Eco tourism and Sustainability in Mozambique

posted 7th September 2009 by Pixel Palace in Our Stories

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Eco Tourism and Sustainability in Mozambique

‘Eco’ and ‘sustainable tourism’ have been buzz words in Africa for over a decade. Eco tourism and sustainability in Mozambique is a shining example.

So if you seek a Mozambique holiday that is truly rewarding to you and the locals, have a look at some beautiful properties below.

With no clear and defined rating system for sustainability consistently implemented throughout Africa, it comes down to individual properties and their conscientious owners improving set up, systems and procedures so they are indeed eco friendly.

Encompass Africa proudly promotes the lodges and camps of The Mozambique Collection which is based firmly on the principles of giving back to the communities that they operate with and protecting the environment in which they exist.

The Mozambique Collection’s mantra is empowering:

Small footprints, real people, exceptional experiences, amazing places …

And the underlying principle of the collection and all of its members remains this:

to offer the best possible experiences in idyllic locations, while creating a positive legacy for the local communities and environment in which they operate

So what properties are included in this fabulous collection? Take a look below. Then when you’re Mozambique ready, let’s

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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 (the first open late 2017) 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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Nkwichi Lodge

This is truly remote and a halcyon paradise that is 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.

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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!