Considering that Mozambique is relatively new to tourism in comparison to its Indian Ocean counterparts, the country offers an extraordinary array of luxury holidays and beach lodges. There is literally something for everyone.
Starting off at the top of the country is the gorgeous Quirimbas archipelago where a handful of exclusive lodges operate. The joy about the north is that when you stay at a lodge, invariably there is only one lodge on that entire island – so you have the luxury of staying on your own private island!
The finest of powdery, white sand beaches exists here, coupled with some of the finest scuba diving in the world! Neptune’s Arm is one of the best known and famous dive sites and the coral is almost entirely unbleached. Chic, Robinson Crusoe style villas made from local materials, spaced well apart from one another, allowing maximum privacy dot the otherwise deserted beaches.
Access your own private island by private aeroplane, or a scheduled aircraft or by helicopter. For the more intrepid traveller, we would very much recommend taking perhaps a dhow, living on board or perhaps island hopping, staying on private beaches with a camp erected for you, or staying in luxury lodges en route to your paradise island.
The food is always sublime, whether its crab or lobster barbeques set out beautifully on a beach for you – or a private dinner for two on your veranda overlooking the ocean. This is perfect for families, too where there are so many water sports to choose from, including deep sea fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, walking and swimming amongst turtles, dolphins and whales! There are also private villas which are perfect for groups of friends travelling together or families.
Other luxury lodges on their own private islands will offer perhaps night diving from the lodge, where one can literally dive at night and see all sorts of nocturnal species that one doesn’t see during daylight. It’s fascinating and opens up a new world altogether.
Another luxury lodge offers Michelin starred food, a beautiful setting on a pristine beach, and for those in search of culture, there is the island of Ilha de Mocambique where one can see the oldest catholic church and the oldest mosque in the southern hemisphere. Vasco da Gama stopped here in 1498 whilst circumnavigating the waters. One gets a sense of the elegant lifestyle with the beautiful, colonial, European buildings.
For those searching for less expensive simpler places to stay or for dive enthusiasts, there is another fabulous, simple lodge which offers a padi school and it is in a protected bay which helps anyone who wants to obtain their licence. There is also excellent sea kayaking here and several villages where one can cycle and see local life in a totally natural manner.
If you want to have a safari first of all, we would recommend either the Selous and Ruaha in southern Tanzania or secondly, South Africa. Kenya also has direct access to this region, so combining it with a safari in the Masai Mara, for example, would be perfect!
Further south, we have the Bazaruto archipelago, where there are three excellent luxury lodges, all sharing the same beach and we also have a couple of gorgeous, private villas – again for friends and families. Bazaruto is more easily accessible from South Africa, as one can have a safari and then fly directly to Bazaruto.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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