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Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

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This beachside hotel complex has its own airstrip and the transfer is made in a covered trailer pulled by a spanking new John Deere tractor which pulls one through a rather primitive village, whose inhabitants, in socialist Mozambique, are the actual owners of the entire complex. The management is entrusted to a Portuguese hotel chain. The level of sophistication is equal to anything in the Caribbean or elsewhere, which slightly takes away from the Africa-ness of the experience.

The resort is located at the north western tip of Bazaruto Island, on the sheltered side, and at low tide the waterline is a surprisingly long walk out among the myriad wading birds, tiny sand crabs and cheeky African magpies. The tide comes in very quickly and in no time the waterline is just outside the entrance to the luxurious chalets/cabins, and we enjoyed evening drinks with the water lapping at our feet, while watching the full magnificence of an African sunset over the Indian Ocean, only possible from an island. It was stunning!

We just spent one night, but this was a spot I would gladly have spent days. The water is brilliant turquoise, the sand white, the vegetation dark green, and the number of people, unlike the Caribbean, few. It must be a paradise for divers and watersports lovers. The resort is not cheap, but nonetheless proved good value for money.

Pestana Bazaruto Lodge Website.

Written by  Mike Leonard.

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