An idyllic stretch of the East African coast between South Africa and Tanzania, Mozambique is the place you dream about for picture postcard beach holidays. Soft white sand, clear warm waters and balmy weather for endless days of lazy beach living. The hardest decision is whether to snorkel or scuba dive, or do even less and spend the day between a hammock in the shade and the lounger beside the pool. Families will love picnics in the dhow and exploring the islands of the beautiful Bazaruto archipelago, perhaps seeing dolphins and whale sharks. The archipelago is conserved within the marine reserve of the Bazaruto National Park, comprising the islands of Santa Carolina, Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque and Bangue and their pristine beauty is ideal for snorkeling and diving for pansy shells.
Visit the local market with a guide to find the freshest fish and cook it over an open fire for that real close to nature beach feel. The small town of Vilanculos is friendly, relaxed (so relaxed that this is where you’ll find out what African time really means!) and easily accessible, a popular centre for eco-tourism and for exploring the area: boat trips, big game fishing, (it’s known for the best marlin fishing in the world), and kite-surfing is just one of the watersports.
But once you’ve buried your toes in the powdery sand of your own stretch of deserted beach, found your perfect shady palm tree and relaxed into the slow rhythm of the Mozambique lifestyle, you may find that all the excitement you need is to hand, with an occasional snorkel to catch up with the colourful tropical fish, a delightful exploration of one of the unspoilt islands and plenty of unstructured time to catch up and reconnect with your family and with yourself in such a beautiful place that your memories will last a lifetime.