Located on the pristine Lagoon Coast in Southern Mozambique, leading luxury beach resort White Pearl Resorts has launched game drives into the adjacent Maputo Special Reserve.
For the first time, travellers 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 in one of the most scenic conservation areas in Africa.
Located just 100 kilometres south of Maputo, Maputo Special Reserve is one of 36 biodiversity hotspots identified worldwide featuring 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 endeavour supported by the governments of Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa and various organisations.
“By adding more animals to the Maputo Special Reserve this year, it will completely transform this conservation area into a sought after wildlife destination,” White Pearl Resorts managing director Cordelia Masher says.
“On these 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.”
Besides game viewing on land, guests at White Pearl Resorts can enjoy a wide array of authentic ocean-based conservation encounters as the rich marine life of the Indian Ocean makes the resort an ideal destination for diving and snorkelling.
One of the highlights are the ocean safaris, during which guests have a 90 percent chance of swimming with Bottlenose or Spinner dolphins. Also, the famous Pinnacles dive site offers a memorable experience in water rich with tropical fish and marine life 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.
Fringed by the wilderness of the Maputo Special Reserve and the Indian Ocean, White Pearl Resorts features 21 ocean-facing stilted luxury suites built into the hillside, an Ibiza styled restaurant, a lounge and a spa. Guests are spoiled with personal butlers, private plunge pools and individual terraces for dining.
With the recent availability of 30-day tourist visas on entry and improved infrastructure, the Maputo Special Reserve and its 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.