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Why Go Now: Mozambique

Whether you’re looking for a swoon-worthy conclusion to a safari honeymoon or a new destination to explore in East Africa, Mozambique is sure to appeal to sun worshippers, adventurers and nature lovers alike. Often called “the Galápagos of Africa,” Mozambique’s 1,000-mile coastline is filled with abundant coral reefs and diverse marine life. And 2020 is the time to go, with a new slate of luxury retreats arriving in the country and impressive conservation projects currently underway, including the successful ongoing restoration of Gorongosa National Park. Here, Indagare outlines our top four reasons why you should visit Mozambique now.

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1. It’s the perfect way to end a trip to South Africa and relatively easy to reach.

After an epic adventure on safari—filled with early wake-up calls and exciting game drives with your eyes peeled for animal sightings—relaxing on a nearby beach is the perfect way to unwind and reflect on your experience before returning home. In Mozambique, the turquoise-blue waters and white-sand beaches beckon. For travelers looking to truly unplug, spend your days lounging by the beach or pool, savoring lavish castaway picnics in hidden island alcoves and indulging in pampering spa treatments at your resort. More active guests can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, boat charters, horseback riding and more.

2. The marine life is incredible.

For those keen on diving and snorkeling, the country offers plenty to explore. There’s the pristine Two Mile Reef, teeming with Ember Parrotfish, Fire Goby, Devil Firefish and other colorful reef species, as well as an embarrassment of healthy coral (if you’ve ever snorkeled in reefs damaged by coral bleaching, like the Great Barrier Reef, you will weep with joy here). There are also sunset cruises on a dhow, eastern Africa’s wooden fishing vessel of choice, and if you are in luck, you will spot dolphins or the elusive dugong, an aquatic mammal that is almost entirely extinct.

3. Mozambique is home to several special resorts.

Nearly all travelers to Mozambique should experience the top property, andBeyond Benguerra Island. This small beach resort is luxurious and sophisticated, with a relaxed castaway vibe and friendly, high-touch service. Comprised of just 13 beachside bungalow accommodations on Mozambique’s Benguerra Island, this lodge feels like an undiscovered gem. The property is supremely romantic, but each guest’s stay is tailored to his/her preferences, ensuring that all travelers feel right at home. Azura Quilaleais slightly harder to reach, but those willing to make the trek will be rewarded with an off-the-beaten-path paradise. Set on a secluded private isle off the coast of remote northern Mozambique, Quilalea promises understated barefoot luxury, featuring only nine villas. The property has a “house reef,” home to a diverse array of marine life; 1.5 miles of walking trails; thousand-year-old baobab trees; a variety of bird species; and more.

4. The country is emerging on the international scene.

Mozambique is back in the global spotlight thanks to an increase in conservation initiatives, which have attracted Africa’s best safari brands. In 2020 and beyond, the opening of several new luxury properties will provide unprecedented access to Mozambique’s miles of beaches and picturesque islands, as well as grassland and rainforest reserves like Gorongosa National Park, where travelers can see lions and elephants. One of the most anticipated openings of 2020 is Royal Gorongosa, the latest luxury tented camp from South African hotelier Liz Biden’s beloved Royal Portfolio, which will offer eight tents located on the eastern edge of the park.

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– Rose Allen on February 18, 2020

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