My Quick Escape To The Island of Bazaruto
It’s mid-winter in Johannesburg, South Africa. It’s cold, the media is laden with bad news and I can think of nothing better than a quick escape to the beautiful island of Bazaruto in Mozambique.
And it really was quick. The flight from OR Tambo International airport on Airlink, direct into Vilanculos was much easier than I thought. Just over two hours. After arriving at the airport I was taken, along with a party of other guests, to a jetty nearby. June is considered low season, but temperatures are still fairly warm and today at 24 degrees centigrade I had to quickly start stripping off the layers of city clothing.
An Untouched Island In Africa
And while I haven’t been to this region for some years, just staring out at the bay reminded how beautiful and untouched this part of Africa still is. The water is beautifully blue and the pure fresh sea air has an immediate effect of lifting one’s spirit.
Bazaruto also known as the island of the mist is the largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago and in the Bazaruto National Park. The Archipelago is a small group of islands situated approximately 30 kilometers off the Mozambique coast near the town of Vilanculos, approximately 800 km North of Maputo. Bazaruto Island is also the largest (approximately 37km long and up to 7km wide) and northern most of the five islands.
Despite it’s size, there are around 3500 locals living on the island, along with one of the largest populations of the endangered and very elusive Dugongs who hide out in the waters of Mozambique.
After forty five minutes of ocean going, we arrived at the beautiful Anantara Bazaruto Resort and Spa. Guests also have the option of taking a helicopter ride to the destination which is a little quicker, but obviously more expensive. However, as I have good sea legs and actually really like boats, it’s an easy choice for me. And anyway the trip was very calm and pleasant on the cobalt blue Indian ocean.
As the boat pulled up to the sandy shore, all guests were met in the truly friendly African tradition of song and dance. It’s simply bliss. Well as for me, nothing beats that feeling of complete happiness of putting my toes into the warm Indian ocean again.