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7/29/2011 11:05 AM 

Escape to Mozambique - Africa’s Rising Star

Mozambique is an environ of aquatic distinction, with its tropical to subtropical climate, clear blue seas and wonderful scenery, Mozambique is proving to be one popular destination for those seeking to experience some first class Scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing excursions, windsurfing, Kayaking, hiking, bird watching as well as some game viewing or simply those in quest of lazing about on the exotic white sands.

This intensifying star boasts one of the most scenic places to be found in Southern Africa, the Bazaruto Archipelago with its unspoilt beaches and amazing coral reefs that has proved extreme popularity with scuba divers. No wonder it has been dubbed Africa’s Premier Scuba diving site. Mozambique is also popular with birdwatchers and game enthusiasts, as the country is home to fabulous game reserves including the Maputo Elephant Reserve, brilliantly situated right next to the ocean. The vibrant resonance of Maputo the capital city that is set on a cliff overlooking a lovely bay with its bustling streets of wonderful architecture, great nightlife, and diverse cultural mix are sure to fascinate discerning travelers. Other Mozambique towns like Pemba, Beira and Ncala tend to focus on sun, sea and surf. It is a country that has not yet experienced its full potential and still has many unexplored and adventure laden opportunities in tropical havens, such as the Bazaruto islands. While there’s a range of dynamic experience offering the best of everything escape, these renowned spots remain our favorite and recommendable picks for an all memorable Mozambique holiday. Come join us as we re-explore Mozambique and abet you in planning your next dream holiday.

The Bazaruto Archipelago – Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa

Located just north of Maputo near Vilanculos, is one of Mozambique's most beautiful tropical destinations. The five islands - Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina, and Bengue - that make up this archipelago are a haven for scuba and snorkel divers, as well as for sun fanatics. Divers are able to see over 100 species of coral, thousands of tropical fish species, five kinds of dolphins, four whale species and sharks, all five marine sea turtle species and the largest population of the rare dugong on the African east coast.

The beaches are unspoiled, the islands are largely undeveloped, and the surrounding tropical waters host an incredible display of marine life.  With its tropical climate, unspoilt scenery and wealth of activities on offer, Indigo Bay is the perfect getaway for families, honeymooners and incentive groups.

Owned by Rani Resorts, Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is an exquisite island destination situated on this largest island in the Mozambican archipelago. Offering world-class, understated luxury with its elegant design making the most of its superb location on the white-sand shores. It will certainly offer you the quintessential Indian Ocean island holiday as well as a gateway to the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding area.

The Quirimbas Archipelago & the Quirimbas National Park – Medjumbe Private Resort & Guludo Beach Lodge

The spectacular Quirimba Islands (Arquipelago das Quirimbas) were recently incorporated into the new Quirimbas National Park, along with a large stretch of the coastline. The archipelago prominently being known as the "African Caribbean" is greatly attractive. Accommodation here ranges from the exclusive and luxurious villas on uninhabited Medjumbe Island, to eco-friendly beach front bandas at Guludo beach lodge. Guludo Beach Lodge & Medjumbe are the perfect gateway to this untamed region

Medjumbe Private Resort is a more exclusive resort than its sister Matemo. For those seeking total isolation and pristine natural beauty, Medjumbe is the ideal honeymoon or romantic getaway island. The thirteen water-front chalets combine style, comfort and privacy, and the small size of the resort ensures individual attention and a peaceful sojourn. You can stroll around the island in a couple of hours, and admire the majestic lighthouse perched on the sharp corner. Activities offered include Diving & Snorkeling, PADI Dive courses, Sailing, Fishing, Various water sports, Whale watching (in season), Canoeing/kayaking, Dhow cruises and Private islands picnics on Quissanga Island

Guludo Beach Lodge is a tropical haven on a deserted beach. Squeezed between the dazzling Indian Ocean and wild African bush, Guludo Beach Lodge overlooks undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Mozambique. Guludo boasts incredible wildlife, both above and below the warm waters edge. Perfectly situated to discover these wonders, you can dive the pristine coral reefs, explore the islands, soak up the rich local culture and take in the vast African bush. Guludo has been built using strict ethical principles that have ensured host communities and environment receive maximum benefit through the lodge. Guludo has recently won an award for its innovative design, which develops on local architectural styles, using exclusively local materials guaranteeing minimal environmental impacts. The perfection of Guludo is sealed in its’ design, ensuring the presence of each guest actively benefits the local community and environment just by being there.

Inhambane - Guinjata Bay Resort & Flamingo Bay

The province of Inhambane (the land of good people), is where you'll find Flamingo Bay Water Lodge & Guinjata Resort.

Guinjata Resort is situated approximately 25 km South of Inhambane by Jangamo beach on the coast. Well known for its incredible whale shark diving opportunities remains one of the top places in the world to encounter these majestic creatures. Guanjita Bay is the Pioneer to one of the world's top 10 dive sites, Manta Reef, was discovered in 1995. With crystal clear waters, flourishing coral reefs and a host of world-class facilities, this is one of the Indian Ocean coastline's best-kept secrets. The road leading to the Resort is a dirt road and only accessible with a 2x4 with difflock or 4x4 vehicle. Activities include: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling with Whale Sharks, Ocean Safaris - whale watching in season (May to October), Fishing Charters, Surfing, Paddle skis, Windsurfing, Surf kite’s, Swimming, Snorkeling in rock pools, Visits to Rosa’s Portuguese Restaurant & Beach Bar for exquisite seafood, Day trips to Inhambane and a trip on a traditional dhow from Inhambane to Maxixe return. With diverse range of activities catering for all tastes, Guinjata is undoubtedly the best gateway to Inhambane.

Flamingo Bay Water Lodge is different to any other lodging in Mozambique located 25km from Inhambane. Set around the crystal clear, warm waters of Flamingo Bay, the lodge is built on stilts in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, this eco paradise is home to flocks of flamingoes, beautiful mangrove waterways and the very rare Dugong. Wooden walkways lead to the unique water chalets of Flamingo Bay Water Lodge, made from local hardwoods and built on stilts over the ocean. Panoramic sea views are visible from all windows of your luxurious en- suite chalet and looking down from your private deck, you can scuba dive without touching the water! Located on the coast with some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world, Flamingo Bay offers the perfect experience for visitors, honeymooners and conference delegates. Allow the pristine waters of Flamingo Bay Water Lodge to entice all your senses.

Mozambique is a newcomer to the world of tourism and as such, offers some unique opportunities that will not be available forever. Besides the top spots above, there are certainly a number of hidden gems that we haven’t mentioned that you may wish to explore, we invite you to contact us and we will work with you in planning you next Mozambique trip.

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

Up until next timestay tuned

Ciao for now – Team African Courtesy Tours


1 comment(s) so far...

Re: Escape to Mozambique - Africa’s Rising Star

Wow, what an awesome blog!! Mozambique is truely a gem and a seafood lovers paradise.
Well done once again on an excellent blog1

By Nic on   8/5/2011 1:21 PM

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