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The largest island in Mozambique’s only dedicated marine park, Bazaruto supports two lovely resorts set on postcard-perfect beaches and rich snorkelling and diving opportunities.
Bazaruto is the largest island in the archipelago protected in Bazaruto National Park, which lies some 20 kilometres offshore of the Mozambican mainland between Vilankulo and Inhassoro. A succession of white palm-lined beaches makes the island's two resorts a perfect get-away-from-it-all holiday destination. Yet for most visitors, the main attraction of Bazaruto is the snorkelling and diving opportunities associated with the extensive fringing coral reefs. A dazzling array of brightly coloured and oddly shaped fish inhabit the clear waters of the coral gardens, and larger marine creatures – turtles, humpback whales and three species of dolphin – are also frequently seen. The island is also renowned for its challenging game fishing.
The snorkelling is fantastic, as are the beaches. But my personal highlight was the two-steps forward, one-step back ascent up the windswept dunes at the southern end of the island. The view from the top, with the open ocean and other islands stretching away to the south and a landscape of lakes and dunes running to the north, is truly sensational.
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A striking feature of Bazaruto Island is the immense dunes that rise from its southern shore. A freshwater lake on Bazaruto Island supports a relict crocodile breeding population. Three species of turtle, including the rare loggerhead, breed on the beaches. The shallow ocean around Bazaruto also supports eastern Africa’s last viable population of the endangered dugong, a large marine mammal related to the manatee. Terrestrial mammals include Suni antelope, red duiker, bushbuck and Samango monkey.
The archipelago has much to enthuse birdwatchers. Roughly 150 species have been recorded, including several that are rare or localised elsewhere in southern Africa, such as crab, sand and Mongolian plovers, olive and blue-cheeked bee-eaters, and a variety of petrels, gulls and waders. Lesser flamingos are sometimes seen on the lakes.
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This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…
Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…