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Beaches of Mozambique

Since Mozambique is located on the Indian Ocean, it has many wonderful white-sand beaches with warm waters. If you’re planning to visit this country, you can’t miss out on opportunities for watersports, fishing, and soaking up the sun! Here is a list of some of Mozambique’s top beaches.

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  1. Wimbe Beach. This place is exactly what you imagine when you think of a tropical beach. The sand is lined with palms, swaying to and fro in the wind. The water is warm, and the beach is ideal for running or long walks. This is a nice, safe beach that is perfect for families. There are food stalls and accommodations nearby, so you won’t have to travel far to find everything you could possibly need for your stay in paradise.

 

  1. Tofo Beach. This is the ideal beach for vacationers who love to lounge all day and party all night! This beach has golden sand and blue water, so you can enjoy the Instagrammable view as you lounge the day away. The vibrant nightlife scene is fantastic, so be sure to take at least one evening for partying on Tofu Beach! If tanning and partying isn’t your style, don’t write off this beach too quickly—it’s also a popular place for adventure sports.

 

  1. Benguerra Island. Located in the beautiful Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra Island has endless stretches of sand for you to enjoy. You can set up your umbrella anywhere on the fine, white sand or jump in and explore the two miles of reef with your snorkel mask and flippers. Here, you can also see Africa’s only dugongs as they calmly graze among the seagrass.

 

  1. Portuguese This stunning island has a lot to love! If you want to escape from the crowds and clamour of mainland Mozambique, you will relish the quiet serenity of Portuguese Island. This uninhabited island is reserved for day trippers and is very popular with vacationers. The beach here is perfectly gorgeous! You can relax on a shaded beach chair with a rum in your hand, browse the vendors’ stalls, or try your hand at any one of a number of water sports activities.

 

  1. Ponta do Ouro. Just north of the border between Mozambique and South Africa, you’ll find this beautiful peninsular region just waiting for you to come make memories. The town is remote, so you can escape the other tourists and find yourself surrounded by the wild beauty of the natural world. Ponta do Ouro’s lovely beach is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Just be sure to keep an eye out for the playful dolphins that often frolic off the coast! If you love adventure, you’ll want to try the offshore diving and deep sea fishing opportunities you can find.

 

  1. Fernao Veloso Bay. This lovely beach is a jutting point of white sand that disappears into a glassy blue sea. Here, you’ll find tourists and locals alike enjoying the beautiful weather and sunshine! This beach is famous for its massive fish, which you can catch, with a bit of luck. This is also a great place for kayakers to visit, since the water is calm and clear. You may even catch a glimpse of interesting marine life beneath your boat!

 

  1. Carushka. Head to the town of Napula to experience this beach. While this is a great place to visit, it isn’t on the itinerary for most tourists. This means that when you come, you’ll get to enjoy a distinctly local vibe! However, there are some things created especially for travellers. You can stay in a lovely little bungalow on the beach, where you’ll get a comfortable bed and good, local seafood. Even if you don’t stay here overnight, you’ll enjoy a day at Carushka Beach. You can rent jet skis here or just relax on the sand—it’s up to you! This place runs on African time, so there’s no rush to do anything in particular.

Image source: http://www.mozambique.co.za/

Love these beaches? We know you will! If you want to visit one (or all!) of these lovely beaches during your trip to Mozambique, Take2Tours has you covered. Contact one of our representatives to find out more, or book a tour online! We can bring you to the loveliest beaches in Mozambique and make your African adventure perfectly magical. So sit back, relax, and let us do the work! You’ll be too busy soaking up the sunshine to worry about a thing.

Ancient Serenity – Get Lost Among the Stars of the Cape Karoo

Deep in the desert of South Africa, The Cape Karoo captures the imagination of everyone who visits. Here, you’ll discover a thriving town named Beaufort West, miles away from the glaring lights of the city. Instead of city lights, something else illuminates the landscape—the stars. Beaufort West, aside from being an enchanting town to visit, is located in The Cape Karoo, the best and most famous place for stargazing in South Africa. If you want to see the night sky in all its glory, step back into time, and unravel the mysteries of space, then head to the dusty town of Beaufort West in The Cape Karoo, South Africa.

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Beaufort West was founded in the early 1800s when settlers found the surrounding area ideal for farming and raising sheep. The entire Cape Karoo area is a desert landscape, but it’s still hospitable to such agricultural pursuits. The resulting towns grew up around the sheep industry, but today they survive mainly on the tourism generated by the interesting environs of The Cape Karoo area. Much of that tourism centres on the amazing stargazing offered by the region.

The Cape Karoo is known for its dark skies and bright stars, and it is here that many night-sky junkies have set up their homes for the purpose of stargazing night after night. Each town in the area has its own claim to fame when it comes to stargazing, but the best place of all for watching the night sky is Beaufort West. Why? Because of The Karoo National Park, the natural area adjacent to the civilised portion of the town. If you’re hoping to do some serious stargazing when you’re in The Cape Karoo, then staying in Beaufort West and driving to The Karoo National Park is the best way to go.

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Just a short six-kilometer drive from Beaufort West, you’ll find yourself in the middle of The Karoo National Park. The open plains of the park, plus dark skies and uninterrupted skyline, make for the perfect stargazing spot. Here, you’ll see the entire display of the southern hemisphere: in the summer, our old friends Orion, Perseus, and the Great Bear are clearly visible. In the winter, Scorpius, Hercules, and Sagittarius gleam brightly in the sky. In autumn, Leo and Hydra make their appearance, while in the spring, Andromeda and Aquarius watch Pegasus fly through the night sky. At any time of the year, one can spot the Southern Cross and Centaurus circling the South Pole.

The best season to see the night sky is December through March, which is summer for South Africa and also is the dry season. You won’t have to worry about clouds blocking your view of the stars if you visit at this time of year. Even July and August, the South African winter, you can still get great views of the night sky. If you’re lucky enough to visit after a rain, when the air is crisp and clear, you can see some of the most brilliant stars that you’ll view in a lifetime.

If you’re hoping to do some stargazing in The Karoo National Park, you can stay up late watching the night sky in the park and then head back to your hotel in Beaufort West. Despite the relatively small size of the town and the remote location, there are several excellent hotels and guest houses to choose from. You can stay in ultimate comfort between nights of stargazing, and during the day, you can explore the town itself. There are many interesting attractions to keep you busy as you wait for the stars to come out: dinosaur footprints in The Karoo National Park, a tour of an olive groove, or shopping at the antique store. You can also take a historic tour of the town, which takes visitors through the Village Museum and the historic Dutch Reformed Church.

There’s no doubt about it: Beaufort West is an ideal destination for stargazers from all around the world! Visit The Cape Karoo to make your starry dreams come true. When it comes to enjoying the night sky, you won’t find anywhere better.

Make your next African trip incredible! Give us a call or drop us a mail at info@take2tours.co.za and let’s chat about your trip to Southern Africa.

A Wine-Loving Traveler’s Gem: Riebeek Kasteel

Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa is a town with many attractions. The art, the countryside, and the history call many travellers from far and wide. However, it is the wine—paired perfectly with the landscape and art scene—that is especially magnetic to visitors. If you love good art and good wine, you’ll love Riebeek Kasteel! Here’s an overview of the town and the wine-lovers activities you can enjoy there.

History

Riebeek Kasteel, named for famous South African figure Jan van Kasteel, is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. Not only is it one of the oldest European settlements, but it’s also one of the most ancient villages. It’s little wonder that so many people have decided to live in this location—it’s absolutely beautiful! The town is nestled into the edge of the Riebeek Valley, where grapes and olives have been grown for generations. Besides an agricultural heritage, the town also has architectural heritage. It’s home to some of the oldest buildings in South Africa, including the oldest hotel in the country.

 

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Countryside

The natural world around Riebeek Kasteel looks a bit like the Italian countryside. Grapevines and olive trees dominate the cultivated part of the landscape, while the wilder slopes of the valley are no less captivating. This, of course, has attracted a thriving art scene in Riebeek Kasteel—something that makes wine touring that much more classy and delightful. Many of South Africa’s most famous artists have made a home in Riebeek Kasteel in order to live in the midst of such beauty and capture in on canvas in a thousand different ways. Before you leave, be sure to browse the art galleries to see the many artistic renderings of the surrounding area. You can even take home a painting to keep a piece of Riebeek Kasteel in your own house, wherever in the world you live.

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Wine Scene

Riebeek Kasteel is a wine lover’s paradise. There are plenty of vineyards to visit, wineries to tour, and glasses to sip from. Start your wine journey at Kloovenburg Wine Estate. Here, you can try it all—and we don’t mean just the different wines. Drive through the picturesque vineyards to the cellars, where you can tour through the barrels before relaxing with a glass of liquid red heaven. Next, visit Meerhof Wines, where you’ll get to see the cellars where traditional wine is made. Using no modern techniques or commercial yeast, the wine from Meerhof Wines is one hundred percent traditional, and it tastes wonderful. Mullineaux Family Wines also creates traditional wines. Five varieties of grapes and a dedication to local flavours and processes are the key ingredients to the unique wines that come from Mullineaux Family Wines. Of course, you’ll want to get an overall wine tasting tour in addition to visits to individual vineyards. For a local wine tasting tour in Riebeek Kasteel, attend a wine tasting at Het Vlock Casteel. This tour will take you through a gastronomic adventure of all of the offerings of Riebeek Kasteel. You’ll get to taste the many wines in the area, and you’ll also get to sample local olive oil, jams, fruits, and more. A wine-tasting tour like this is the best way to get to know the flavours and culture of South Africa’s Riebeek Kasteel.

If you’re a lover of wine and art, there’s no better place to visit in South Africa than the lovely town of Riebeek Kasteel! Enjoy the history, the art, the countryside, and, of course, the wine in this little corner of Africa. You’ll love experiencing the best of South Africa’s wine scene and see a side to the great continent of Africa that you never expected to see. Who knew Africa could produce such incredible wines? See it for yourself (or rather taste it for yourself) to understand why travellers from around the world continue to flock to this little town in the South African hills.

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2 Bonus Adventures To Add To Your Bucket List

A real adventure starts in Africa. We’ve added two bonus adventures you can add to your bucket list. If you’ve missed our previous post detailing 3 Adventures in South Africa To Add To Your Bucket List, go check it out first!

Bungee Jumping

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We’re going to take a wild guess and assume that unless you have a fear of heights, bungee jumping is already on your bucket list. Why not check off that item in South Africa? It’s a good place to do it, since it has the world’s highest commercial bungee jump! Bloukrans Bungee is the terrifying, thrilling, and addicting jump that has served as the platform (pun definitely intended) for many world records and celebrity jumpers. Take a leap of faith and try it out for yourself! This is a thrill ride that’s hard to top.

Snorkeling

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If you’ve never gone snorkeling before, you’re in for a treat. Even if you have snorkeled elsewhere, you’ll still be enchanted by the magic of South Africa’s undersea world. All along the coast, there are excellent places to strap on your mask and flippers for a wet adventure. One of the most interesting places to snorkel is Knysna, a coastal town that draws many tourists for its beautiful coastline and marine life. Snorkel the Garden Route to see whales, dolphins, and adorable seahorses in their natural environment! Short of scuba diving, there’s no better way to view and learn about life under the sea. You’ll be amazed by the busy marine neighborhoods you can find beneath the waves!

You won’t find opportunities like this anywhere else in the world! Drop us a mail at reservations@take2tours.co.za and we’ll help you plan.

3 of Southern Africa’s Best Safari Parks: A Quick Guide

You may not know that “safari” is the Swahili word for “journey.” What you probably do know, however, is that southern Africa is one of the best places to take a safari! There are many safaris to take, but three of the best are Kruger National Park, Thanda Reserve, and Etosha National Park. Drive these three safari trips in Namibia and South Africa to see an incredible array of exotic wildlife. Here’s a little bit about what it’s like to tour and stay at these three safari parks in Southern Africa.

Thanda Reserve

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When you think “safari,” what comes to mind is likely red dust, muddy tires, and plenty of animals. You won’t be entirely wrong if this is what you imagine Thanda to be, but it certainly isn’t a complete picture! Thanda Reserve in South Africa is home to some of Africa’s most incredible wildlife, but it also includes a luxury hotel and park tour. If you want the best of high-end African luxury as well as amazing view of lions and buffalo and giraffes (oh my), then Thanda is the best safari park to enjoy. As a plus, Thanda Reserve is a private park with a dedicated commitment to both Zulu culture and a healthy environment. See South Africa through the view of South Africans! Get the local experience of the South African bush.

 

Kruger National Park

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Africa’s “Big Five” animals include lions, buffalo, leopards, elephants, and rhinos. You can see all of these (plus more) when you visit South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Two animals that get particular attention at this safari park are the elephants and the lions. Guests at the park can meet the elephants, learning the personality of each gentle creature. You can walk hand-in-trunk with an elephants through the park, help clean them, or be a caretaker for a day. You’ll never get closer to elephants than you can at Kruger National park! You’ll also get a chance to see wild lions up close. Unlike the elephants, the lions aren’t exactly hands-on, of course, but you can get some great views of the big cats at dawn or dusk as you safari through the park. A series of scenic cabins, complete with pools and sunset views, make for a perfect stay at the park.

Etosha National Park

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Etosha, a Namibian park, is another great place to see Africa’s Big Five. There are many waterholes throughout the park, and you can view big game as well as dozens of smaller species at each hole. Surprisingly, there are often species sharing a watering hole that you wouldn’t expect to see in the same vicinity. This is a great example of the balance of nature. Although the big cats may be the most exciting animals to see, the most valuable wildlife sightings in Etosha National Park are the black rhinos. These rare animals are hard to find in the wild, and many tourists visit Etosha National Park just for a glimpse of the black rhinos. While you’re at Etosha National Park, you can stay at one of several camps, all of which contain luxury lodges or private cabins. As far a safari experiences go, this one is pretty hard to beat.
If you’re looking into a safari trip for your next vacation, be sure to give these three parks a look! There are a lot of great places to see wildlife in southern Africa, but these three include the best of all safari elements. You’ll get to see Africa’s Big Five, view the incredible scenes of Namibia and South Africa’s great outdoors, and stay in utter luxury in the bush. Make your next Africa trip incredible! Give us a call or drop us a mail at info@take2tours.co.za and let’s chat about your trip to Southern Africa.

Dehoop Preserve Hiking in South Africa

3 South African Adventures for Your Bucket List

South Africa is a place of wonder, excitement, and adventure! With so much to see and do, you can get lost in the options. When it comes to adventure, however, there are a few awesome activities that stand out. Check out these adrenaline-pumping experiences and add them to your bucket list! Next stop: South Africa.

Cycling


One of the best ways to see South Africa (or most places, for that matter) is by bike. Take a cycling trip through South Africa to get a good look at the countryside and have a chance to meet the locals who live in this beautiful place. One popular bike trail is the Midlands Meander. The countryside here is reminiscent of Europe, but only when it comes to natural surroundings. The culture is decidedly African, and you can rub elbows with friendly South African locals along the way. Go it alone to take a tour—it’s your choice. Either way, you’ll have the opportunity to see the country from a totally new perspective.

Hiking

Dehoop Preserve Hiking in South Africa

Strap on your hiking boots and take a trek into South Africa’s wilderness. There are a lot of great hiking trails on this planet, but you’ll be hard pressed to find one more beautiful than the trails you encounter in South Africa. Coastal hikes are especially popular, since they offer some of the best views in South Africa. Combine hiking with whale watching to kill two birds with one stone. One especially fun hike is found in De Hoop Preserve, a coastal nature area where you can take a trek up to five days long and see the famous South African whales during their migration.

Surfing

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South Africa is a surfer’s dream destination. If you head to the coast, you have to try it—even if you’ve never surfed before, it’s definitely worth a trip. There’s no time to learn like the present! If you know anything about surf culture, you’ve definitely heard of Jeffery’s Bay, one of the world’s most famous surf spots. There are actually a few different places to ride the waves on Jeffery’s Bay, and it has something for surfers of every taste. If you’re looking for long rides and huge barrels, this is the place to go.


If any of these items are on your bucket list, then South Africa is a great place to check them off! If they aren’t on your agenda yet, then why not add them? South Africa boasts some of the most fun and exotic adventures you’ll find anywhere on the planet, from adrenaline-rushing drops to serene undersea landscapes. You won’t find opportunities like this anywhere else in the world! Drop us a mail at reservations@take2tours.co.za and we’ll help you plan.

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