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Gonarezhou National Park

Gonarezhou

Gonarezhou   Although Zimbabwe’s second largest national park, Gonarezhou has long slipped under the radar due to its remote location in the far southeast. Interestingly though, that’s about to change.  ‘Gonu’, as we affectionately call it, is an up-in-comer in the safari world, quickly attracting those looking to get ahead of the crowds. Yes, it’s …

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Namaqaland

Stretching for over 1 000 kilometres along South Africa’s scenic West Coast, the Namaqualand is known for its stark, arid beauty. Once a year in early Spring, the Namaqualand landscape explodes into a kaleidoscope of colour.  The dusty plains are transformed into a blanket of thousands of flowering wildflowers.  International and local visitors flock here …

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Quirimbas Archipelago

Comprising 32 small islands offshore of northern Mozambique, the Quirimbas is a rewarding off-the-beaten-track destination whose attractions include postcard-perfect beaches, a diverse marine fauna, and the atmospheric old town of Ibo. The entire archipelago has been nominated as a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site, and 11 of the islands are protected in Quirimbas National Park, …

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Inhambane

One of southern Mozambique’s oldest and most characterful towns, Inhambane stands on an attractive natural harbor chosen as the site of Africa’s first Jesuit mission in 1560. Today, the town is best known as the road gateway to the seaside resort villages of Tofo and Tofinho, which stand on the fine sand of the Barra …

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Bazaruto

Situated offshore of the popular resort town of Vilankulo, Bazaruto National Park protects the archipelago of five tropical Indian Ocean islands for which is named. Renowned for its rich marine biodiversity and sensational snorkeling and diving opportunities, the park is most affordably visited on a full-day boat excursion from Vilankulo, but a more attractive option …

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Ponta Mamoli

Nestled in lush coastal forest in the far south of Mozambique, Ponta Mamoli undoubtedly ranks as one of the country’s most wildly beautiful beach destinations. The tall forested dunes and isolated setting are reminiscent of South Africa’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated only 10km to the south. Ponta Mamoli lies within …

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Gorongosa National Park

Mozambique’s flagship safari destination, Gorongosa National Park extends across 2,000 square miles of mixed woodland and seasonal wetlands at the base of Mount Gorongosa, an isolated massif that rises almost a mile above the surrounding plains. Back in its heyday, Gorongosa’s wildlife densities rivalled those of the Serengeti. Unfortunately, the park suffered from intensive poaching …

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Ilha de Mozambique

The oldest European settlement on the east coast of Africa, Ilha de Moçambique occupies a narrow two-mile-long island offshore of northern Mozambique. It effectively served as Portugal’s East African capital from 1530 until 1898, when it was superseded by Maputo, and is now inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite being connected to the …

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Antananarivo

Usually referred to as ‘Tana’, Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo sprawls across a succession of wooded ridges and low swampy valleys in the heart of the central highlands. It’s an appealing and characterful city, and rich in historical interest, having effectively served as the Malagasy capital since it was settled by King Andrianjaka of Imerina in 1612. …

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Isalo

A highlight of southwest Madagascar’s semi-arid interior, the 314-square-mile Parc National d’Isalo protects a vast sandstone massif that rises to above 4,000ft from the surrounding grassland. Isalo is best known for its evocative rockscapes – spine-like rows of jagged peaks, eroded strata, and precarious-looking balancing rocks – but it also harbors a wealth of endemic …

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Antsirabe

Antsirabe (‘Place of Big Salt’) started life many centuries ago as a market village whose economy was based on salt extracted from its thermal springs and the bountiful agricultural produce of the surrounding volcanic hills. The modern town, founded in 1872 as a hill retreat for Norwegian missionaries, replaced nearby Betafo as the capital of …

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