Maputo - Coming soon to a shore near you, well Mozambique to be precise, is the September 1 annular eclipse which will directly pass over the beaches of the Quirimbas Archipelago.
What makes the event so unique is that it only occurs every 84 years and without much effort or motivation needed you can secure front-row seats.
Mozambique travel specialists, Dana Tours, have the following recommendations if you're coming to witness this extraordinary natural spectacle:
Located in the beautiful town of Vilanculos, this small hotel with its luxurious rooms will offer you a great view of the archipelago.
Also look forward to: Diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, dhow sailing, kite surfing, water skiing, wind surfing, horse riding spa treatments
Vilanculos Beach Lodge
Looking for luxury? Vilanculos Beach Lodge is the perfect place to be. Situated only five kilometres from Vilanculos Village, the lodge is surrounded by stunning beaches and the individual are positioned on the 100 metre drop to the beach, yet offering complete privacy.
Also look forward to: Dhow sailing, diving and snorkelling, yacht cruises, non-motorised watersports, hiking and bird watching and enjoying sundowners on the deck.
The established lodge is situated on the second largest island in Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago and is renowned for its personalised service. What makes Benguerra Lodge unique is that it is set within a protected marine conversation area allowing for top beach experiences.
Also look forward to: Swimming with horses, sunset dhow cruises, snorkelling and scuba diving, island hopping, helicopter sightseeing and sights of Mozambique's magnificent marine wildlife such as devil rays, sting rays and turtles species.
Azura at Gabriel's
Located in Benguerra Island, Azura Lodge is said to be Mozambique's first luxury eco-boutique resort. The loge was built entirely by hand in partnership with the local community. Consisting of only 16 villas, each with their own infinity pool, Azura is top of mind when it comes to exclusivity and pampering.
Azura Lodge is the country's first luxury eco-boutique retreat. Built entirely by hand in partnership with the local community, it has just 16 villas, each with their own infinity pool stretching out to the Indian Ocean beyond, and designed for the ultimate in pampering and privacy.
Also look forward to: unspoiled white beaches, remarkable dive sites and excellent fishing.
Pestana Bazaruto Lodge
The lodge is uniquely situated near the north point of Bazaruto Island, close to the excellent diving and fishing areas of the Archipelago. The consists of 40 air-conditioned A-frame thatched chalets, spa and two fresh water swimming pools with Jacuzzi's, as well as a play area for young children.
Also look forward to: Diving, snorkelling, fishing, boat trips to neighbouring islands, motorised watersports, island excursions, bird watching as well as walking and hiking opportunities.
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa
Situated on Bazaruto Island, off the Mozambican coast near Vilanculos, the resort offers visitors a truly magical Indian Ocean getaway. Visitors cannot only look forward to luxury accommodation with a spa, but a PADI centre as well. At least seven top sites are within the area of Indigo Bay.
Also look forward to: sport fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving, horse riding, dhow excursions, sunset cruises, watersports, cultural drives, dune and sand boarding and birdwatching. The resort also offers Qolf, which is an innovation in golfing technology. It is similar, to a 9-hole Maché course, but offers an inventive way of sinking the ball.
While it is impossible to cover all the best sites and accommodation options within the scope of one article, contact Dana Tours to discuss a package that will perfectly suit your needs. Happy eclipsing…
Adapted from a press release for IOL