Mozambique is Africa’s undiscovered jewel – and its rising star – proudly boasting 1500 miles of exquisite undeveloped coastline and some of the best diving in the world. It is a melting pot of cultures and exotic influences, from early North African and Arab traders to Portuguese colonists, all of whom have left their mark.
In the 1990’s, after 25 years of civil war, Mozambique did not feature in many people’s travel plans. Since then, the country has undergone a cathartic renaissance and tourism has played a defining role in its post-war culture. Nowhere is this truer than along the coast, where cutting-edge island chic hideaways and retreats are becoming a magnet for those in search of barefoot luxury escapism.
The pristine coral reefs which line the Bazaruto Archipelago in the south (accessible via a helicopter flight from Vilanculos) and the Quirimbas Archipelago in the far north (reached by helicopter from Pemba), boast some of the world’s most incredible marine life and offer an extensive choice of diving, snorkelling, dhow sailing and deep-sea fishing.
Stylish island retreats in the north and on the southern shores have lifted Mozambique to altogether new heights in the castaway-cool stakes and all along the coast, modern beauty and old world delights conspire together to reaffirm Mozambique’s fashionable new look. Spirited new hotels deliver a cultural fix alongside their castaway chic – plus there’s all the diving, snorkelling, kayaking, pristine deserted beaches, fishing, private pools and ‘fresh-from-the-ocean cuisine you could possibly ever wish – few other Indian Ocean beach idylls can lay claim to such oh-so-beguiling rustic yet luxurious castaway style. The breathtaking natural beauty and off-map seclusion, combined with the ‘road less travelled’ irresistible charm, make Mozambique an African country of the here and now.
Do it on its own and be dazzled by the sands and get-away-from-it-all Robinson Crusoe style – or combine it with a safari in South Africa or Tanzania and give your holiday an adventurous boost. Alternatively, go island-hopping in a traditional dhow and discover a Mozambican island lost in time along with untouched islands and villages where the locals are still waking up to tourism. For those prepared to take the journey less travelled, this enigmatic African country delivers an experience beyond most people’s imagination. The beaches are not only powdery white and the tropical waters translucent with a sensational coral fringe, but the opportunity for adventure promises a journey which you will find hard to match, anywhere in the world. Mozambique has come of age.
Mozambique’s intriguing capital, Maputo, has its own sense of charm and energetic pulse that beats to the vibrant rhythm of Africa! You will pass through Maputo if heading to the contemporary White Pearl Resort down in the south.
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