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About Us

Anonio owner of mabeco tours a travel agency in Mozambique

António Alverca

He was born in Lisbon Portugal, where he lived until 24 years old. He has a degree in Cinema, Video and multimedia communication, area in which he worked for 2 years, especially in television, advertisement and cinema (mostly short movies). He left Portugal in 2010 and lived in the Middle East for 3 years, where he worked in an airline. He used this period to travel the World and visit rare and far away destinations. This time gave him the chance to visit more than 50 Countries of the World. He decided, then, to change Country and adventure, travelling to South Africa, where he took the level 1 field guide from FGASA. He worked in Tourism, in Mozambique, as a booking manager and wildlife guide. Now, as co-founder of Mabeco Tours, António aims to provide the same opportunity of adventure and personal fulfilment to his guests. He also aims to show to the World the true Wonders of Mozambique and the Mozambicans. He loves to travel, to see wildlife documentaries, culture and learning. His Family is the most important element of his life.

Pedro Fonseca

A dreamer with no borders. He was born in Lisbon. Always had the opportunity to travel with the family to places outside Europe, especially to African countries. He is attracted, since he was a child, to this place. He heard stories about the giant red sun that can only be seen in Africa.

Always had attraction for natural wonders. He took a degree in biology and a master degree in adventure and nature tourism. Always betting in learning, he took a rescue diver course from PADI, a mountaineer course and a level 1 field guide from FGASA in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

After he travelled almost all sub Saharan Africa, he ended up staying in Mozambique where he lives and is currently developing Mabeco Tours project, a project that he says that “the dreams have no borders”.

Pedro is very happy, calm and he believes in work above all. He has a vocation in arts, especially music, playing guitar, didgeridoo and percussion,

Family is and will always be the strongest element of his life.

Simão Langa

Simão holds a Degree in Tourism and has been working in this industry since 2014. He previously worked in a tourism company for few years and decided to join Mabeco Tours in 2017 as a booking manager and tour guide. Simão loves to show to the clients the wonders of his country and to share the most interesting cultural and traditional practices, as well as the history of Mozambique.

José Cofe

Cofe was born and raised in Maputo city. He has a high school diploma and has a long professional experience. He worked in many different projects in Maputo as a driver. He joined Mabeco Tours by the ending of 2018. He is a hard-working person and believes that sky is the limit.

Ernesto Tualufo

Ernesto was born in Inhambane province, in a small town named Maxixe. He Joined Mabeco Tours in 2016 as a logistic assistant. Among other activities, Ernesto loves to work on the field, especially in Maputo Special Reserve, setting up the campsite and preparing delicious meals for the clients.

Mabeco History: it started like this…

“Africa really gets you, man. Some say it is like a disease but I think it is the cure. At least for me, man” – overheard at a bar in Namibia (Fish River Canyon) in 2007. Inspired by one of their biggest adventures ever, a 40 day trip in Africa, Mabeco Tours Founders, António and Pedro, created the Company in late 2015.

Like that man they overheard at a bar in Namibia, they felt “cured” and impacted by the Continent, and especially Mozambique. Choosing to live and work here was a very easy and natural choice.

Why choose Mabeco Tours?

  • Best Team ever: we are energetic, hardworking and passionate about what we do. An authentic, genuine and multicultural Team that is ready to deliver the best experiences to our Guests.

 

  • Quality and not Quantity: our high level of attention to detail and personalization is what makes us the best. We carefully study each and every guest profile and needs, to tailor the adventures perfectly to their requirements.

 

  • What! You don’t know those guys?!: Our good and reliable reputation precedes us everywhere we go. Most of our guests are referred to or repeat an experience. We know this, so come along and let us show what we do best.

 

  • The Paramount: We are completely focused in the safety, comfort, wellbeing and satisfaction of our Guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We thank you for being part of the History of this Company.

Origins of Mabeco tours on a Family expedition in Namibia

Corporate and social responsibility

Since we started Mabeco Tours, we have done several commitments, partnerships and actions in core areas of Social Responsibility. Environment, Conservation and Social areas are the 3 pillars of our workin CSR.

Environment

We started many years ago partnering up with Cooperativa de educação ambiental Repensar/Let’s do it Moçambique in several actions in the Country. We have been actively involved in actual cleanup operations in public spaces such as beaches, parks, reserves, cities and other areas.

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The idea is to pass an educational message while doing something that will promote the well-being, health and safety of all the users of these facilities. It was overwhelming and worrying to see the state of some of these places.

We do small things that we find relevant: all plastic and glass bottles that are consumed in our Company and in our houses, are separated and delivered to one of the few programmes that processes these residues; we only buy charcoal for our camps that comes from a sustainable operation. With this we try to mitigate the huge deforestation that is being done in Mozambique, especially in the Northern areas; We clean-up the areas where we pass and camp: in the last few years we removed a few tonnes of rubbish from beautiful places.

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Social

This is probably one of the Areas that can solve all of the above, if tackled correctly. Poverty, lack of education and poor life conditions does not promote positive developments in Environmental and Conservation areas, mentioned above. Imagine that you are so poor that you cannot even guarantee a proper meal a day to your family? Would you be interested in solving the environment or conservation problems or would you choose to feed your family first? These questions put everything we know in perspective and it really makes us think that we need to effectively tackle poverty and lack of education as fast as possible, if we do want a better World.

In March 2019, Mozambique was hit by cyclone Idai, one of the worst cyclones ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere. The Human and Natural disaster that occurred really damaged an already impoverished community – more than 1 million hectares of cropland were destroyed. When disaster struck this area, we at Mabeco Tours, immediately decided that we needed to do something about the future of our Planet, of our people, of our resources. We did the first active partnership with a local NGO, called Azada Verde. Like us, Azada Verde is small but very competent and effective. The best part of it all is that all the resources used by Azada Verde are directed towards the communities itself and to the projects they implement. Some of these projects are so simple but so significant:

Agricultural associations: improve production, increase income and diversify the diet of rural families. These associations empower women, who for the first time in their lives are disposing of their own income;

Schools of peace: local social initiative that fulfils the human right to education, health and food for orphans and extremely vulnerable children;

School food: ensures a diversified and healthy diet for more than 2.200 children in boarding schools in rural Sofala Province, ensuring food safety and healthy development;

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Water pump bike for sustainable development: low cost high impact ecological solutions that guarantee, just by peddling a bike, access to water for vulnerable families living in poverty;

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Conservation

Elephant collaring tours in Maputo special reserve by Mabeco tours

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We are the pioneers for the creation of unique and very exclusive conservation tours in Mozambique (know more here). You can be part of such important activities as most of the income of the tour goes directly to support and finance the very needed and expensive operations from all the professional teams involved. We will continue to do these conservation actions with strength, hope and focus. Despite of all the bad news regarding Conservation, we are seeing some positive developments in the areas we operate: poaching is under control, the species are reproducing at a faster rate and animals are re-populating some of the old damaged and disturbed areas. There is still a lot to do. We will continue to be as much active as possible in this matter.

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