Mozambique truly is a destination with something for everyone, from family holidays to limousine sized indulgences for the privileged few. The best way to enjoy the destination is to play pick and mix with the treasures on offer, combining activity with quiet, wildlife with marine life and ocean with mountainside.
With one of the longest coastlines in Africa, measuring around two thousand kilometres from top to bottom, the marine attractions of this unspoilt country are well known in the angling and diving worlds. It’s in the far north, however, away from the ocean, that one of Mozambique’s most unexpected treasures lies.
The Lugenda Wilderness Camp is quietly nestled beside the wide and seemingly endless Lugenda river, surrounded by Inselbergs and centuries old fig trees, at the southern end of the massive Niassa reserve.
This is real get-away-from-it-all indulgence, with guests flying in a chartered plane above hundreds of miles of seemingly uninhabited hilly bush before landing on a stretch of sandy runway.
The intense stillness is broken only by the occasional greetings of insects, while the gentle breeze starts to soothe away urban stresses with the very first, very deep breath.
This isn’t a reserve that commercially teems with wildlife like other tourist reserves in southern Africa. Here the pace is slow and measured, with an addictive depth.
Rangers stop to let guests eat wild honey off the trees, watch sunbirds from their canoes, smell the indigenous wild flowers and sip their iced drinks on a sandy bank, watching hippo at play.
Isolated though it may be, resident chefs aren’t deterred from preparing culinary delights, and at the end of the day, replenished guests find themselves wending down gravel paths to their luxury tents, deep foamy baths and soft, canopied beds with a deep sense of indulgence.
Life on Medjumbe Island
Mozambique also offers the ultimate in romance.
Medjumbe Private Island is the traveller-in-love’s destination of choice and has previously been recognised as Mozambique’s Leading Resort by the World Travel Awards.
This one kilometre long, 350 metre wide island hosts a maximum of 24 pampered guests at a time and the resort has been so artfully designed so that a sense of total privacy pervades the Medjumbe experience.
Leaving one’s tastefully decorated suite, private wooden deck and plunge pool is a challenge – it will seem so unnecessary with every luxury right on hand.
No matter how important physical exercise may seem in the real world, at Medjumbe a gentle stroll around the island – which takes little more than half an hour – seems more than enough.
The emphasis is on falling in love: with your travel partner, the ocean, the endless blue and your new-found sense of self.
Pull up a seat at the Medjumbe bar in Mozambique
Families aren’t forgotten in Mozambique either.
For some memory-making times, fly in to Indigo Bay Island Resort & Spa, just off Vilanculos on the central Mozambique coastline.
Here city kids are treated to a rare sense of space and freedom as they run from activity to activity, while mom and dad get to enjoy the resort’s world class Sanctuary Spa, well-equipped gym and fine dining.
All this is combined with Rani Resorts’ attention to detail which ensures that their guests get to quietly tailor their ideal holiday, feel like an adventurer, yet remain pampered all the time.
Mozambique doesn’t deserve to be neglected as an indulgent destination.
It outstrips many of its Indian Ocean counterparts in rugged beauty, myriad activities and wide palette of tourist offerings.
Go on. Tick the box. Make this un-commercialised and easy-to-access neighbour the next gem in your holiday collection.
Indigo Bay Spa
Contact Rani Resorts for more information on visiting Mozambique.