Its that time of year when we get loads of families asking about summer holidays in Africa. One of the most popular combinations is always a safari in South Africa with a beach finale in neighbouring Mozambique. Part 1 highlights child friendly beach and island properties. Part 2 will highlight our favourite family safari properties.
PART 1: MOZAMBIQUE UBER COOL FOR KIDS
So close to South Africa and accessible by direct flight, Mozambique offers families a fantastic beach or island finale to a family Africa safari. From marine experiences like snorkelling (Marlin Lodge image above) to cultural visits, island exploration and shell searching you can expect something for everyone. Here’s a few of our favourites.
Benguerra Island’s Villa Chibuene is an exclusive residence set in the heart of a peaceful milkwood forest.
Located just footsteps from a long white sandy beach, Villa Chibuene offers a luxury beach experience with incomparable comfort and privacy. Activities available include fly fishing, night dives, boat trips to Pansy Island searching for these rare shells and more!
Villa Chibuene is just 10 metres from the beach with private garden, sun deck, plunge pool, lounge and dining area. There are two bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom and massive copper bath tub and quintessential outdoor shower.
Comes with a private chef (pictured). All ages welcome.
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort is located on the east coast in a protected national park of islands that are scattered across the stunning turquoise Indian Ocean.
The resort sits on one of the largest of the tropical islands covering 12,00 hectares offering boutique villa accommodation. Villas are spacious and luxurious with bedroom area, ensuite bathrooms featuring sunken tubs and exotic outdoor showers.
There are six restaurants and bars,fantastic family pool, children’s entertainment room, facilities including fitness centre, tennis courts, volleyball and even a golf course.
There’s a spa for mum to retreat to and beyond the resort, you can tour the island in 4×4 to discover the pristine bays, exotic flora and fauna, local life and the 19th century lighthouse.
The highlight here is the world’s top snorkelling, diving and fishing locations…
and our favourite – sand boarding down the dunes!
It combines well with Madikwe Safari Lodge (see Part 2) or Camp Jabulani.
For the adventurous families seeking an immersive island experience…
Ibo Island Dhow Safaris (pictured above) is a gem for those wanting to feel like a ‘castaway’. This unique guided mobile island hopping safari sees your family sleeping in eco mobile camps on islands and beaches. Days are spent exploring, snorkelling, kayaking and swimming amidst spectacular surroundings.
Here’s more on Ibo Dhow Safari… because it’s our family favourite right now.
Minimum of three nights, this extraordinary sailing safari explores the Quirimbus National Park, northern Mozambique. Your journey starts from the moment you arrive at Pemba Airport. We recommend a two night stay at Ibo Island and the chance to unwind by the pool or exploring the island’s history, architecture, religion and fascinating culture. From here, you’ll board your dhow and set sail in the afternoon of day three bound for Matemo Island for your first night under canvas.
Kayaks are tethered to the stern so you can go exploring once you arrive and anchor.
Each night you’re on a different island, camping on the beach (set up for you) with sleeping tents arranged around a mess tent and beach fire.
A simple canvas shade (pictured above), the mess tent includes table and chairs. The food is phenomenal – barbecued fish, grains, fresh produce and the service friendly, professional and totally committed to the idea of adventure.
With beach time, kayaking sojourns, snorkelling, fishing, guided island walks and visits to island communities it surely is a family adventure nobody will ever forget!
Hopefully these options give you an insight into the diverse array of accommodation and adventure available in Mozambique.
Now keep an eye out for Part 2 coming tomorrow… the Safari component to your Family Africa adventure.