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A dhow trip to a deserted sand bar surrounded by the bright blue waters of the Indian Ocean may well by your most memorable moment at Azura Benguerra.

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Island-hop by traditional dhow at Ibo Island Lodge and spend an afternoon on your own sand bar lapped by the cobalt blue Indian Ocean.

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Meet some of the pupils from the Ibo Island Lodge community school - one of the Lodge’s many initiatives to provide opportunities for the local people.

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Discover the crumbling colonial old town of Ibo Island and learn about the island's role in its trade of amber, jet and silver.

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Sunsets at Ibo Island Lodge are often spectacular and always unforgettable, best enjoyed with a chilled glass of South African Chenin Blanc.

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Let Ibo Island Lodge create special memories on your holiday, like a poolside dinner at sunset, with the freshest crab, lobster and paw paw salad.

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Ibo Island Lodge, set within the Quirimbas National Park, is an ornithologist’s paradise, with hundreds of birds flying in to roost at sunset.

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Explore the greenery-clad mangrove swamps and river mouths of the Quirimbas National Park by dhow, kayak or stand up paddle board while staying at Ibo Island Lodge.

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Relax by the pool at Ibo Island Lodge and watch the traditional dhows head out to catch fresh fish, lobster and crab.

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Walk at low tide from Ibo Island Lodge to neighbouring Qurimba island and meet the fishermen who use traditional dhows to catch fresh seafood.

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The stark beauty and undulating sand scrub will enthral you at the all-natural Dunes de Dovela Eco Lodge.

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At Dunes de Dovela Eco Lodge you can enjoy a back-to-nature experience in a luxury bungalow crafted from natural materials with views of the sparkling Indian Ocean.

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Dunes de Dovela Eco Lodge is the place to truly get away from it all. Its landscape is wild and remote, set up above vegetated sand dunes and backed by palm plantations.

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Find inner peace whilst performing yoga on a sand dune in the remarkable scenery of Dunes de Dovela Eco Lodge.

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Flanked by verdant foliage and swaying palms the inland lake near Dunes de Dovela Eco Lodge is ideal for kayaking or simply observing the bird life that congregates at the water’s edge.

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Enjoy African hospitality at its best at the Santorini Mozambique, whilst letting panoramic views of the Indian Ocean wash over you.

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The curved white-washed buildings and azure swimming pool of the Main Villa at the Santorini Mozambique overlook the stunning Bazaruto Archipelago.

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Each suite at the Santorini Mozambique comes with a private terrace - perfect for sunbathing or sea-gazing.

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The Bazaruto Suite within the Main Suite has a beautiful white-on-white decor with natural touches of hessian and bleached wood.

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The Santorini Mozambique at Vilanculos overlooks Kingfisher Bay, a 10km beach ideal for horse safaris and biking.

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Observing the billowing sails of the traditional dhows zig zag across the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean will become a regular pastime at the Santorini Mozambique.

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Watch the evening light cast a pinky glow over mesmerising Kingfisher Bay from your private terrace at the Santorini Mozambique.

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Huge sunny smiles await you from the staff at the Santorini Mozambique!

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A typically gorgeous landscape from the Santorini Mozambique: flamingos inhabit a powder-white sand bar encircled by the bright blue Indian Ocean.

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Alfresco dining at its best: open fires, star-pricked skies and 4-course meals of fresh seafood and home grown vegetables.

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The Villa de Praia at the Santorini Mozambique is an exclusive villa perfect for intimate groups or families with unparalleled views of the Bazaruto archipelago.

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Nkwichi Lodge is an untouched eco-paradise, with eight secluded beaches hidden within the foliage-clad shores of Lake Malawi.

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Just metres from every chalet at Nkwichi Lodge are the gin-clear fresh waters of Africa’s 3rd largest lake: Lake Malawi, perfect for snorkelling.

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Huge granite boulders are scattered along the beach. These boulders are also used to hew vast bathtubs for the chalets at Nkwichi Lodge.

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This is Nkwichi Lodge's star bed, placed on a granite boulder and surrounded by baobab trees: the perfect place to view the most unpolluted skies in the world.

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Nkwichi Lodge supports the organisation of several sporting and cultural events in the Manda Wilderness Community.

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The presidential villa at Azura Benguerra is exceptionally lavish and includes a 16m pool, treehouse and sundeck.

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The beach villas at Azura Benguerra have timber decks and infinity pools with views onto the soft sand and sparkling water of the Indian Ocean.

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Romantic, candle-lit evenings on the beach are just one of many gestures Azura Benguerra can make to ensure your holiday surpasses all others.

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At Azura Benguerra, the two-bedroom Villa Amizade, meaning friendship in Portuguese, comes with a Mozambican butler and 10 metre swimming pool.

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The presidential suite at Azura Benguerra opens straight onto a stretch of powder-soft beach, lapped by the Indian Ocean.

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Take a kayak out at Azura Benguerra and be dazzled by the sparkling cobalt-blue waters of the Bazaruto marine national park.

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Power through the surf at sunset on a specially-designed beach bike at Azura Benguerra.

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Enjoy a slice of culture from local children benefitting from Azura Benguerra's Rainbow Fund, which aims to support social and environmental projects.

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A visit to Azura Benguerra means a chance to contribute to the Rainbow Fund, which recently educated 400 children in its first school.

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Azura Quilalea: the ultimate private island hideaway circled by stunning coral reefs that shimmer like jewels.

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At Azura Quilalea, you can kayak through the lush mangroves spotting the plentiful bird and aquatic life.

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Dinner a deux, surrounded by flickering lanterns and the soundtrack of waves lapping the soft sand: this is Azura Quilalea.

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Villa Quilalea at Azura Quilalea, located on a private cliff top on the island, offers uninterrupted views and access by step ladder to a private beach with immediate off-shore snorkelling.

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Beaches are for picnics: at Azura Quilalea expect champagne, seafood, privacy and an unforgettable sunset.

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White Pearl, located on Mozambique’s southern coast offers a kaleidoscope of underwater colour and a huge range of sea life.

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Scuba divers at White Pearl will be rewarded with a rich biodiversity of marine life and excellent visibility in the Indian Ocean.

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Scuba diving at White Pearl could mean magical sighting of the Loggerhead turtle.

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At White Pearl, submerge the deep blue Indian Ocean and get up close to one of the the sea world’s most magnificent creatures: the Loggerhead Turtle.

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Explore swim throughs, caves and fascinating coral gardens whilst diving the clear blue waters at White Pearl.

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Diving at White Pearl is a dream for avid underwater photographers, with macro opportunities at every turn, like this perfect composition of clownfish, anemone and anemone crab.

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Say hello to a Moray eel in the richly abundant waters of White Pearl, where you can scuba dive straight from the beach.

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Come face to face with colourful tropical reef fish at Ampersand's favourite dive spot, White Pearl.

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At White Pearl, you can swim with pods of playful dolphins and watch as they frolic around you.

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These shimmering shallows are like something out of a dream... White Pearl's sheltered bay is home to a myriad of sea creatures from migrating humpback whales and endangered turtles to friendly resident dolphins.

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White Pearl is located on 2km of pristine beach, backed by untouched tracts of bush, 100 kms south of Maputo.

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Every single suite at White Pearl resort has a private plunge pool with a spectacular ocean-facing deck.

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Coral Lodge, located on the tip of a peninsula, affords a great vantage point of the translucent blue seascapes and the emarald lagoon.

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Take a luxury sunset cruise aboard a traditional dhow and allow the staff of Coral Lodge to serve you ice cold champagne and just-caught seafood.

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Explore the estuaries by canoe from Coral Lodge and marvel at the clearer-than-clear waters. At high tide discover mangrove crabs and the varied birdlife that inhabit this area.

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Let Coral Lodge arrange a luxurious lunch picnic for you on a pristine sand bar, where you can gaze at the mesmerising view of sea, sand and sky.

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Machangulo Beach Lodge has 17 rustic-luxe villas set within the enchanting forest dunes connected by wooden walkways that lead you onto the stunning beach.

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The reefs off the coast of Machangulo Beach Lodge are filled with a dazzling array of tropical fish, dolphins and pretty coral gardens plus 17th century Portuguese wrecks for the adventurou diver to explore.

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Visit the tiny village of Santa Maria, set behind Machangulo Beach Lodge, and soak up the authentic and untouristy atmosphere at this local food market.

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Machangulo Beach Lodge is set amongst the golden sand dunes and verdant scrub of the secluded Machangulo Peninsula, just 45 minutes by speedboat from Maputo.

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Wildlife thrives in the dunes forests around Machangulo Beach Lodge, you may be lucky enough to spot a Vervet monkey.

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Be at one with the forest greens, aquamarine blues and bright whites of the stunning vistas around Machangulo Beach Lodge.

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Machangulo Beach Lodge is on the mainland of Mozambique on the channel overlooking Inhaca Island, but extremely inaccessible by road, which gives it the feel of an island escape

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Find solace amongst the ruggedly beautiful dune forests at Machangulo Beach Lodge - look out for birdlife including the Great White Pelican and African Fish Eagle.

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Spot Pied Kingfishers at Machangulo Beach Lodge and admire the largest bird able to hover.

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Anantara Bazaruto: the only resort on Bazaruto Island, the turquoise gem of the Bazaruto Archipelago.

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The beautifully designed Anantara Bazaruto is elegant and smart, and makes the most of its jaw-dropping location. Activities are endless, try horse riding on the beach at sunset.

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Bazaruto Island has some of the best diving in the world and here at Anantara Bazaruto you can dive with rays, whales, turtles and dugongs.

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Dune boarding at Anantara Bazaruto is a must, not just for the thrill but also the opportunity to spend time amongst the lofty sand giants that overlook the Bazaruto Archipelago.

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You’ll never tire of this mind-expanding paradise island view, whilst you experience absolute luxury at Anantara Bazaruto.


Discover Luxury Mozambique Holidays

Mozambique: a yet-to-be-discovered hidden gem!

Mozambique beckons visitors with its ravishing coastline, buzzy Afro-Portuguese vibe, fascinating tradition and richly infused culture. The main coastline and remote archipelagos offer coral reefs, rainbow-coloured fish, graceful dhows and powder-white beaches. For over 400 years, the Portuguese colonised Mozambique, leaving a captivating legacy of colonial-style architecture and a flamboyant culture rich in tradition and history. Visitors cannot help but be charmed by the liveliness and exuberance of this beguiling and exotic nation. 

Mozambique borders Tanzania to the north, South Africa to the south and Zimbabwe and Zambia to the west. The east of the country is flanked by the Indian Ocean which boasts some of the most delectable beaches on the earth. Since the mid-1990s, Mozambique has seen a complete transformation and has blossomed into one of the fastest growing economies in Africa with tourism benefitting enormously. It is now a peaceful nation, easily accessible from South Africa with regular scheduled flights from Johannesburg to the capital, Maputo, or for those already on safari, a quick hop from Kruger National Park in South Africa. This truly remarkable country ticks all the boxes for honeymooners, divers, beach-lovers or for the world-weary seeking a heavenly escape from the rat race. 

With 620 miles of pristine coastline, Mozambique is Africa’s prime beach spot. These ravishing beaches are dotted with historical seaside forts, colonial-era architecture and towns steeped in history, still bearing their Portuguese names. The waters between Mozambique and Madagascar are scattered with enchanting archipelagos which are the setting for a small number of top notch lodges offering their guests ‘Crusoe-chic’ accommodation made from locally sourced materials and with creature comforts that are on a par with some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. 

We have handpicked a selection of our favourite lodges across Mozambique, focusing on the coastline in the south, the tranquil and unspoilt Archipelagos of Bazaruto and Quirimbas and the regions of Nampula and Pemba in the north-east of the country. While it may be on your agenda to just sit back and soak up your own private paradise, for those after something a little more active, there are a host of other things to do including scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, historical and cultural tours.

Our suggested tours in Mozambique

Sublime Island-Hopping in the Quirimbas Archipelago

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8 days from £5,125 for 2024

This exotic island-hopping experience is, in our view, the ultimate way to experience Mozambique’s pristine and unspoilt Quirimbas Archipelago in...

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Best-of-the-Best Mozambique at Santorini & Benguerra

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8 days from £4,880 for 2024

This super stylish Mozambique beach holiday combines the beautiful Santorini Mozambbique and Azura Benguerra. The holiday begins with an international...

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Beach Bliss on the Magical Island of Benguerra

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8 days from £3,150 for 2024

This romantic and idyllic beach holiday works perfectly in combination with a safari or on its own for those wanting...

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Cultural Mozambique – A Historical Journey in the Footsteps of Vasco da Gama

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8 days from £3,350 for 2024

This fascinating holiday takes you on a journey into the historical world heritage site of Ilha de Mozambique in the...

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Beach, Wildlife & Waterfalls - An epic holiday to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia & Mozambique

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16 days from £11,500 for 2024

If you have time on your hands and are seeking an unforgettable African adventure which leaves no stone unturned, look...

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An African Extravaganza: Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe & Mozambique

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22 days from £15,000 for 2024

This once-in-a-lifetime holiday is a celebration of Africa’s most prized hotspots. A sweeping journey from the highest dunes in Africa...

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Some of our favourite hotels in Mozambique

Anantara Bazaruto ,
Bazaruto Archipelago

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Anantara Bazaruto is the only resort on idyllic Bazaruto Island on Mozambique’s turquoise Bazaruto Archipelago, one of the largest conservation...

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Coral Lodge ,
Ilha De Mozambique

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Coral Lodge 15:41 is a magical place located in Northern Mozambique on the tip of a peninsula set between soft...

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Dunes de Dovela Eco Lodge ,

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Situated 80 km South of Inhambane, Dunes de Dovela Eco Lodge offers a barefoot experience on the wild and beautiful...

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Nkwichi Lodge ,
Lake Niassa

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Nkwichi Lodge is a small and very special eco lodge secluded within the Manda Wilderness Conservation Area on the Mozambique...

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Azura Quilalea Private Island ,
Quirimbas Archipelago

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The last word in cool castaway chic, Azura Quilalea is one of the loveliest lodges in Mozambique and promises a...

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Machangulo Beach Lodge ,
Southern Mozambique

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Nestled between the Indian Ocean, golden sandy beaches and the enchanting forest dunes of the secluded Machangulo Peninsula, the boutique...

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Some of our favourite places of interest in Mozambique

Lake Niassa

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Lake Niassa is the Mozambique shoreline of Lake Malawi (same lake, different name!) located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. It...

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Quirimbas Archipelago

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The Quirimbas Archipelago is rapidly becoming one of Africa’s hottest beach destinations. Seclusion, a laid back rhythm of life, a rich...

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Ilha De Mozambique

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The vibrant and truly unique Ilha de Mozambique (Mozambique Island) is an island in the Nampula Province in Northern Mozambique with...

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Bazaruto Archipelago

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The Bazaruto Archipelago beckons with its azure waters, powder white beaches bountiful marine life and dreamy accommodation. Tucked away, little...

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Vilanculos is a small, vibrant, coastal town 700 kilometres from the Mozambique capital, Maputo. It boasts a new international airport...

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Southern Mozambique

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The Southern Mozambique coastline, from Ponta d’Ouro, with its pounding surf and windswept dunes to the shallow coastal lakes, serene...

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