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Nuarro and Mozambique Island

8 days from £1475pp plus international flights.

The northern coast of Mozambique is picture perfect! Long stretches of white sand backed to swaying palm trees, lapped by the impossibly blue waters of the Indian Ocean. This is a region of raw, unspoilt beauty, well away from crowds, where you can enjoy nature, meet local people and do as much or little as you want.

Your first destination is Mozambique Island. For such a small island it has a wonderfully rich past, having served as an important trading post in the Portuguese empire since the 16th century. There's a fine fort and many impressive colonial buildings, though today life is quieter, and the you can explore at a leisurely place as you picture the hustle and bustle of centuries gone by. Your guest house is part of this history, too. Over its 300 years it's been home to prominent traders and merchants and is filled with Indian and Arab antiques and artefacts. It'll be unlike anywhere you've ever stayed before!   

Next you had north to the stunning Baixo do Pinda Peninsula. This region is remote, and getting here is part of the adventure! Once you've arrived you won't want to leave. This is an enchanting location and your lodge, with its rustic simplicity, fits perfectly. With scenery this beautiful you don't need distractions like TV in your room, though you do have hot water and limited electricity thanks to solar power. Swim and snorkel in the sea, picnic on a deserted beach, visit the village and take a dhow cruise - you have five days to experience this little slice of paradise.  

Northern Mozambique is a wild and beautiful place, less accessible than the south of the country, but that just means you won't have to share it with so many people! You'll remember the charms of this remote region and its people long after you've left.
Itinerary
Lounge at Terraco das Quitandas

DAY 1: ARRIVE NAMPULA, TRANSFER TO MOZAMBIQUE ISLAND

Welcome to Mozambique! A representative will meet you at Nampula airport and drive you east to the coast, where you'll cross the 3km bridge over to Mozambique Island. The journey takes around 2 hours. Your destination is Terraco das Quitandas, a 300 year old mansion converted to a guest house. Settle into your air-conditioned room then wander down to the lounge and reading room where you can relax after your journey, maybe enjoying a drink from the honesty bar. You should head up to the rooftop terrace in the late afternoon to watch the sunset. Tonight take the short walk into town to select a restaurant for dinner.    
Historic buildings on Mozambique Island

DAY 2: ON MOZAMBIQUE ISLAND

You have a day to explore Mozambique Island. Enjoy a generous breakfast at the lodge as you decide how spend your time. The island has an interesting history as a Portuguese trading centre on the route to India. You might like to take a tour to the main sites as you learn about this colourful past from your guide. Alternatively you can explore independently, visiting the museum and fort, and strolling round the alleyways. When you've had your fill of sightseeing, return to Terraco to enjoy its quiet seclusion, take in some sun on the terrace or rest in the shaded central courtyard. Breakfast
The beach at Nuarro

DAY 3: TRANSFER TO NUARRO LODGE

After breakfast today you'll set off with your driver for the journey north to Nuarro Lodge. The drive will take around 4 hours, and you'll be able to stop along the way whenever you like. The lodge is set on a lovely bay on the photogenic Baixo do Pinda Peninsula, and is named after the rocky point at one end of the bay. It's a small lodge with just 12 chalets, and friendly staff who make you feel welcome as soon as you arrive. Unpack your bags and make yourself at home - you are spending the next 5 days here. This afternoon you can check out the beach bar as you meet other guests and settle in to the gentle pace of life at Nuarro. Breakfast, lunch, dinner        
Kayaking near Nuarro Lodge

DAY 4: AT NUARRO LODGE

Wake this morning and stroll out onto your veranda to take in the sight of the sandy beach leading down to the azure ocean - perfection! Breakfast gives you time to ponder your options today. The sea is irresistible and you can go swimming, snorkelling and kayaking, all offered at no extra charge. The activity centre also offers scuba diving. After a busy morning you can savour a healthy lunch of fresh seafood. Later, stroll along the sandy beach, where, at low tide there are rock pools you can explore. In the evening enjoy a sundowner at the restaurant bar, as you contemplate dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner  
Nanatha village a short walk from Nuarro Lodge

DAY 5: AT NUARRO LODGE

Another day dawns at Nuarro, full of possibilities. You might like to walk along to Nanatha village accompanied by a member of staff from the lodge. There are strong links between Nuarro and Nanatha, the local people co-own the land and many of the staff are from the village. It's a good opportunity to get an insight into village life and you're assured of a warm welcome. If you want to do some independent exploring you can borrow one of the lodge's bikes to discover some of the wonders of the Baixo do Pinda Peninsula, stopping to admire the views, to see the lighthouse and greet smiling local people. Breakfast, lunch, dinner   
Dhow in the Indian Ocean

DAY 6: AT NUARRO LODGE

After a breakfast of home-made bread, cereals and fresh fruit you again have a choice of activities. The area near the lodge is blessed with abundant bird life, and a gentle stroll gives you the chance to spot some of the species that thrive here. If you're here between July and November you should take a boat trip out into the bay to look for humpback whales, a magnificent sight especially when seen at close range. At any time of year you'll be able to take a cruise in a traditional wooden dhow, viewing the shore from the ocean as you listen to the sound of the sail flapping in the breeze. It's a wonderfully relaxing experience. Breakfast, lunch, dinner       
Beach picnic from Nuarro Lodge

DAY 7: AT NUARRO LODGE

On your last day at Nuarro you can treat yourself to a picnic on a deserted beach. Staff are happy to make all the arrangements, so all you need do is turn up, board the boat to your quiet cove and enjoy the fine food and drink that's been specially prepared for you. Yes, it's indulgent but you are on holiday after all! Later back at the lodge there's time for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking as you make the most of the clear ocean waters, later relaxing on your veranda as you look forward to dinner on the terrace. Breakfast, lunch, dinner 
Nuarro Beach

DAY 8: TO NAMPULA, DEPART

It hardly seems possible that your time at Nuarro has come to end. After breakfast you'll bid a fond farewell to the staff as you set off with your driver for the four hour journey to Nampula airport, where the holiday ends. Breakfast  
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1475 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2016 - £1475 pp sharing from 15th January to 15th December 2016.

Includes: 7 nights accommodation on a twin share basis comprising 2 nights at Terraco das Quitandas and 5 nights at Nuarro Lodge; meals as specified; road transfer from Nampula airport to Mozambique Island; road transfer from Mozambique Island to Nuarro Lodge; road transfer from Nuarro Lodge to Nampula airport; tea, coffee and snacks at Nuarro Lodge; unguided snorkelling and kayaking, walkign trails and bike rides at Nuarro Lodge.

Excludes: International flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks other than tea and coffee at Nuarro Lodge; optional activities other than snorkelling, kayaking, walking and biking at Nuarro Lodge; items of a personal nature; tips.

Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Nampula. International flights from the UK start from around £1,300, depending on season and availability. We usually book these for you.

Departure dates: This is a tailor made holiday that can begin on the day of your choice between 15th January and 15th December, subject to availability.  

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The coast of Northern Mozambique is a beautiful and peaceful region, with long, white beaches, warm ocean waters, great dive sites and delicious seafood.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time: No direct flights from the UK, but daily access is via Johannesburg or Dar Es Salaam. There are light aircraft connections to the more remote islands and reserves.

Language: Portuguese is widely spoken in Mozambique and remains the main language. English is understood in a few larger towns.

Visas: Most nationalities do need a visa for Mozambique

Health: This is a malarial area and several vaccinations are receommended.

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