Devoid of the crashing waterfalls and major wildlife areas that symbolize the best of Africa, Mozambique still feels somewhat undiscovered. All the more reason, then, to encounter the safari secret of Gorongosa National Park, the Portuguese colonial heritage of Ibo Island and a coastline that slopes down some 1,535 miles.
Trailfinders is offering a nine-day itinerary combining South Africa’s Kruger National Park with the beaches of Mozambique, from £5,605 pp.
Travelers must present a negative PCR test, whether fully vaccinated or not, issued within 72 hours of arrival. Children under five are exempt. Check the FCDO website for more details.
Let’s talk about statistics. Some 1,192 islets and coral outcrops — spanning 26 atolls and 35,000 square miles of water — make up this Indian Ocean archipelago. Very few of these soft shards stray from the pattern – golden sands, swaying palms, azure shallows. If you want a variety of terrain, don’t visit the Maldives. If you want temperatures in the thirties Celsius and unbridled beach luxury, you’ve chosen well.
A seven-night stay at the five-star Anantara Kihavah Maldives resort costs from £4,000 pp, including flights, via Scott Dunn (020 3733 4841; scottdunn.com).
All travelers over the age of one are required to present a negative PCR test result taken no later than 96 hours prior to departure. See our country-by-country Covid restriction guide for more information.
Beach resorts and hotels dotted along Jamaica’s northern coast in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios offer the kind of sunny getaways where the European winter feels like a bad dream. Add in an afternoon at Seven Mile Beach in Negril on the west coast, and the thought of still-shuddering Britain in March seems even more distant.
A week’s all-inclusive holiday at the couples-only Sandal Negril costs from £1,908 pp with Thomas Cook.
All travelers aged 12 and over must present a negative Covid test result. Unvaccinated arrivals must stay at a hotel located in the “resilient corridor” of the island and can only participate in approved excursions. Check the FCDO website for more details.