Africa + Indian Ocean Mozambique powder-white Beaches, exceptional snorkelling, bird watching and fishing Its turbulent history ravaged both its economy and the once superb wildlife but Mozambique’s coastline and offshore islands have remained wonderfully unspoilt. Here, primeval mangrove swamps alternate with powder-white beaches – and low-impact development is being carefully and successfully integrated with a unique marine habitat. The diving and fishing are superb in the waters of the offshore islands, where a handful of fabulous, Crusoe-chic hideaways have been created. The (sometimes long) travelling time makes this a destination for the more adventurous traveller – but the untouched regions here are simply beautiful and definitely worth the effort to get to. In Mozambique’s interior, although the government is making huge leaps in the process of repairing the damage wrought by its 20-year civil war, it’s still very early days for travellers. However, as with all the countries that we specialise in, we constantly monitor the situation and keep a lookout for new properties that will satisfy the comfort-loving adventurer in all of us. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. PUTTING A SMILE ON THEIR FACES When Jackie Strong travels to remote places of Africa, she often takes her polaroid camera so she can take photos of the locals for them to keep. Things that seem so simple to us brings the biggest smiles to their faces. Find out more DIVING OFF VAMIZI ISLAND Serena Reid-Scott travelled to Vamizi Island off the coast of Mozambique to discover its incredible marine life and amazing dive spots. Find out more CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS IN MOZAMBIQUE Mozambique isn't all about lying on the beautiful beaches and bathing in the crystal clear ocean, Jackie Strong also had some fantastic cultural experiences and activities to keep her busy, including a historical tour of a nearby town and kayaking through the mangroves. Find out more The perfect honeymoon in South Africa Clients James and Emily Fielden wanted a honeymoon that combined both adventure and relaxation. Straight after the wedding they headed to Mozambique for a few days of total r and r. This followed by an safari adventure in South Africa. A honeymoon they will never forget. Find out more A RELAXING BEACH HOLIDAY With beautiful sunsets, beach barbecues and the gentle lapping of the ocean, Serena Reid-Scott was in paradise. Find out more Show All Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Azura Quilalea In our opinion, Azura Quilalea is the perfect little island hideaway for couples who just really want to relax and unwind close to the warm Indian Ocean in natural, yet incredibly stylish, surroundings. Whilst the beaches there are not long and endless, in our opinion this does not matter at all as it is such a magical spot to just be with incredible service, food and marine life all around. If you feel you need to stretch your legs you can walk the whole way around the island through the bush and to some wonderful look out points (watch out for the humpback whales between July and November). Find out more Ibo Island Dhow Safari Sailing in a traditional Arab dhow boat is like going back in time to an era where islands were still being discovered. This is a trip you and your family will never forget, the waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago are mesmerising. Days float into one as you gently progress along the coast, discovering beautiful uninhabited islands where you will enjoy freshly prepared lunches and pristine white beaches to relax. At the end of another soothing day at sea, camp under the stars. At cazenove+loyd we like to do things differently thus a dhow sailing safari comes at the top of our list of special, rustic experiences. Find out more Vamizi Vamizi is the perfect place for those beach purists looking for endless, pristine, powder-white sandy beaches littered with drift wood and ghost crabs look no further. At cazenove+loyd we love how Vamizi magically combines an idyllic barefoot luxury location with great service, delicious fresh food, friendly staff and an extremely laid back beach atmosphere. Being a remote island, Vamizi is surrounded by dramatic coral reefs and it is wonderful to see such healthy coral and also learn about the successful marine conservation being undertaken at the lodge. The diving here is arguably the best in East Africa. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. EXPLORE THE BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO The Bazaruto Archipelago is a group of six stunning islands; Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque, Santa Carolina and Shell. It has sensational beaches, great snorkelling, diving and fishing. This is thatched barefoot luxury, a far and glorious cry from big resort experiences. This is the place everyone wants to go to, so go before they do. Find out more Gorongosa Under The Stars Soon you will be able to camp under canvas with a private guide and your very own chef in the heart of Gorongosa National Park. This will be a supremely uncomplicated way to explore this magical unspoilt wilderness and perfect before a night or two of luxury in our favourite local lodge. Find out more Horse riding along deserted beaches On Benguerra Island you can gallop along the sands, with the salty air in your face and the wind in your hair. It’s what they would put in an advert, except this time it’s you on the horse trotting through the shallows on fine white sand and swimming with the horses in azure blue waters. Find out more Discover Ibo Island Just a short light aircraft flight from Pemba, Ibo Island is a stunning palm fringed white sandy island but also adds a touch of culture to the classic beach experience. It is based around an old Muslim trading port taken over by the Portuguese in the early 17th century which is stunning during sunset. Find out more DIVING IN MOZAMBIQUE The islands of Vamizi and Rongui are home to some of the most significant and endangered habitats and wildlife in the Western Indian Ocean. With over 180 species of unbleached coral, and over 400 species of reef fish to see. There is fabulous snorkeling, diving, deep sea fishing and relaxing in true barefoot luxury. Find out more Show All Location We know Mozambique better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Mozambique Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go The climate in most of Mozambique is tropical and warm with a dry cooler season from April to October with comfortable daytime temperatures of around 21-26 degrees. The coast can be a little windy at this time but it is certainly the best time to travel. From November to March it is hot and humid and there is more rainfall but it is still a popular time to visit for those that are not affected by the humidity. Many people combine Mozambique with Botswana or South Africa, or perhaps Tanzania. Meet the Team Africa + Indian Ocean Henrietta Claire Millie Cara We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.