Mozambique is often regarded as one of Africa's up and coming
hot-spots and rightly so. It is a country with a fascinating blend
of cultures, beautiful scenery and welcoming locals. Though
Mozambique shares borders with six other African nations its
largest neighbour is the Indian Ocean
The country's 2,500 km of pristine coastline is lapped by warm
azure waters and is dotted with virtually deserted archipelagos. It
is hard to believe that the nation's picture perfect beaches have
remained practically undiscovered for so long.
For those wanting to get away from it all, the Quirimbas
Archipelago located off the northern coast boasts some of the most
stunning islands in the world. The protected National Park offers
un-paralleled peace and tranquility and is the ultimate when it
comes to a tropical island hideaway. It is a hard task to
decide which island to stay on within this archipelago as each one
is a gem. Ibo with its ancient forts or one of its numerous white
sandy beaches. Other islands that may entice you are Mejumbe,
Matemo and Vamizi.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilha de Moçambique is an
absorbing place to begin learning about Mozambique's colonial
history. Once the capital of Portuguese East Africa, and before
that a major Arab trading port, Ilha de Moçambique has a
colourful history and the majestic chapel and fort stand testament
Mozambique's game reserves are undergoing somewhat of a
re-invigoration. Fortunately they remain reasonably undiscovered
and for those wanting to experience the true African bush, away
from the hordes of gawking crowds, Parque Nacional de Gorongosa is
Further South, closer to the South African border, is the
Bazaruto Archipelago National Park. There are some world class
beach hideaways here namely Marlin Bay, Zura and Benguerra.
Thirty years ago Mozambique attracted more tourists than South
Africa and Zimbabwe combined; now it remains a relatively
unexplored region of Africa, unspoilt by mass tourism.