Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated on the San Sebastian Peninsula, Pambele is located in the 30,000ha sanctuary which covers both the sea and land and incorporates the southern most portion of the Bazaruto Archipelago. It is a biodiversity hotspot, incorporating many different types of habitat, including; mangrove swamps, coral reefs, freshwater lakes, tidal mudflats, wetlands, estuary and coastal dunes.


Game has been re-introduced onto the sanctuary, starting in 2008 with a major wildlife reintroduction project. So far Burchells Zebras, Blue Wildebeest, Eland, Nyala and Giraffe have all been successfully reintroduced. The future will hopefully see introduction of other species, including Hippo, Waterbuck, Kudu, Crocodile and Warthog. 


The Queuene community are the local inhabitants on the sanctuary and have been living on the peninsula for hundreds of years. Their main livelihoods are subsistence farming or fishing. Lodges on the sanctuary aim to recruit staff locally and use local building materials such as jecca and canico from the communities to further support the local economy.