Think of white sandy beaches, coconut palm trees, azure blue waters and a diversity of incredible marine life. These simple ingredients are what Mozambique is all about. Combine these with a rich blend of Portuguese-inspired culture, abundant seafood cuisine and a very strong rum and you have the makings of a magical and exotic destination!
The mainland in the far south of the country has unfortunately become very accessible to local South African visitors and this means over-crowding during peak seasons. Few of our trips visit this region, although there is one stand-out option called White Pearl Resorts situated in a quieter stretch of Ponta Mamoli.
Travel further north and you reach the spectacular Bazuruto Archipelago. This group of six sandy islands is still relatively accessible from Johannesburg or Kruger via Vilanculos, but the number of visitors is kept down due to the high cost and small number of lodges. Azura Benguerra and &Beyond Benguerra Island are by far the best options here. The snorkelling and diving are simply outstanding and the deep-sea fishing to be had here is world-class. Something to keep in mind is that these islands are not completely deserted and you will be sharing them with the local villagers. You will often see them on their fishing dhows and they are some of the friendliest people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting!
To reach the truly deserted and idyllic paradise islands you must venture all the way up north to the Quirimbas Archipelago. Here it is possible to step off your veranda into the ocean and instantly be surrounded by a plethora of fish and other marine creatures, as these islands are comprised of coral and therefore attract more life. The mantle of Mozambique’s most luxurious beach lodges falls to Vamizi and Azura Quilalea, offering some exceptionally lavish villas for those who can afford them.