and Facilities all bedrooms have:
En-suite bathrooms with a shower or bath
Ample cupboard space
Bed linen and bath towels
Mosquito nets for each bed
Selected upstairs bedrooms have personal balconies.
Boating Fun on the Ocean and Islands
Limitless opportunities await those who are prepared to head out
into the oceans by boat or traditional dhow... from game fishing
for a myriad of year round and seasonal catches, to island-hopping
and idyllic picnics on sandy beaches, there are so many things to
do without actually getting your feet wet!
Diving in Bazaruto
There are over 2 000 fish species, 100 hard and 27 soft coral species
among the Bazaruto Archipelago which makes this a scuba diving and
snorkelling paradise, not to mention the crystal clear and warm
tropical waters. An underwater adventure not to be missed!
Beach and Town
If you're taking a break from the open ocean and just want to spend
some time on terra firma, Vila Do Paraiso offers a range of pursuits
for landlubbers from horseriding to massage and curio shopping.
• 6x8 sleeper luxury beachfront villas on resort
• Self-catering and fully catered options offered
• New restaurant and bar with pool on beach
• House butler and plunge pool in each villa.
• Fishing, diving and island trips offered
• Price is per villa, not individual guests
ROAD DIRECTIONS TO VILA DO PARAISO:
Be careful for pedestrians, cyclists who have a tendency to cross
roads without checking for traffic.
From the main highway you turn (from Maputo) RIGHT or (from Chimoio)
LEFT at Pambarra. This road + - 15 kms takes you past the fresh
water lakes and eventually into Vilanculos town.
Just keep going – you will pass Vilanculos Madeira on the
left, the soccer field on the right. At the end of the road you
come to a T junction. In front of you to the right is Barclays Bank
and to the left is BCI bank.
Turn LEFT at the T junction and keep going for ages. You will pass
the Deli shop on your right and then Pescador restaurant on the
left. Shortly after that you will see a large complex /shopping
centre on your left and Taurus supermarket is opposite on the right.
After/at the end of the complex take the first road left (in front
of Millennium Bank)
Turn down there and keep on going - you go up a slight rise and
over some silly speed humps - you will pass Casa Rex on your right.
Route A: Just after the huge cell phone tower (on the left) you
then need to look out for signs on your right - there are 2 white
signs – one is Vila la Mar and Vila do Paraiso is next to
it. Turn right into that (sand) road and follow round. Be careful
when you come to the bend in the road - it is quite sandy and if
you are going slowly you are quite likely to get stuck in the sand.
Just keep going - you will pass amongst others - Aqua Negro, Vila
la Mar, a double story house and then on the right Vila do Paraiso
Route B: After the sign above carry on 0.6 kms on the tar road,
past Complexo Shelsio, sign for Big Blue (left side) you will see
another Vila do Paraiso sign on the right with an orange reflector
arrow. This road is very narrow so you will have to move slightly
to the left and take a wide turn. At the end of the short dirt road
turn right and then left into Vila do Paraiso gates.
Languages in Mozambique
Much of the population speak their own tribal language. There are
17 languages spoken in Mozambique, the primary ones being:
South: Shangaan, Tswa and Ronga. Central: Sena, Shona and Nyanja.
North: Chuabo, Lomwe, Makonde, Makua and Yao.
English: Some English is spoken but this is mainly confined to the
southern areas where many tourists vacation. Portuguese is the official
language and most widely understood.
Vilanculos is in the tropics. Therefore Summer in Mozambique extends
from October through to April where temperatures range from 25-40
degrees celsius. Summer is hot, rainy and humid so don't forget
those umbrellas. Most of the heavy rain occurs from January to March.
Winter extends from April to September. Winter is dry and mild and
temperatures range from 18-30 degrees celsius.
1960's to 1980's: Independence and Civil war
The aspirations of the Black Mozambicans to rule themselves without
having to become "Black Europeans" was not met, causing
increasing dissatisfaction amongst them. The desire for Mozambican
independence gained pace, and in 1962 an assortment of anti-colonial
political groups, under the leadership of Dr Eduardo Mondlane (educated
in America) formed the "Frente de Libertacao de Mozambique"
(FRELIMO) on 25 June 1962. Frelimo, based in Tanzania, began an
armed campaign against Portuguese colonial rule in September 1964
and was soon in control of large parts of Northern Mozambique.
Dissension within Frelimo led to breakaway groups forming "Comite
Revolucionario de Mozambique" (Coremo). In 1964 Mondlane was
killed by a letter bomb in his offices in Dar es Salaam and in February
1969 Samora Machel took over as leader of Frelimo. Ongoing guerilla
wars began sapping Portugal's ability to maintain these costly wars.
Following the 25 April 1974 coup in Lisbon, President Caetano fled
to Brazil and a military junta under Gen. Antonio de Spinola became
the government and Portuguese colonialism collapsed. This resulted
in a peace agreement in Mozambique on 7 September 1974 and the installation
of a provisional government. Frelimo's Joaquim Chissano was installed
as prime minister of Mozambique. Racial clashes occurred and resulted
in a mass exodus of Portuguese citizens contributing to a major
collapse of the economic infrastructure of Mozambique.
Corruption, wrecked infrastructure, nationalization and economic
mismanagement resulted in Mozambique becoming one of the world's
poorest countries during this period. During most of the civil war,
the government was virtually powerless to control Mozambique outside
of urban areas, many of which were cut off from the capital. An
estimated 1 million Mozambicans were killed during the civil war,
1.7 million fled as refugees to neighboring states, and several
million more were displaced internally. President Samora Machel
conceded the failure of socialism during the third FRELIMO party
congress in 1983, as well as the urgent need for major political
and economic reforms. This he set out to attempt but on October
1986, Machel was killed, with some advisers, in a suspicious plane
crash, close to the Mozambique border inside South Africa. Joaquim
Chissano became president in his place.
1990's to Present: Peace and Reconstruction
The collapse of the Soviet Union, Frelimo's strongest ally, as well
as the un- banning of the ANC in South Africa led to peace talks
being resumed in Mozambique in 1991.This resulted in an adoption
of a new constitution and the beginning of peace negotiations between
Frelimo and Renamo and the ending of one party rule in Mozambique
in 1990. The word "People's" was eliminated from the country's
name and Mozambique started on a long programme of recovery of its
economy and infrastructure. The deadly threat of landmines sown
in rural areas during the civil war and their removal is a Herculean
task, as well as being very costly in both human casualties and
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