Mozambique is a very unique and relatively unknown as a tourism destination, particularly the central and northern areas of the country. There are many experiences and adventures to be had in this incredibly long and thin country. We would like to share only a few of the lesser known activities that may be of interest to those seeking something a little different.
Sleeping under the stars on the Lake of Stars with Nkwichi Lodge
Yes, most people don’t know that Lake Malawi is actually called Lake Niassa when in Mozambique, and is considered the “wilder” side of the Lake. I suppose this is because there are less tourism operators on that side, and more wilderness areas. The lake is clear and lovely for swimming and snorkeling, and Nkwichi Lodge offers the most romantic excursion for their guests. A four poster bed, engulfed in a mozzy-net is set up in an ideal location and the guests are left to spend the night under the stars.
Glow diving at Nuarro Lodge
Night dives are always a bit daunting, but it really could not be easier at Nuarro Lodge. Take an easy shore entry dive and discover something new. Did you know that much of marine life is actually fluorescent? With the assistance of blue UV lights and special fliters, you will be able to marine organisms glowing in the dark. Chemical compounds contained in the tissues of many marine animals react to UV light causing them to burst in colours of brilliant reds, purples and greens.
Camp out in Gorongosa
Enjoy your normal afternoon game drive, with sundowners in some extra special spot that your professional guide has chosen, only pack an overnight bag, as well as your binoculars this time. End off the afternoon (now night) drive with the spotlight at the camp site, where you will find your tent (with two single beds), shared dry toilet and most importantly the camp bonfire. That is where the magic happens – enjoy pre-dinner drinks while your guide cooks you a simple meal on the open fire, under the night sky. Star-gaze, absorb the sounds and smells of the African bush, away from everyone and everything else – just magic! Wake up the next morning to a fresh pot of coffee, and enjoy a bush walk with your professional guide and head back to Montebelo Gorongosa for a shower and full breakfast.
Dhow sailing in the Quirimbas archipelago with Ibo Island Lodge
Get together with your extended family, a bunch of mates that need some time away or just you and your significant other. Spend a few days on board a 12 meter motorized dhow, swimming, snorkeling and exploring a few of the islands in the archipelago. Either a 5 day of 7 day itinerary is ideal to be able to enjoy this guided experience, where you will camp out on remote beaches, have the most scrumptious seafood delights served up for you, cooked on the open fire.
Whale sharks and Manta Rays
Learning something on your holiday? Sounds a bit boring, you say? What better way to educate yourselves on something so special, than to visit the remarkable location of Tofo and swim with whale sharks and manta rays, and then listen to an informative presentation from Dr Andrea Marshall. She has been conducting ground-breaking research on the manta rays in the region and is now considered one of the world’s foremost expects in the field. A visit to the Whale Shark and Manta Research Centre is unmissable.
ADVICE : The country is long and thin and distances and travel times can easily be under-estimated, which is why If traveling north of Vilanculos, it is highly recommended to fly in rather than drive in.