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Mozambique

Mozambique

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Mozambique Luxury Holidays

Formally known as a place of political unrest, Mozambique is now the most up-and-coming luxury holiday destination in Africa, and arguably, the world. With an upbeat atmosphere, overflowing markets and a 2500km coastline waiting to be discovered, it’s no wonder that this is Africa’s hot-spot. Mozambique is located on southeast Africa, nearby to Madagascar and with the Mozambique Channel drifting along the coastline.

Culturally, Mozambique provides an interesting contrast to other countries in southern and east Africa, with strong European, Arabian and Latin influences. Maputo, the vibrant capital feels more Latin American than African, and in its heyday it was considered to be as beautiful as Cape Town or Rio. Reggae, calypso, marrabenta, fado, samba, bossa nova, and maxixe are the sorts of sounds you can expect the local people to be bopping to. The local fare is cooked with spices and flavours such as bay leaves, garlic, fresh coriander, paprika, chili peppers, red sweet peppers and wine that was introduced by the Portuguese. Popular dishes include Prego (steak roll), rissóis (battered shrimp) and the popular inteiro com piripiri (whole chicken in piri-piri sauce) are all Portuguese dishes commonly eaten in present-day Mozambique.

The Mozambique Resorts

Picture this: sailing on a dhow through mangrove channels or lazing under the palms before braving the ocean waters yourself for a leisurely swim. The magnificent transparent waters are an irresistible invitation to go swimming, snorkelling and diving and admire the extraordinarily beautiful coral reef and the underwater marine life. Because of its climate, warm waters and vast beach area Mozambique is rich in many marine species. Holiday travellers to Mozambique are attracted to its spectacular beaches and offshore island archipelagos. Two of these have attracted a small number of exclusive beach lodges, such as The Azura Retreat in the Bazaruto Archipelago and the Vamizi Island Lodge in the Quirimbas Archipelago - offering spectacular barefoot luxury amidst the sandy beaches and coral lagoons.

Weather

Idyllic sunshine, blue skies and temperatures averaging between 24°C and 27°C along the coast are to be expected. The best time to visit is from May/June to November, during the cooler dry season. The rainy summer season is from about December - April when everything gets soggy and sticky, and temperatures exceed 30°C in some areas. June to October is the dry season, with often perfect tropical weather: clear skies, plenty of sun and almost no rain. Although still tropical, June, July and August are Mozambique's coolest months. During September and October it remains dry as daytime temperatures climb, though it cools down a lot at night.

Most of Mozambique's rain arrives on moist southeast trade winds. However, Mozambique’s close proximity to the island of Madagascar prevents much of the bad weather that could potentially ruin Mozambique’s glorious holiday weather conditions. Madagascar acts as a rain-shadow to Mozambique; meaning the latter is subjected to relatively low annual rainfall, tropical storms and cyclones.

Activities

Activities in Mozambique are plentiful. If you don’t fancy relaxing on a stunning white beach next to gorgeous azure waters of the Indian Ocean on either of the luxury island resort beaches, you can get to know the wildlife of the terrain, go fishing, scuba diving or sailing or indulge in a spot of shopping.

Beaches

Beaches

Benguerra Island beach is the hippest beach location in Africa. Not only is it hip, it is also strikingly beautiful with the sandbanks - an attraction unique to itself. It is within the Marine National Park and has white sand shores stretching for miles. Unimaginably tranquil, it is the ideal honeymoon location. With not a cloud in the sky to shade you from the magnificent rays of the sun, the beaches here are truly paradisiacal.

Countryside & Wildlife

Countryside & Wildlife

Elephants, hippos, crocodiles, hyenas, lions and jackals. We have no hope of seeing these creatures in their natural habitat or climate in the UK. Allow yourself to see them as they should be in the zoos and safaris in Mozambique. This country has a diverse habitat that supports a wealth of animal species both on land and in the water.

Fishing

Fishing

Sport Fishing is a popular pastime for tourists in Mozambique. Species such as black, blue and striped marlin, sailfish, shortbill spearfish, wahoo, dorado, various tuna species, king and queen mackerel, kingfish (jack’s), queenfish, barracuda and snappers are all found here. What a great way to entertain your family, or engage in some competition whilst on holiday.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

Nearby, a horse riding facilities on Benguerra island offers the utmost in equestrian leisure. Trot along the beach on a majestically elegant and powerful horse whilst soaking up the sunny rays of the African heat.

Watersports

Watersports

Ride on a traditional style boat, named a dhow, and collect clams and mussels, explore secluded beaches, uninhabited islands, remote dive locations and wrecks. Both Benguerra and Quirimbas Islands have excellent sailing waters and the facilities to boot!

Shopping

Shopping

Shop for tribal prints, African chunky jewellery, traditional handicrafts and even local fresh fruit and vegetables at one of the many markets in the area. For something unique, purchase a quintessential Mozambique souvenir: a hand-painted, intricately carved and decorated African mask.

Underwater Activities

Underwater Activities

Snorkel with whale sharks, scuba with manta rays, explore the coral reefs and then clamber upon the silky white sand once you reach the shoreline once more. The underwater activities in Mozambique are part of what attracts the wealth of tourism it enjoys.

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