Flamingo Bay, the name immediately conjoors up ideas of a tropical paradise. Situated on the South East Coast of Mozambique, the Indian Ocean provides an exotic and pleasent surprise. The hotel and dining facilities are based on the mainland but our accommodation beautifully designed thatch chalets lie just 500 meters out in the middle of a tidal lagoon. We reach our chalets with an ingenious maize of timber planks, strapped together and a top of Pylons creating a small thoroughfare for a golf cabby to drive you out to the chalets.
It,s difficult to believe but with all the attention to nature the chalets provide an incredible feeling of being at one with Africa. Each chalet is provided with a private balcony with stairs leading in to the refreshing tidal waters below. Each evening we are treated to an internationally viable menu with treats such as local fish, langouste, shellfish and a varitey of local dishes. As the sun sets and a few straggling flamingos have a last shot at catching some dinner before night fall, we sit and enjoy over icy glass of wine and start to eat the treasures served.
One returns in darkness to the chalet the tide is fully in and a last splash into the water below cools and envigorates as seldom before.A romantic glas of wine on our balcony as we excitedly await tomorrows sunrise.
We wake early and get ready for breakfest but not before a short dip in that inviting lagoon water.. Breakfest, local fresh fruit, omlettes as they should be and any amount of breakfest specials. Our table waiter tells us to take a piece of bread back to the chalet and with the crumbs feed the fish, we do so and experience as one sits with water just slapping ones feet, thousand of small fish arrive from nowhere and eat their breakfest from the palm of your hands.
Ocean safari today, a large rubber dingy is waiting for us but 1st you have to bord out beyond the breaking waves, not an easy manovre. Thank God I made it, one too plump and unfit has to stay behind, poor fellow. Once out into the Indian Ocean we are excited and expectant. We see a few dolphins swim past and then believe it or not just a short distance away emerges a 20 meter long monstrosity, whale shark. My fellow adventures dive in at once to see the spectacle. I,m scared to the bone, I remain on board. The safari leader gives me no chance, we are almost past the massive whale shark, he pushes me overboard, I curl up into giant goosepimple and go down what seems a mile but only 10 meters. At last I,m on the way up I open my eyes and Lo and Behold just 2 meters from me is the giant wonder opening his huge mouth, Thank God he only eats plankton. He swishes past me just a meter away. I surface fighting for air and amazingly so happy - a whale shark, who will believe me back home, I,m absolutely in shock and will never forget that special meeting.
Time flies when one is happy and thats just what happened at Flamingo Bay. The final evening is here, we are told we are lucky couple for the evenings dinner. We choose a seafood menu with crayfish and baked alaska for our desert. As we sit priviledged up above the other diners on our own romantic balcony with a cold glass of champagne, we are served with two of the biggest crayfish I have ever seen. You just cannot believe how special this was, crayfish thermador, chardonnay and Africa - not much can beat that.
Sadly we return to the chalet for one last swim before leaving early to take that flight back to so called civilization, or is it called madness !
- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Bay Water Hotel Inhambane
- Flamingo Bay Water Lodge Mozambique/Inhambane