Luxury Beach Holidays and Safaris in Mozambique
Sometimes only talked about in terms of it’s islands, Mozambique offers so much more than this although the country does happens to boast some of the finest islands and beaches in the Indian Ocean! We love Mozambique for its interest and diversity – powdery white sand beaches, fascinating islands with great history and raconteurs – lying on the old spice trade route and instrumental during the slave era, which now lie almost deserted, with amazing colonial architecture. Pristine canoeing and walking safaris in the Niassa Reserve; game viewing and walking in Gorongosa National Park. Amazing diving with unspoiled, untouched coral reefs! From Robinson Crusoe hideaways to private villas, we can offer the entire spectrum both north and south of the country.
Highlights of Mozambique
- Diving and snorkelling from private islands in the north and wonderful lodges on the Bazaruto archipelago in the south.
- Historical tours around the near deserted island of Ibo with colonial architecture as well as charming Ilha de Mocambique in the north.
- Luxury accommodation from private villas to Robinson Crusoe chic.
- Walking and canoeing safaris in the Niassa Reserve
- Deep sea fishing
- Private mobile safaris and walking and game drives on safari in Gorongosa National Park
- Private yacht charter around Mozambique
- Horse riding on the beaches in the Bazaruto archipelago
- Sea Kayaking and dhow sailing in the Quirimbas archipelago
General information on Mozambique
A relatively new wildlife reserve has opened up and there are exciting developments in this wonderful country. The Lugenda Wildlife Reserve, in the Niassa Province of Northern Mozambique, is an untouched and undiscovered 45,000 square kilometre expanse of land teeming with wildlife. Lugenda Bush Camp, is situated within this magnificent reserve on the eastern bank of the Lugenda River amongst the Ngalongue Mountains (towering inselbergs or island mountains). Lugenda has just four East African tents and offers game drives and walking, with incredible birding. There is also a lodge planned to open in the Quirimbas National Park, which boasts 4 of the big 5 game species. We also offer walking and canoeing safaris in the Niassa Reserve, sleeping in custom made mobile tents. This is pristine wilderness. Explore Gorongosa National park by private, mobile safari. Walking safaris are fabulous in the Gorongosa, based in semi-permanent luxury tented camps.
Our coastal favourites in the Bazaruto archipelago, are Benguerra, Marlin and Azura Lodges , whilst further north in the Quirimbas archipelago, offering sheer barefoot luxury and a more European influence, Vamizi Island, Coral Lodge and Londo Lodge offer that inimitable relaxation, beauty and style. Vamizi has the most beautifull beach and offers excellent scuba diving and fishing. Vamizi has these large villas, and really is the last word in barefoot luxury. They also have a resident marine biologist who is tracking the green turtles. Londo is more of a lodge and has a large swimming pool with magnificent views over the Indian Ocean. The cuisine is amongst the best in Mozambique! There is also water skiing and snorkelling and diving. Coral Lodge is contemporary, with beautifully styled spacious chalets, a swimming pool, the best snorkelling and the finest food. It also has a gorgeous beach and it has the added interest of Ilha da Mozambique closeby. Nuarro Lodge is probably the best lodge for scuba diving with the most knowledgeable divers. Finally, no holiday to Mozambique can be be complete without a visit to Ibo Island. This is Zanzibar island of old, with its traditional history of slave traders and spice trading. In fact, there is still a dhow that operates the original route from Dar es Salaam, calling upon Ibo, with its 3500 inhabitants. Here one lives in a village, with the most beautiful, colonial architecture and its Arab, Portuguese, French and Indian influences. Stay at lovely Ibo Lodge, with its converted cottages dating back to 1830. They have lovely guides who take you around the island and enthusiastically relate the historical elements that took place. Most impressive of all, though, is the concerted efforts of conservation combined with community projects, which puts Mozambique in the forefront of intelligent tourism. We also have a private house which sleeps up to 15 guests, and is perfect for perhaps two famillies travelling at Christmas or during the August school holidays, or simply a group of friends celebrating a big birthday! It also offers the most wonderful beach!
Accessible by air from Johannesburg or (especially as this links Mozambique with an East African safari) Dar es Salaam or Nairobi, they offer the perfect hideaway and suit clients simply trying to get away from it all, to those more interested in focused scuba diving and fishing. There are lots of sporting activities for the children, too. One can go for long walks across miles of white, deserted, sandy beach or barter for a ride in an Arab dhow with the locals. A dhow sundowner, with flamingos taking flight all around, is unlikely to be quickly forgotten! Mozambique is a country where one can justifiably spend a lovely two week holiday, or it can be added to the end of a safari. Here is a superb preview of Gorongosa National Park, courtesy of National Geographic Channel: