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IDYLLIC BEACHES AND ISLAND GEMS


Mozambique is bordered by 2,500 km of the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the north-west, Zimbabwe to the west, and Swaziland and South Africa to the south-west and is then separated from Madagascar by the Mozambique Channel to the east. The mighty Zambezi River then crosses the middle of the country and effectively divides it in two. Due to its close proximity to so many great African countries it has obvious potential as an extension to a safari holiday but it is also quickly becoming a destination in its own right with many exciting developments occurring, with wildlife reserves and island resorts opening on a fairly frequent basis. However, although Mozambique is definitely a country still very much in its infancy, at this stage it is the coast and the outlying islands which deservedly provides the main reason to visit Mozambique. The beaches are unbelievably beautiful; long stretches of empty, palm-backed sand, lapped by the ocean.
 
The potential of the Mozambique islands was recognized a few years ago and they have certainly developed ahead of the rest of the country. Here you will find not only fabulous scenery but also excellent places to stay in the style of ‘barefoot luxury’. The diving, snorkelling and game fishing here rank amongst the best the world can offer.
 
To the north the country is at its most basic with poor roads and little infrastructure but there are now a number of world class resorts off the coast on wonderful islands. The northern islands do tend to work best with safaris in Kenya and Tanzania but there are more and more flights opening up from Johannesburg in South Africa. Ilha do Mocambique, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, is one of Mozambique’s treasures but the journey is either expensive or arduous.
 
The south is slightly more commercial and over the years there has been a concerted effort to raise the standards and opportunities for international travellers. The colonial Portuguese coastal city of Maputo is certainly an eye-opener. Here the atmosphere is positively buzzing and Mediterranean with street cafes, tree-lined boulevards and good restaurants. Off the coast is the Bazaruto Archipelago, consisting of the islands of Bazaruto itself, Benguerra and Magaruque. Here you will find a wide range of resorts of various standards but with a few excellent options, particulalry for honeymooners. This area also supports a tiny but viable population of one of the planets most fascinating creatures, the greatly endangered dugong, a whale like mammal.
 
As Mozambique continues to redevelop then tourist opportunities will increase. However, at present, the coast and islands are more than enough reason to make a visit.

JACK AND JAO

During this amazing safari trip to Botswana and Mozambique, you will be staying in some of the most luxury camps within the country supported by some amazing game within the reserves that you will be visiting. You can also explore some of the amazing culture in the areas you will be visiting.
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BUSH AND BEYOND

Explore Kenya and Mozambique on this extraordinary holiday, you will be staying in some of the most luxury hotels in Kenya which hold some fantastic game and safari experiences. To finish off your holiday at a fantastic resort in Mozambique where you can relax.
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CAPE, KRUGER & AZURA

Explore South Africa for the first part of this luxury 5 star holiday, The culture of Cape Town and the game within the Kruger reserve while staying in some beautiful accommodation within the Country. Finish the holiday at a luxury resort in Mozambique.
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AZURA BENGUERRA ISLAND

Palm trees swayed by warm trade winds; miles of deserted white-sand beaches with turquoise waters navigated by traditional dhow sailboats; endless sunny days and a star-studded canopy at night - welcome to Azura, a luxury eco-boutique retreat.
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WHITE PEARL RESORT PONTA MAMOLI

White Pearl Resort, Ponta Mamoli is a stunning resort set around the steeped Maputo Elephant Reserve and over south-east Mozambique’s best beachfronts. This luxury resort offers new smart and minimalistic ideas, not to clutter the mind but to clear it.
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AZURA QUILALEA PRIVATE ISLAND

Azura Quilalea is a hidden gem situated in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean in northern Mozambique. This is the archetypal "Robinson Crusoe" lodge, built in a African-chic style, and somewhere where you can truly escape to.
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ANDBEYOND BENGUERRA ISLAND

On Benguerra Island, set amongst lush trees and overlooking the azure waters of the Benguerra Channel. The lodge has been immaculately refurbished and offers the very finest in barefoot luxury, whilst maintaining local tradition.
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CORAL LODGE 15.41

Coral Lodge 15.41 is a stunning beachfront lodge on a spectacular peninsula steeped in history. The exact coordinates for Coral Lodge 15.41 are part of the name, i.e. 15 degrees south latitude and 41 degrees east longitude.
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      • Flight Time:Approx 10-12 hours (via Johannesburg)
          • Time Difference: GMT +2 hours
             
              • Language: Portuguese, English, Swahili & Chichewa
                 
                  • Currency: Mozambican Metical. SA Rands and US Dollars are also generally accepted.
                     
                      • Area: 310,000 square miles
                         
                          • Total coastline: Approx. 1,500 miles
                             
                              • Population: Approx 25 million
                                 
                                  • Capital: Maputo

    Due to the vast length of Mozambique there are regional differences in climate. However, as a guide the highest temperatures are during the rainy season (Nov-Apr) when they can reach 31°C. In the summer and drier months (May-Oct) temperature averages between 24° and 27°C. The north, near Pemba, experiences the highest temperatures and humidity.
     
    BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
    There are quite significant variations in the climate between the northern parts of the archipelago and the south. However, as a guide for the north we recommend avoiding April and May as this is the wet season. For the south then the rainy season is between November and April. Throughout the year you will experience temperatures in the late 20’s rising to over 30°C in the summer. Scuba diving is superb year round but the best visibility is during the summer months, particularly from February to April. Honeymooners will find Mozambique a good option year round.

    Health & Vaccinations

    We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. In addition a course of malaria prophylaxis is required if visiting a malaria area. If visiting Mozambique having come from a Yellow Fever area such as Tanzania you will also need a Yellow Fever vaccination. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

    Passport & Visa

    British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition you will need to have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport if travelling via South Africa and / or Kenya. British passport holders do require a visa to enter into Mozambique but this can be gained at the border post on arrival. The current cost is GBP £40 for single entry and £70 for multiple entry.


     
    Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel about holidays or honeymoons to Mozambique. Call 01778 382764