Trade in the sounds of a beeping phone for the chirp of birds and lapping of waves in paradise. If that sounds appealing as, the prospect of beach and bush in Mozambique as a holiday combination may just be enough to get you through the other side of that well deserved break.
In Mozambique, location is everything. A holiday here offers the best of both ‘beach’ and ‘bush’, which is especially ideal for those indecisive holidaymakers looking to make the most of their time within Southern Africa.
Escape the concrete jungle, pack your best pair of flip flops and take a look at our top 3 beach and bush combos in Mozambique:
Gorongosa and the Quirimbas
Why you’ll love it: This experience combining beach and bush in Mozambique is ideal for those that want to explore two very diverse environments. Wildlife photography enthusiasts will love Gorongosa, especially if you have already ticked the Kruger off of your list.
Over recent years, Gorongosa National Park has successfully been restored as a wildlife hotspot. Noted as a model for future conservation in David Attenborough’s BBC series, Africa, its forests and savannahs are home to lions, hippos and elephants, as well as a variety of antelope species and birds. Take your pick from villa or bungalow accommodation at Girassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari from where you can head out on bush walks and game drives to experience this national wildlife wonderland.
Combine a visit here with some time at Ibo Island Lodge which is situated in the Quirimbas Archipelago. Found just off the Northern coast of Mozambique, it is well-known for its coral reefs and waters inhabited by dolphins, whales and endangered dugongs. Here, you can go swimming, fishing, snorkeling, SUPing, kayaking or tubing as you soak up the sun along the island’s pristine beaches. If you’re up for a bit of scuba, some of the best Quirimbas dive sites are conveniently located near to Ibo Lodge.
The Kruger and Bazaruto
Why you’ll love it: Combining two countries, this combo is great for those looking for some variety but also to strike the right balance between safari activities and beach-time relaxation. If you’re travelling as a family, Dana Tours can help you help customise and adapt your itinerary.
If your heart is set on witnessing the Big 5, the Kruger National Park in South Africa is conveniently located a stone’s throw from Mozambique. Venture out from Plain’s Camp on morning and evening game tracking a variety of animals. Then, step right into nature at Rhino Post where you can trek out on immersive safari walks led by armed tracker-guides.
From the Kruger, it’s off to Bazaruto Island in Mozambique, to wash off that safari dust. Kick back at the beach while staying at the elegant Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa. Spend some time at the wellness sanctuary for a relaxing massage then head out on a hobiecat sunset cruise with sundowners served crisp and cold. For an added dose of water-based adventure, how about a snorkelling trip to Neptune’s Nursery?
Why you’ll love it: If you are looking for an added dose of romance, then you have found it. This experience combining beach and bush in Mozambique is the perfect holiday for couples and honeymooners looking for some quality time together within nature.
Anvil Bay is a private and exclusive eco-friendly barefoot beach camp. It is situated in Maputo Special Reserve in Southern Mozambique and is made up of lakes, wetlands, forests, grasslands, mangroves and pristine coastline. It is also home to one of the last remaining coastal herds of elephant.
Expect to wake up surrounded by coastal forest. The casinhas (little homes) are crafted from natural materials and are perch on stilted wooden decks which are only a just few steps away from the beachfront. Get the most of the beach bar lounge and restaurant, then head out to explore the dune forest trails where you can catch a glimpse of some of the resident hippos, as well as a variety of birds (around 350 to be exact). In the evenings, you can bask in the ambience of the camp fire, underneath a blanket of stars.