Winter is a magical time at zavora lodge.

Whilst winter brings coldness and starkly dry landscapes to many parts of Southern Africa, Zavora Lodge in Mozambique experiences one of its most magical times, making it an idyllic destination for a tropical winter getaway.

During this time of year, everyone at the lodge waits with excitement for the arrival of some very special creatures to the warm Indian Ocean waters off the spectacular Inhambane coastline. Every year, the humpback whales migrate here from colder waters to mate and give birth. The whales already started arriving in Zavora Bay at the end of May, and the adults and calves will frequently be seen within a stone’s throw of the lodge all the way until November. Guests have the privilege of watching these magnificent creatures from the deck of the bar. For an even more special experience, you can go on an ocean safari which will get you within spraying distance of the whales and up close with other marine life such as dolphins, turtles and whale sharks.

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Divers are also in for a treat during winter, as another giant of the sea – the manta ray – becomes more prolific in numbers. Inhambane is renowned as the only destination in the world where you can dive with both manta species (manta birostris and manta alfredo), sometimes at the same time! The lodge is fortunate enough to have access to 12 to 20-metre deep manta cleaning stations – sections of reef where colourful fish swarm over the rays to pick off parasites and bacteria. Spending time with these massive rays underwater is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any diver. Zavora is a Padi and NAUI resort offering dive courses ranging from beginner all the way up to instructor. The pristine reefs here are some of the most beautiful and diverse in Africa, boasting hundreds of fish species, octopuses and loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles, along with a variety of sharks and other weird and wonderful fauna and flora. There are two shipwrecks which can be explored too, one lying at 53 metres deep and the other at 32 metres.

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The weather at Zavora is pleasantly mild and sunny during winter, with maximum temperatures generally hovering in the mid to upper twenties, so you’re still able to enjoy fun-filled days on the beach, deep sea fishing, horse riding and dips in the swimming pool. The relative lack of mosquitos is another plus.

Zavora offers an extremely varied array of accommodation, ranging from large holiday houses to bungalows and campsites, so there’s something to fit every budget and taste. The accommodation is complemented by some fantastic food from the restaurant, which serves everything from steaks, to cooked breakfasts and mouth-watering seafood platters, accompanied by lovely views over the beach and ocean.

To book your dream winter holiday at Zavora Lodge, call +27 (0) 71 471 3663, email reservations@zavoralodge.com or book online at www.zavoralodge.com.

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