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Long, palm-fringed beaches with sand so fine that it squeaks underfoot,
remarkable deltas, shady mangrove forests and freshwater lagoons; tropical
islands surrounded by turquoise waters, where multi-coloured fish swim
amongst pristine coral; this is the coastline and islands of Mozambique.
With new-found peace and a growing economy, this beautiful country has
recently re-opened its doors to tourism. Mozambique is a crossroads of
civilisations, cultures and landscape, with influences from the early days by Arab
traders and Portuguese colonists. Their passion for life can be seen on every
corner, from the capital Maputo's bustling city streets and pulsating nightlife to
the colourful markets and small fishing villages, which dot the coast. The north
of Ilha de Mozambique is a UNESCO world heritage site. Mozambique's
unspoiled coastline stretches for nearly 3000 kilometres from Ponta do Ouro in
the South to the Rovuma River on the Tanzanian border in the North.
The clear warm ocean currents make this coastline a tropical paradise, and
numerous resorts offer relaxing sunbathing, diving and fishing along superb
coral reefs, clean white beaches and warm clear water.
There are a number of islands offering excellent island getaways with diving
and snorkelling along magnificent coral reefs. Best known is the Bazaruto
Archipelago - Magaruque, Benguera, Bazeruto and Santa Carolina (Paradise
Island). The official language is Portugese and cultures include European,
Shangaan, Chokwe, Manyika, Sena and Makua. The local currency is the
Metical. Please consult your local embassy with regard to visa requirements.
In the capital city of Maputo formerly Lourenco Marques, you are never far from
the coast and visitors to the city can enjoy the refreshing sea breeze at the many
restaurants serving locally caught seafood. Along the marginal is the fish
market, where you will find fresh fish for the barbeque without all the effort of
catching it. Only a day trip away are the beaches of Macaneta and Island of
Inhaca, a popular spot for diving and snorkeling.
Travellers to the South will enjoy the splendid beaches of Ponta do Ouro. This
area is one of the best locations for diving in the world and its waters are alive
with many species of marine life including dolphins, Manta ray and the
occasional shark for the more adventurous. The shoals of tropical fish fill the
coral reefs with an ever-changing spectrum of colour.
To the North of Maputo, in the province of Gaza, are the famous beaches of
Bilene and Xai-Xai. Their well equipped resorts offer you a choice of water
sports, fishing and relaxation in the luxurious setting that will entice you to stay
longer and return time and time again.
Further on up the Coast, around the city of Inhambane, are Tofo and many other
secluded beaches, some of which are accessible only by four wheel drive
vehicle. These palm-fringed bays area safe haven for swimmers. Travelers to
Vilanculos will be tempted to Linger a while at the self-contained luxury resorts
of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Boat hire can be arranged for those who enjoy
Out of range of most travelers by road are unexplored to the North of Beira,
Quelimane and Nampula. On the way you will find the historic town of Angache,
which bears the influences of the Arab and Swahili peoples who have trade
along this coast for centuries. The Ilha of Mozambique is a fascinating place to
visit with much to offer tourists interested in learning about the history and
culture of our country.
Tourists traveling to the interior of the country will be enthralled by the beauty of
Lago Niassa, the vast lake which borders Tanzania and Malawi. This is one of
the wildest places in Mozambique and is not for the fainthearted, however the
rewards are great for those who persevere with the journey and here you will
find beautiful, undeveloped countryside with the true feel of Africa.
Last, but not least, are the sandy beaches of Pemba and the remote Quirimbas
Archipelago. The many small Islands in this area are true treasures isle, with
their wealth of marine life and unspoilt beaches. There are a few stunning new
resorts in this Arquipelago were you will find the perfect beach.
Dotted along the shoreline are the silhouettes of the dhows, which have been
fishing along this coast for centuries. This peaceful way of life creates an
atmosphere of calm relaxation for the weary traveler.
Best time to visit is in the dry season from Apr-Sep. Daily temperatures average
at about 27°C near the coast. The rainy season runs for the rest of the year, with
daily temperatures at around 29°C.
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