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Mozambique

One of the most popular Indian Ocean Islands, this enchanting country offers a treasure trove of charming discoveries.  The island is characterised by its endless white beaches, warm ocean, welcoming locals and mouth-watering cuisine.  The magnificent transparent waters are an irresistible invitation for swimming, snorkelling and diving to admire the extraordinarily beautiful coral reef and the mesmerising marine life.  Migrating whales can also be spotted in season.

The vibrant towns and cities feature a rich diversity of history and colourful cultures reflected in the architecture. Here the pulse of daily life in the markets, museums, bars and restaurants is palpable.

The rehabilitated Gorongosa National Park is home to wildlife such as elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hippopotamus, antelopes, tortoises and monkeys and varied species of bird life. Other special reserves, in particular the one in Maputo, famous for its elephants, Marromeu at the mouth of the Zambezi, the home of many buffalo and also partial reserves such as Gilé, northwest of Quelimane and Niassa, on the banks of the river Rovuma.

The natural reserve of Bazaruto offshore is well known for its exotic birds, coral reefs and protected marine species such as, dolphins, marine turtles and also the dugong.

The most renowned beaches along the coast are: Pemba, Ilha de Moçambique, Fernão Veloso, Chocas, Vilanculos, Tofo, Morrungulo, Inhassoro, Inhambane, Bazaruto, Zongoene, Xai-Xai, Bilene, Marracuene, Inhaca, Ponta de Ouro and Ponta de Malongane. 

This exotic country is the ideal holiday destination, with activities such as snorkelling, sunset cruises, horse-riding, dolphin tours and scuba diving, ensuring the adventurous holidaymaker remains enthralled.

Gorongosa National Park – was rehabilitated by an American philanthropist and the Government after it was decimated in the Civil War.  Reopened in 2008, the park now boasts an impressive variety of species, including lion herds.

The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park – features a wide variety of species, and combines wild animal protection areas from Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe into a transnational ecosystem.

Niassa Game Reserve – is a scenic conservation area that is still undeveloped and offers the quintessential wild and untouched African experience.  Encounter gigantic buffalo and elephant herds, as well as hungry predators, hunting unsuspecting antelopes.

Ilha de Mozambique – is steeped in history, a World cultural heritage site and one of most beautiful islands in Africa. A relatively uncommon tourist destination, you can enjoy the tranquillity of wide beaches and the shady avenues lined with magnificent colonial buildings.

Maputo – the vibrant capital, with its landmark railway station designed by Gustav Eiffel, is a bustling port city located on the Gulf.   Brimming with colourful markets, palm trees, jacarandas, lush botanical gardens and colonial palaces, Maputo is one of Africa’s most intriguing cities.  If you are a seafood fan, you must indulge in the grilled prawns with piri-piri sauce from Delagoa Bay.

Diving – a mecca for divers you can experience close encounters with dolphins in Ponta de Ouro and marvel at the exotic fish species and radiant coral reefs along the coastline.

The Quirimbas archipelago – is the largest marine park in Africa.  Plunge into the azure waters and meet funny-faced dugongs, sea turtles, dolphins and humpback whales.

Tofo – is a sleepy and charming fishing village.  Well worth a visit if you wish to dive with whale sharks and manta rays.   

Memba Bay – was until recently undeveloped and therefore offers untouched nature. Luminous coral reefs and a diverse underwater world makes this bay a highlight for snorkelers and divers.

Zongoene offers secluded beaches and romantic sailing trips – the perfect climax to your Mozambique tour.

GOOD TO KNOW

MOZAMBIQUE AREA

801 590 km²

POPULATION

31.2 million

Capital of MOZAMBIQUE

Maputo

Currency

Mozambique Metical

Climate

Influenced by the monsoons – its generally tropical and humid. The dry season, in the Centre/North lasts for about 4 to 6 months, whereas in the South, the dry tropical climate lasts between 6 and 9 months.  The rainy season is between October and April.  Average temperatures are around 20º in the South and 26º in the North.

People

The main Ethnic groups: the Yaos, Macuas, Angones, Nhanjas, Tongas, Bitongas and the Muchopes. Another strong influence is the Swahili, located on the coast and responsible for introducing Islam into Mozambique. Indians and Europeans (mainly of Portuguese descent) are also resident in various parts of the country.

Official language

Portuguese

Time

GMT + 2hours

“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.”

John Hemingway