Why Mozambique - What to expect
This archipelago with around 30 coral islands lies in the Indian Ocean off the North of Mozambique. The southern part of this idyllic archipelago is part of the Quirimbas Marine National Park. Most of the islands are not inhabited, overgrown with mangroves and washed by the sea. Some of the islands developed into exquisite holiday paradises with small luxurious resorts, like Vamizi Island or Azura Quilalea. This area is a perfect hidden gem for water sport and diving enthusiasts, but without the tourist crowds known at other diving destinations of the world.
Approximately 20 km from the mainland and the quant seaport of Vilanculos, you find the 4 main islands Benguerra, Bazaruto, Magarugue and Santa Carolina stretching over an area of about 60 km. The helicopter flight from the main land to your lodge is impressive and offers a breathtaking view over the islands and coral reefs. Enjoy several days of utter relaxation on white beaches and by the azure blue ocean. Activities such as snorkelling, diving, fishing or boat trips are also on offer here.
You could also enjoy a splendid beach holiday on the mainland of Mozambique. White Pearl Resorts is an equally recommendable beach destination and is situated a mere 30 minutes flight south of Maputo. The long sandy beaches are perfect for extended beach walks with stunning views. With some luck, you might even spot dolphins or whales off the shore.
On the cultural side we recommend a visit to Ibo Island, which is part of the Quirimbas Archipelago. As early as 600 AD, traders established a trading post on this island, which developed to the second most important Portuguese trading post in Mozambique. Today you can visit several ruins of fortresses, walk on historical tracks and visit silversmiths as well as artisans.
Did you know...,
the colours of the Mozambican flag all have a special meaning? The green stripe represents agriculture, whereby the black stands for Africa, as the black continent. The yellow symbolises the mineral riches for the country and the two white stripes in the middle signify peace and justice. The red triangle on the left represents the struggle for independence against colonialism. In the triangle there is a star symbolizing Marxism, a book which stands for education, a rifle symbolising the willingness to defend and a pick which represents the country’s agriculture.
There are various species of turtles inhabiting the coast and islands of Mozambique. On Vamizi Island, you can find the largest recorded population of green turtles in Mozambique. The nesting and breeding period is between July and December and after an incubation period of around 50 days the hatchlings emerge at night and slowly make their challenging way to the ocean.
The south coast of Mozambique offers endless, secluded beaches, wonderful remoteness and an unspoiled coastal landscape. I was particularly impressed by a boat trip along the coastline, because our boat was accompanied by dolphins and I had the privilege to observe a humpback whale at close range.
A stay in Mozambique is the ideal beach vacation after a safari. However, these paradisiacal islands and beaches of the mainland are also wonderful destinations for a beach holiday all on its own. This romantic beach delight is likewise the perfect spot for an extraordinary honeymoon.
Find inspiration for your journey on the Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelago. We would gladly contact you to discuss your individual expectations and are looking forward to being your professional partner for the organisation of your travel arrangement to Africa.
|Official Name:||República de Moçambique (Portuguese); Republic of Mozambique|
|Currency:||1 Metical (MZN) = 100 Centavos|
|Total land surface:||801.590 km² (World rank 34), thereof 18% forest, 4% farmland, 55% pasture land|
|Expansion:||North-South: 2.000 km, West-East: 50 km up to 600 km|
|Largest Cities:||Maputo (931.591), Beira (298.847), Nampula (250.473)|
|Climate:||A tropical and subtropical climate prevails throughout the country with three climate zones to be specified. The zone with the highest rainfall is in the north and central part of the country. Furthermore there is a dryer region to the south as well as a colder middle zone with rainfalls in the higher mountains. The northern and central areas are influenced by hot air flowing from the equator. It becomes very hot during the rainy season between November and April (especially in December and January). The influence of the Monsoons from the Indian Ocean can cause heavy storms and rainfalls during this season. The average temperatures during the rainy season vary between 28° C and 31° C. More moderate rain and lower temperatures prevails in the winter months between May and October with average temperatures varying from 20° C to 25° C.
Benguerra Island, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Azura Benguerra is located on the tropical Ilha de Benguerra, part of the Bazaruto National Park, an island paradise situated within the renowned Bazaruto Archipelago and perfect for a nice beach holiday.
This luxury eco-boutique retreat is built and operated in partnership with the local community. Azura Benguerra consists of 17 villas, of which 10 are Infinity Beach Villas, 3 are Luxury Beach Villas, 2 are Beach Villas, 1 the Presidential Villa and 1 the Villa Amizade. The Infinity and Luxury Beach Villas are furnished in contemporary style and have 100 m² under roof. Each villa is located just footsteps from the beach and each has their own little pool, air-condition, king size bed with mosquito net, mini bar, sundeck as well as a beachside sala.
The Presidential Villa at Azura is the epitome of style and luxury offering complete privacy with its own beachfront location and amazing views towards Bazaruto Dune. It has a huge split level master suite with king size bed, sitting area, massive bathroom with panoramic freeform bath, separate toilet, his and hers indoor and outdoor showers and air-conditioning. The 2nd beachfront bedroom has the same gorgeous layout as the existing Infinity Beach Villas. The 3rd small en-suite bedroom is suitable for children or nannies. All rooms are linked by wooden walkways and screened by natural indigenous vegetation. It also has a stylish separate lounge area with fireplace, a dining area with feature star shaped roof and ‘wine bar’, a lounge area, a 16 m infinity edged swimming pool spanning the front of the villa, a private kitchen with personal chef as well as extensive decking, relaxation areas and beach salas. Maximum occupancy is six people including children.
The Villa Amizade is a two bedroom villa located at the western end of the property and offers more than 185 m² under roof. It is perfect for families or a couple requiring more of a private residence feel. The Master bedroom features a king size bed, indoor and outdoor feel with doors opening up on two sides of the room to lounging decks, en-suite bathroom with freeform bath, indoor and outdoor showers as well as air-conditioning. The 2nd en-suite bedroom has twin beds, a sitting area, indoor and outdoor bathroom and air-conditioning. The lounge area opens onto extensive decking, dining and relaxation areas including a ‘wine bar’ as well as a 10 m fully tiled swimming pool. The maximum occupancy at the villa is four people including children. They have built a new kitchen and a private chef could be booked as an optional extra with prior notice for Villa Amizade.
Azura Benguerra has a fully equipped water sports and Padi diving centre on site. You can snorkel or dive, fly fish or big game fish or you may go out with the Dugong protection team and search for the shy endangered mammal or at certain times, help to protect and release the turtles from their nests on the shores. You may like to sail on a dhow or cruise to deserted beaches looking for pansy shells, or swim with dolphins, which are regular visitors at the beach or track humpback whales migrating past the shores. Snorkelling right in front of the lodge is not possible. About 1 km from the lodge is a snorkelling spot, where snorkelling is possible and not being charged. Private beach picnics are a speciality and should not be missed. The African Spa offers select treatments. A worth wile optional activity is a boat ride to Bazaruto Pansy Island in combination with a private picnic set-up at North Beach.
Maluane Resort, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
Villa ‚Kipila‘ is one of 5 private villas on Vamizi Island, which are ideal for families and friends travelling together. Over 125 m of pristine beachfront offer the ultimate in exclusivity. Kipila has built a ‘Balinese-style’ timber shingle roof with high ceilings in all of the rooms.
The villa offers accommodation in 5 bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom. The bedrooms can be divided in four double rooms as well as a children’s bedroom with six beds including the room for the nanny. All rooms are sea facing with private decking and intimate pathways leading to the beach. The bathrooms represent nature with small elegant gardens set within them.
The living area consists of a spacious lounge, dining area and a large wooden deck with swimming pool. A team of housekeepers is caring about you. Meals are freshly prepared by your personal chef in the kitchen of the house.
Above the dining area there is a game room, where children can play table tennis, watch TV, read books and play board games. A tower, which is inspired by the Portuguese lighthouse, offers great views over the ocean and is ideal for nice sundowners. A 4x4 safari vehicle with private driver is available for optional excursions on the island. Sailing boats and kayaks can be lent. Diving and fishing are further optional activities.
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