Tourism development in Mozambique is waking up: White Pearl Resorts, a leading luxury beach resort located on the pristine Lagoon Coast in Southern Mozambique, has just launched game drives into the adjacent Maputo Special Reserve, one of the most scenic conservation areas in Africa. For the first time, travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind luxury African eco-experience can combine a Mozambican tropical beach and diving holiday with an exciting bush safari all in the same place and make the most out of their precious holiday time.
With the recent availability of 30-day tourist visas on entry and improved infrastructure, the Maputo Special Reserve and its contiguous coastline, Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, are set to become major tourist destinations in Southeast Africa. The imminent opening of a major new tarred road will cut travel time from the capital, Maputo, to the coast to just 45 minutes – making White Pearl Resort the most accessible luxury beach resort in Mozambique and an ideal choice for time-pressed travelers.
Located just 100km south of Maputo, Maputo Special Reserve is one of 36 biodiversity hotspots identified worldwide. Covering a total area of 1 040 km², it has numerous freshwater inland lakes, coastal dunes, closed canopy forests and large open plains. As part of ongoing efforts to develop the area for tourism, more than 8,000 animals have been translocated to the reserve since 2010 in a multi-year endeavor supported by the governments of Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa and various organizations.
Cordelia Masher, Managing Director at White Pearl Resorts comments:
“By adding more animals to the Maputo Special Reserve this year, it will completely transform this conservation area into a sought after wildlife destination. On the exhilarating game drives, guests can expect to see incredible bird life, and a variety of large herbivore animals such as waterbuck, zebra, kudu, nyala, wildebeest, impala, giraffe and warthog as well as hippo, elephant and crocodile.”
Ocean-based wildlife adventures
Besides game viewing on land, guests at White Pearl Resorts can enjoy a wide array of very real, authentic ocean-based conservation encounters. The warm crystal blue sea, coral reefs and rich marine life of the Indian Ocean make the resort an ideal destination for diving and snorkeling holidays. One of the highlights are the ocean safaris, during which guests have a 90% chance of swimming with Bottlenose or Spinner dolphins. In addition, the pristine, world famous Pinnacles dive site, located just a few kilometres off the coast, offers a multi-coloured paradise that is alive with tropical fish and marine life of all shapes and shades including whale sharks, bull sharks and hammerhead sharks. Guests may also get the opportunity to observe the majestic Humpback whales in their natural habitat as they visit on their annual migration or watch the turtles laying their eggs along the coastline between November and February each year. Other activities include sea kayaking, surfing and horse-riding on the beach.
Fringed by the wilderness of the Maputo Special Reserve and the Indian Ocean, White Pearl Resorts is a beautiful hideaway unlike any other in all of Mozambique. Featuring 21 ocean-facing stilted luxury suites built into the hillside, an Ibiza styled restaurant, a lounge and a spa, the property subtly immerses itself in its spectacular natural surroundings. Guests are spoiled with personal butlers, private plunge pools and individual terraces for dining. The restaurant serves delicious Mozambican cuisine, such as fresh seafood and prawns.
More information: www.whitepearlresorts.com; +27 (0)11 026 7178