Shining the spotlight on
Eco Tourism and sustainability in Mozambique
‘Eco’ and ‘sustainable tourism’ have been buzz words in the Africa travel industry for some 20 years or more. A beautiful example of it in action happens to be in Mozambique.
Here we feature some of the stunning properties ideal for any Mozambique holiday that truly offer guests personal reward because you are contributing the the future of locals and protection of natural beauty.
There is still no clear and defined rating system for sustainability in Africa. It comes down to individual properties and their conscientious owners to improve how they set up camps and lodges, the systems and procedures they implement and the eco friendly tactics and sustainable measures.
Encompass Africa adores properties that are based firmly on the principles of giving back to the communities that they operate with and protecting the environment in which they exist.
Small footprints, real people, exceptional experiences, amazing places …
What these properties strive for is beyond the basic eco tourism and sustainability offering.
It’s about the best possible experiences in idyllic locations, while creating a positive legacy for the local communities and environment in which to operate.
Here are some of the stand out Mozambique properties.
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Gorongosa National Park
Gorongosa National Park, in Mozambique, is truly an inspiring wildlife restoration story. It is literally a twenty year Public-Private Partnership between the Government of Mozambique and the Gorongosa Restoration Project, a U.S. non-profit organisation. Gorongosa has adopting a twenty-first century conservation model of balancing the needs of wildlife and people in an effort to protect and save this stunning wilderness. It is all about returning it to the rightful position it should retain – one of Africa’s greatest parks.
It has been a long process and continues to this day. Set up now is The Gorongosa Collection. It is creating a number of exciting luxury safari operations because tourism is certainly the best way to seek contributions from others, spread the word of this wilderness beauty, ensuring others soon hear of it. Jobs will be created for locals in the community, visitors leave Gorongosa changed, enlightened by the knowledge that a National Park can really operate as a force for change.
Here you have a mixture of terrain because it is blessed with plentiful rain. There are tropical rainforests on Mount Gorongosa towering above lush emerald floodplains filled to the brim with thousands of game. It’s earning the badge of “Serengeti of the South”.
Walking safaris get you to remote stretches not accessible by vehicle. Game drives allow you to cover more ground. Birding safaris are popular in Gorongosa too and hugely rewarding with over 400 species. Finally don’t miss a hike to the Murombodzi waterfall, meander through ferns and climb over moss rocks.
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This is truly remote and a halcyon paradise well hidden in the ancient mountains of Lake Niassa. It’s literally forgotten about. On the eastern side of Lake Malawi, it is an extraordinary property for relaxing and learning much about one of the world’s natural wonders. Lake Malawi is of course home to a greater variety of fish than Europe and North America combined! David Livingstone found it in 1859 and called it Lake of Starts because of the lanterns of fishermen at night resembling a starry evening sky. Here you can explore on foot, by canoe, sailing, snorkelling and much more adventure.
It’s more than a ‘beach’ holiday in Africa. It is personally rewarding because not only is your stay directly contributing to the conservation of the area and its wildlife, you are ensuring a better future for local communities. The original investors committed to ensuring Nkwichi would work for the local community and its unspoiled natural environment.
Nkwichi is recognised as a pioneering eco-tourism establishment and has won many accolades and awards. With conservation and community development at its core, a stunning remote location and wonderful accommodation and activities, it’s the ultimate eco escape in Africa.
Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel
This stunning property is located on a wonderful beachfront at Vilanculos, Southern Mozambique. You’ll enjoy views out to the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park as you swim in the infinity pool or sip from a cocktail at the bar. Accommodation is lovely here in one of the four separate buildings. They have brilliant sea view bedrooms on the upper level and beach suites on the ground floor. It’s a great location to explore the Bazaruto Archipelago and partake in diving, snorkelling, fishing, traditional dhow sailing trips to the islands, paddle boarding, horse riding, bird watching, kite surfing to name a few.
Not just a wonderful Mozambique beach holiday accommodation, it also has a brilliant emphasis on health and wellbeing. A holistic approach has been applied throughout so you stumble upon jacuzzi, zen meditation gardens, a gymnasium, therapist area and more.
This was also one of Mozambique’s first properties to become Fair Trade approved!