A Beach Hide­away with Ad­ven­ture

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If you have a bucket list full of wa­ter sports and an­i­mal en­coun­ters, then White Pearl Re­sorts in South­ern Mozam­bique is the place to be.

Sit­u­ated just 100 km South of Maputo and only 25 km from the South African bor­der, this ex­clu­sive es­cape is a rar­ity, as more of­ten than not in Mozam­bique, vis­i­tors have to travel great dis­tances by road or by air to reach any of the fives­tar lodge and ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ences in the coun­try. Thanks to new road in­fras­truc­ture, White Pearl can be reached quickly and eas­ily by car from Kosi Bay or by flight from Maputo In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Sand­wiched between a pro­tected marine re­serve on the rare, un­touched stretches of coastal wilder­ness South of Maputo and the most South­ern na­tional park in Mozam­bique, the ex­clu­sive trea­sures of White Pearl are not lim­ited to its spec­tac­u­lar skies and breath­tak­ing scenery. The beauty goes be­yond the end­less beaches and far-reach­ing views of the aqua­ma­rine In­dian Ocean. The re­sort also holds the prom­ise of an­other trea­sure: the op­por­tu­nity to wit­ness en­dan­gered an­i­mals such as bot­tlenose dol­phins, whales, and sea tur­tles, as well as hip­pos, ele­phants, and ex­otic birdlife.

Rolling a bush and beach break into one, White Pearl Re­sorts not only of­fers ocean-based ad­ven­tures such as div­ing and ocean sa­faris, but also game drives at the ad­ja­cent Maputo Spe­cial Re­serve, a spec­tac­u­lar wet­land and coast­line bio­di­ver­sity hotspot and the new­est wildlife des­ti­na­tion in Mozam­bique. Guests may en­joy the raw nat­u­ral beauty of a pris­tine piece of par­adise and a num­ber of ex­hil­a­rat­ing an­i­mal ex­pe­ri­ences.

Take a Dip with Dol­phins

Chal­leng­ing surf­ing and reef div­ing for the ti­tle of the pre­mier ac­tiv­ity in Mozam­bique, swim­ming with dol­phins has proven a favourite for years. The wa­ters around White Pearl are brim­ming with marine crea­tures such as whale sharks and fur seals, as well as the famed bot­tlenose dolphin.

In the wa­ter, these dol­phins are renowned for their ac­ro­batic leaps and in­quis­i­tive be­hav­iour – they have even been known to swim right up to and try to play with peo­ple. If you are es­pe­cially lucky, they can swim in large pods as big as 100 dol­phins, which makes for an ex­cep­tion­ally mem­o­rable dip. If don­ning a wet­suit and min­gling with these aquatic clowns is not your thing, you can also just spec­tate their an­tics from the boat. Ven­ture out on an early ocean sa­fari of­fered by the re­sort on a daily ba­sis to en­joy this mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence.

If you need a lit­tle more time un­der­wa­ter, Win­ter is the per­fect time for div­ing. Strap on your scuba gear and sub­merge your­self in the sub­aquatic par­adise of Mozam­bique. Su­perb div­ing

en­sures those who are keen un­der­wa­ter fans can get up close and per­sonal with the pris­tine co­ral reefs and the crea­tures that call the wa­ters here home. PADI cour­ses are avail­able at the Dive Cen­tre for those that need to learn the ropes, or are just want­ing a re­fresher course.

Whale Watch­ing

From July to Novem­ber each year, two ma­jes­tic species of whales – the south­ern right and hump­back – visit the wa­ters of White Pearl Re­sorts. Hun­dreds of pods make the an­nual pil­grim­age from the deep depths of Antarc­tica to the warm trop­i­cal wa­ters of the In­dian Ocean; be­cause of the co­ral reefs in the wa­ters of the re­sort, the area is prime real es­tate for whales to mate and give birth.

You do not have to travel far to see 40 tonne crea­tures breach­ing and tail-flick­ing in the cobalt-coloured wa­ter here and new moth­ers show­ing off their al­ready twome­tre calves. Un­like most other whale­watch­ing des­ti­na­tions, the ex­pe­ri­ence does not end there at White Pearl. You can also get into the wa­ter your­self and come face-to-fin with hump­backs and lis­ten to the song of court­ing males un­der­wa­ter – their low notes can carry up to 100 km through the open ocean.

Nest­ing Tur­tles

Wit­ness the most en­dan­gered sea tur­tles in the world dur­ing nest­ing sea­son. Ev­ery year between Novem­ber and Fe­bru­ary, the shores of White Pearl Re­sorts are favoured with the pres­ence of the mag­nif­i­cent leatherback and log­ger­head tur­tles dur­ing nest­ing sea­son.

Both de­clared crit­i­cally en­dan­gered species, this is a rare and ex­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ence. Guests have the unique op­por­tu­nity to see these tur­tles lay­ing their pre­cious eggs while ac­tively play­ing a role in the con­ser­va­tion of these docile crea­tures. And if they are lucky they may get to wit­ness the nestlings hatch and ex­pe­ri­ence a sight­ing of the lit­tle ones’ first en­counter with the ocean.

A New Sa­fari Des­ti­na­tion in Mozam­bique White Pearl Re­sorts also of­fers un­for­get­table ad­ven­tures in the bush with daily game drives into the ad­ja­cent Maputo Spe­cial Re­serve, one of the most scenic and pris­tine con­ser­va­tion ar­eas in Africa. Get up close to the ma­jes­tic fauna of Africa and see big game such as hippo, ele­phant, and croc­o­dile in the wild.

The more un­der­rated mem­bers of the an­i­mal king­dom are just as cru­cial to the spec­tac­u­lar dis­play – in­clud­ing a va­ri­ety of her­bi­vores such as wa­ter­buck, ze­bra, kudu, nyala, wilde­beest, im­pala, gi­raffe, and warthog as well as in­cred­i­ble bird life.

See­ing these beau­ti­ful crea­tures in their nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment is the kind of ex­pe­ri­ence that turns even the most apa­thetic of an­i­mal lovers into an At­ten­bor­ough wannabe. Re­lax in Style

Al­though there is a seem­ingly end­less menu of ac­tiv­i­ties for you to en­joy, White Pearl is de­signed so that do­ing as lit­tle as pos­si­ble and sim­ply en­joy­ing the in­cred­i­ble lo­ca­tion is very much a part of the plan.

Re­lax in one of the 22 beach bun­ga­lows that blend into the lush en­vi­ron­ment. In­te­ri­ors are an ex­er­cise in pared-down mod­ern style, fea­tur­ing a blue-and­white pal­ette with hints of glam­our in the dec­o­ra­tive de­tails and dé­cor nu­ances. Each suite has a pri­vate plunge pool, wrap-around sun­deck, out­door shower, air con­di­tion­ing, a 24-hour pri­vate but­ler, and, most im­por­tantly, un­in­ter­rupted In­dian Ocean views – thus tick­ing all the boxes for the guest who seeks both style and sanc­tu­ary.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.white­pearl­re­sorts.com.

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