He was born in Lisbon Portugal, where he lived until 24 years old. He has a degree in Cinema, Video and multimedia communication, area that 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, has a booking manager and wildlife guide. Now, has 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 its life.
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 little, 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 subsArian 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, dijiridoo and percussion, Family is and always be the strongest element of its life.
In 2007, they travelled for 40 days in 5 different African Countries. Like that man they overheard at a bar in Namibia, they also felt the mind, body and soul being cured by the wonders of this Continent. Mozambique came to be a very natural and genuine choice for them. There are fantastic places in Africa, but Mozambique is indeed one of the most beautiful, unknown and promising Countries in this part of the World. Mabeco Tours today and tomorrow…
Since then, we gave everything we had towards our guest experiences. Today, Mabeco tours came to be a company that is completely focused on the promise of delivering that same experienced we had back in 2007. We are still a small-scale company in terms of size, but we are huge in many other ways:
– We have a exceptional and fantastic team that works every day and very hard to maintain our personalised and detailed consistency;
– We are the best hosts for tailor made tours, safari and beach experiences in Mozambique and this is overwhelming but also gratifying. We will maintain this position and this is our main goal;
– Our good and reliable reputation precedes us everywhere we go. More and more people are choosing us because we are offering not just exceptional experiences but another way of looking towards the Country and the Continent itself. We can only show you, but you are the one that will decide.
– We spend a lot of resources and efforts training our Team, because they are our recipe for success;
– We continuously maintain, update and renovate our fleet and equipment in order to have the best, available at all times. We only work with those who are as good or better than us;
– We believe safety, security, well-being and happiness are paramount.
– To you, our beloved and valuable Guest, we dedicate everything we did and continue to do.
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.
In March 2019, Mozambique was hit by 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;
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;
Schools of peace: local social initiative that fulfils the human right to education, health and food for orphans and extremely vulnerable children;
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.