Mozambique is an exotic paradise of long sandy beaches fringed by swaying palms, turquoise seas, a mix of fascinating cultures, and a perfect example of laid-back tropical island life. The country borders on South Africa and Swaziland to the south, Zimbabwe to the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania to the north.
Most of the country’s attractions are located along the southern coastline, or are discreetly tucked away on unique islands like the Bazaruto Archipelago and Quirimbas Archipelago. Mozambique’s southern coastline also regularly plays host to a wide variety of marine creatures. Humpback whales, dolphins and whale sharks follow routes along these shores between certain months each year. Giant leatherback and loggerhead turtles nest in the sand dunes from October to March on an annual basis. Mozambique embraces a cultural mix of Brazilian, Indian, Portuguese, Arabian and African influences, and this is evident in the architecture when you visit some of the original colonial towns. Mozambique is a paradise that should be on everyone’s “must do” list!
Mozambique’s most popular attractions include:
Home to over 1 200 species of fish, and it supports five marine turtle species – Leatherback, Loggerhead, Green, Hawksbill and Ridley. The largest remaining population of Dugongs also survives in the Bazaruto Archipelago. This East African coastline commands some of the most pristine coral reefs in the world, and popular activities for visitors include snorkelling, scuba diving, big-game fishing, sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking and dhow cruises. And for the less active, simply hang in a hammock and get your nose stuck into a good book!
The most spectacular jewels in Mozambique's marine crown rest in its Cabo Delgado Province, in the far north. The Quirimbas Archipelago (or 'Ilhas Quirimbas' as they're known in Portuguese) is a beautiful string of islands, often fringed by gorgeous beaches, which lie about 2,500km from Maputo. This is an isolated and remote area; probably the last stretch of East African coastline where the marine environments and beaches are ecologically pristine and largely unexplored. Lying just offshore and stretching for 200km, the Quirimbas Archipelago consists of 12 major islands; about 20 smaller, coralline outcrops; and endless sand-bar beaches. As a safeguard for the future, The Quirimbas National Park protects a large part of the archipelago's southern side.
This fascinating town full of 17th and 18th century ruins of mosques, churches, palaces and colonial buildings. The island is a World Natural Heritage Site, and some of the Arab buildings date from the 12th century. The official language spoken in Mozambique is Portuguese, however there are around 14 other indigenous languages spoken. Local people are proud and courteous, while white-faced local woman are a common sight – they make a paste of root extract from the nciro tree and use it as a moisturising sun protection mask on their faces. The highlight of local cuisine is mouth-watering seafood, most notably prawns, which are usually served with a peri-peri sauce.
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