Perhaps lesser known on the luxury holiday circuit than some of
its African contemporaries, Mozambique is nevertheless home to a
wondrous coastline. With their palm-fringed beaches and pristine
coral reefs, the beautiful islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago in the south or the
Quirimbas Archipelago in the north make the
perfect luxury holiday destination.
But there's more than spectacular beachfront lodges to a luxury
holiday in Mozambique. Many of the towns on the mainland and on the
islands have attractive Portuguese colonial-era architecture, and a
colourful local culture. A case in point is Ibo Island, whose
strategic position has meant it's been conquered by everyone from
the Omanis to the Chinese and eventually the Portuguese. The
atmospheric, if dilapidated, town is a fascinating place to potter
around if you can drag yourself away from the sunlounger.
Another major reason for leaving the lounger is the spectacular
snorkelling and diving available along the coastline and around the
islands. The water is crystal clear and the marine life on offer
something truly special. Mozambique has several marine national
parks in the Indian Ocean and several of the Original Travel team
have dived here and are in general agreement that this is one of
the best dive spots anywhere on the planet.
Best of all, the country aims to take on its neighbours (South
Africa and Tanzania) at the 'bush and beach' game. Gorongosa game
reserve has all the potential to be a genuine alternative to the
Kruger and Serengeti national parks, and when the luxury lodges
open, we think this might be a perfect 'bush and beach'
More 'bush' options are also in development, but for the time
being, the prime attraction remains the 'beach' element, and
particularly the immaculate beach lodges on the islands off the
Mozambique coast, all of which we have visited and can strongly
recommend for a luxury holiday.