Start your Vilanculos Self Drive 4×4 Holiday

Vilanculos, Mozambique is like nothing you have ever seen before. The perfect combination between amazing wildlife and pure peace and quiet.

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Our Recommended Vehicles for Vilanculos

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The Nissan Double Cab BNDC 4×4 is built to take on the harshest environments. This 4×4 is manual and has a 2.5 litre diesel engine, a 140 litre fuel tank and a fuel consumption of 12 litres per 100 kilometers. The Nissan Double Cab accommodates two people comfortably.

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Toyota Landcruiser 4×4 BLC

The Toyota Landcruiser is a very robust, reliable and exceptionally capable 4WD vehicle. A highly respected safari vehicle in Africa, with no electronics and ideal for remote area travel. This vehicle comfortably seats 5 adult passengers.

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Toyota Fortuner 4×4 BFTA

The Fortuner is one of Southern Africa’s best selling SUVs. This Hilux based SUV is built tough to traverse different terrain. Experience great ride comfort in this 7 seater which seats 5 adults and 2 children comfortably. Perfect for a group or family vacation.

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Toyota Double Cab 4×4 BTDC

The Toyota Double Cab BTDC 4×4 is a four sleeper equipped vehicle. Ideal for a family trip through Southern Africa. This 4×4 has 2.4 litre diesel engine and a 160 litre fuel tank. The average consumption is 12 litre per 100 kilometres. The vehicle comes with two spacious rooftop tents.

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Vilanculos Travel Advice


whale and dolphin watching self drive holiday mozambiqueVilanculos is a coastal town in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique, located along the Indian Ocean 750km north of Maputo. The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, and the country’s currency is the Mozambican metical (MZN).

Vilanculos is named after local tribe chief Gamela Vilankulo Mukoke.

Vilanculos is known for its pristine beaches, water sports, deep-sea fishing, arts and crafts as well as its lodges.

Best Time to Visit Vilanculos

The best time to visit Vilanculos is during the dry season from May to November to experience pleasant warm weather and avoid the humidity of the wet season.

The best time for a marine life holiday is during whale watching season from July to September. This is due to the whale migration that happens every winter from Antarctica to the Southeast African coast.

If you are going on a marine adventure the best time to visit for deep-sea fishing is from October to February.

What to do in Pemba

  • Horse riding along the coast
  • Dhow (local sailing boat)  guided tours
  • Try out the famous Mozambique prawns and beers at the local restaurants.
  • Diving and snorkelling safaris at the Bazaruto National Park.

Getting Around

With its rugged roads, remote destinations and tropical landscapes, hiring a 4×4 vehicle is the best way to discover the many wonders that Vilanculos has in store.

Length of Stay

Vilanculos has plenty to offer, give yourself a minimum of 2 weeks to explore this tropical paradise.

What to Pack for Your Trip to Vilanculos

One essential thing that you may forget is an international driver’s permit, a first aid kit and other necessary medical supplies will also come in handy. Travel insurance is always a valid essential and also bear in mind that Mozambique is a malaria zone.

4×4 Hire in Vilanculos

If you plan to explore the best of what Mozambique has to offer, both marine life and inland fauna and flora then a 4×4 is the best vehicle for this adventure. The coast offers opportunities to see a wide range of marine life such as sharks, turtles, and humpback whales. A venture inland offers the opportunity to see the forest, open bush, lions, leopards, cheetahs and well as Hyenas.

Renting a 4×4 from us is a simple step by step process. Just choose a 4×4  from our wide range of vehicles suitable for a 2 person trip or a group/family holiday, and follow the step by step booking prompts. Alternatively, contact us and one of our friendly sales consultants will get back to you.