Everyone seeks a different holiday, a luxury escape for relaxation or something more intrepid. When planning a trip of either type Africa is the obvious place, you really can get everything and sometimes you don’t even have to go to more than one place. Beach Holiday…. where to begin? Mozambique – its rugged, exciting and yet you can step into some of the most luxurious beach lodges in the world. So what are you going for? We have some picks for you ranging from the more adventurous, mid –range to uber luxurious
Ossimba Beach Lodge Mozambique
In northern Mozambique at the entrance to Nacala Bay lies a remote beach and on that beach sits the Ossimba Beach Lodge.
The Eco Lodge which is also surrounded by indigenous forest offers you a sustainable, luxury beach getaway on the Indian Ocean. The rooms are made up of 8 spacious thatched villas, all with easy access to the main areas consisting of the lounge, dining room and bar yet all ensure privacy.
All the villas are comfortable and feature, sea views, private outdoor showers and the honeymoon suite even has a double bath! The decor is understated and unpretentious the main areas are a great place to relax during the day, whilst socializing or not. The lodge pool is a needed refreshing escape from the tropical heat and overlooks the blinding white sandy beach.
Situated on a teeming stretch of clear ocean means that watersports are at their best.; diving, snorkeling, fishing, whale watching, kayaking, surfing and stand up paddle boarding are all available and highly recommended. Bird watching, forest walks and cultural activities offer a fantastic immersion in the surroundings.
Ossimba strives to protect its surroundings, the lodge is solar powered, makes its own drinkable bore-hole water and protects the natural forest which holds the ancient baobab trees and plenty of migratory birdlife.
Sailaway – Dhow Safaris, Mozambique
The Bazarutto Archipelago is 10 – 15 km offshore between Vilankulo and Inhassoro. The Archipelago is made up of five stunning islands; Bazaruto, Magaruque, Benguerra, Santa Carolina and Bangue. The islands are in a marine park and the 2- mile long reef of Benguerra is a great spot to dive, snorkel and sail as it’s sea life is brilliant and colourful with thousands of vibrant tropical coral reef fish to see.
A dhow safari through these waters is breathtaking, adventurous and will not be something you will regret. It’s different, intrepid and I guarantee you won’t have met someone who has already done it- have you?
You have different options;
The camping safari – 2 or 3 -day safari’s where guests sail during the day and camp with great views on the beach at night.
Accommodated Safari- if you would prefer to retreat from the elements after a day being exposed to them this option is for you. The 2 beach chalets have ensuite rooms and a pool.
Day safari – These trips are a great taster if you aren’t feeling majorly intrepid. Visit either Bazarutto or Magaruque.
It will be such an adventure, completely understandable if one wants something of a different pace so I have added The Luxury Safari Company’s Top Luxury Mozambique properties;
Azura Quilalea – Mozambique
Azura Quilalea, a private island in Mozambique Is a dazzling Indian Ocean escape. With 9 open plan and spacious seafront villas to form the accommodation on this untouched archipelago marine sanctuary. All of the villas have their own energy control system whereby guests can take control of their own eco-footprint. An excellent spot for watersports especially diving and snorkeling with plenty of marine life just off the beach and land based activities include beach dinners, cultural trips and relaxing spa treatments.
Azura Benguerra – Mozambique
Azura Benguerra is Mozambique’s first eco -friendly resort and was built by the local community using locally sourced building materials. All of the 20 beach villas have their own personal plunge pool and it’s a great place for a family getaway as well as a very romantic honeymoon destination. Paddle boarding, diving, snorkeling, dhow sailing cruises and even salt water fly fishing are some of the activities on offer.
Vamizi Island – Mozambique
A small island off the Mozambique’s north coast and part of the Quirimbas Archipelago is a marine paradise where 180 different species of coral and more than 300 species of reef fish have been recorded, the diving is unrivalled and an absolute must if visiting. The villas are large and modern but still have the barefoot beach chic island feel about them, Vamizi is a paradise and when you are there it really does feel like it’s all yours.