Marine Safaris in Mozambique

Dominic Scaglioni_Manta Reef
Manta Reef, Mozambique. Photo by Dominic Scaglioni. Used by permission through a Creative Commons license.

I recently began offering safaris in Mozambique. I’m excited about this coastal country because it offers amazing opportunities to combine the traditional land safari with explorations of coral reefs and aquatic wildlife. The Mozambique coast and its archipelago of 27 islands boast more than 1,000 species of marine life.

A dazzling array of fish, from moray eels and stingrays to barracuda, kingfish and other pelagic gamefish can be seen while diving in tropical waters that seldom drop below 79°F. Dolphins are frequently encountered here, while humpback whales can be sighted between August and October. Leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles are often seen in the water, coming ashore to lay their eggs.

On shallower dives, you are likely to see resident reef fish such as sweetlips, pufferfish, angelfish and triggerfish. Anemones filter the waters with the resident clown fish often in sight. On deeper wall dives, you will encounter species such as humphead (Napoleon) wrasse, groupers, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, snappers and unicorn fish.

There is plenty of exploring to do on land, as well, with whale watching from August through November and turtle tracking twice a year: from October to January, when loggerhead and leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, and again in 60 days to watch hatchlings make their way out to the ocean.

A beach safari is an excellent way to round out your African safari. Contact me for help planning your next trip!

Turtle hatchlings make their way out to sea. Photo by Jeroen Looyé. Used by permission through a Creative Commons license.

 

Featured Lodge: Phinda Forest Lodge

Phinda Forest Lodge is located in a private game reserve on the incomparable Maputaland Coast.
Phinda Forest Lodge is located in a private game reserve on the incomparable Maputaland Coast.

Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest near the Maputaland Coast in South Africa, &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge is a perfect home base for both land and sea safaris. Spend the morning tracking a black rhino on foot, swim with whale sharks in the afternoon, and watch loggerhead and leatherback turtles laying eggs on the beach in the evening.

Recently hatched turtles scramble out to sea.
Recently hatched turtles scramble out to sea.

Afterward, retire in a suite that fuses spectacular architectural design with the ultimate in conservation principles. Inventively designed in a style affectionately known as Zulu Zen, the 16 suites of Phinda Forest Lodge are built on stilts and appear to float between the forest floor and the towering torchwood trees.

Each handcrafted, glass-encased suite boasts a minimalist flair that incorporates high-gloss wooden floors, richly tactile fabrics and brightly accented Zulu artifacts. The suites feature luxurious en suite bathrooms with slate hand basins and viewing decks where guests can drink in the sight of graceful nyala and duiker antelopes in the dappled shade of the forest.

The suites at Phila Forest Lodge are built on stilts and appear to float between the forest floor and the towering torchwood trees.
The suites at Phila Forest Lodge are built on stilts and appear to float between the forest floor and canopy.

The lodge’s sparkling rim-flow swimming pool and expansive decks look out onto panoramic views of an open meadow where animals frequently graze. A traditional African boma is enclosed with a wooden fence and offers lantern-lit open-air dining beneath a canvas of stars.

 

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