Specials at exceptional luxury lodge along the pure white beach of Flamingo Bay, Mozambique

Marlin Lodge in Mozambique has some amazing Value Adds and have kept their current rates fixed till the end of January 2012, as well as offering a 4th Night Free all year round.  Contact Road Travel to find out more about the Honeymoon Package where all brides get 50% discount on accommodation, the Value Add Extra’s which include back/neck/head massage, amazing surprise location picnic and a snorkel to the famous 2 mile reef.  Our Marlin Lodge Special Packages are all inclusive of meals, laundry, selected soft drinks, selected alcoholic beverages, non-motorized water sports and taxes.

Mozambique’s history can be traced back about 1700 years, when migrating tribes, who dominated the more peaceful nomadic tribes, intermarried and settled in the area.  By the mid-sixteenth century, ivory had replaced gold as the main trading commodity and by the eighteenth century, thousands of slaves were being sold via Mozambique’s ports.  The Portuguese steadily strengthened their control over the country by establishing private agricultural land granted by either the Portuguese crown or through conquest of African chiefs.  During the eighteenth century major companies in Mozambique tried to gain control of the Zambezi Valley by forming charter companies.  Most failed at the attempt, but the Zambezia Company profited through forced labour abuses.  In 1891 the British-Portuguese treaty was signed, which set the boundaries of Portuguese East Africa (the former name for Mozambique).  Significant events in the early twentieth century were the large scale migration of labourers from the southern regions of Mozambique to South Africa and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and the growing economic importance of the southern part of the country as ties with South Africa strengthened.  In the late nineteenth century, Lourenco Marques (Maputo) became increasingly popular as a major export channel and replaced Ilha da Mozambique as capital.  In 1919 Antonio Salazar came into power in Portugal and consolidated Portuguese control over Mozambique.  Although this resulted in the introduction of agriculture, which boosted economic growth, conditions for Mozambicans worsened and there were only a handful of schools and hospitals, most of which were situated in cities and only available to the Portuguese and other white nationalities.  In 1960, during an official meeting at Mueda in northern Mozambique where peaceful villagers protested against taxes, Portuguese troops opened fire and killed large numbers of demonstrators.  This inflamed the Makonde people and the struggle for independence grew steadily until the 25th of June 1975, when the independent People’s Republic of Mozambique was proclaimed, with Samora Machel as President and Joaquim Chissano as Prime Minister.  The Portuguese left the country in a state of chaos, with few skilled professionals and hardly any infrastructure. Efforts to teach 100 000 people to read and write annually, establish banks, insurance companies and basic health services, collapsed in 1983 when the country became bankrupt and its currency worthless.  The Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) came into action and with backing from the South African military and certain sectors in the West, sought only destruction of the social and communications infrastructure and destabilization of the government.  The ensuing 17-year civil war resulted in mass destruction and bloody massacres.  A disastrous drought in 1983 crippled the country and led Frelimo to opening Mozambique to the West for Western Aid.  When Samora Machel died in 1986, Joaquim Chissano took his place as the war continued.  By the early 1990s Frelimo had abandoned its Marxist ideology and announced the changing over to a market economy.  State enterprises would be privatized and multiparty elections were to be scheduled.  In October 1992, a formal peace agreement was arranged and a successful UN-monitored disarmament and demobilization campaign was established.  Since the signing of the peace accords, Mozambique has moved forward in a quest to transform military conflict into political competition.

Situated on the east coast of Southern Africa, Mozambique has a coastline that extends for nearly 3000 km.  The country covers an area of approximately 800 000 km², and its inland waters include a portion of Lake Malawi.  Long, winding rivers flow across its territory.  One of these is the Zambezi, which has its source in Angola and flows almost 800 km from Tete province before reaching the sea at Chinde.  The country has an extensive coastal plain which varies from 100 – 200 km wide in the south.  The north is dominated by plateaus and mountainous terrain where towering granite outcrops, called inselbergs, occur.  While the south coast is edged with barrier lakes, the Zambezi River Valley is situated in the central regions of Mozambique and creates an extensive delta region towards the coast.  Mount Binga, Mozambique’s highest peak at 2436 m, is situated in the Chimanimani Mountains on the Zimbabwean border.  Other important rivers that flow through the country are the Limpopo River, the Save River and the Rovuma River (the border between Mozambique and Tanzania).

Marlin Lodge stretches along the pure white beach of Flamingo Bay, with sea-facing suites located on both sides of the main buildings.  All areas are selectively decorated and furnished, complete with designer finishes. Marlin Lodge’s welcoming hub offers a lounge for relaxing and a well stocked curio shop. Well spaced sitting areas, a small library and board games make it the ideal retreat when the weather doesn’t play along. Marlin Lodge’s main dining venue offers uninterrupted sea views, fresh air to tickle your palate and mouth-watering food. Chill with a refreshing drink on a hot day or celebrate the sunset in the open-air bar area.  Cool off in Marlin Lodge’s sparkling 11-metre pool or relax on a lounger in the shade of Ilala palms and large umbrellas.

The warm topical waters surrounding the Bazaruto Archipelago are home to some of nature’s finest marine life.  A spectacular variety of fish, coral, marine mammals and plants wait to be explored by divers and snorkellers.  Led by a resident PADI qualified diving instructor, diving sites and depths are varied along all levels of diving experience.  There’s also an on-site diving centre with all the necessary equipment.  Water temperatures range from 28°C in summer (30°C between December and February) to 22°C during the winter months.  For birding enthusiasts, approximately 78 different species of birds have been identified in habitats varying from the coastal dunes, open grasslands and fresh water lakes, to savannah and acacia woodlands. A few of the more unusual birds to be seen are the green coucals, green pigeons, purple-banded and black sunbirds, lilac-breasted rollers, olive bee-eaters, mannikins, paradise flycatchers, fish eagles, flamingos, starlings and various waders such as curlews, bartailed godwits, whimbrels and crab plovers.  At North Point, Pansy Island and on numerous surrounding sandbanks, the famous pansy shell can be found in abundance.  There are two types of pansy shells, one of which is endemic to Mozambique.  The two freshwater lakes on the island are ideal for bird watching and also home to indigenous crocodiles.

Marlin Lodge offers a variety of complimentary non-motorized water activities, including ocean kayaking, hobycat sailing, windsurfing and snorkeling in front of the lodge at high tide. A trained staff member will be on hand to guide where needed.  All equipment is state-of-the-art and serviced regularly.  You can also opt to relax in any of the leisure areas at Marlin Lodge, including our two unique gazebos, or spend the day lounging in an around the freshwater pool.  When the day is done and the sun is setting, surrender to the resounding African splendor that is Marlin Lodge.  Rekindle your soul and allow yourself to be captivated by the allure of a relaxed way of life.  A timber sanctuary, a paradise on stilts – Marlin Lodge promises definitive, self-indulging repose like no other.  For those seeking restoration and reawakening, a visit to the Beauty & Wellness Spa Centre will soothe the sun-basked body and clear the mind.

Author: Africa Road Travel

Africa Road Travel is an established inbound southern African tour operator. Our parent company (Cape AgriTours) was established more than 14 years ago, Africa Road Travel started in 2001 and opened their own independent offices in Cape Town in 2004. Since then the company has grown in leaps and bounds, besides the years of accumulated professional industry knowledge and experience, we enjoy special industry contracts with many service providers, Hotels and Guest Houses. This allows us to provide you with individual attention, free assistance with your vacation plans, a free ground handling service and discount prices.

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