Maputo, Mozambique

Photo: White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli
Photo: White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli

Do you have a knack for picking the next big travel destination? Do you tend to visit a place that everyone is talking about months later? Maybe you visited Tulum when it only had a few eco-resorts, and Negril before the all inclusives took over? Or you traveled to Mendoza before the rest of the world realized that Argentines made really good wine.

Photo: White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli
Photo: White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli

If you’re always finding yourself ahead of the travel curve, it’s time to check out Mozambique. This former Portuguese colony has been steadily rebuilding itself since its civil war ended in the 1990s. Tourists are beginning to explore Maputo, the vibrant capital with colonial architecture, and the gorgeous beaches bordering the Indian Ocean.

Photo: White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli
Photo: White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli

White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli is built into the sand dunes of one of these stunning beaches in Southern Mozambique. The Maputo Elephant Reserve is to the west; the South African border to the south. The resorts’ suites are built on timber stilts to protect the fragile ecosystem. Leatherback and loggerhead turtles lay their eggs on the beach. Humpback whales migrate offshore. This already sounds like paradise, and you haven’t even seen your suite.

Photo: White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli
Photo: White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli

The chic beachside resort has a laid-back vibe and lots of places to relax. All with ocean views, of course. Rooms have plunge pools, bathtubs for two, and outdoor showers. Enjoy fruit kebabs by the pool. Sip rum and raspberry cocktails on oversized daybeds. Watch the sun set to the beat of Mozambican drums. Kayak as dolphins swim around you. Scuba dive without crowds. Gaze at the stars through the reading room’s telescope. And be glad you found this little piece of paradise before everyone else.

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2 thoughts on “Maputo, Mozambique

  1. hey, great writing I love it” I lived in Maputo for three years, and have written some of my own stories on my blog. I will always love Maputo for all its character!

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