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Mozambique

The pristine beauty, pleasant atmosphere, friendly people and still authentic African atmosphere are good reasons to visit Mozambique. In addition, the tropical beaches of the Indian Ocean which is downright idyllic and you can find no mass tourism.

Memories of the colonial past can be found in the capital of Maputo and the coastal town of Inhambane. If you are you looking for peace, sun, water, beautiful coral reefs and pristine beaches you can choose from various locations along the 2500 kilometres of coastline. Mozambique is also very popular as a dive destination. Whale sharks, manta rays and rare dugong (sea cow) swim in large numbers off the coast.

From the Kruger National Park in South Africa you can cross through the border crossing Giriyondo to the Limpopo National Park, the most famous game park in Mozambique. So you can easily combine a safari with a few days at the beach. The wildlife parks Gorongosa and Niassa are ideal for a combination of safari and beach.

The old colonial town of Inhambane is well worth a visit. The Portuguese had a permanent trading post from 1534. This makes Inhambane one of the oldest cities of southern Africa. In the town there is a cathedral to visit which was built by the Portuguese at the end of the 18th century. However, the main attraction of Inhambane is the beautiful coastline, beaches and the fascinating underwater world. This coastal region has become known as a spectacular diving destination! In particular, the migration of the humpback whales, manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins and other large fish making these waters spectacular for the fans, whether you're an experienced diver or not, there is something for everyone. The coastal town of Tofo is not far from Inhambane and is also a known haven for diving enthusiasts. At the Maputo coast lies the Inhaca Island. As in most of the islands in Mozambique, you will also find colourful coral reefs and beautiful beaches. On the south coast there are also the beautiful coastal towns of Bilene and Xai-Xai.

Since the Portuguese settled in Mozambique many hundreds of years ago, the country has experienced turbulent times. During the war years the coastal area remained however largely spared. This certainly applies to the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago where no battle was waged. The town of Vilanculos is north of Inhambane and is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. It is possible to visit the paradise islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago by air or boat. This archipelago consists of three main islands Magaruque, Benguerra and Bazaruto. The islands are all declared a national park and are truly idyllic. The archipelago is entirely a national park because of its rich bird life, but mainly because of the coral reefs and many colourful sea creatures.

Pemba is the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado, in the far north of Mozambique. The site lies on the southern shore of the Bay of Pemba. Pemba itself you will find many colonial buildings. Pemba has beautiful beaches and thanks to the coral reef close to the shore is an excellent diving and snorkelling destination. Here you will find the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago, which consists of 32 islands where you can snorkel and fish excellently. The tropical islands in this area are stunningly beautiful, each with islands with endless white beaches and coral reefs. The Quirimbas can be combined with a stay in Tanzania or South Africa. The biggest islands are Matemo, Medjumbe and Quilalea. Vamizi Island also offers more than excellent scuba diving opportunities. Medjumbe is close to St. Lazarus Bank, which is a beautiful dive. From Matemo you can make a special day excursion to Ibo Island, which was once a major slave market and Portuguese trading post.

In southern Mozambique, you will find more than just beaches, like the Limpopo National Park. It is planned that this park will be integrated into the transnational Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which covers an area of ​​approximately 35 000 km2. Three existing parks - Kruger National Park in South Africa, the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe - will be merged into a protected area where wildlife can live in an area without 'frontiers'. In 2006 the first line was opened but it will take several years before the entire project is realized. To the south is also the capital Maputo, where you can visit the restored train station and the National History Museum.

The pristine Niassa Game Reserve in the far north is home to the largest concentration of wild Mozambique. This reserve has an area of ​​less than 42 000 km2. In this almost undiscovered area you will find a diverse wildlife population: large numbers of elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, hippos, sable antelope, wildebeest, kudu, Boehm's zebra, impala and wild dogs. You can visit this unique wildlife park from May to November, where you stay in the Lugenda Bush Camp.