South Mozambique Explorer
With a startingly beautiful tropical coastline, dotted with small islands that are surrounded by offshore reefs, Mozambique is most well-known for its abundant and varied marine life, and is also home to plentiful populations of birds. As such, our first destination is the salt lake of Inhampavala, the shores of which are home to various species of birds, followed by the coastal resort of Tofo. In Tofo we head offshore in the hope of spotting some of the incredible marine life that frequents these waters, namely the majestic whale shark, and we also get to grips with the local culture, joining a cooking demonstration in a nearby village and wandering the leafy avenues of Inhambane, a city lined with attractive colonial buildings and with a distinct Mediterranean character.
Although not typically considered a safari destination, due to population depletion during the civil war, Mozambique is now home to a few protected national parks where it is possible to spot large wild game, such as cheetah and elephant, with few other visitors around. Whilst many nearby east and southern African countries draw people from across the world for terrestrial safaris, the main draw in Mozambique however, has to be the country’s underwater world, teeming with marine life, including ten species of cetacean, sea turtles, and the endangered dugong, which exists in one of its last strongholds in the Bazaruto Archipelago. We spend time exploring the largest island of the archipelago and snorkelling off its sublime shores, looking out for the extraordinary creatures that habitate these waters.
At the end of the trip we have time to relax on the beaches of Vilanculos, enjoying the sunshine and reflecting on our time in a truly idyllic part of the continent, where the laid-back life on land is balanced by the energy bubbling beneath the waves…