Reasons to Visit
Accommodation is invariably in small, boutique lodges with privacy and tranquillity guaranteed. Despite offering safari destinations for the purist and some of the finest coastal scenery you could wish for, Mozambique is still blissfully off the beaten track.
Mozambique's shores are scattered with beautiful beaches, some just small coves that are uncovered with the tides, others endless, deserted stretches of soft pearly sand, speckled with shells. There are few better places to relax with a champagne picnic under the shade of an umbrella during the heat of the midday sun.
Mozambique boasts some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in Africa, many of them only recently discovered. There are miles of colourful, untouched coral and a multitude of tropical fish species. Dive sites range from six metre beginner spots to vast coral walls for advanced divers to explore.
A certain amount of patience and open mindedness is required for a safari in Mozambique, but there is big game present in both the Niassa Wildlife Reserve and the Gorongosa National Park. These are incredibly scenic tracts of wilderness, where guided walks and water based activities complement the game drives superbly.
Ibo Island and Ilha de Mozambique are undoubtedly the jewels in Mozambique’s cultural crown. Both have an evocative collection of colonial ruins that is slowly being brought back to life. Dig below the surface and you will also find much of interest in Pemba, Vilanculos and the small communities living on the Bazaruto and Quirimba islands.
Exploring the waters of Mozambique reveals a wealth of marine life, from moray eels and groupers to parrot fish and reef sharks. Both the Bazaruto and Quirimba Archipelago’s attract nesting turtles at varying times, while there are conservation projects in place in the south to protect the rare, endangered dugong.
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This stunning little island, roughly 3km long and no more than 500m wide. it has many beautiful colonial buildings which are protected by the island's World Heritage site status, there is a palpable sense of faded glory here.
This stunning little island, roughly 3km long and no more than 500m wide, has been linked to the mainland via a narrow road bridge since the 1960s, but it still feels like it is a very separate place where time has stood still.
Ilha de Mocambique is the old capital of Portuguese East Africa and it has many beautiful colonial buildings which are protected by the island's World Heritage site status, there is a palpable sense of faded glory here.
The island's importance to the Portuguese for trade with other colonies has resulted in a real mixing of cultures and, besides Mozambican and Portuguese, you will find Malay, Indian and Brazilian influences on the local cuisine and history. There are 52 national monuments on the island, which is divided into two: the Portuguese-built Stone Town in the northern half and the African built Macuti Town at the southern end.
The northernmost tip of the island is crowned with the intact San Sebastio fortress, a vast structure that once housed 2,000 officers and soldiers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Jutting out into the azure waters of the Indian Ocean from the fort is the tiny chapel of Nossa Senhora do Baluarte dating from 1522. The Sao Paulo Palace, a restored red structure in the heart of Stone Town, is also well worth a visit, as is the small maritime museum downstairs.
Wandering the dusty streets of this gracefully crumbling town where children play in the street and women chat in cool of the shuttered villas really does make you feel as though you have stepped back into a bygone era.
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