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Second Week of August: Sunning Myself on the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique.

When you planned that safari, you foolishly thought you were going on holiday, didn’t you?  5.30am wake-up calls, out walking hard all morning to find the wildlife and earn your breakfast, (and even then they cook it for you in the bush so you can’t sneak off back to your tent for a shut-eye).  Only a few hours downtime and you’re off again in search of big cats until the sun sinks.  Returning to camp almost (but not quite) too tired to eat that three course dinner and with only enough energy to sink half a bottle of chardonnay, you collapse under the feather duvet.  Another taxing day on safari... Well, at least when you clamber aboard that little plane and fly out over a turquoise sea, you will feel you’ve earned a bit of respite.  Stretching along the coast of Mozambique lie the four islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago.  Originally inhabited by a few indigenous villagers, the two larger islands of Bazaruto and Benguerra are now a popular beach destination.  A handful of stylish lodges offer relaxation on tap in a variety of guises (be they quiet places to relax with a book, spa treatments or private plunge pools).

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Of course, the idea of a beach holiday may not float your boat and if you’re like me (and don’t like the idea of basting yourself with coconut oil and getting sand in uncomfortable places) you still might consider a visit to Bazaruto.  Both fly and deep-sea fishing are rewarding pursuits if you know your weights from your lures.  For non-fishers, exploring the other uninhabited islands or kitting yourself out in fetching neoprene for a little scuba diving might sound appealing.  And if all of that doesn’t blow your hair back, there’s also sea-kayaking, horse-riding and beach walks to choose from.  Still not? You may want to consider staying at home and taking up knitting. The Bazaruto Archipelago is not as remote and logistically challenging as Quirimbas, and since it is easily reached via Johannesburg, it combines really well with safaris throughout southern Africa, including Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique itself. Find out more about holidays in Mozambique. Image courtesy of Benguerra Lodge

Posted by: Amanda Mitchell

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