Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
A lot of what we see and hear about Africa on the news, is bad news. It is true that much of Africa is poor and it has many problems, but it is through tourism that many countries in Africa are generating vital money as well as employment for it’s people. Success stories like how well Kenya and South Africa does out of the many thousands of people who come to see the wonderful African wildlife every year. Apart form it’s wildlife Africa has in the whole the most wonderful and warm people as well as fantastic beaches.
In this series of posts, I am going to look at some of the best beach winter sun holidays in Africa that you may not yet have thought of, or even have known about.
Mozambique – Vamizi Island
There are some truly fantastic beaches in Mozambique and it makes the ideal location for a winter sun holiday getaway, one of the best places to visit is Vamizi Island which in part is managed by the Zoological Society of London and is amongst the last untouched African wildernesses. The low impact tourism to the on Vamizi is what funds the conservation on the island. The pearl white beaches and turquoise water are what beach holiday dreams are made of, on top of that there is some fantastic wildlife, including over 100 species of bird and samango monkeys. The coral reefs support a huge variety of fish and there are said to be more varieties of coral here than on the famous Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Vamizi island is just over 8 miles long and is a favourite holiday destination of Nelson Mandela.
Vamizi Island Activities
Apart from lazing on the beach, you can go scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, shore fishing, kayak along the beach. There are also guided walk and day trips to the neighbouring Rongui island or go visit the old Portuguese lighthouse.
Accommodation on Vamizi
You will fin yourself staying in one of 10 luxurious sea facing villas, each set over 70 meters apart for complete privacy and nestled in the trees just off the beach. The large verandahs just invite you to take a sundowner and enjoy the magnificent views.
Vamizi Island has a permanent population of around 1000 people, and it is through responsible tourism that this wonderful paradise will be conserved by bringing much needed money and jobs.