After six days on the beach in Vilanculos, we can feel the rhythm of the ocean and the need for more of its mystical therapy, so we arrange a ride up the coast to Marimba’s Secret Garden with the owner Marcel.
Marcel and his lovely wife Isabel are Swiss, but one day decided to leave all the perfection and order of Switzerland behind to create their own version of paradise carved out of the chaos of the Mozambican bush.
They were successful partly because of their vision to secure phenomenal coastline real estate and create a special environment, but more importantly because of their incredible drive, passion and focus on making you feel like you are part of their family.
We quickly settle into our charming reed casita on stilts and our daily ritual of swimming at high tide in the azure and deliciously warm ocean, beach walks at low tide across the massive tidal flats that move the shoreline over a mile, raging bonfires, soulful soundtracks and candlelight dinners. This idyllic routine put our karma in perfect order.
For Easter, Jose from Marimba takes us on a “bush walk” to a local village where we sat under a massive tree and experienced an incredibly moving African version of Christianity. In spite of language differences our hearts were speaking the universal language of love and kindness.
The head priest thanked us for coming and told us in a way wise beyond his limited English “We are all the same regardless of where we are from and we will all meet again”. His simple yet profound words combined with their spirited singing and dancing made for a memorable Easter.
After gazing out at the Bazaruto Archipelago for the past few weeks we jump in a Dhow (the local word for crusty and charming boat) with Marcel and make our way out to the most beautiful beach I have ever seen anywhere in the world. The superlatives needed to describe it don’t exist and pictures can in no way do it justice. We spend a fairytale day swimming, collecting sand dollars, climbing the dunes, enjoying lunch and wishing we were marooned here for a few years.
Marcel scores a Kingfish from a local on the island so fresh it is still flopping and we head back to Marimba to have Isabel work her mojo and create yet another amazing meal fresh from the sea.
As with all of the places we love, we extend our time from three to eight days, but much too soon we are on our way
Marimba’s Secret has now been revealed and for that we will be forever grateful. Obrigado Marcel and Isabel!
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