Reasons to Visit
Accommodation is invariably in small, boutique lodges with privacy and tranquillity guaranteed. Despite offering safari destinations for the purist and some of the finest coastal scenery you could wish for, Mozambique is still blissfully off the beaten track.
Mozambique's shores are scattered with beautiful beaches, some just small coves that are uncovered with the tides, others endless, deserted stretches of soft pearly sand, speckled with shells. There are few better places to relax with a champagne picnic under the shade of an umbrella during the heat of the midday sun.
Mozambique boasts some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in Africa, many of them only recently discovered. There are miles of colourful, untouched coral and a multitude of tropical fish species. Dive sites range from six metre beginner spots to vast coral walls for advanced divers to explore.
A certain amount of patience and open mindedness is required for a safari in Mozambique, but there is big game present in both the Niassa Wildlife Reserve and the Gorongosa National Park. These are incredibly scenic tracts of wilderness, where guided walks and water based activities complement the game drives superbly.
Ibo Island and Ilha de Mozambique are undoubtedly the jewels in Mozambique’s cultural crown. Both have an evocative collection of colonial ruins that is slowly being brought back to life. Dig below the surface and you will also find much of interest in Pemba, Vilanculos and the small communities living on the Bazaruto and Quirimba islands.
Exploring the waters of Mozambique reveals a wealth of marine life, from moray eels and groupers to parrot fish and reef sharks. Both the Bazaruto and Quirimba Archipelago’s attract nesting turtles at varying times, while there are conservation projects in place in the south to protect the rare, endangered dugong.
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Africa and The Indian Ocean
Casa Rex is a superb base in Vilanculos and ideal for those wanting a more authentic Mozambican place to stay whilst not missing out on the spectacular marine attractions of the area.
This is a friendly and personal lodge located in the small town of Vilanculos (also spelt Vilankulo) with stunning views across the broad white sands of Vilanculos Bay.
The beach is accessible via a short footpath leading down the hillside. The rooms are housed in three colonial Portuguese villas set in lush tropical gardens; all rooms are elegantly and simply furnished and have separate ensuite bathrooms, private patio areas and large, very comfortable beds. The luxury courtyard rooms are especially romantic and have a mesmerizing seaview.
The restaurant at Casa Rex is a favourite place for dining in Vilanculos and offers an extensive menu with many local specialties, often with a distinct Portuguese flare. Dining areas include a large terrace in the gardens where you can watch local fishermen hauling in the nets of the white sandy beach below whilst sipping a sundowner.
Situated south of the tiny town of Vilanculos on the coast, the sanctuary covers pristine marine and wildlife territory. There are over 300 bird species including the mangrove kingfisher, crab plover and magnificent flocks of flamingos and pelicans.
Our rating: First Class
Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary
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