The Bazaruto Archipelago – One of Mozambique’s most famous national parks on the southern coast. The main islands making up the archipelago are Santa Carolina, Bazaruto, Benguerra and Magaruque. Offering a variety of water sports, the islands are covered with large sand dunes, fresh water lakes and are also home to small herds of red duiker antelope, freshwater Crocodiles as well as samango monkeys.
Bazaruto Island – The largest island in the Archipelago and consists of towering dunes and large inland lakes frequented by many water birds and even crocodiles. The island is also good for surfing, fishing and diving in the various reefs along the coast.
Benguerra Island – The second largest island in the Archipelago. It has a small patch of indigenous forest near the north as well as a rich cultural life. Two Mile Reef (2 miles east of Benguerra) offers the best reef diving in Mozambique with beautiful staghorn corals and tropical fish.
Santa Carolina – The smallest and most northerly of the islands. Composed of rock and coral, it is excellent for snorkelling. In the 1970s the islands and the channel were declared a national park.
Vilankulo (Vilanculos) – The main gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago and has beautiful beaches, lively night life, excellent lodges, hotels and some excellent restaurants.
Parque Nacional da Gorongoza – Situated north-west of Beira, it was one of the finest game reserves in Southern Africa in the 1960’s. During the war much of the game was shot for food and the rest camp at Chitengo bombed. Recently the Mozambique government has started restoring the park which can now be explored in private vehicles or on organised game drives.
Maputo – The bustling capital city, boasts interesting classic colonial Portuguese architecture, pulsating night life and colourful markets. Maputo’s most important landmark is the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceiao (Our Lady of Conception). The infamous Fere de Populare has dozens of bars and discos. Two islands (Inhaca and Portuguese Island) lie just off the coast.
Inhaca Island – Located in the middle of Maputo Bay and is accessible via regular ferry service, dhow or by air. Visitors can enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the lagoon, or walk along deserted beaches fringed by mangroves.
The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park – Set to become Africa’s greatest game reserve. The park will incorporate South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park and the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe.
Pemba – The port city situated on a peninsula in Pemba Bay is renowned as being a prime destination for water sport and diving enthusiasts as a coral reef lies close to the shore.
Ibo Island – Part of the Quirimbas Archipelago, is one of the most ancient settlements in Mozambique. Ibo’s 200-year-old ghost town, fascinating history, beautiful old buildings and 16th Century forts make for a fascinating journey to an era long forgotten.
The Ilha de Mocambique – Is a small coral island located in the north of Mozambique. A fascinating place to visit with much to offer tourists interested in learning about the history and culture of Mozambique. It is known for its array of mosques, churches and Hindu temples. This World Heritage Site and its Fortress of San Sebastian, built in the 16th Century, is a perfect example of an ancient fortified city and a gem of architectural and historical importance.