Mozambique – A tropical paradise
Mozambique has excellent tourism assets with stunning beaches, excellent diving and fishing, rugged coastline, world heritage sites, colonial architecture, colourful local culture and magical offshore islands. Comprehensive conservation and community development initiatives offer exciting tourism experiences that benefit the local inhabitants.
Known as the land of smiles, Mozambique stretches along Africa’s south east coast, bordered by Tanzania to the north; Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to the west; and South Africa and Swaziland to the south.
The country is gradually being rebuilt after years of war, and many of the famous old spots from the past have been restored. Mozambique’s distinct local style consists of a vibrant blend of African, Arab and Portuguese influences and provides a refreshing contrast to the other countries in the Southern Africa region. With something to offer everyone it is an ideal holiday destination.
Points of interest
The 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 and Shell. The islands are geared towards luxury tourism with accommodation in top end lodges.
Parque Nacional da Gorongoza is situated north-west of Beira near the border with Zimbabwe. During the war much of the game was destroyed. However the Mozambique government has recently started restoring the park which can now be explored.
Vilankulo (Vilanculos) is a large town on the mainland that is becoming increasingly popular, not only as the main gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, but also due to its beautiful beaches, lively night life and excellent lodges and hotels.
Maputo is Mozambique’s capital. Under Portuguese influence, it became one of Africa’s most beautiful and fashionable cities with an impressive skyline of tall buildings and a cosmopolitan Portuguese/African atmosphere.
Inhaca Island is situated in the middle of Maputo Bay, just 45 minutes by dhow or 10 min by air. Visitors can enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the lagoon, or walk for miles along deserted beaches fringed by mangroves.
Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, set to become Africa’s greatest game reserve of this park incorporates South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park and the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe.
Ibo Island situated north and part of the Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the most ancient settlements in Mozambique, with Muslim traders actively established in the area before the 15th century.
Ilha de Mocambique is a small coral island in the north of Mozambique known for its array of mosques, churches and its Hindu temple as well as the World Heritage Site and its Fortress of San Sebastian, built in the 16th Century.
Mozambique has a tropical climate with year round sunny skies. The best time to travel is during the winter months from May to October; the months with the least rainfall.