After a complicated history, Mozambique is on the rise. Stretching from Tanzania in the north to South Africa in the south, its idyllic islands, spectacular sea life, wild safaris and vibrant blend of colonial heritage and African traditions are turning the country into an enchanting African escape and a hot holiday destination.
The Magic of Mozambique
The far-south capital of Maputo is the first port of call for many travellers. It’s a vibrant city, with luxury villas line narrow streets overlooking Maputo Bay, and Portuguese-style cafés serve spicy samosas, sizzling steaks and seafood platters along with respite from the streetside bustle.
Mozambique’s north is a different land, with vast tracts of dense bush and rugged mountains in the interior and idyllic islands scattered along the coastline. Getting around takes time, but the coastal panoramas, nearness to wildlife and the sheer adventure make the journey worthwhile.
The stunning coral reefs and beautiful coastline around the port city of Pemba, on the northern coast, make it a hotspot for water sports-lovers and diving enthusiasts, and a short flight north brings you to the Quirimbas island chain, a clutch of 32 pristine coral islands and islets. This UNESCO World Heritage Site stretches 320km to the Tanzanian border, where the island of Medjumbe—home to Anantara Vacation Club Escapes at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort—sits like a jewel in the Indian Ocean. White sand beaches, azure waters and luxury resorts make this an exotic African paradise.
Further south, the cobalt skies and turquoise waters of the Bazaruto archipelago, a national marine park, teem with life: African fish eagles soar through the skies and flamingos roost in shallow waters. Just off the shores of Club Escapes at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, spectacularly hued schools of fish, as well as dolphins and mantra rays, are easily spotted in clear seas, while whale sharks glide through the depths below. Five species of turtles, including leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles, nest along the shores, and sharp-eyed travellers may spot one of Bazaruto’s rare dugong—cousins of the manatee—, that spend their days foraging among the sea grass. Explore these cool creatures from a home base on the largest island, or spend lazy days swaying in a hammock or snorkelling amid well-preserved coral formations.
The ocean isn’t the only place to spot exotic wildlife. Once one of Africa’s top big game destinations, the country’s wild game reserves are rapidly recovering after being decimated by the ravages of war. So whether you want a secluded beach holiday, action-packed dive trip or an off-the-beaten-track safari, Mozambique has something to discover.