December 15 2011
Winter sun for every style is what keeps Beach Tomato (www.beachtomato.com), a lively source of travel tips from UK-based travel outfitter Black Tomato (www.blacktomato.com), ticking. On that fruitful line of thinking, there’s also Global Artichoke (www.globalartichoke.com), except this agent is for members only who spend in excess of £50,000 a year on private travel.
Ask for its hot tip for 2012 and they (with dozens of others) are talking northern Mozambique, which will take up business from the catastrophic fallout of tourism previously enjoyed by northern Kenya’s coastal retreats of Lamu and Kiwayu. The same people who have Azura on Benguerra Island in southern Mozambique have spent the past six months refurbishing Quilalea Private Island (first picture, www.azura-retreats.com; from $1,190), which was one of the first resorts in Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago when it opened in 2002. They’ve spruced up Quilalea’s nine coral-and-thatch villas, and added a new dive centre and spa (treatments include marula-oil massages or being rubbed down with ground coconut shells).
A Mozambique beach pairs well with the Tanzania bush, where anything the safari company Nomad Tanzania (www.nomad-tanzania.com) touches turns to gold. Which is why I’m excited by news of the 12-room Nomad Lamai Serengeti camp (second picture, from $595 per person) opening in the northern Serengeti on the iconic Kogakuria Kopje looking out over the Lamai Wedge to witness the “great migration” – this is the eyrie the Africa specialists are all after.