Spot an Annular Solar Eclipse

If you’re in northern Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago on 1st September 2016 you’ll witness a ring of fire around the shadow of the moon, a phenomenon known as an annular solar eclipse.

Catch the action from one of these luxury island resorts, and treat yourself to a bit of pampering while you’re at it.

1. Azura Quilalea Private Island

Azura Quilalea hammock sunset

Guests at this beautiful heart-shaped, private island will have the benefit of astronomy expert Johan Strydom of Lethatbo Adventures guiding them through the eclipse. The conjunction of Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and the Moon can be observed from 27 August to 3 September, with Mars and Saturn being overhead at the same time, so not only will you see the eclipse; you’ll be able to see all five visible planets simultaneously during your stay.

2. Ibo Island Lodge

Eclipse Ibo Dhow Safari Sunset 2

Ibo Island Lodge is celebrating the rare alignment of the earth, moon and sun with a mobile island-hopping Solar Eclipse Safari on board an Arab dhow. 
The five-night package, from 29 August to 3 September, includes two nights at Ibo Island Lodge and three nights at a remote island beach camp with a chef whipping up seafood extravaganzas around the campfire.

3. Anantara Medjumbe

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If you’re looking for an upmarket, romantic escape, this remote, white-sand island, lapped by crystal clear, turquoise waters is the perfect place to watch the eclipse. The ultimate in barefoot luxury, it’s also a fantastic spot for active sorts. The proximity of the deep waters at the edge of the continental shelf mean that the diving and deep sea fishing off Medjumbe is arguably the best in Mozambique, with some truly world-class sites. The resort has recently reopened, and will soon be the only African island resort to use 100% solar energy.

Getting there:

Airlink have daily direct scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Pemba, northern Mozambique. From there it’s a short scenic flight out to the islands.

Words: Fiona McIntosh

Pictures: Supplied

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