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With its warm climate, beautiful beaches, excellent dive spots and idyllic lodges, Mozambique is a serious option when choosing a beach getaway. It is situated along the south eastern coast of Africa and is east of South Africa’s top game viewing areas. This makes it a perfect add on to a safari. Snorkeling, fishing, dhow sailing, horse riding, scuba diving and dolphin tours are guaranteed to keep even the most active holiday maker occupied. Alternatively one can simply enjoy the pleasure of lazing on a lounger with an exotic cocktail, and the sound of the ocean lapping on the beach.
White Pearl Resorts is situated at Ponte Mamoli, 100 km (62 miles) south of Maputo and 25 km (15.5 miles) north of Kosi Bay in South Africa. It is a stunning beach property nestled in the dunes behind Casuarina trees and along a 2 km (1.24 mile) stretch of white beach. This luxury resort with its laid-back chic beach décor offers a complete getaway for the discerning client. Activities include snorkelling, beach picnics, game drives, fishing, horse riding or spa treatments.
Benguerra Island is the second largest island within the protected marine reserve of the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park. It has three superb resorts where one can enjoy a complete getaway of barefoot luxury.
Azura Benguerra Island is an award-winning, eco-friendly boutique property. It is made up of 20 villas nestled along a pristine stretch of white sandy beach and is is reached by a 10 minute helicopter flight from Vilankulos. Guests can enjoy champagne brunches, candlelit dinners, beach picnics or private dinners in their villa. Each villa has its own butler to look after your every need.
Azura Marlin Beach is a new, funky and fresh boutique hotel situated on a 1 km stretch of pure white sand. The 10 villas are light and bright and elevated on a sand dune for incredible views across the Indian Ocean. There is a vibey lounge bar and chill-out areas with four-poster daybeds.
Activities at both these resorts include spa treatments, marine walks, snorkeling, paddle-boarding, kayaking, dhow sailing, scuba diving, big game and saltwater fishing. Kids’ activities include beach soccer, kite flying, red dune climbing and the Crocodile Lake Island drive.
The Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa is a great beach getaway for the whole family. The resort offers a range of activities including deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, horse riding, sailing on a traditional dhow as well as tennis, volley ball and golf – croquet.
Originally known as Lourenco Marques, Maputo is an Indian Ocean port. The countries colonial Portuguese heritage is reflected in its wide avenues lined with red acacia and jacaranda trees. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city known for its great seafood, in particular prawns with peri peri or garlic.
The Polana Hotel is the grande dame of the city. A beautiful old colonial hotel.
The Quirimbas Archipelago
The Quirimbas Archipelago is a string of 32 pristine islands stretching more than 100 km (62 miles) along the northern Mozambican coastline. The beaches and waters are largely unpopulated and therefore ecologically pristine. The islands are accessed through the mainland town of Pemba.
Azura Quilalea Private Island is surrounded by a marine park with white sandy beaches and pristine coral teaming with fish. Activities include kayaking, paddle-boarding, reef diving, walking trails, birding, dhow sailing and deep sea fishing. Nine beach-front stone and thatch villas accommodate 18 guests.
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort is the ultimate island getaway for those who wish to experience privacy and exclusivity in a remote tropical location. With only 12 beach pool villas, this tiny island with its breathtaking coral reefs is world-renowned for delicious seafood, gracious hospitality and exceptional diving. Activities include diving, sailing, deep-sea fishing, whale and dolphin watching depending on the season.
Vamizi Island Lodge is perfect for families and groups. It comprises of 10 beach villas and is on a long beautiful powder sand beach. The waters surrounding the island boasts some of the most significant and endangered habitats and wildlife in the western Indian Ocean.
Situated in the Quirimbas National Park, Ibo Island is known as an island lost in time. Local fisherman still cast their nets and lines along hundreds of kilometres of winding channels and mangrove lagoons from Arab style dhows as they have done for 1000 years.
Ibo Island Lodge consists of three 150-year old restored mansions, set among beautiful tropical gardens with palms, bougainvillea and frangipani. The lodge has been described as one of the most magical, atmospheric and unique lodges in Africa.
Best time to travel:
- December – March: This is the rainy season and a time when the humidity is high.
- April – May: The rains subside, the sun comes out and the humidity drops.
- June – August: These are excellent months with temperatures between 17°C (63°F) and 27°C (81°F).
- September – October: These are dry months. Daytime temperatures start to climb, Evenings are cooler
- November: An unpredictable month as the rains may start. Usually it is sunny and hot.
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