Pemba the Gateway to the Quirimbas

Ulala Lodge pemba

For special Mozambique holidays you will never forget, head to Pemba, a port in the north where fishing boats sail in and out, and the gateway to the renowned Quirimbas Archipelago. This is a pretty base from which tourists love to explore northern Mozambique – it is also a picturesque town which offers some of the best diving, snorkelling and fishing in Africa!

In this capital of Cabo Delgado Province, there are sufficient basic facilities, plates of delicious seafood and the serene Wimbe Beach which is frequented by travellers moving between the Quirimbas Archipelago and other delightful Mozambique destinations. Mozambique Specials  promises unique Pemba holidays for everyone online. Beach resorts and water sports, honeymoons and family fun. We promise you the best package deals in Africa!

Travelling to Pemba

It is easy to get to Pemba as flights land daily at Pemba Airport from Mozambique centres, Johannesburg and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania). From here, you can take a helicopter, a light aircraft or a boat to the islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago. You can also visit Niassa Wildlife Reserve where a pristine wildlife wilderness awaits you – spend days roaming the vast, untouched vistas which stretch into the horizon towards Tanzania. Read more about Niassa Wildlife Reserve right here.

Travel during the dry season when your days are less humid – May to November and  remember to take waterproof bags for boat transfers and water sports, and to keep bags light. Pack beach gear, flat shoes, cool clothing and snorkelling gear, some basic medical supplies plus your malaria medication, just in case. Camera, hats, sun cream, rain coat and sunglasses. That’s it!

Visitors flock to this stretch of paradise with the locals wishing you bemvindos (welcome back). Pemba is the perfect port city to lay your hat this holiday, with the offer of first class accommodation and pampering. You’ll be spoilt for choice, from simple, rustic settings right on the beach, such as Pemba Dive and Bush Camp, to the ultimate luxury of retreats such as Chuiba Bay Hotel and Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa. Establishments in Pemba offer quality facilities such as air conditioning, satellite TV and mini bars – with even the more rustic alternatives offering internet cafes and laundry rooms.

Luxury holiday facilities

Restaurants are key features of all establishments and offer an amazing array of fresh seafood as well as traditional island fare that will have you longing for the lunch and dinner ‘bell’ all day every day. Without a doubt, once you check in, it will be difficult to check out.

Pemba is a picturesque Mozambique holiday destination and a wonderful place to start a Mozambique special package deal! It is also the world’s third largest port. Explore the home of the clove and discover an economy that is still more dependent on agriculture than tourism. However, the island offers comfortable Mozambique accommodation ranging from luxury lodges and hotels to more rustic cabins and self-catering establishments.

Pemba

Pemba is a renowned and world class Mozambique diving destination with opportunities to dive the Quirimbas Archipelago and see its incredible coral reefs and myriad fish species. Spectacular deep water drop-offs from the island’s hilly landscape mean will draw divers back again and again. Diving in the Quirimbas – read more about it here.

Fishing in the Quirimbas Archipelago from Pemba is very rewarding while snorkelers can also explore the coral reefs and many colourful fish. Prolific water sports mean days out in the sun and island trips are a boat ride or short plane spin away.

 

Chuiba Bay Lodge

A few kilometres from Pemba in north east Mozambique lies Chuiba Bay Lodge, settled on miles of white beaches and surrounded by 10 hectares of untouched natural vegetation. This romantic eco holiday venue is the ultimate place to stay for honeymoons and families alike.

Find six luxury bungalows offering elegant Mozambique accommodation with lovely patios and roomy lounges embracing beautiful gardens. They also boast air-conditioning, ceiling fans, satellite TV and DVD,  personal mini bars and Wi-Fi. Earthy brick and makuti reed finishes blend into the vegetation offering refuge for visitors escaping the rat race.

Chiuba Bay Lodge- Pemba

Two swimming pools and a gym keep guests busy while the natural jaccuzi and Talassa Spa maintain the relaxing atmosphere which is at the heart of Chuiba Bay Lodge. Try scuba diving the endless coral reefs, deep sea fishing for game fish, snorkelling and swimming.

For a true Mozambican cultural experience, watch the Macua woman and children of the Chuiba Village collect clams and mussels for their daily curry.  See how the local men bring ashore fresh fish and seafood and how skilful Makonde masters create world famous ebony sculptures or perform traditional rituals and dances. Lodge link here.

 

Ulala Eco Lodge

Your special Mozambique holiday can start at Murrebue beach, one of the most beautiful seashores in Mozambique, and the ideal venue for the intimate Ulala Eco Lodge, cosy and exclusive.

Your holiday package will mean staying in comfy accommodation in six charming rooms in four bungalows, all with views over the Indian Ocean. Families and couples are enticed to relax and enjoy. Some chalets are built on stilts two meters high close to the beach with shady terraces while others feature large rooms and concealed bathrooms. All rooms are constructed from local materials – coconut palm leaves, bamboo, teak decks and red sand.

A true eco lodge, Ulala uses solar panels and wind turbines for energy while water is recycled for septic tanks and irrigation. Yet luxuries are still found in the cosy bar/restaurant on the beach where free internet access and delicious Mozambique seafood keep diners happy.

Ulala Lodge - Pemba

Most of the fresh produce is sourced from local markets while fish comes from the fishermen’s daily catches. Ulala Eco Lodge believes in supporting the local community and many of the staff are locally sourced.

Your Mozambique holiday on Murrebue beach is based on snorkelling in the rich coral reefs and seeing a huge range of fantastic marine animals. Make sure you take a slow 90 minute stroll around the lake. Kite surfing is an adventure sport ideal for the wind conditions at Murrebue! View Ulala Lodge Here.

 

Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa

The glorious Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa is a chic accommodation venue in Pemba which is located on a private estate and takes full advantage of both the African bush and the Indian Ocean sea views.

One of the most upmarket resorts in Pemba, this hotel and spa offers 102 elegant rooms with en-suite marble bathrooms, tasteful Arabian decor, satellite TV and Persian rugs. Balconies look out over the sea towards the Quirimbas Archipelago – stroll around the 176 acres of natural bush enjoying the plants then head to the tidal pools at low tide and snorkel for hours when it comes in.

Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa is a great Mozambique holiday venue for families and couples – swim in the sea or spend time at the glorious infinity pool before heading off for a pampering spa treatment.

Pemba Beach Hotel pool deck

Choose from two bars and a comfortable lounge for drinks and snacks before sampling five star gourmet foods. Mozambique seafood is served in a Surf ‘n Turf style – try venison and lobster, tuna, marlin, prawns and crab. Seafood is bought fresh from fishermen on the beach as they pull in their catch of the day! Add to that fresh tropical fruit and daily baked breads…

Water sports are in at Pemba Beach Hotel – windsurfing, knee boarding, wake boarding and sailing are a few of the activities on offer. A walk around Pemba town will reveal traditional markets, fantastic restaurants and bars. Mozambique Specials will ensure you choose the right package for your budget and needs.

Why wait? Choose Pemba as your next Mozambique holiday destination where the world is your oyster. From this veritable paradise, you can explore the Quirimbas Archipelago, the Mozambique wildlife and safari lodges and more! Enquire here now.

Best Accommodation in Mozambique

Boat at Bilene

Do you ever wonder what the secret really is to Mozambique being on the top list of the world’s premier holiday destinations? Well, the answer is simple really. The country has a perfect combination of fantastic tropical weather and a splendid coastline with the most beautiful beaches! Many holidaymakers flock to this country to experience utter relaxation and exhilarating water sports on these fine beaches and many property owners are capitalizing on this by providing the best possible accommodation in Mozambique.

With so many choices in holiday accommodation in Mozambique, finding one for your dream holiday can be a daunting task. You need to seek help from the professionals in holiday packages to get the right deal and the perfect beach resort that offers exactly what you are looking for at the best price possible. That’s where we step in. As the leading name in Mozambique travel, we have access to world-class beach and island hotels and resorts plus a team of expert advisers who are more than ready to help you find your ideal package to your destination of choice.

Barra Beach Club
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Castelo do Mar

Perhaps you want a holiday that incorporates a stay in the capital city Maputo? All you need to do is book one of our best-priced package and deals on Maputo hotels and you’ll find yourself enjoying world-class hospitality in the finest accommodation in Mozambique. Location is everything, which is why our collection of hotels in Maputo are conveniently placed within easy access to the city’s main attractions. With so many options, all kinds of budgets are well catered for. A vacation here can see you exploring the city’s streets and its intriguing historical buildings that reflect the many years of Portuguese influence. While in Maputo, make sure to visit the nearby Maputo Elephant Park where you will be treated to some wonderful encounters with wildlife in their habitat.

The Inhambane Coast with its magnificent sandy beaches is also worth a visit. Home to many exclusive beach resorts and hotels, you can be sure to find one that suits your pocket. Here, you will lose yourself to the relaxed and laidback ambiance of a magical place so far from home. Other places you might want to consider visiting include Ponta do Ouro, Pemba, Vilanculos and the historic island of Ilha de Mozambique, all offering excellent accommodation in Mozambique. These interesting places make for great additions to an itinerary, with most special packages including a stay in the Bazaruto or Quirimbas.

 Both the Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelagos offer perhaps the crème de la crème of Mozambique accommodation – from the superbly exclusive private villa resort of Azura Quilalea and the luxurious Ibo Island Lodge to the exquisite Anantara Bazaruto and the affordable yet stylish Benguerra Lodge. These beach resorts and hotels afford you a chance to enjoy a slice of island paradise far removed from the crowds.

Let us help you plan your holidays and you won’t regret it. Just let us know what you need and our friendly team will help you book that holiday you’ve always wanted. Contact us today!

Exotic Bazaruto Island

Palms at Bazaruto

If you are looking for a great location for family holidays and honeymoons, then you should consider Mozambique. Exotic and beautiful, with a prime location on the south east coast of Africa, this country is a treasure trove of holiday opportunities. You are spoilt for choice with so many exciting destinations to choose from, but if you are looking for the ultimate beach experience, then Bazaruto Island, the largest of the five islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago, comes highly recommended.

As leading experts in holiday packages to Mozambique, we have access to all the fine beach resorts, lodges and hotels in the country, and Bazaruto Island is no exception. Let us help you plan your holiday of a lifetime and we will give you access to fantastic rates and prices on all your holidays to this little slice of paradise. Spend your days of leisure sprawled on pristine soft sandy beaches, absorbing the sun and enjoying the soporific ambience of island life or head out into the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean to explore the rich corals and discover the aquatic creatures that are found there.

Anantara Bazaruto Resort and Spa
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Dhow

You too can experience this with our Bazaruto island holiday packages and special offers that offer great value for your money. The island is host to some of the finest beach resorts in the country and if you choose Anantara Bazaruto for your family vacation, then you’ve chosen well. With 44 aesthetically furnished villas ranging from Beach Villas to the more sumptuous Anantara Pool Villa, different kinds of budgets are well catered for. There is a wonderful kids’ club that offers some fun activities for children, allowing you to make the most of your holiday. For a more affordable option, Pestana Bazaruto Lodge is for you. This luxury Mozambique holiday accommodation has a superb setting on the beachfront and offers great facilities for the discerning guests.

Whether you are looking for travel package deals that offer a mix of island life and mainland city dwelling, or perhaps a bush and beach experience, we will find you the right itinerary of your dreams. We have been in the business of selling Mozambique holidays for 20 years and know which places to go to get the best experience possible. And at Bazaruto Island, you will be spoilt for choice with the myriad of activities you can get up to. Because it is situated within the Bazaruto Marine National Park, the largest marine park in Africa, and one of the most significant in the world, you can expect phenomenal diving and snorkelling. This region is renowned for its pristine coral reefs and an eclectic marine species, including the rare and fascinating dugong.

So book this top Mozambique island holiday destination with the experts for massive savings on accommodation. Our team of friendly consultants have travelled to Bazaruto Island and have a whole stack of ideas and options for your holiday needs. They will also help you tailor your packages according to your specific requirements. Contact us to make your bookings today.

Quirimbas Archipelago Holiday

Vamizi

Are you looking for the perfect location to celebrate your anniversary or an ideal destination for Mozambique honeymoons? Well, your search stops here. We are Mozambique’s top tour operator with the best rates and service for all holiday packages in Mozambique. Our team of knowledgeable advisers is always ready to help you pick the best package for your holiday requirements.

Escape the crowds in Zanzibar and Mauritius with a holiday in the beautiful Quirimbas Islands. The most remote and exclusive of Mozambique’s glorious holiday islands, this spectacular holiday destination features striking island resorts, beach lodges and hotels that offer luxury and comfort that are second to none. Enjoy the best of Quirimbas holiday accommodation at Ibo Island Lodge, where you can experience culture and the slow-paced tempo of island living. You can spend your holiday doing as little or as much as you like on Vamizi Private Island, enjoying the many exhilarating activities available on and around the island. You can also own your own piece of paradise by booking Anantara Medjumbe exclusively for sole use.

The Quirimbas are renowned for their pristine coral reefs and rich marine life, offering some phenomenal opportunities for diving and snorkelling in its warm, crystal clear waters. Book one of our resort and hotel package deals to this idyllic place and enjoy total escapism in one of the most magnificent places on earth. With plenty to offer the discerning tourist, Ibo Island Lodge has designed a uniquely wonderful way to explore this breathtaking string of islands – the Mobile Island Dhow Hopping Safari! Take advantage of our packages that include this exciting adventure expedition to experience this region in all its glory.

As the top performing operator in Mozambique, we offer affordable rates on Quirimba holiday accommodation packages. We have been in the business of selling holiday packages for over 20 years and know Mozambique quite extensively. We are more than happy to tell you all you need to know about the Quirimbas Archipelago – Ibo, Quilalea, Vamizi and Medjumbe. Let us arrange a special package deal that will incorporate a unique itinerary that allows you to get the best out of your vacation in Mozambique. Our team of friendly consultants, who have been to the destinations we sell, are more than happy to assist you with planning your dream holiday. You too deserve a break in a tropical paradise, so why not get in touch with us today to book your holiday of a lifetime?

4 Reasons To Visit Ponta Do Ouro

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A Mozambique holiday to Ponta do Ouro is certainly a trip you’ll remember for many years to come. This popular seaside town offers excellent watersports, luxury resorts and a variety of exciting attractions.

Located in the far south of Mozambique, almost on the South African border, Ponta do Ouro attracts tourists from far and wide. Here are a few reasons why the town could be your ideal holiday destination.

Ponta do Ouro
Dolphins at Ponta do Ouro
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  1. Swim with dolphins

Swimming with dolphins is an activity on many people’s bucket list! Well, Ponta do Ouro is a great place to fulfil this wish. Before you dive straight in, you can learn more about conservation efforts in the area, as well as an introduction to these fascinating marine animals and their habitats.

  1. Bar crawl

If you’re more interested in experimenting with Mozambique’s extensive collection of local beers and spirits, you won’t want to miss out on the many bars available. Fernando’s Bar is very popular, but there are a number of other popular watering holes within walking distance of one another.

  1. Diving

Ponta do Ouro is extremely popular among divers, with numerous diving centres in the area offering activities to people of all skill levels. Ponta’s beautifully clear aqua waters mean you can spot whales, turtles and a variety of indigenous fish, including sharks!

  1. Quad biking

For a more adrenaline-packed experience, quad biking is widely available. Whether you prefer overcoming huge sand dunes or navigating luscious beach forests, there are many different quad bike trails from which to choose.

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Why a Mozambique Gourmet Holiday is in order

Dining in Mozambique

There are many reasons why you should have a gourmet holiday in Mozambique. The biggest reasons relate to food and eating but other reasons relate to the lifestyle, the water sports, the sublime accommodation on dazzling white beaches where crystal clear ocean waves beckon. Your gourmet holiday includes picture perfect sunsets, romantic strolls along deserted beaches and time to discover the meaning of life.

Eating Traditional Food is Delightful

Let’s start with eating food in Mozambique – so much part of the cultural experience. The fine weather is conducive to fresh food so wherever you go, there is ample choice of fresh produce, seafood, fish, nuts and more. The Mozambicans like their Portuguese heritage when it comes to eating – a diet rich in healthy oils, spices and vitamins. Tuck into tasty prawns, Matapa, Pao, Peri Peri Chicken, Prego rolls, cashew nuts, fish and tropical fruits.

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Matapa and Pao

Find Matapa in all the local centres, from Maputo up to Pemba – a delightful stew created from cassava leaves, ground peanuts, garlic and coconut milk, eaten with prawns or rice. Eat Pao for breakfast, freshly baked white bread rolls in wood-fired ovens smothered with butter. And the Peri Peri Chicken is marinated in garlic and lemon juice then peri-peri sauce and eaten with cooked chips. Yum! What are you waiting for?

Mouth-watering Memories

When you go and holiday in Mozambique on the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago or the Quirimbas Archipelago, you find gourmet cuisine based on Portuguese, Mozambican and international ingredients. Some of the best memories of meals will be those you enjoy outdoors, either on the beach with expensive champagne, or sitting alone on your villa deck as the sun sets. Freshly grilled seafood and fish tastes so much better eaten in tune with the elements, don’t you think?

Casa Rex Culinary Adventure

Why not stay at the luxury Casa Rex Boutique Hotel in Vilanculos and organise an island hopping excursion to the Bazaruto Archipelago, to experience a culinary adventure?  Leaving the comfort of your suite and discovering the life of local villages is refreshing and educational.  Your traditional dhow will sail you to Magaruque for a day of snorkelling, walking, chilling and regal picnicking. Local Mozambican guides will sail you there on a dhow, start your lunch fire and serve you the tastiest grilled seafood, pao and tea you have ever tasted.

Dining at Casa Rex
Benguerra Island Food

Vanilla View Self-Catering

Another unique way to have a gourmet holiday in Mozambique is to holiday at the comfy Vanilla View Guest House on the outskirts of Tofo where mangrove swamps beckon and the views are indescribable. Sip drinks on your private deck or join other guests in the infinity pool to cool down and dine in the boma while the sun sets.

Barbeques at Sunset

Buy your own fresh produce and cook it outside, just Wlike the Mozambicans do. Throw a lobster on the grill in the large barbeque area and visit the fresh market again the next day. Offering bed and breakfast or self-catering, this Mozambique beach resort is the ideal honeymoon destination. Three luxurious rooms offer exclusion and peace with king size beds, private open air showers and a sunken bath. Tuck into a breakfast of gourmet fruits and pao then hit the beach for swims and walks.

Azura Benguerra Fine Dining

And if you want to be pampered, then the Islands are your destination of choice. Benguerra Island is the second biggest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago yet offers the biggest taste sensations when it comes to fine cooking. Make room for the fresh seafood and Portuguese dishes where traditional local ingredients are used with help of local villagers. Your pro chef at Azura Benguerra Island Lodge creates mouth-watering meals for all guests who appreciate the finer things in life. Choose complimentary wines from the extensive wine cellar on site.

Mozambique Vacations

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Endless white beaches, swaying green palm trees, balmy tropical climate, azure soft blue waves, endless coastline – Mozambique has it all. Add to this world-class diving and fishing, snorkelling, kite surfing, fine dining and awesome wildlife safaris and you have a holiday in heaven.

Why don’t you take on a Mozambique safari and experience for yourself the 2 500 km (1 553 miles) of picturesque coastline, bordered on the Indian Ocean by extensive coral reefs and an underwater spectacle hard to match, and inland by amazing game reserves and wilderness areas that must be seen.

The ideal beach resort and honeymoon destination, Mozambique is located on the south eastern coast of Africa and is bordered by Tanzania to the North, South Africa and Swaziland to the South, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi to the northwest. It boasts one of the longest, most scenic coastlines in Africa and some of the best beach and island accommodation in the world.

You need to get those walking shoes on if you want to see the nature parks, the towns, the islands, the beaches, the mountains and the beautiful forests of Mozambique when on honeymoon. Don’t forget that Mozambique is also famous for its splendid, remote game reserves where herds of wild animals and pristine ecosystems await your arrival.

A vacation spent in Mozambique’s most renowned marine National Park – the Bazaruto Archipelago – is a vacation spent in a marine paradise where divers and snorkelers play all day. Inland, the world class game reserves are slowly being restocked with wildlife and their habitats rehabilitated.

Here, you will find the Maputo Elephant Reserve in the south, close to Maputo and Tembe National Park, on the border of South Africa and part of the Mozambique/South Africa Transfrontier Park – an international destination of biodiversity. Retreats for large herds of elephants and white rhino – and holiday bliss!

Other Mozambique parks due to be incorporated into the Transfrontier Park include the Bazaruto National Park, Maputo Elephant Reserve, Parque Nacional da Gorongoza, Quirimbas National Park to the West, and Zambia and Malawi to the northwest.

Mozambique Accommodation

We offer an infinite array of magnificent Mozambique accommodation options which include a variety of private islands, beach resorts, hotels, lodges, and beach/bush safaris to suit all tastes and budgets. The team at MozambiqueTravel.com will build your holiday around your exact needs with expert up-to-date Mozambique accommodation knowledge. Make your vacation enquiry today.

Mozambique Island Resorts

Bazaruto Island Lodge Beach Resort

The African continent is home to a great many very impressive holiday destinations. With a rich and varied landscape covering everything from desert to mountain it is also a place of great wonder, but some of the best of all Mozambique holidays can be found not on the mainland, but out in the Indian Ocean. Mozambique includes two main island chains – the Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelagos – and each is home to Mozambique island resorts that are simply as beautiful as it gets. With a choice of beach resorts & lodges, you can find something to fit all budgets.

It must be said that when it comes to beach holidays Mozambique offers perhaps the finest choice in Africa; with some superb packages on Mozambique island resorts the chance for a family holiday, romantic break or even a mozambique honeymoon special has come within reach of everyone, and this is a place that is very special indeed. From the stunning private island resort of Quilalea, to the wonderfully friendly and great value Bazaruto Island Lodge there is plenty to choose from, and you may be surprised at how affordable a holiday in a genuine tropical island paradise can be.

Benguerra Island, in the Bazaruto Archipelago, is a wonderfully evocative place, and Benguerra Lodge was the very first to be established on the islands, paving the way for the popularity of Mozambique as it is today. With excellent facilities and a range of activities to take part in – diving and snorkelling are particularly recommended around these islands – plus the relaxing beaches and excellent accommodation, this popular example of Mozambique island resorts is the perfect choice for a family holiday in an exotic and wonderful place that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

The Quirimbas Islands are considered more remote and exclusive than the Bazaruto Islands, yet also offer many fine opportunities for superb Mozambique island resorts and holiday destinations. Medjumbe is one of the finest beach resorts on the islands, and offer the perfect choice of luxurious accommodation and the opportunity to explore the coral reefs off the islands that are home to some exotic and amazing marine life. With fine restaurants on the islands, many serving the speciality local seafood dishes that the area is famous for, you have a choice of self catering in your accommodation or eating out in a friendly and welcoming place where the locals will be more than happy to accommodate you.

With so many Mozambique island resorts to choose from you can rely on us, the acknowledged experts in Mozambique holidays and travel, to find the best deal for you, and with special packages available in many resorts you can find a luxury Mozambique holiday at a great price. Our friendly and expert team are specialists in beach holidays to Mozambique, and will endeavour to find you the right accommodation in the right place. With our knowledge and reputation, you can be assured of the very best service, so get in touch now and we will help you book that dream family holiday you have always wished for.

Top 3 Mozambique Easter Holiday Destinations

Massinga Beach Accommodation

I recently discovered that Páscoa means Easter in Portuguese. I thought this would be worth knowing if you are thinking of celebrating your Easter holiday in Mozambique this year. But I guess that what most visitors want to know is where to stay this Easter and how much will it cost them?Take it from me – if I could choose an Easter holiday destination in Mozambique I would choose one of these three superb beach destinations: Massinga Beach Resort, Azura Benguerra Lodge or Machangulo Beach Lodge.

Easter in Mozambique is popular so you need to book early – in fact, you should book your holiday package as much as a year ahead of your holiday! I have hand-picked these destinations because a) they are all easy to get to, and b) they all offer a unique experience which promises quality relaxation away from the buzz of the start of the year. Think service and accommodation, supreme settings in nature and you are halfway there. Mozambicans love Easter and try to get away on holiday to celebrate – it gives them another excuse for feasting on great food and enjoying funky music! I think that the best thing about Easter is that it falls at the right time of the year.

A few months after New Year we are already rubbing creaking backs and scanning our calendars for another break. And we are anticipating the coolness of Autumn, followed by the dreariness of winter – which means we really need a few days off before the southern Hemisphere clouds over a little.

At Massinga Beach Lodge on Mozambique’s east coast near Inhambane, you can make your Easter weekend feel like a whole week. Here, you really get to feel like a special guest when you awake every morning to the lapping of the waves onto the beach below your suite, the sun bright in the sky. Massinga Beach Lodge is quite simply one of those destinations that make for a perfect Easter. Picture dreamy coconut palms, private plunge pools and blue views… Check out this special!

Easter in Mozambique is therefore all about fun in the sun for both the local people and for international visitors. South Africans flock to Mozambique during the Easter break to make the most of the beaches, the quality accommodation and the glorious weather.One of my fave lodges ever is the uber-luxurious Azura Benguerra Lodge in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Situated on Benguerra Island, of course, this world acclaimed Mozambique hotel is all about the water sports, the serenity and being pampered by a personal butler or host.You can literally have your cake and eat it at this top class Mozambique island destination. Why not dine under the stars one night on your private deck, surrounded by lanterns?

This year, Easter falls on 3-5 April, when the weather in Mozambique is at its best – the rains have eased off and the humidity is less. Take my advice and plan your Easter holiday in Mozambique the year before you travel and that way, you won’t be disappointed!Maputo is the ideal Easter destination for a party during Easter as here the church bells ring and the restaurants are alive with the sound of great music and the aromas of delicious Mozambique cuisine.

A good suggestion is to fly into this buzzing metropolis for a few days to celebrate with the locals, then to catch a boat out to Machangulo Beach Lodge high on a sand dune, to get in a few days of absolute solitude in the midst of the sea’s tidal energies.

You will be staying on the Santa Maria Peninsula in Maputo Bay in a lush sand dune forest, in a setting known for its moody tidal estuaries and lakes on its western side. Fishing and diving here are some of the best in the world and the magical beaches certainly make for a unique Easter. One of the best activities at Machangulo Beach Lodge is doing nothing. Relaxing on the deck beside the swimming pool is the ideal way to spend a hot day. Visit the spa for a wellness session then choose a hammock and swing in the breeze.

While you may get to escape to an island resort this Easter, this religious holiday does mean different things to different people. Can you believe that of the 18 million plus people living in Mozambique, about 30% are Christians? I found out the Portuguese Catholic Church still exerts a strong influence in Mozambique which means that Easter is a huge celebration in this country.It is not only about the Easter bunny and stuffing as many chocolate eggs into your mouth as possible!t is also about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and remember that we can all become better citizens with a sprinkle more mindfulness.

So take a few days off from work and explore a different nation, a beautiful setting and a place where Easter can mean what you want it to mean.

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