Vilanculos Sanctuary

Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary (1999)

San Sebastian Peninsula, Inhambane Province, Mozambique 

This breathtaking 30 000 hectare sanctuary lies in the southern area of the Bazaruto Archipelago, and encompasses seven of the eleven important natural habitats identified by the World Bank more than the Kruger National Park or Tanzania's Serengeti. With 54 residential sites and upmarket lodges comprising a total of 120 beds this model of low-impact, high-value ecotoursim has uplifted the community through job creation and will preserve the dynamic biodiversity of the region. Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary is regarded as the top property development in Mozambique. 

Home to endangered species such as the Leatherback Turtle and the Dugong (sea cow), this development is pioneering and multifaceted. The terrestrial wildlife on the Sanctuary is being restored through a large scale game relocation operation, and will ensure the future of ecotourism in the remarkable, well protected area. The Sanctuary was recently presented as a world leading model at the World Summit on Conservation.