Bazaruto Archipelago

Islands, golden beaches and coral reefs

The Bazaruto Archipelago is made up of six islands off the coast of Mozambique. Most of the area is a national park due to its wealth of animals and beautiful beaches.

Rest, space, sun, sea and sand. Not in that particular order. The beaches of Mozambique belong to the most beautiful in the world. There are palm trees, warm water and a huge amount of vistas to support that statement.

A boat in the Bazaruto Archipelago. ©Corno van den Berg

Stranden in Afrika

Beaches in Mozambique? Yes, for sure. People might think of Gambia, Zanzibar, Kenya and the Seychelles when they think of African beaches, or even Morocco, Tunisia or Egypt. Mozambique won’t spring to mind for many people, which suits me fine because that means more of them will be just for me. Though they have more than I can handle.

The moment you put your toes in the extremely fine, soft sand, you’re sold. If not, the sun and the warm water will get you there. Palm trees and other greenery complete the décor, which is often described as idyllic. It will put you in the holiday mood.

This crab in the Bazaruto Archipelago is not afraid. ©Corno van den Berg

Benguerra Island and Bazaruto Island

You can see Benguerra Island and Bazaruto Island in the distance, two of the islands that lie off the coast. Perfect spots for those who seek peace and quiet. Especially when you’re going for a walk, maybe at sunrise, and most definitely at sunset. A crab had the same thought as me and shows me his impressive pinchers.

And when you visit Pansy Island you will see the intriguing remains of sea urchins. They’re often known as ‘sand dollars’ and are very popular, but you’re not allowed to export them.

A tour with a boat in the Bazaruto Archipelago. ©Corno van den Berg

The beaches, the warm water and the islands entice you to go exploring time and time again. No wonder many South Africans go here for their holidays.