By Reginald Chapfunga
On a visit to Africa, commenting on the continent’s aura and appeal, popular American actor, Will Smith, once remarked, “It’s really beautiful. It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa.
Unfortunately, not many inhabitants of the continent have experienced this magic beyond their homes or borders. They would rather fly far away. The levels of intra-African travel have remained low and a major concern to tourism partners.
However, the increase and resumption of regional flights is a beacon of hope for intra-Africa travel. Late last year LAM Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique, SA – resumed, their direct flights between Maputo and Harare, improving exchanges between Mozambique and Zimbabwe, thus boosting tourism, investments, as well as the circulation of citizens from the two neighbouring countries. In this instalment of diplomat travel we review one of Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago.
The idyllic islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique are known for their unspoiled beauty and diverse ecologies.
The pristine coral reefs are home to more than 2000 fish species as well as whales and dolphins.
Needless to say, the diving and snorkeling in the Bazaruto Marine National Park is superb and sought after by many travelers.
Mozambique visitors who would just like to get away from it all will find Bazaruto just the place to relax, sip cocktails and indulge in a delicious seafood beach dinner or perhaps sail away on a dhow for a castaway picnic!
There are actually six islands within the Bazaruto Archipelago which lie just off the mainland between Vilanculos and Inhassoro. The largest island is Bazaruto, then Benguerra, Margaruque, Santa Carolina (Paradise Island),
Our favourite accommodation in the Bazaruto Archipelago includes Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, Azura Benguerra Island and Benguerra Island Lodge. The unique eco-system of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique sustains diverse fauna and flora.
Visitors exploring the islands will find huge dunes, forest and savannah, inland lakes and wetlands. These Mozambique islands have endless stunning and deserted white beaches, swaying palms and shallow turquoise waters. The Bazaruto Archipelago is just perfect for peace, solitude and time to watch the magnificent sunsets. (Additional Information www.mozambique.co.za)