Following the arrival of the group flights in the early afternoon, we drive to Gorongosa National Park. Gorongosa National Park is located in the Sofala province which is a region with a vast diversity of fauna, flora and incredible diversity in wildlife, with unique environmental characteristics. The drive to Gorongosa is about 3 hours so we should arrive at our lodge in time to get settled and enjoy sundowners before dinner.
We spend a full day in Gorongosa National Park. We’ll have a morning game drive, with a stop for breakfast along the way. We’ll return to the lodge for lunch and to relax in the heat of the day before heading out for an afternoon game drive. We’ll go to Bue Marie Point for sunset and return to the lodge for dinner.
After an early breakfast, we will head south to Vilanculos. This is about a 5hr drive, and we should arrive by early afternoon. Vilanculos is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique's only underwater ocean national park.
Day 5 - 6
The next days will be spent aboard a traditional Mozambiquan Dhow sailing boat, sailing on the Bazaruto Archipelago, a group of six islands in Mozambique, near the mainland city of Vilancoulos.. The islands were formed from sand deposited by the Save River, which has since shifted its course and the archipelago became a National Park in 1971. The park boasts sandy beaches, coral reefs, and a wide abundance of reef fish including surgeon, Moorish idols, Parrot, Angel and Butterfly fish to name but a few. Giant turtles and Devil rays are regularly seen here and there is also a chance of spotting dugong along the way. The first day we will depart for Magaruque Island, landing on the north point of the island. There will be time to snorkel on the base reef and explore the island. After lunch we will set sail for camp, arriving late afternoon. The beach camp is equipped with tents, camping mattresses, pillows, sleeping bags, lights, showers and ablutions. The camp offers great views of the Bazaruto Archipelago.
On the second day of our sailing adventure, we will head to Bazaruto Island and explore the dunes of Ponta Dundo. We’ll then continue on to 2-Mile Reef for snorkeling (or diving by prior arrangement). If you are lucky, dugongs are sometimes seen in the channel between Bazaruto and Benguerra Island. We’ll have lunch on Bazaruto Island but returning to Vilanculos in the late afternoon.
Today we will head further south to Tofo, which is approximately a 4hr drive. We should arrive by early afternoon. Tofo is a beautiful location with rolling beaches and a stunning turquoise ocean. The afternoon is free to relax on the beach or participate in a variety of optional activities. There is a chance here for going scuba diving, whale watching (in season), or to just relax on the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean. In the evening, a talk on marine life will be offered by one of the senior resident marine specialists who are conducting research in the area.
On this excursion you will have a rare opportunity to swim alongside the largest living species of fish, observed up to 18m in length. Whale sharks are found across the globe. Our excursion here combines snorkeling at two reefs with open ocean trips swimming with Tofo’s ‘big 5’, namely the giant and extremely curious Whale sharks, Manta rays, Devil rays, turtles, dolphins and Humpback whales (in season – July to October). Every safari has a resident post graduate student on board, giving you all the information you ever need and wanted to know about these inspiring creatures. The trip lasts for two hours and is geared for wildlife enthusiast wanting a relaxed view of Tofo’s fantastic marine life. This trip for many people is the highlight of their stay in Africa.
The morning is free to relax on the beach before we head north about 5 hours drive to another beautiful location on the Mozambique coastline, Inhassoro.
Today we have a full day in Inhassaro to explore the town, relax on the beach or participate in a variety of optional activities. There is the chance to spend the day on the Indian Ocean, going on dhow trips, diving, or snorkelling, or to take a day trip to ‘Paradise Island’. Santa Carolina is a true rock island with deep channels and is just 3 km by 0.5 km in size. It has three beautiful beaches with coral reefs close to the shore. This island, also known as Paradise Island for obvious reasons is regarded as the ‘gem’ of the islands forming the Bazaruto Archipelago which is a proclaimed marine national park that boasts sensational beaches and magnificent scenery.
Today we drive back to Beira, arriving back in the late afternoon.
We depart Beira in the early afternoon on our flight back to London.