Benguerra Island, MozambiqueApril 10, 2018 4:45 pm
What is the best way to end a safari? I might answer the questions “with another safari”. However many people would probably point to the beach and some well-deserved relaxation time. I can now point to Benguerra Island in Mozambique as a great option after my visit. While Benguerra offers as much of relaxation as you can manage, for me the opportunity to explore the island and explore the waters around the island makes is compelling post safari destination. On the nature front, the island offers the chance to search for suni antelope and crocodiles on land. Birders can keep their eyes peeled for a myriad of birds, including beautiful egrets and the aptly named paradise fly catcher.
Without doubt a real highlight of Benguerra is to take to the waters around the island. On it or under, the tropical, rich, azure waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago surrounding Benguerra are the drawcard. Dolphins, whales, and the rare Western Indian Ocean dugong are mammal highlights. They are complemented by sea turtles, rays, sharks, and of course numerous fish. It is easy to see why the non-profit conservation organization African Parks, champions of conserving Africa’s unique biospheres, have taken management over this marine National Park. Their approach and management will hopefully provide the protection this area deserves for the long-term. You can learn more about African Parks’ activities in Bazaruto and throughout Africa at www.africanparks.org.
If this all sounds too active, there is always there is always the opportunity for deserted island style picnics and days spent rolling out of bed onto beautiful white sand beaches. I stayed with AndBeyond at their fantastic AndBeyond Benguerra Island resort (www.andbeyond.com). The always awesome and reliable Anderson Expeditions (www.andersonexpeditions.com) took care of all the logistics from bush to beach. This was definitely another adventure where I did not want to leave!
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Mozambique, April 2018 What is the best way to end a safari? I might answer the questions “with another safari”. However many people would probably point to the beach and some well-deserved relaxation time. I can now point to Benguerra Island in Mozambique as a great option after my visit. While Benguerra offers as much… read more
I am an Australian/Danish photographer living in London. My passion for photography emerged from a lifetime of travel, a love of nature, and a desire to capture images of some of the incredible places and moments I have been fortunate to enjoy.
I have been incredible fortunate travel formed a big part of my childhood and, now living in the United Kingdom, it continues to be a big part of my life for both work and pleasure. From a personal perspective, photography allows me to capture memories and to also share images from my experiences around the world. In particular, I hope, in some small way, my images can contribute to a greater appreciation of the beauty of the natural world and the world around us.
I am also passionate about conservation and I believe in giving back to the environment. I am committed to donating 100% of the profits from the images I sell to various wildlife and environment related causes. I have also become a director for African Parks UK. African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation founded in 2000 and an organisation striving to protect some of the most important conservation areas in Africa through long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. African Parks currently manage 18 national parks and protected areas in 11 countries covering over 14.1 million hectares. Learn more about African Parks here: http://www.africanparks.org
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