One of our favourite lodges on the coast of Mozambique has decided to streamline its cost base and make going there better than ever. Nuarro Lodge has just offered a 5 night stay for families at US$ 125-00 per person per night. This includes the following: Vehicle transfers to and from Nampula Airport/ Nacala Airport / Ilha De Mocambique, accommodation in the chalets with three meals, coffee & tea, snacks, unlimited shore diving for advanced diver buddies, unguided snorkelling, kayaking, mountain bikes and one massage per booking.
Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis
The fact that it is in a wonderful location with pristine seas to explore and truly idyllic beaches makes this a wonderful family get away. Visit their website www.nuarro.com to see what you could be doing!
One of things that has put off clients going to Mozambique is the difficulty of getting there. The good news is that the Government of the country is opening up the country by asking for tenders for flights in and around the country. Hopefully this will make it easier for future travellers to this beautiful country.
On the first of September this year the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligning in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique for a spectacular and rare annular solar eclipse. This will be a special event in that the moon doesn’t completely cover the sun and a ring of fire will be observed around the shadow.
It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for a select few guests to experience.
One of our favourite Lodges in the Quirimbas have put together an exciting safari to see this spectacle.
Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis
The five night package includes 2 nights at Ibo Island Lodge and 3 nights fly camping. You will observe the eclipse from a remote island beach camp in style.
The safari portion will be run with a beautiful 12 meter dhow built to Arab designs with Mozambican skipper, crew and chef on board to whip up those seafood extravaganzas around the camp fire! You don’t sleep on board – instead mobile camps are set up on various tropical islands and special spots. You should be sailing in calm, clear and turquoise water with local white traditional dhow sails to break up the endless view on the horizon. Then experience the best view of the eclipse in the Quirimbas from one of the most remote and beautiful corners of our world.
There are only 12 places available (as we put this up) so you need to act fast if you want to join the safari as part of your bespoke, tailor made holiday.
For those intrepid travellers or those that like to go to destinations that others have trouble finding on a map, Mozambique must be on their agenda. The long and bloody civil war ended in 1992 and the country is slowly recovering. With 2500 kms of pristine Indian Ocean coastline and countless coral islands as an asset, the Government is looking to Ecotourism to bring in much needed foreign currency and investment. But even more importantly, the people will give you a warm welcome that is genuine. The food, particularly seafood, is fresh and excellent. Mozambique must be the spiritual home and capital of Peri Peri sauce. The coral reefs are pristine, the bird life spectacular and the wildlife in the National Parks slowly recovering from the decimation of the war.
Before the civil war, Mozambique was considered one of the best wildlife experiences in the whole of Africa. Concerted efforts are being made to return these to their former glory, but this time with the help and collusion of the indigenous people. It is probably too soon to see the mainland as a safari destination (Tanzania and South Africa are a short flight away for this experience), but as a beach experience it has few rivals.
The history of Mozambique is one of foreign powers seeking to dominate and exploit the country. Each has left its mark, particularly in the architecture of the towns and city. It is possible in places like Ibo Island to find Arab, Indian, French, British, Dutch and Portuguese buildings in a small town. Many of the buildings are in need of renovation, giving the places an air of tropical decay. However the work has started and old skills are being relearned.
The country can be divided in to three main destinations from the tourist’s point of view:-
First Maputo, the capital, and the coast south to the South African border. The capital is full of atmosphere and charm and is well worth a day or two to explore. The old city is full of colonial style buildings with wide boulevards. Eiffel designed some of the buildings, such as the Central Railway Station. Travelling south the coast is silver sands and delightful – the only point to remember here is that is well worth avoiding this part during South African school holidays as it becomes very busy.
One thousand kms north of Maputo is the Bazaruto Archipelago. Much of this area is a National Park and the islands are just as you would have imagined Robinson Crusoe to have existed upon. The diving here is spectacular with the chance of seeing dolphins, turtles, humpback whales (at the right time of year) or even the rare dugong. Even further north the dives in the Tofu area are considered the best in the world to see manta rays and whale sharks. Most of the accommodation here is based on the islands and has been built with the aim of impacting as little as possible on the ecosystem.
Then right up in the north of Mozambique and close to the border with Tanzania is the area known as the Quirimbas. Sustainable tourism has been encouraged here bringing much needed work and money to a backwater in one of the world’s poorest countries. There is some development around Pemba on the mainland and more especially on several of the islands. These have lodges or historic building conversions of the highest quality. Much of the activities in all these locations are water based such as diving, snorkelling, sailing, kayaking with a guide through mangrove swamps or sports fishing. Alternatively, just doing next to nothing on a beach, with only the occasional other person on it, is very much a way of life.
There are no direct flights from the UK to Mozambique but access via Nairobi, Dar es Salaam or Johannesburg with various airlines has made these destinations a reality. This is a wonderful destination after a safari or as a holiday in its own right.
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