Mozambique

Following decades of isolation, Mozambique has emerged as one of the most popular and enticing tourist destinations in Southern African, known not only for its unique historical and cultural heritage, but also for greeting visitors with its warm, exuberant, open arms. Mozambique’s distinct local style consists of a vibrant blend of African, Arab and Portuguese influences and provides a refreshing contrast to the region’s other countries. The passion for life can be seen on every corner of this diverse country, from the modern, bustling city streets and pulsating night life of Maputo – the thriving capital in the far south of the country – to the colorful markets and small fishing villages dotting the 1,500 mile coastline.

Situated on the southeast coast of Africa, bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania, Mozambique is slightly less than twice the size of California. The country Vasco da Gama explored in 1498 and Portugal colonized in 1505 is generally a low-lying plateau broken up by 25 sizable rivers that flow into the Indian Ocean. The largest river is the Zambezi, which provides access to central Africa.

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With its tropical beaches, coral reefs and spectacular landscapes, Mozambique’s pristine coastline is one of the few unexplored pleasures of the Indian Ocean and is renowned for its dazzling display of marine life, making it immensely popular among scuba and snorkel divers, sun worshippers and adventure explorers alike. For high-end tourism, one of the main attractions of the coastline is Bazaruto Archipelago, a beautiful, four-island resort and underwater marine park with great diving, deep-sea fishing and sailing. The Archipelago features 180 species of birds, endemic butterflies, suni antelope and freshwater crocodiles, while its protected reefs and beaches support dolphin, dugong, game fish, giant lobster and several species of marine turtle among its wildlife offerings. Bazaruto Archipelago was declared a National Park in 1971.

Travel Information

Electricity

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical apliances. Such adapters are…

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Banking

Currency – The unit of curency in Mozambique is the Metical (M) which is divided into 100 centavos. South African Rand and US$ are also…

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Cuisine

Mozambique offers some of the best cuisine in Africa, providing a popular blend of Portugese, Indian and African influences. The country is well known…

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Climate

The Mozambique coastline stretches for almost 2,000km, covering latitudes from about 11° to 27° South, and has a tropical ocean current running…

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Transport

Public transport is not recommended within Mozambique, however there are reliable bus shuttles to the north and international/local planes. – There are…

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Dress

Light clothing is a must for most of the year (do not forget your swimminwear and sunscreen!). However, during winter (June-August) it can be chilli in…

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Regions

Bazaruto Archipelago

Resting in the warm Indian Ocean just off the coast of Vilanculos in Mozambique, the Bazaruto Archipelago forms part of a protected marine park and consists of five idyllic islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue. These small, sandy and exquisitely beautiful islands feature some of Africa’s best beaches…

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Inhambane

This quaint seaside town, the capital of Imhambane Province, is known for its wide, almost land-locked bay and its beautiful but crumbling Portuguese architecture. Points of interest include the vibrant local market and the nearly two-century old Cathedral of our Lady of Concepti. Located within easy driving distance of Inhambane…

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Featured Tours

Reviews

Susan’s Trip to Africa

Southern Sky Adventures did a great job helping us to plan our trip to Africa.  They covered all of the details—everything from flights and accommodations to safari essentials to in-country cell phone service to restaurant and activity recommendations.  Richard even managed to make suggestions on how four women should not…

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