A guide to Mozambique

| June 4, 2020

A guide to Mozambique

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.

Bazaruto Archipelago

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.

Quirimbas Archipelago

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.

Ibo Island

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.

The Mainland

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.

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