Mozambique is a glorious home of Africa’s finest beach retreats and marine wonderlands. Relatively unknown to the international traveller, Mozambique’s tropical paradise offerings are well known to its close neighbours, the South Africans! Mozambique borders South Africa and sits along the eastern shores of Southern Africa.
Ok, we here at Safari Guru we know and accept that Mozambique is not an island! But we concentrate on the beach and the islands of Mozambique for experiences that offer a tropical idyll of the bluest blue seas and multicoloured coral reefs surrounding Mozambique's beautiful island lodges.
Powdery sandy beaches fringed with palm trees offer complete seclusion along this Indian Ocean coastline, and idyllic archipelagos of tropical islands dotted off the mainland.
Sparing the geography lesson, our holidays to Mozambique concentrate mainly on the Coastal regions and Islands of Bazaruto and Benguerra in the Bazaruto Archipelago, and soon to be included, a private Island of Ilha Caldeira.
The Bazaruto Archipelago and Vilanculos
This "Pearl of the Indian Ocean" sits in the far South and includes our favourite Benguerra Island. This offer some of the best beach holidays on the African continent. Exclusive accommodation, peace, and solitude with simply mesmerising sunrises and sunsets. This Archipelago consists of six idyllic islands lying off its gateway coastal town of Vilanculos; the four larger islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Santa Isobel, and Santa Carolina (the only actual volcanic Island, previously known as Paradise Island), each only has a few small villages while other two tiny islands Bangue and Pansy Shell Island are uninhabited.
All these islands are places to relax, escape, and explore. The Archipelago's turquoise waters are a marine national park protecting the unique aquatic environment. The sloping sandy beaches are home to beautiful luxurious lodges, where you can indulge in beach picnics, sundowners, and candlelit dinners.
Aside from indulging, things to do in the Bazaruto Archipelago include snorkelling and diving, where the uncrowded clear dive sites reach between 12 to 30 metres, where divers will discover groups of dolphin, humpback whales, whale sharks, sharks, manta rays, and turtles. The fishing in the waters can be remarkable; ranked as the best Marlin fishing destination in the Eastern Indian Ocean. Another unforgettable experience is sailing in a traditional sailing dhow around the islands or horse riding, spotting the local wildlife inhabiting the islands and mangroves, as well as small antelope, flamingos, pelicans, otters, and crocodiles in the inland island lakes.
Travel to Mozambique is surprisingly accessible with flights to Vilanculo coastal town from Johannesburg International Airport and two flights a week from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. A beautiful end to a bush adventure.
Deon at Safari Guru has been amazing. I only like to do the very best safaris and he is very detail oriented and knows how to dig up precisely what I need. They know the bush and aren’t just an agent selling a product out of brochure. If you need the inside track then this is your company.
~ Russell Gain, South Africa
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