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Mozambique is not on the “traditional” African safari circuit, but that’s just one of the reasons we love it. Where else in the world can you combine a tropical beach getaway on the warm Indian Ocean with a spectacular wildlife safari, and all without the crowds? It can be expensive to travel to Mozambique, but the country’s unrivalled beauty and wildness make it worth every cent. White beaches fringed with thousands of mango trees, shocking blue seas filled with whale sharks and dugongs, and the stunning Gorongosa and Niassa national reserves are just some of the highlights you can squeeze in to a Mozambique holiday.

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santorini mozambique
santorini mozambique

Bazaruto

A world-class diving hotspot, a honeymoon haven and wild and spectacular beach getaway – Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago ticks many boxes. Declared a national park in 2000, the archipelago brims with dive sites that are among the best in the world, and rare dugong, seahorses, manta rays and whale sharks are regular visitors. This is the place for first-timers or experienced divers to take the plunge! Explore the long remote beaches, untouched by man for years; visit the charming lodges; and enjoy easy, laid-back island living. Bazaruto is the perfect addition to a southern Africa safari, we think you’ll agree.

santorini mozambique
santorini mozambique

Vilanculos

The expression “Africa time” was probably coined in Vilanculos, a tiny, tropical village on Mozambique’s southern Indian Ocean coastline. It’s unapologetically laid-back, things definitely don’t get done on time and it’s the best antidote to big-city life that we could imagine. A lot of people skip through Vilanculos on their way to the Bazaruto Archipelago, but there are excellent reasons to stay put for a while. How about colourful market stalls to explore and friendly restaurants selling fresh crab to nibble on? Maybe a dhow safari through the pristine marine national park, and some damn fine lodges to stay in, spilling out onto the squeaky sand beach? 

Situ Island Resort
Situ Island Resort

Pemba

Not to be confused with Pemba island in Tanzania, this Pemba is a small, colonial town in northern Mozambique. The gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago and Niassa Reserve, it’s a regular one-night stopover for travellers, but we think it’s worthy of a night or two more… Firstly, the Bay of Pemba is magnificent. One of the deepest natural harbours in the world, it’s lined with cotton-candy sand (Wimbe Beach is the loveliest) and a smattering of beachy, barefoot lodges. The translucent waters are a hotspot for diving, snorkelling and, further afield, big game fishing. And if you need one more reason, a stroll around Paquitequette, the town’s colourful Muslim Quarter, provides a peep into traditional Mozambique.

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