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Welcome Prayer Warrior to our February  2017 edition,

Happy Valentine’s day from Mozambique

Happy Valentine’s day to all dating couples, engaged and married.  AHIC is particularly concerned about the state of the family unit. And we believe that the smallest unit of a civilized community is the family. Strengthening family ties, supporting Christian marriages and the upbringing of the next generation in a Godly and Christ-like manner is a necessity for all peoples including Africans.  In this edition we explore a beautiful part of Africa called the Bazaruto Archipelago  in Mozambique situated on the south east corner of Africa ideal for a honeymooning, wedding venue  or Valentine date  weekend trips..

AHIC Bazarato Benguerra-Lodge1The Bazaruto Archipelago is a group of six islands in Mozambique, near the mainland city of Vilankulo. It comprises the islands of Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque, Santa Carolina (also known as Paradise Island) and Shell. Nyati Island locates in further south.

Geography –  The group belongs to the Vilanculos  and Inhassoro  districts of Inhambane Province. The islands were formed from sand deposited by the Save River, which has since shifted its course.   Santa Carolina is a true rock island with deep channels and is just 3 km by 0.5 km in size. It has three beautiful beaches with coral reefs close to the shore. The island, also known as Paradise Island for obvious reasons is regarded as the ‘gem’ of the islands forming the Bazaruto Archipelago which is a proclaimed marine national park that boasts sensational beaches and magnificent scenery.  Tourist attractions include sandy beaches, coral reefs, and opportunities for surfing and fishing.


Ecology

AHIC Bazaruto Dugong imagesA Dugong in Bazaruto  –  The archipelago became a National Park in 1971. There is a wide abundance of reef fish, surgeon, Moorish idols, parrots, angel and butterfly fish to name but a few. Sea turtles, game fish and devil rays are regularly seen. Various endangered marine megafaunas, such as whale shark, manta, leatherback turtles, cetaceans including humpback whales, and the dugong. Bazaruto’s dugong population counts about 120 individuals, making it the largest of remnant populations in Mozambique.  Cetacean biodiversity had been much richer than today before being reduced by human activities including illegal mass hunts by Soviet Union and Japan in 1960s to 1970s, resulting disappearances or rarities of many species such as the  southern right whales. All live free in this conservation paradise, proclaimed a national park and recognised as a Gift to the Earth by the WWF.  –   References    Ministry of State Administration. 2005. Retrieved 20 October 2016.

People

AHIC Bazaruto market 3784227597dbf62155a9fbba403531d3The archipelago has about 3,500 resident in seven communities. They are mostly very poor and rely on harvesting natural resources to survive. 70% of households rely on small scale fishing to survive, while others harvest sand oysters and other marine resources, grow crops and raise livestock. Resources may not be sufficient to maintain the population, leading to decreased catches of fish, reduced harvests and increasing poverty and food insecurity.  Most of them belong to the ethnic group of Tsonga and speak  a distinct dialect of the local language Xitsonga. … Women predominantly do small scale agriculture.

 

 

A Hotels in Bazaruto, Mozambique

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Pestana Bazaruto Lodge  –  Very Good certificate of Excellence 

Activities at Bazaruto

AHIC Bazarato vilanculos-activity-centreA typical review      “Island life at it’s best”     Reviewed 1 week ago

We found the staff to be exceptionally friendly, polite and accommodating.
We went out of season, so there were few of us at the resort which made the experience very personal.
We had prawns on the menu most days but not a lot of fish options.   There are many options for paid activities and excursions which were quite pricey but add great value to the holiday. We did the paradise island excursion and deep sea fishing which are both highly recommended.    We left feeling totally relaxed and pampered  Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple.

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UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE GILBERTO RICARDO Research paper on  Bazaruto

“Local native communities do not have significant participation. There is lack of participation in decision-making in tourism development. Only 18% of the native community islanders are employed in the tourism industry. Non-participation and lack of integration of native islanders in the tourism business deny them the chance of enjoying economic benefits accruing from the sector. Non-integration and lack of participation is attributed to illiteracy and deficiency in technical skills of the native islanders. However, the major reasons for exclusion are the private nature of tourism investment and the spatial pattern of social development into ghettos, coupled with unwillingness to transfer knowhow from tourism investors to the native islanders.

The researcher observed that the preservation and promotion of local culture in the development of tourism is only partially explored by tourism developers. There is little enhancement of cultural attractions, monuments, or architectural building style such as employing traditional styles in the resort complexes by building thatch-roofed chalets presenting interiors adorned with locally made handcraft. The study concludes that although there has been a failure to preserve the physical environment of the island, a production of waste, and over-utilisation of forestry resources, tourism development has had a positive environmental impact on the preservation of some indigenous plant species within the area”.

Prayer Points

February 2017   Prayer points requests

  • Please pray for democracy to prevail in Gambia
  • For Africa’s tourist industry to benefit the indigenous people much more in the future.
  • Please continue to pray against the devil’s plans for Africa in the form of Al Qaeda, Al Shabab &  Boko Haram
  • Prayer for US administration to govern with intelligence and Jesus’s command to love  God  with all their heart, mind and soul and their neighbours as themselves siting the good Samaritan as an example of neighbour, a people despised by the then Jewish rulers

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