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The calm after the safari

Relax after the buzz of a South African wildlife adventure with a few days on the Machangulo peninsula. Even in a storm, it’s paradise
Paradise found. An aerial view of Machangulo Beach Lodge.

A landscape can look utterly magnificent in a tempest, and the view from my villa at Machangulo Beach Lodge is exemplary. I’m perched on top of a giant dune at the tip of Mozambique’s Machangulo peninsula, looking across to the island of Inhaca over the narrow straits of Santa Maria village. The roaring swell is strong and steady, the surf spectacular, and the gloomy sky brings out Africa’s more sinister face. When the storm lets rip, the rain plunges perpendicularly outside my verandah, as if I’m allowed only to peek at the cataclysm through vertical blinds. The downpour lasts just a few hours but it was worth it for the drama — and the natural air-conditioning the storm brings in its wake.

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