayak. When you are ready, you will ride inland back to the lodge as the tide rises.
  • Day 6 6 : VILANCULOS COASTAL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY - Approx. 5 hours riding

    Breakfast at the lodge, and onto the horses. This morning you ride in search for animals, along the beach and inland, climbing some sand banks to reach a lookout point with spectacular views. Lunch will be served back at the lodge. After freshening up, and a massage or some time on the beach, you will depart to a beautiful sundowners spot at Muco viewpoint. Hopefully you will be able to watch the game on the floodplains just below. Return at sunset for dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
  • Day 7 7 : VILANCULOS - UK - Approx. 2 hours riding (option

    Early morning breakfast and an optional ride. Transfer back to Vilanculos for your flight back home. You may also like to make the best of your time in southern Africa to combine this ride with a horseback safari in South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia...
  • Day 8 8 : UK

    Arrival back in the UK.

Dates & prices

Price details

No departure for this destination. Please contact our travel advisers for more information.
- Rates are based on a 6 days/5 nights holiday, in a twin or double room sharing. International flights are not included.

- Groups are made up of 1 to 8 riders maximum.

- Important for solo riders: there is a single supplement payable if you end up in a single room. The supplement is c. £445 and will be refunded to you if a sharer is found.

- Dates are entirely flexible and you may arrive and depart on any day you like. Minimum stay is 4 nights and maximum is 10 nights.

- Young riders are welcome on this holiday, however it is preferable they are 12+ yo and good riders.

- Riders over 95 kilos/15 stone/210 lbs, please contact us before booking.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide
A team of grooms at the stables


1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider

Inland transport

Return airport transfers from Vilanculos


Double room - lodge, with one night under the stars (weather dependent)


Full board from lunch on day 2 to breakfast on day 7 - drinks not included


Non-motorized watersports, complimentary massages.

Price doesn't include


Beverages (including mineral water) and personal extras


Tips to the local team


Visas and personal purchase
Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation


Return airport transfers from Vilanculos0,00 €


Single room supplement - at the lodge only
We are currently updating our dates and prices they will be online soon. If you want details of this holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Did you know?

Did you know?

Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated south of Vilanculos and incorporating the southern tip of the Bazaruto archipelago, Vilanculous Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary comprises 30,000 hectares of varied terrain. On your riding holiday, you may ride around and over mudlflats, mangrove swamps, beautiful coastal dunes and coral reefs.

Although this is not a riding safari, the wildlife is surprisingly diverse and you may encounter zebra, waterbuck, giraffe, nyala, eland and wildebeest. In the water, marvel at the leatherback sea turtles and the rare and fascinating (and endangered) dugong, amongst many other marine species.

This wildlife sanctuary provides an idyllic setting for your horseback vacation in Mozambique.