Quirimbas & Bazaruto Archipelagos: A Desert Island Escape in Mozambique

Ever set foot in a place so ruggedly beautiful and remote that you feel as if you’ve stumbled across a new part of the world? Well, pinch yourself, because this is exactly that. With stunning lodges dotted along a gorgeous swathe of coastline, Mozambique offers the perfect beach add-on to any safari holiday in Tanzania or South Africa. Don’t fancy big game spotting? Let’s head straight for the beaches. The only question left is where to begin.

Northern Mozambique

Made up of 27 islands, known as the Quirimbas Archipelago, this is one of Africa’s undiscovered treasures. Easily accessible from Tanzania, it’s the perfect place to chill out after an adrenalin pumping safari. Head to the remote shores of Ibo island for days spent kayaking, diving, swimming, fishing or taking private dhow safaris. Stay in 100-year-old mansions and soak up the modern yet rustic luxury as you kick back and feel your worries drift away.

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Bazaruto archipelago

Just finishing up a safari in South Africa? You’d be crazy not to hop over to the Bazaruto Archipelago for a couple of days. Just off the coast of Southern Mozambique (twenty minutes by boat from Vilanculos), the three main islands sit peacefully within a national marine park and these pristine white beaches make for a completely magical escape. Staying at Benguerra lodge you’ll have your very own beach chalet with private deck area – a few small steps from the beach, where the waters reveal some of the best diving around.

Mozambique has everything: total luxury, endless activities and a peaceful tranquillity that envelops you as soon as your feet touch the sand. Oh and did we mention that it’s breathtakingly beautiful? Yup, some places really do have it all.