We recommend two different regions of Mozambique as must-visit locations and they couldn’t be more different from each other.
The beautiful coastal town of Vilanculous is the entry point to Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago – a chain of islands on Mozambique’s stunning waterways. Their names are Bazaruto, Benguerra, Santa Isobel and Santa Carolina.
These islands are strung out in the Indian Ocean. Two of them are completely uninhabited, whilst the others have a few small villages scattered amongst the tropical forests.
These are places to admire for their purity and their tranquility. These islands are the perfect places to go to relax, escape and to explore. A Marine National Park covers most of the archipelago, protecting these crystal blue waters and the extraordinary marine life that lives here.
The Quirimbas Archipelago is a string of islands in the Indian Ocean, fringed by gorgeous white sand beaches. This an isolated and remote area and one of the last stretches of East African coastline where the marine environments and beaches are still unexplored.
Lying offshore and stretching for 200km, the Quirimbas Archipelago consists of 12 major islands; about 20 smaller, coralline outcrops; and endless sand-bar beaches . As a safeguard for the future, The Quirimbas National Park protects a large part of the archipelago’s southern side.
There’s so much to explore in Mozambique and we are full of ideas to suit you. In the meantime, here are a few of our favourites.
The Ibo Island Hopping Dhow Safari, is a mobile island-hopping safari, offering comfortable fly-camping on uninhabited island beaches. A rare authentic experience which is hard to find these days – this is a truly unique way to explore Mozambique’s most remote coastline.
On this fun fuelled trip guests will travel between islands using a mix of sea kayaks and sailing on the dhow. During the day you will explore up wide coastal river mouths, teeming with birds and mangrove forest, snorkel off deserted white sandbanks in crystal clear seas, and sleep in mobile fly-camps on uninhabited tropical islands. It doesn’t get much better!
The dhow is captained by an experienced Mozambican skipper, crew and a chef on board to whip up seafood feasts around the campfire! The crew will handle all the camp duties, leaving you free to enjoy yourself.
These safaris look perfect for families or groups of friends. They can be tailored to suit various budgets, length of safari and any special interests or needs.
Mozambique’s islands are untouched, so the scuba-diving in Mozambique is generally super. The Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelago alone have over 354 species of reef fish, five species of turtle and 30 different types of coral. It is no surprise that such a large amount of fish reside here, the corals are so pure and generally stunning – some of the best in Africa if not the world.
All the lodges we use have dive centres where you find qualified diving instructors and quality equipment. Novices can take short ‘resort courses’, or complete courses started at home, learning in amazing shallow reef areas with first-class marine life.
One of Mozambique’s pristine islands can make a magical destination for a week’s beach holiday or the perfect way to finish a safari.
Timing is everything, and when you choose to visit will play a huge part in the experience you have. Here’s some advice to help.
A French privateer during the War of the Spanish Succession, he is well known for his extraordinary show of bravado on the gallows, where he was executed in 1730.
He allegedly threw a scrap of paper into the crowd and shouted, ‘Find my treasure, he who can.’ It still remains to be found.
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