MOZAMBIQUE

Capital of Mozambique: Maputo
Official languages:Portuguese & indigenous languages (Emakhuwa,Xichangana)
Currency: New Mozambican Metical
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Welcome to the enticing country of Mozambique where endless possibilities for amazing adventures lay on the horizon. With its excellent historical and cultural heritage on offer, the breathtaking landscapes, coral reefs, small isolated islands and tropical beaches, this country offers a piece of paradise to each and every traveler. Known for the exceptional mix of African and Portuguese culture, the excellent cuisine on offer and the tropical feel of the pristine beaches. This country might still be in somewhat of a recovery process after decades of civil was came to an end in the early 1990’s, but it’s sure to be a travel experience unlike any other. Think…isle hopping, deep sea diving, coral reef snorkeling and the delectable ricois the locals make. Step inside and be inspired.

The tropical atmosphere along the coast and the rich exchange of cultures within the mainland makes Mozambique one of a kind. Nowhere else in Southern Africa will you be able to have both an island vacation and a safari experience all within the borders of one country. Quite possibly the people, historical events and beautiful raw nature come together to make Mozambique a dime a dozen.

Mozambique has become famous for its great scuba diving opportunities where you can spot massive manta rays, whale sharks and lion fish among thousands of other weird and wonderful creatures. Looming in the background is the country’s history is the 17 year long civil war and unfortunately some isolated mainland areas still have active landmines. Aside from that this country used to be a crucial trading port for gold, ivory and slaves between the Middle East and Africa, and in modern days is making a big comeback with its reputation as tropical African getaway destination rising rapidly.

Must see places in Mozambique

Island of Mozambique

Island of Mozambique

This world heritage site lies between the Mozambique Channel and Mossuri Bay. It used to be the capital of colonial Portuguese East Africa and with its architectural beauty it’s definitely worth a visit.

Bazaruto Archipelago

The big six islands. Near Vilankulo you can island hop between Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque, Santa Carolina and Shell islands. It’s breathtaking and instantly lends an island retreat atmosphere

Quirimbas Islands

Dazzling beaches and untouched reefs lay wide open to be explored. On the islands you will also find some amazing resorts and the trip will definitely be worth it when you have that refreshing sundowner on a deserted island paradise.

Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa National Park

Privately owned, this eco-tourism initiative allows you to discover a hidden gem within the African Safari Circuit. You will be led by expert guides through the most scenic and wildlife rich areas within Mozambique.

Lake Nyassa

The Mozambican part of the great Lake Malawi boasts more species of fish than any other lake in the world. Watersports such as canoeing, kayaking, wake boarding and countless more are on offer here and adrenalin junkies are sure to “get their fix” with the activities available. If watersports aren’t your thing, you can enjoy a luxurious river boat cruise while admiring the natural beauty of the area.

Ponta de Ouro

Visit the dive camp of Ponta de Ouro to truly experience a Mozambican holiday at its best. The resort offers chalets for those who prefer it but most tourists simply camp out. A short walk over the dune will land you smack on the beautiful beach where snorkeling is great, or choose to go out on a scuba diving trip to view the amazing reefs nearby. The famous Beach Bar in Ponta serves amazing food and the star of the show Rum & Raspberry as a refreshing drink is always available.

Things to do in Mozambique

Mozambique

Visit Maputo Elephant Reserve

This wilderness offers tourists stunning views of the local savanna, dune and the pristine white beaches. The opportunities for hippo and elephant encounters are endless and make the park a great attraction for young and old. You can have a wonderful sit down picnic in an enclosed secure area near the watering holes from where you can watch the hippos and crocodiles sunbathe and frolic in the waters. It’s a little bit of a walk on the wild side but will create amazing and lifelong memories.

Scuba diving in Mozambique

Scuba diving in Mozambique is not only amazing and life changing, but it should definitely be considered as a “no option not to” when you are visiting this country. There are many resorts that offer basic training for those who are first timers and they also offer equipment as well as vastly experienced ocean guides. The trip out to the deep waters help build up the thrill and when you eventually hit the spot and get in the water you will be amazed at the great visibility in these crystal clear waters. Thousands of fish are always ready to pose for the visitors and its something you won’t regret doing.

Quad biking on the dunes

This s not allowed everywhere on the beaches as conservation of the sea turtles is a big deal is Mozambique, but in dedicated spots you can play like a child. Take one adult, add one 4x4 quad bike and add some dunes = instant adventure. You can explore the area while having some sense of isolation. It’s a beautiful and scenic adventure thrill that should not be left undone.

R&R at the Beach Bar

R&R at the Beach Bar – Situated in the dive camp at Ponta de Ouro, enjoy an ice cold and refreshing Rum & Raspberry drink as you stare out over the seemingly endless stretches of beach and admire the scenic beauty

Best time to visit Mozambique

Tourists visit Mozambique in July and August

Mozambique has a tropical climate which sees year round hot weather. They have a rainy season which starts in October and lasts until April. The dry season which runs between June and August is quite possibly the best time to visit as it is less humid and you’ll be able to avoid the rush of tourists during peak season as well as the grueling heat that can strike from October through to April.

Did you know?

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Monte Bing is the highest point within Mozambique, reaching 2436 meters high
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Mozambique Island, one of the many islands along the coast, is a UNESCO Word Heritage Site.
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Lake Nyassa as the locals know it forms part of the great Lake Malawi and is the biggest lake in Africa

Travel Tips

Try local dishes
  1. Prawns & Crayfish – Mozambican seafood is simply amazing. Its caught fresh daily and arguably the best worldwide. Try the prawns peri-peri style, the way the locals prefer it, you won’t be disappointed.
  2. Prego Roll – Steak sandwiches that are served with an authentic Mozambican peri-peri sauce on a Portuguese roll. The taste is simply unbeatable.
  3. Ricois – It’s a Mozambican delicacy that has distinct Portuguese influence. It’s basically minced and spiced prawn meat (you can choose hot or hot-hot) that gets coated in a pastry and then bread crumbs before its deep-fried. These pasties are as Mozambique as can be and you definitely won’t stop at just one.
  4. Cashew Nuts – Mozambique is a cashew crazy kingdom. Locals alongside the roads will always have some bags of fresh cashews for sale and they also come with variety such as chocolate and caramel coated, but the best is the peri-peri coated cashews. Gobble on and enjoy!
Events & Festivals

Maputo International Music Festival: Boasting piano recitals, jazz workshops, opera performances, jam sessions and even film screenings, this festival is bustling and attracts thousands of artists and spectators from across the globe. Traditional Mozambican dancing and singing is also on display and the atmosphere is electric (May)

Independence Day: Annually on the 25th of June a colorful and lively event takes place. Mozambican locals celebrate the day that Mozambique gained independence from Portugal. Traditional dancing and music performances together with authentic Mozambican cuisine are on offer and one can truly see how much the locals love their country (June)

Prawn Run: Hundreds upon hundreds of spectators and competitors alike show up (mostly in aid of charity) to take on this grueling challenge. Held yearly, this cycle race stretches 80 kilometers (50 miles) through the Mozambican mainland before it crosses the border for another leg of the tournament (July)

Remember that Mozambique is prime Malaria area
Take the preventative medicine and be sure to look out for any symptoms such as headaches and muscle pains that could indicate possible infection.
Rainy season
If you are traveling during the rainy season, it is advisable to pack a few warm clothing items as the breeze after sundown can get quite nippy.
Tap water is not safe for drinking
Tap water is not safe for drinking in Mozambique, and make sure that the ice that gets served in drinks has been made from purified water.
Always keep to the speed limits when self-driving
Always keep to the speed limits when self-driving and make sure you wear your safety belt at all times. Local authorities are very strict on road safety regulations and you can incur serious penalties for breaking these laws.
It is illegal to take photos of any armed forces, airports, bridges and other places
It is illegal to take photos of any armed forces, airports, bridges or government buildings in Mozambique, and also always get the permission from locals first before simply taking photographs of them.
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