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Susanne Muskita

Dutch-born with parents from the Maluku islands in the Indonesian Archipelago (the biggest archipelago in the world), I have lived and worked in the UK for the past 20 years. Although I am a trained radio journalist, I have spent most of my life working in the travel industry. I have travelled independently all over the globe and then started working as a tour manager in destinations as varied as Alaska, India and Tanzania.

After a few years of doing this, I no longer wanted to live out of my rucksack and found a job working for a specialist tour operator. It’s great to be able to share your travel experiences with other people on a daily basis. After many years, the passion hasn’t faded, and I am still adding new countries to my list!

Cape Verde is a great destination as it has the perfect combination of mountains, culture and of course offers a slice of Africa, my favourite continent. As a keen walker and climber, I do like my mountains. So it’s no surprise that my favourite Cape Verdean island is Fogo, where you can wander through the colourful town of Sao Filipe, walk through the lunar landscape of Cha das Caldeiras where the stargazing at night is amazing, and climb to top of the highest volcano Pico de Fogo with its’ breath-taking views.

Contact

Susanne Muskita
Island specialist
01768 721040
susanne@archipelagochoice.com

My favourite part of Cape Verde

Each island plays an important part on our Cape Verde holidays.

Boavista is just a short 20min flight from Sal and is considered to be the hottest and driest of all the islands and also the one most affected by the hot harmattan winds from the Sahara.

There are some great water sports opportunities near the capital, Sal Rei and the interior, with its desert-like landscapes. The white sandy beaches are stunning and are the third most important destination in the world for nesting loggerhead turtles.

Relax in a boutique coastal hideaway, or one of the larger all-inclusive hotels and explore this desert island by jeep. Humpback whales like Boavista too, as they have their young here and nurse them until they are strong enough to brave the Atlantic.

My favourite activity in Cape Verde

Our self-guided walks on Cape Verde are easily combined with the guided walks we offer with our Cape Verde walking holidays. The paths on the islands are not waymarked and finding your way independently can be difficult, which is why we only recommend certain self-guided routes.

The most spectacular of them all is the coastal walk from Cruzinha to Ponta do Sol on Santo Antão. Starting off in the small fishing village of Cruzinha you follow the dramatic coastal path which contours around to the pretty and picturesque mountain village of Fontainhas until you reach the final destination of Ponta do Sol – the old capital of Santo Antão.

This moderate walk takes five to six hours and is popular with families, groups and couples. En route there are plenty of coves and beaches to rest and relax (and to eat your packed lunch).

My favourite accommodation in Cape Verde

If you want to stay in a unique and quirky place then look no further, Casa Marisa literally rose from the ashes after the volcanic eruption of Pico de Fogo in November 2014. The casa was re-built and opened again less than a year later on top of the hot lava – make sure to wear some footwear as the floor is too hot to walk on with bare feet.

The casa has simple but spacious brightly painted rooms with en-suite facilities built around an open courtyard. The newer funky funkus (like the traditional circular African huts) all have a roof terrace under a conical shaped wooden slatted roof. At an altitude of nearly 1700 metres, this is a place with its own unique atmosphere and the most amazing starry nights.

The huge dining room serves great food (a mixture of French and Capeverdean dishes) made with local produce by owner Marisa and her sisters. Try the locally produced wine as well. Husband Mustafa is a keen climber and has developed the first Via Ferrata on the Bordeira. There is WiFi in the dining room, but you have to pay to get access

 

 

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