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Immerse Yourself in Gorongosa’s Natural Wonders on an Intimate Walking Safari

Comprised of diverse eco-systems, and a unique cultural and historical heritage, Gorongosa National Park has positioned itself as Mozambique’s ultimate walking safari destination. Situated among the Lower Zambezi and delta systems, Gorongosa is saturated with exotic wildlife that thrives thanks to these powerful, neighboring water sources.

Famous for its rainforest, roaring waterfalls, mysterious caverns, rivers, grassy floodplains, woodlands, Albida forests, and sprawling pans, the Gorongosa is the premier destination for those looking to gain a broad insight into some of the world’s most fascinating eco-systems. Since Gorongosa’s natural world is defined by its complex eco-systems, having the best guides on your walking safari through the National Park is an absolute must.

One such safari provider, Explore Gorongosa, is an eco-tourism company that prides itself on its expert guides and their ability to combine all the social, historical, cultural, and ecological elements of the region into their guided tours.  Because of the area’s deeply rooted history and its affect on Mozambique’s natural world, no other destination in Africa provides a more well-rounded insight into a specific region quite like Gorongosa National Park. This historical heritage is arguably the strongest element that sets Gorongosa apart from other popular walking safari destinations.

Incorporating the history of the land and its affects on the region’s fragile bio-diversity, the exceptional walking safaris offered by Explore Gorongosa provide an all-encompassing and highly educational experience for all visitors. On these walking safaris, you’ll learn how the region’s history of ancient civilizations, Arabs, and gold, ivory, and slave traders, tribal conflicts, and restoration projects, has shaped Gorongosa into the exciting place it is today. In addition, you’ll be able to see the direct affects this history had on the wildlife population and how conservation efforts over the past several years have transformed the area into one of Africa’s most stunning destinations.

In addition to employing the most knowledgeable locals in the area as certified guides, Explore Gorongosa accommodates guests in semi-mobile, luxury tents. Housing up to eight guests, Explore Gorongosa’s accommodations offers an intimate atmosphere and safari experience for all its visitors. Since each walking safari incorporates the minute details of nature, as well as larger details, Explore Gorongosa only provides private safari tours to ensure you experience the entire detective aspect of a walking safari.  

Since there are no set safari itineraries, you can choose to enjoy whichever aspect of Gorongosa National Park you wish. Whether you’re looking to experience a theme-based walking safari—such as a birding safari, or an all-encompassing walking safari, Explore Gorongosa will cater to your every individual preference. 

Exclusive walking safari excursions:

If you’re interested in a more niche-oriented safari excursion that combines your favorite interests, some detective work, surprise, excitement, and inspiration, Explore Gorongosa provides a series of special interest safari excursions throughout the year. In the coming year, choose from individual expeditions such as birding, species re-introduction, photography, artistic, anthropological, Gorongosa Mountain, and lion studying.

All encompassing walking safaris:

As you journey through the varying terrain of the Gorongosa on an Explore Gorongosa walking safari, you’ll learn to listen for the distinct callings of Mozambique’s wildlife, search for animal markings, and track paths of residential lions and elephants with the invaluable expertise of Gorongosa’s certified local guides. These highly knowledgeable guides introduce you to the hidden elements of Gorongosa’s indigenous wildlife that ranges from larger game to intricate wildlife hidden beneath rocks and inside crevasses.

Fascinating birdlife including the green-headed oriole, African fish eagle, Egyptian geese, a wide variety of crane species, and much more can be seen during your comprehensive tour through the Mozambique bush. Many of the larger species of animal spotted are Nile crocodiles, lions, hippos, antelopes, and elephants.

In contrast to ecological tours, community tours allow you to discover inspirational elements of the local culture and take a deeper look into how culture has been shaped by Mozambique’s history. You’ll also be able to tour the newly built school and hospital in the Vinho community and observe the positive effects it has had on the locals.

As you observe Mozambique’s bio-diversity, you’ll learn about the direct correlation between the region’s empowering history and its wildlife population, as well as the numerous conservation efforts that helped save this region’s species.

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Bazaruto Archipelago: Mozambique’s Remote Paradise

Benguerra IslandAlmost all exotic islands around the world—well-known by seasoned travelers—boast stunning backdrops, crystal blue water, and sprawling beaches, but none can compare to Mozambique’s prized gem, the Bazaruto Archipelago.

Whether you’re a sun worshiper, beach lover, water sports enthusiast, scuba diver, bird watcher, or adventurist, Bazaruto Archipelago is paradise on earth. It’s the ideal destination for travelers with an appetite for both exciting and relaxing activities, pristine beaches, luxurious accommodations, a cultural learning experience, and a tourism-free atmosphere.

Celebrating a unique mixture of African spirit, tropical ambiance, and breath-taking landscapes, the Bazaruto Archipelago is a cluster of five, untouched islands off the coast of Mozambique. Completely embodying the term “untouched,” these islands are free from commercial and tourism institutions.

Just how free from tourism are they? There are no roads . . . no shops . . . and no tourist attractions. The unspoiled nature of these islands is what provides you with a sense of complete clarity and an authentic insight into the local culture, and Mozambique’s natural world.

While visiting the islands of Bazaruto Archipelago, enjoy . . .

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  • Exceptional Scuba Diving: Home to some of the world’s most stunning and lively reefs and aquatic creatures, the Bazaruto Archipelago is every scuba diver’s dream. Unfortunately, for many areas of the world our coral reefs have been stripped of life and color because of human activity and global warming, but luckily for the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago, the coral in these waters continues to live on.Whether you’re a beginner diver or an experienced diver, the Bazaruto Archipelago’s surrounding ocean is characterized by its varying depths and currents, making it possible for every level of diver to enjoy.One of the most popular dive sites is Two Mile Reef—a shallow reef teeming with colorful fish, turtles, black-tip reef sharks, and moray eels. For more advanced divers, Cabo San Sebastio hosts a variety of reef fish as well as manta rays and whale sharks.For those who snorkel, the shallow reefs lining the islands provide exceptional snorkeling experiences and a plethora of reef fish and turtles.
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  • Exciting Island Tours: Mozambique safari tours take you through an expansive variety of eco-systems including dunes, grasslands, fresh water lakes, and the vast ocean. Here, you’ll see colorful birds, crocodiles, flamingos, breath-taking views, and much more. With over 164 species of bird, it’s no wonder the Bazaruto Archipelago is celebrated for its spectacular birding. Frequently spotted birds include Green coucals, green pigeons, purple banded and black sunbirds, olive bee-eaters, paradise fly-catchers, and crab plovers.In addition to island drives, cultural island tours are another great activity to enjoy while visiting the Bazaruto Archipelago. Depending on which cultural tour you choose to take part in, locals teach you about the abundant fauna and flora indigenous to the area, point out some of the most interesting natural aspects of the islands, and enlighten you with an insight into their local history. While visiting local villages, learn about the Benguerra Cashew nut trees that line the island and how the villagers harvest the nuts and husk to create delightful liquor that is unique to the area.
    Horse safaris in Mozambique
  • Horseback Riding: Famous for its sprawling and untouched pink beaches, aqua blue water, and vast grasslands, the Bazaruto Archipelago is arguably Africa’s best place to enjoy horseback riding. As you ride through indescribable landscapes with nothing but the sounds of the ocean and wind in the background, you’ll have the opportunity take in all of your surroundings and observe some of nature’s most prized gems.From the very beginning of this safari to the very end, you’ll experience the most thrilling and life-altering experience you could ever imagine. Whether you’re an experienced rider or new ride, you won’t want to miss this unforgettable horseback safari. A well trusted and respected operator is Mozambique Horse Safaris and Amanda and Patrick.
  • Excellent Fishing: As one of the world’s most famous big game fishing hubs, the Bazaruto Archipelago is famous for its ability to entice fishing enthusiasts to take part in some challenging and exciting deep sea fishing and fly fishing excursions. The deep Mozambique Channel is home to marlin, sailfish, king mackerel, bonito, travelly, and queen mackerel, making fishing in the Mozambique Channel not only challenging but exhilarating.

In addition to the rare opportunities you can experience in the Bazaruto Archipelago, the islands offer a handful of exceptional accommodations that radiate luxurious, soothing, and inspirational atmospheres. The lodges on the islands are designed for you to retreat to after a long day enjoying the Bazaruto Archipelago’s phenomenal nature. Some of our favorite lodges include Indigo Bay, Benguerra Lodge, Marlin Beach Lodge, and Azura Retreat, among many others.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a vacation full of diving, fishing, horseback riding, beach lounging, touring, or a combination of them all, Hills of Africa Travel can create completely tailored itineraries and find you the perfect accommodations to fit your specific preferences.

Have you been to Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago?  What were some of your lasting impressions?

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Five Reasons Why the Marlin Lodge Is the Perfect Mozambique Honeymoon spot

Imagine waking up to the sight of rolling dunes, drifting sailboats, and dozens upon dozens of flamingos feeding in a bay. For visitors to Mozambique’s Marlin Lodge, this is an everyday occurrence.

Marlin Lodge and beautiful Benguerra Island

Marlin Lodge and beautiful Benguerra Island

Below are the top five reasons why Marlin Lodge is the ideal place to stay while visiting Mozambique on an African family safari or honeymoon safari:

1. A Variety of Wonderful Activities: Situated on Bazaruto Archipelago’s Benguerra Island, Marlin Lodge is surrounded by a variety of differing eco-systems including beaches, freshwater lakes, acacia woodlands, and the sprawling Chimanimani Mountains. Because of the varying terrains neighboring Marlin Lodge, an abundance of activities can be enjoyed while visiting the area.

Diving at Marlin Lodge

Scuba diving enthusiasts, beach lovers, and adventurists alike find Marlin Lodge to be a haven for their most beloved activities. Rich with exotic wildlife, each type of eco-system boasts the same amount of awe and beauty as the next. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or take part in water sports, a Dhow cruise, horseback riding, island game-drives, scuba diving, snorkeling, or spa treatments, Marlin Lodge is the ideal place to stay in Mozambique.
During your stay at Marlin Lodge, a cultural Dhow cruise and all non-motorized water sports are included. Activities that are not included in your stay, but that shouldn’t be missed, are island drives, horseback riding, and whale watching tours.

Marlin's lavish accommodations

2. Lavish Accommodations: Keeping in par with the island’s indescribable beauty, Marlin Lodge’s luxurious accommodations are a delightful compliment to the area’s stunning landscape. With a total of 17 elegant chalets, Marlin Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy an intimate and private setting while on an African honeymoon vacation or Mozambique family vacation. Each and every chalet features a private walkway to the beach, en-suite facilities as well as indoor and outdoor showers, a private veranda with deck chairs, two lounges, and tastefully decorated interiors that reflect elegance and the essence of Africa. Of the 17 chalets, there are 14 luxury chalets that each overlook the beach, and are within short walking distance to Flamingo Bay Beach. The other three chalets are considered the executive chalets and are located closer to the main lodge area. These chalets are more spacious than the luxury chalets and are equipped with a few more features that make them more ideal for families. With elegant features and amenities Marlin Lodge’s 17 chalets have positioned themselves as the quintessence of luxury.

Marlin's bush bath

3. Wonderful Entertainment: An absolute highlight among guests is Marlin Lodge’s Beach BBQ, which primarily features fresh seafood. After the Beach BBQ, sundowner cocktails are served poolside and accompanied by light music in the lounge and bar area where you can socialize about the days exciting events.

Private beach dinner at Marlin Lodge

4. Delectable Cuisine: Supporting the Slow Food & Wine Movement (which encourages the use of fresh, locally grown organic produce), Marlin Lodge’s Chef Grant prepares dishes that are rich with a combination of Mozambique, Asian, and Portuguese flavors. Marlin Lodge’s delectable cuisine can be enjoyed from the comfort of your private terrace, in the dining room, or outside beneath the stars. If you’re interested in getting a closer look into the production of Chef Grant’s famous cuisine, Marlin Lodge now offers the opportunity for you to enjoy an interactive cooking experience with the chef.

Marlin Lodge's extensive Dive Shop

5. World-famous Diving: Since Mozambique is known for being one of the most exceptional places to scuba dive and snorkel, Marlin Lodge’s own Dive Center makes it convenient for you to dive without any hassle. The dive master Paul, who has been there for several years, is highly-knowledgeable of the area and provides each and every diver with a superior diving experience. Whether you’re a first-time diver or advanced, Paul will help you with all of your needs. If you don’t scuba dive or have a desire to, snorkeling is an excellent option for those who want to view marine life from a close proximity. Whether you choose to dive or snorkel, you will be able to see some of Mozambique’s 2,000 species of fish and an array of other aquatic life. During water activities, you have the opportunity to observe humpback whales and striped dolphins, moray eels, stingrays, hard and soft coral, reef sharks, and leatherback, loggerhead, green, hawksbill, and olive Ridley turtles.

Marlin Lodge

Whether looking to enjoy a Mozambique family safari or romantic honeymoon safari, Marlin Lodge offers all guests a rare and one-of-a-kind insight into Mozambique’s stunning nature and rich cultural heritage.

Have you been to Marlin Lodge?  We would love to hear your comments and reviews.

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Five Reasons Why the Marlin Lodge Is the Perfect Place to Stay in Mozambique

Imagine waking up to the sight of rolling dunes, drifting sailboats, and dozens upon dozens of flamingos feeding in a bay. For visitors to Mozambique’s Marlin Lodge, this is an everyday occurrence.

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Below are the top five reasons why Marlin Lodge is the ideal place to stay while visiting Mozambique on an African family safari or honeymoon safari:

1. A Variety of Wonderful Activities: Situated on Bazaruto Archipelago’s Benguerra Island, Marlin Lodge is surrounded by a variety of differing eco-systems including beaches, freshwater lakes, acacia woodlands, and the sprawling Chimanimani Mountains. Because of the varying terrains neighboring Marlin Lodge, an abundance of activities can be enjoyed while visiting the area.

dive3_thmScuba diving enthusiasts, beach lovers, and adventurists alike find Marlin Lodge to be a haven for their most beloved activities. Rich with exotic wildlife, each type of eco-system boasts the same amount of awe and beauty as the next. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or take part in water sports, a Dhow cruise, horseback riding, island game-drives, scuba diving, snorkeling, or spa treatments, Marlin Lodge is the ideal place to stay in Mozambique.
During your stay at Marlin Lodge, a cultural Dhow cruise and all non-motorized water sports are included. Activities that are not included in your stay, but that shouldn’t be missed, are island drives, horseback riding, and whale watching tours.

luxury chalet bedroom2. Lavish Accommodations: Keeping in par with the island’s indescribable beauty, Marlin Lodge’s luxurious accommodations are a delightful compliment to the area’s stunning landscape. With a total of 17 elegant chalets, Marlin Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy an intimate and private setting while on an African honeymoon vacation or Mozambique family vacation. Each and every chalet features a private walkway to the beach, en-suite facilities as well as indoor and outdoor showers, a private veranda with deck chairs, two lounges, and tastefully decorated interiors that reflect elegance and the essence of Africa. Of the 17 chalets, there are 14 luxury chalets that each overlook the beach, and are within short walking distance to Flamingo Bay Beach. The other three chalets are considered the executive chalets and are located closer to the main lodge area. These chalets are more spacious than the luxury chalets and are equipped with a few more features that make them more ideal for families. With elegant features and amenities Marlin Lodge’s 17 chalets have positioned themselves as the quintessence of luxury.

dinrm_thm3. Wonderful Entertainment: An absolute highlight among guests is Marlin Lodge’s Beach BBQ, which primarily features fresh seafood. After the Beach BBQ, sundowner cocktails are served poolside and accompanied by light music in the lounge and bar area where you can socialize about the days exciting events.

4. Delectable Cuisine: Supporting the Slow Food & Wine Movement (which encourages the use of fresh, locally grown organic produce), Marlin Lodge’s Chef Grant prepares dishes that are rich with a combination of Mozambique, Asian, and Portuguese flavors. Marlin Lodge’s delectable cuisine can be enjoyed from the comfort of your private terrace, in the dining room, or outside beneath the stars. If you’re interested in getting a closer look into the production of Chef Grant’s famous cuisine, Marlin Lodge now offers the opportunity for you to enjoy an interactive cooking experience with the chef.

5. World-famous Diving: Since Mozambique is known for being one of the most exceptional places to scuba dive and snorkel, Marlin Lodge’s own Dive Center makes it convenient for you to dive without any hassle. The dive master Paul, who has been there for several years, is highly-knowledgeable of the area and provides each and every diver with a superior diving experience. Whether you’re a first-time diver or advanced, Paul will help you with all of your needs. If you don’t scuba dive or have a desire to, snorkeling is an excellent option for those who want to view marine life from a close proximity. Whether you choose to dive or snorkel, you will be able to see some of Mozambique’s 2,000 species of fish and an array of other aquatic life. During water activities, you have the opportunity to observe humpback whales and striped dolphins, moray eels, stingrays, hard and soft coral, reef sharks, and leatherback, loggerhead, green, hawksbill, and olive Ridley turtles.

Whether looking to enjoy a Mozambique family safari or romantic honeymoon safari, Marlin Lodge offers all guests a rare and one-of-a-kind insight into Mozambique’s stunning nature and rich cultural heritage. Let Hills of Africa Travel create a detailed and customized itinerary for you around your every individual preference. Contact us today at (800) 940-9344.  We’re looking forward to making your dreams come true . . .

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