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
The Bazaruto Archipelago consists of five dune islands, strung out in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. It's ideal for diving and snorkelling; the coral is pristine and fish life superb.
The Bazaruto Archipelago consists of five dune islands, strung out in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Declared a National Park in 1971, these islands are untouched and idyllic. There are sugar white beaches that squeak underfoot. Palm trees give way to lush vegetation, where there are samango monkeys, green coucals and bluecheeked bee-eaters make their home.
Tucked away are little villages, shaded beneath orange and cashew nut trees. However, it is perhaps the sea that holds the greatest attraction. Warmed by the waters of the Mozambique Stream, the waters are clear with mile upon mile of reefs.
It is hard to beat the diving and snorkelling in Bazaruto, as the coral is pristine and fish life superb. You will find three species of turtle, including the loggerhead that nests on the islands, while spinner and humpback dolphins and dugong are also seen.
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