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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stunning beaches at the most peaceful towns in Mozambique

Picture postcards of exotic holidays in Mozambique don’t lie. And no, they haven’t been photo retouched. The water really is turquoise; the beach sand really is that white and the underwater diving opportunities nothing short of spectacular.

Some visitors like to live like the locals and rent a house or cottage for a spell. Others like to camp on the beach to get a real feel for the island. Roughing it is not everybody’s cup of tea, however, and don’t forget that Mozambique is a third-world country. If taking a holiday means doing it in style, with a few creature comforts to make it special, booking in to hotels in Maputo is your answer.

There are some areas of Mozambique, on the east coast of Africa, that are quite legendary in their universal appeal for natural attractions, relaxed atmosphere, friendly people and magnificent locations. Vilanculos, in the province of Inhambane, is one of them. There you’ll find your pick of hotels in Maputo from which you can indulge your yearning for exploring foreign places and discovering new and interesting things to see and do. Vilanculos Beach Lodge places you close to the awesome Bazaruto Archipelago and the Bazaruto National Park.

Tour guides are always on hand to show you the popular attractions and some might be able to take you off the beaten track. Don’t expect to see sights in the Bazaruto Archipelago though – it’s a protected national park that encompasses one big attraction. It’s beauty. There is nothing touristy about it. That means no roads or shops either.

Barra Lodge is another option for accommodation in Inhambane. This venue boasts unbeatable views of pretty beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean. Or you can try Flamingo Bay Water Lodge, which rises up out of the ocean to stand on stilts. It’s a spectactular setting for an equally magnificent bird – the flamingo. You will also be able to marvel at the tropical fish and the rare dugong, a mammal that is also known as a sea cow.

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