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Welcome to Kisawa Sanctuary, Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Who we are

Kisawa means unbreakable, and this defines our commitment: to build a bond between people and place, life and land.

Our mission is to bring wilderness and wellbeing together, carefully and comfortably. Our hospitality is generous and personalised, with a core sense of care at its heart. In all that we do, we want to support and enable our guests to do as they wish, when they wish.

Bespoke Offers

Limited Time
September Sun
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Enjoy sun, sea & serenity on a beautiful Benguerra beach escape.

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July 24-25
Fuori Mondo x Kisawa Sanctuary
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Tuscany meets coastal Mozambique in a unique wine & culinary celebration.

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Limited Time
Mozambique Calling
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Book a five night Kisawa holiday before December 10 2024 and enjoy a complimentary night.

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July-October
Wonder of Whales 2024
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Take to the sea & the skies in this spectacular whale watching adventure.

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Honeymoon
Celebrate Connection
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Relax into your newly married rhythm with a Kisawa Honeymoon.

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Kisawa Beach View
Oranges in the sanctuary
Kisawa natural wellness center
kisawa woven basket

Where we are

Kisawa is a 300-hectare sanctuary of forest, beach and sand dunes, located on the southern tip of Benguerra Island

Benguerra Island is situated 14 kilometres off Mozambique, on the Eastern coast of Africa. Part of the Bazaruto Archipelago, the neighbouring National Marine Park is home to some of the richest and least explored subtropical ecosystems in the Indian Ocean.

Luxury double bed in a large room

One-Bedroom
Residence

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Open interior shot of the two bedroom residence

Two-Bedroom
Residence

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View of the beach in Kisawa

Three-Bedroom
Residence

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Open interior shot from inside the Kisawa Founder's Residence

The Founder's Residence

African art & antiques with a panoramic view Discover more

Design

Design has led the Kisawa story

Kisawa is a happy pairing of innovation and tradition. We believe in inclusive design and have worked with skilled artisans from Benguerra Island as well as patented 3D printing technology. Decisions have been careful to protect the environment and we have ensured a light footprint on the natural landscape where possible. Our vision has been to blend rather than interrupt.

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Sunrise yoga

Women doing Yoga by some water

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Main Terrace

Breakfast seating at the Kisawa Residence

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Natural Wellness Center

Inside the wellness center, two luxury chairs and a couch

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Snorkelling

underwater shot of the corals in the sea

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In Residence Late Lunch

Lunch table overlooking the beach and sea

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Sunset stroll

sand dunes and sea at sunrise

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Baracca

A residence lit up at night time

We have created Kisawa with our hearts to be a sanctuary that brings nature, culture and service together.

Led by founder and creative director Nina Flohr, we have made strategic decisions informed by extensive research in creating a positive impact for the people of Mozambique and its natural surroundings.

Amelia Andre Zivane

Gardening

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Working alongside team mate Tomas, Amelia has made a huge impact in our permaculture garden, helping teach the rest of the Kisawa family about thoughtful and sustainable gardening practices.

Querino Huo

Guest Activity Manager

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An instrumental part of the Kisawa team from day one. Querino has worked on every element of integrating our vision to Benguerra Island. Today, he is a senior member of Kisawa.

Tomas George Zivane

Gardening

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Here since the beginning, Tomas possesses the patience and dedication to ensure all the Kisawa Kitchen fruit and vegetables flourish pesticide free and in bountiful amounts. Leading his team of gardeners, he also takes care of each individual Residence, plus the staff permaculture garden.

Mathieu Hellec

General Manager

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"I'm excited to be part of this, ‘people first’ team on Benguerra Island. The environment is sublime and the project was integrated with nature from inception. Kisawa is ultra-experiential and together with BCSS offers a unique opportunity where disconnecting and exploring are both possible".

Luvia Massane

Butler Team

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Luvia is a long-time team member and favourite among the guests and fellow Kisawis. A Benguerra Island resident, Luvia is passionate about providing personalised service, displays excellent attention to detail and is always on hand to teach and lead newer members of the team.

Ismael José Zivane

Resident Artist

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Ismael's work is painted directly on the walls of Kisawa, interspaced throughout the entire sanctuary. His vibrant colours (and often his guitar), animate our island home.

Alberto Saguate Gomacha

Senior Skipper

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One of our most experienced skippers, Alberto ensures the well-being of guests at sea. Having navigated the waters since his childhood (and often at night), Alberto brings significant experience to our daily operations.

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Hospitality

From the heart

Today the property is run by a passionate team of 192 staff, with 90% of the operational team from Africa and the remainder of the team combining different expertise from around the world. We are young, optimistic and united.

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