●Heritage Tours Private Travel – 121 West 27 Street, Suite 1201; 212-206-8400 or 800-378-4555; heritagetoursonline.com; operated by Joel Zack; can arrange tours throughout country; can focus on Jewish heritage.
ÎLE EUROPA – diving on reefs is spectacular and worth special effort.
●Tofo – Tofo; tofotravel.com or mantatrust.org; stunning 8 km sandy beach; among premier manta-viewing locations in world.
●Dugong Beach Lodge – 70 miles outside Maputo, on eastern seaboard; 011-258-82-306-488; dugonglodge.co.za; set on sheltered, white-sand peninsula; eco-resort with just 10 chalets; manta rays, leatherback turtles, and dugong frequently share open Indian Ocean with guests; scuba dive, deep-sea fish, or kayak, or sit by pool, staring out at pink flamingos flocks; request table under gazebo at jetties’ end and order Portuguese-style peri-peri prawns.
●Anantara Medjumbe – .
●Vamizi Island Mozambique – Vamizi Island; 011-44-012-8584-1763; vamizi.com; most stunning resort in archipelago; 7.5 mile long island with 1 village and white beaches, with rain forest interior; 10 palatial and widely spaced villas; September is best; #5 is close to main facilities but still private; #1 has own beach.
Sights & Sites
●Gorongosa National Park – 170km northwest of Beira; 011-258-82-300-9853; gorongosa.net; at Great Rift Valley’s southern end; 3.8K square kilometer park includes valley floor and surrounding plateaus’ parts; plateaus contain miombo and montane forests, as well as spectacular rain forest at limestone gorge series’ base; at 1 time supported some of Africa’s densest wildlife populations; large mammal numbers reduced by as much as 95% and ecosystems stressed during Mozambique’s long civil conflict at 20th Century’s end.