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AFRICA | by Justin Lindblad

Africa, Land of Endless Space

There is a tropical paradise situated on the east coast of Africa with 2500km of spectacular coastline called Mozambique. With its idyllic beaches fringed with palm trees and lapped by crystal clear waters brimming with a dazzling array of marine life, this enchanting African nation was the start of our adventure. We flew into Vilanculos from Johannesburg where we were met by a helicopter for the stunning 10-minute flight to Benguerra Island where our destination, Azura Resort, is located. Built entirely by hand in partnership with the local community, there are just 20 spacious ’beach-chic’ designer villas, each with their own private pool stretching out to the Indian Ocean beyond, and located a few steps from the pristine white sand beach.

Imagine this: An unspoiled island within a pristine Marine National Park; miles of deserted beaches with soft white sand; sparkling turquoise seas, crisscrossed by local dhow boats plying their trade; swaying palms, gentle breezes, sunny days and star studded nights. Our days were tailored around our interests, taking advantage of a vast range of guided activities and experiences, including world class snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving from the Padi 5-star dive center. We took a tour of the island, and visited the community and the school supported by Azura. Four nights passed too quickly, and we found ourselves back on the helicopter heading to Vilanculos and onwards to Cape Town.

 

Cape Town is known for its breathtaking views, gorgeous beaches, booming food scene and vibrant neighborhoods. It’s hands down one of our top picks. If time allows, a visit to the Western Cape and Cape Winelands is a must.

We started our most recent stay in Cape Town at The Silo Hotel, which is a former grain silo dating back to the 1920’s and has recently been converted to a 28-room boutique beauty. Its large pillowed glass windows offer some of the best views to the mountains and harbor. Being located on the V&A Waterfront’s Silo district, you’re just a short walk from all the action.

Just 2.5 hours from Cape Town we ventured up to Nelspruit Airport followed by another short 30-minute flight to Kruger National Park where we began our safari adventure. Four nights gave us the right amount of time to visit Singita Lebombo Lodge combined with Sabi Sand – Singita Boulders Lodge. #OurSingta stay exceeded all expectations. We stand with their conservation efforts and would love for you to experience the same.

To wrap up our Mozambique and South Africa getaway, we used the last few hours before our international flight for shopping on the gallery strip. One of our long-standing favorite spots is the Kim Sacks Gallery, which features artifacts, ceramics, textiles and more from across the African Continent.

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