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Enjoy the vibrant culture of Mozambique’s lively capital city Maputo before heading off for a few days’ relaxation at one of its leading beach resorts.
Mozambique boasts a rich and lively culture thanks to its heritage as a Portuguese colony and is a superb spot to immerse yourself in local life as well as spend some time relaxing on the Indian Ocean coast. This trip allows you to explore vibrant Maputo before taking a boat down the coast to an idyllic beachside hideaway.
Start off by flying in to the capital city Maputo where you will be basing yourselves at one of Africa’s grand old hotels. Explore this fascinating city in the company of a guide, learning about its history, the current state of affairs the hopes for Mozambicans for the future. With beautiful architecture, bustling markets and outstanding seafood to enjoy, it is a real hidden gem of a place to spend a couple of days and really allows you to get under the skin of modern Africa. From the capital a boat will whisk you down the coast to Machangulo, a remote beach spot where you can spend a few days indulging yourselves away from the crowds. Relax on the beach, swim in the azure waters of the Mozambique Channel, enjoy a variety of watersports or try your hand at a spot of fishing. You will be wonderfully well looked after during your time here and will head for home refreshed and reinvigorated after a truly indulgent time on the beach.
Mozambique is often overlooked in favour of other African destinations, but it has plenty of merits of its own and remains somewhat undiscovered. This trip allows you to learn more about this fascinating destination and enjoy the very finest of what it has to offer.
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Day 1: Destination Mozambique
This evening you will be flying overnight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg with British Airways, arriving early tomorrow morning.
Day 2: Relaxing in Maputo
Connect through Johannesburg on to a morning flight to Maputo, arriving late in the morning. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Serena Polana Hotel where you will be spending the next 2 nights. Spend your afternoon relaxing by the swimming pool and enjoying the warm, natural hospitality for which the hotel is renowned. The food, especially the seafood, is outstanding here and be sure to try their signature dish of delicious Mozambican prawns, caught fresh from the Mozambique Channel that very morning.
Day 3: Exploring the city
Spend today exploring Maputo with your guide, departing the hotel in the middle of the morning. Renowned for its unique blend of Latin and African heritage, Maputo is a wonderfully diverse city and there is plenty to see and do as you explore. Visit the old Fortress, the Central Market, the old railway station and the museum of natural history. There will also be the chance to pick up some curios in the FEIMA Market before exploring Maputo City Hall, the Cathedral and the Botanical Gardens. The tour lasts around 5 hours and includes a seafood lunch.
Day 4: To the beach
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before being collected and transferred to the port for the boat trip down the coast to Machangulo Beach Lodge where you will be spending the next 6 nights. Your time here will be at leisure to relax and enjoy the idyllic location of the lodge. The sparkling swimming pool is shaded by trees and looks out over the ocean, whilst the communal lounge area is a hugely popular spot to sit back in the lap of luxury and enjoy the superb food for which Machangulo is renowned.
Days 5 - 9: Exploring from Machangulo
As well as being a great spot to relax, Machangulo is renowned for being the best place to go in Mozambique if you are looking to be active and explore. It is a paradise for scuba divers, with a dive school for beginners and plenty of reefs to explore for advanced divers. The deep-sea fishing is outstanding and guests can cook what they catch, whilst the snorkelling offers a glimpse in to the under sea wonders of the Indian Ocean. You can also kayak through the mangroves and visit local villages to get a glimpse of their traditional way of life.
Day 10: The journey home
After a morning at leisure to relax you will be collected from the lodge by boat for the transfer back up to Maputo port where a driver will be waiting to transfer you to the airport. From there fly back to Johannesburg and connect on to the overnight British Airways service to London Heathrow, arriving there tomorrow morning.
Duration: 10 days
Location: Mozambique, Africa
This Mozambique Culture & Beach itinerary starts from £3,515 per person and includes:
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