Review of southern Mozambique resort, White Pearl Resort

After Thonga Beach Lodge (see my previous post), we headed north to the border post and then onto White Pearl Resort, approx one hour from the border.  Though we drove in on a 4×4 vehicle I wouldn’t recommend that as the roads are not signposted at all clearly and southern Mozambique roads are basically sandy tracks through the grasslands (which split and regroup with no warning in quite an alarming way). There is no need to drive as White Pearl offers two transfers each day at set times from the border post.

Though the beach experience at White Pearl is very similar to Thonga Beach Lodge, White Pearl has a completely different ambience.

Mozambique Resort - White Pearl ResortsWhite Pearl has much more of a Mozambique resort feel with its emphasis on its African-Portuguese cuisine.  In contrast with Thonga, the lodge has been allowed to remove whatever vegetation it wants. This means that you have beach views from every suite but also means that it is makes much more impact on the beach environment… I have to confess that I loved the suites. They were very spacious, and stylish. Each has a large private deck with its own private plunge pool and outdoor shower.

However please note that the suites are ranged over five levels with the beach front villas being the most attractive (and slightly more expensive than the rest) with direct access to the beach via a path. The back three levels are a little bit of an uphill hike (though beach buggies are available to take you to and from your room) but I quite liked having to work off my lunch a little. Actually the suites right at the back would be my favourite option after the beach front suites as they have the best views, some even having a sunset view inland and great privacy.

Privacy is an issue for some of the suites in terms of the private decks and outdoor shower area. We have made a careful note of which ones are a bit of an issue (and we don’t book them).

Mozambique Resort - White Pearl ResortsThere are other “resort” aspects to White Pearl from the pool bar complete with stools in the water (lovely for those hot tropical summer days), a rimflow pool overlooking ocean with a great poolside restaurant serving Portuguese tapas throughout the day.

One big plus of White Pearl is the snorkeling/dolphin boat excursion where you may have an opportunity to swim with the dolphins. Recent a recent blog post on swimming with the dolphins and even a whale shark. At certain times of the year, you may also see the Southern Right Whales and of course turtle tracking is a summer attraction with evening beach walks with a guide to see if you can spot any turtles coming to hatch.

White Pearl is a new resort and it is still finding its feet a little. The service was friendly but not always very slick and sometimes rather slow. Being a Mozambique beach resort, you also have to cross the border post and pay visa fees so that needs to be taken into consideration.

Recommended for:

•    People who are looking for a “resort experience” at the end of the African safari
•    Honeymooners – those rooms are gorgeous!
•    People who want a five star experience
•    Swimming with the dolphins (or whale sharks)

Contact us if you want more info on Mozambique holidays or White Pearl…

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Kate Bergh is co-founder of Cedarberg African Travel, a specialist tour operator for Southern and East Africa.

She heads up the South African office, having lived in South Africa since 1993. Her home looks up to the Cedarberg Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and cycling, when she’s not out discovering new places to visit, with her three children in tow. Kate has travelled extensively throughout the region to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as most areas of South Africa. She also loves history, meeting people and a good thriller...

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