Mozambique - The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

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Experience the natural beauty, tranquil climate and local hospitality that makes Mozambique a paradise and welcoming haven for visitors.  Explore the endless coastline, pristine beaches and clear waters that offer superb diving unlike any other in Africa, while mouth-watering cuisine, featuring some of the best prawns in the world, offers a feast for the senses.

Highlights

Bazaruto Archipelago - the beautiful and renowned Bazaruto Archipelago consists of a string of four islands off the Mozambican coast. The exotic islands of Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque and Santa Carolina boast over one thousand species of coral in their surrounding tGeneral - smiling girlurquoise waters, making them a snorkelling and scuba diving paradise.

Inhambane City - with a rich history dating as far back as the 10th century, the exquisite coastal town of Inhambane features a unique legacy born from a combination of African, old-world Portuguese and Muslim cultures. A number of historical sites give insight into the city’s diverse and tumultuous past, and include a 200-year-old Cathedral, the Governor's Palace, the museum and market, where slaves, ivory, gold and spices were once traded.  Hire a traditional dhow and sail around the bay, or simply lounge on the idyllic beaches of Jangamo, Tofo, Tofinho and Barra, where snorkelling, fishing, surfing and water sports are abound. Go on a dolphin and whale watching safari or dive below and explore the spectacular rock and coral formations of Manta Reef and Praia de Rocha.

Island of Mozambique - recognised as a World heritage site, this former Portuguese trading post is an enchanting maze of narrow streets fringed by tall buildings with a bustling harbour and market. Of particular interest is the 7th century palace museum, crammed with old cannons, muskets, sedan chairs and other memorabilia gathered by the Portuguese colonialists from round the World.

Kamera fotos 1029Maputo - African meets Mediterranean in the sprawling city of Maputo, Mozambique’s premier town. Busy markets, bustling street cafes, a developing hospitality industry and a vibrant nightlife make Maputo an exciting and welcoming experience for the outgoing traveller.  Cultural must-sees include The Museum of the Revolution and National Art Museum with its collection of the Country’s contemporary artists, as well as the old Fort on Praça 25 de Junho.

National Parks & Game Reserves - amongst Mozambique’s various parks and game reserves is the Maputo Elephant Park and Limpopo Transfrontier National Park. These parks feature a number of species native to the area with buffalo, hippo, elephants, zebra, blue wildebeest, oribi, waterbuck, eland, kudu, impala, bushbuck, steenbok, suni and nyala roaming their expansive grounds.  The Niassa Game Reserve in the far north covers over 42,000 square kilometres (10,000,000 acres), it is the largest protected area in the country.

Activities

Nuarro-diving-6Scuba diving and snorkelling - Mozambique offers some of the most exquisite diving destinations in the World.  Reefs are rich with coral and inhabited by numerous colourful fish species and marine mammals.  The country offers various dive sites that cater for beginners and experienced divers alike.

Deep Sea Fishing - various game fish are found in the area and serious fisherman will enjoy the experience not only because of the size of the fish but also the variety available.

Photography - protected areas, such as the Quirimbas Archipelago and Bazaruto Archipelago, offer photography lovers numerous possibilities with magnificent landscapes, marine mammals and exotic birds in abundance.

Dhow trips - enjoy a romantic sunset cruise on a dhow, a traditional Mozambique fishing vessel, on the tranquil azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

Moz crayfishFast Facts

Local           Language  Portuguese, along with a number of indigenous African languages and dialects. English, not always fluent, is spoken in the main tourist destinations.
Capital Maputo
Currency Meticais (M), subdivided into 100 centavos.

Try these local delicacies:

Matata                              
Clam and Peanut Stew
Salada de pera abacate Avocado and tomato salad
Frango a Cafrial Barbequed chicken
Agua Ardente A superb Portuguese liqueur