From the sleepy town of Vilanculos, take a helicopter flight to the Bazaruto Archipelago; undoubtedly the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean.’ This protected national park is blessed with a huge diversity of marine and terrestrial habitats. Imagine immaculate beaches, sand dunes, mangrove forests and vibrant coral reefs.
One of five islands, Benguerra is a barefoot luxury with turquoise waters boasting colourful fish, playful dolphins and different turtle species. Ride horseback along the island’s winding tracks before reaching its shoreline for a chance to swim with the horses. From your luxury accommodation, take a speedboat from one island to the next, pausing at the deserted Paradise Island to explore Hotel Santa Carolina’s ruins. Observe the magical underwater life by snorkelling or scuba diving, encountering seagrass-eating dugong alongside top conservationists and learn about the threats faced by these elusive creatures before enjoying a picnic on the delightfully quiet beach. As Bazaruto offers some of the best big game fishing in the Indian Ocean, reef and bill mainly, this exciting sport is a must-try!
For the nature-enthusiasts and experienced travellers amongst you, Gorongosa National Park is a biodiversity hotspot hosting a variety of ecosystems. With new plant and animal species being discovered and populations of elephant, lion and zebra rising, the park’s ambitious restoration project is a conservation success. As well as traditional game drives, you can canoe along the Pungue River floating past sandy beaches, riverside forest and fantastic birdlife. Join a relaxing boat safari to explore Lake Urema which is home to enormous crocodiles and a flourishing hippo population. Both are wonderfully peaceful experiences, with brilliant photographic opportunities.