The Magic of Mozambique
6 things that make Mozambique so magical
Stretching along a sunny strip of the Indian Ocean is the nomadic nirvana of Mozambique. This tropical paradise is as picture perfect in real life as it is in travel magazines, but it is so much more than just a luxury travel beach destination, and its real magic lies hidden in experiences that are difficult to capture on camera.
Mozambique experiences a tropical climate and has two distinct seasons — a wet season and a dry season. Although you’re likely to enjoy sunny and warm weather along the coast at most times of year, the best time to visit the country is arguably during the dry season, between May and November, when you can expect pleasantly warm temperatures and blue skies that call for adventures, from horse riding to snorkelling.
Mozambique offers spectacular coastlines and untamed parks with a variety of wildlife, and here are 6 things that make it so magical:
1. The marine life
Head to Ponta do Ouro or the Quirimbas Archipelago if you have dreams of swimming with wild dolphins. Then slowly sink beneath the waves to listen out for the clicks and squeaks of spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. An underwater dance with these magical mammals is sure to make for an experience you won’t soon forget.
And if you head to Praia do Tofo or the Bazaruto Archipelago, you can even swim with manta rays, as well as whale sharks that can reach up to 14 metres in length. You might even be lucky enough to spot a rare dugong, which is often referred to as a ‘sea cow’ and is related to the manatee.
2. The food
The powers of Portuguese, Indian, and African cuisine combined have resulted in making Mozambican food one of the tastiest on the planet. Follow the sound of sizzling beach BBQs or the scent of spices at restaurants, and you can feast on freshly grilled fish, local curry, giant prawns coated in butter, or roasted chicken marinated in piri-piri sauce to your heart’s content. And don’t forget to indulge in the wide variety of tropical fruit available, from papayas and coconuts, to avocados and mangoes. The country is also heaven for cashew nut lovers (in the 1970s, Mozambique was the largest producer of cashews!), and they have a unique, smokey flavour thanks to how they are roasted by fire.
3. The canoe safaris
The Govuro Spring River is a lesser-known inland delta of waterways where you can see birds, such as kingfishers, pygmy geese and eagles, on a canoe safari. Exploring this watery oasis in a canoe makes for a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or a morning.
4. The surf
Thanks to its magnificent swells, Mozambique is known as being one of the best surfing destinations in the world. Barra Beach, Guinjala Bay, Tofinho, Ponta d’Ouro, and Pomene Bay are particularly popular amongst surfers searching for the perfect wave, and, although many people consider June, July and August the best months to surf, the swells are sublime from February to October if you don’t mind onshore winds.
5. The island hopping
One of the best ways to explore the incredible islands of Mozambique is on a dhow safari — be it a day trip, sunset cruise, or a multiple-night honeymoon package.
Let the breeze guide you along ancient trade routes in a traditional dhow (a one- or two-masted Arab sailing vessel that has slanting, triangular sails), while a local fisherman takes you to the sandbanks of the Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelagos, or romantic Ibo Island and Ilha de Mozambique. On an island hopping safari, you can even camp under the stars on a deserted beach; snorkel with turtles, devil rays and reef sharks; and watch spectacular sunsets while drifting on the ocean.
6. The yoga retreats
Many yogis are drawn to the peaceful vibes of Mozambique, and the yoga retreats on offer in tranquil, tropical Tofo are just what is needed to restore the mind, body, and spirit.
If you’re longing to witness the luxurious magic with your own two eyes, the team at Elite Travel Concept would love to show you what makes Mozambique such an extraordinary destination.
Information from this article was gathered from travelstart.co.za