Best known for its long, palm-fringed beaches, freshwater lagoons and tropical islands, Mozambique is an ideal destination. The remote, virtually uninhabited islands are also perfect for a relaxing extension to a safari in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia or Tanzania.
Accessed via Vilanculos on the mainland, the Bazaruto archipelago in southern Mozambique is a stunning coastal wildlife sanctuary.
Here you will find a good selection of boutique lodges and resorts to suit a range of budgets. Fly from Kruger-Mpumalanga airport in South Africa to Vilanculos for a classic wildlife and beach itinerary. Savour delicious seafood from a beach barbecue, spot some of the 125 birds in the area, charter a boat to go fishing or jump on to a dhow for a sunset cruise.
In the far north of Mozambique is the Quirimbas archipelago, Mozambique’s most spectacular jewel. Recently granted national park status, this area has some of the richest coral reefs on the continent. Accessible by air from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania or via Pemba (on the mainland) from Johannesburg, the Quirimbas are completely undeveloped and pristine.
One of the best-kept secrets in the Quirimabas is Ibo Island. Once Mozambique’s mighty trading centre, Ibo has been largely ignored by the outside world for almost a century. Wander amongst old forts and ancient buildings in the charming colonial town for a feel of Mozambique history.
Enjoy a simple, well-priced beach holiday in Mozambique without venturing further than the mainland. Maputo, the vibrant capital with its acacia-lined avenues, can be reached by road from the Kruger National Park (South Africa) where we recommend the Polana Serena Hotel or Machangulo Beach Lodge (on a small island nearby) for post-safari relaxation. Vilanculos and Pemba have good beach properties where cultural activities can be combined with dhow safaris and relaxation.
Until recently, travel into the interior of Mozambique was reserved for only the most intrepid explorer. However, a few adventurous safaris options have begun to open up. Accessed by light aircraft, the wilderness areas of the Niassa Game Reserve and Gorongosa National Park are ideal for adventure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts, and can be easily combined with a stay on one of the islands.
The island of Vamizi has the highest number of green turtles in Mozambique, and is the best place in the country to spot these dignified creatures.
Mozambique is one of the best destinations for snorkelling; brightly coloured coral surrounds Vamizi Island, as well as the Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos.
Wander through the impressive colonial buildings of Ibo Town, and absorb the visible history of Mozambique.
Stay on a private Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago, such as the romantic Ibo Island Lodge.
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