Picture yourself walking along the shores of immaculate, warm, crystal blue waters flowing back and forth across pure white sand as it comfortably cushions your bare feet with every step.
Hear the calming murmur of wind blowing through palm trees and feel the rays of the tropic sun set beneath the distant horizon.
Now stop romanticizing, because this beauty is what awaits you if you decide to visit the Pearl of the Indian Ocean; formally known as the Bazaruto Archipelago. Comprising of six islands, the archipelago is one of Mozambique’s marine protected national parks.
A truly remarkable destination with world renowned coral reefs; boasting 600 species of fish and the largest and possibly only viable dugong population left on the East African coast. Popular attractions include surfing, snorkeling and diving with dolphins, turtles and other marine life. The keys to the majestic oasis is kept on the shores of Vilanculos, and one need only to sail across the waters in a traditional Arab dhow to explore the Bazaruto Island. Vilanculos is a rural but pictorial town bustling with the atmosphere of local street markets. Here you can collect your souvenirs and memorabilia, including hand crafted wooden sculptures and colourful basketry.
With a diverse sea population like Vilanculos and its neighbouring islands, it is no surprise that local fisherman would stock the restaurants with plenty of succulent seafood. When visiting Vilanculos and her surroundings; be sure to get a taste of Mozambique’s scrumptiously mouth-watering cuisine.
Vilanculos and Inhassoro are the gateways to the islands. It is best to fly in either from Maputo, Inhambane, or Johannesburg.
Recommended stay is between 3 days and a week.
ISLAND HOPPING: With 6 islands to choose from, the Bazaruto Archipelago spoils her visitors with choice. To help you get around from the shores of Vilanculos to Bazaruto and the surrounding islands, choose from catamarans, yachts, motor kayaks just waiting to be chartered.
"The Bazaruto Archipelago is one of the most visited destinations in Mozambique, and as such, the accommodation is spacious, luxurious and private. What more could you ask for?
Chalets are positioned perfectly, offering scenic views of palm trees and golden sand surrounded by turquoise water; this is island life at its best.
Charming cabanas, cozy villas, luxury lodges and superb luxury and executive suites to definitely make you fall in love with Mozambique. "
The Vilanculos terrain ranges from sand dunes, grasslands to swamps and fresh lakes as well. The Bazaruto Archipelago and its six islands consist of mud flats, sand dunes and inland salt lakes.
"Before the arrival of Vasco da Gama, the surrounding areas of Vilanculos were bustling with Arab traders trading gold, ivory and slaves. In the 15th century, after Vasco da Gama arrived in Mozambique, the Portuguese rule stretched far and wide across Mozambique. The islands were formed as a result of sand deposits. After many years the country gained its independence; the Bazaruto Archipelago was declared a marine national park in 1971.
For a short period of time, the surrounding areas became a popular destination for entertaining the rich and famous, but the country suffered a major loss due to the civil war.
Deserted corroded buildings can still be seen dilapidated on some islands, which hold haunting reminders of the loss suffered.
Nonetheless, the country is filled with optimism and grabbing hold of the opportunity to restore the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago back to its former glory.
"WATER WONDERLAND: If you are seeking seaside thrills then Bazaruto has lots to offer. The waters surrounding the Bazaruto Island are world renowned for their unbleached coral reefs, marine life and clear waters with a visibility of over 40 meters. These conditions are perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. Other water activities include surfing, kayaking and kiteboarding.
Bazaruto has a wet season from October to March and the dry season during the months of April to September.
Precipitation is between 500 to 900 mm (19.7 to 35.4 in); with an average annual rainfall of 590 mm (23.2 in). Expect average temperatures of 13 to 24 °C (55.4 to 75.2 °F) in July and 22 to 31 °C (71.6 to 87.8 °F) in February.
For the hardened traveler you can explore great destinations in multiple countries. An example for this is at Kazungula where Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet. To the east of South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe are in close proximity of each other.
Each country has a unique character and they are all very different from each other in landscape and culture.
Regional travel is relatively okay if you remain on the main routes, however distances are vast and the conditions can at times be challenging due to some badly maintained roads and poor local driving etiquette. The best way to travel regionally is by air charter which is not only convenient scheduled but it gets you directly to your destinations without extra stops and wasted time.
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