Mozambique is a hidden gem on the Indian Ocean coast of East Africa.
The Mozambique coastline is a diving, deep sea fishing and snorkeling paradise. The shallow, crystal clear waters pulse with a myriad of marine life including dazzling soft corals, starfish, anemones, seahorses and a bewildering range of beautiful fish.
The Bazaruto Archipelago is a small group of islands situated approximately 40 kilometers off the Mozambique coast. The diverse ecosystem contained in the archipelago caters for a wide range of interests. The white beaches and protected reefs surrounding the islands support dolphin, dugong, game fish and giant lobster make Mozambique a superb African Holiday destination.
Further to the North and extending up to the Tanzania border, the Islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago are the ultimate romantic Island Getaway ideal for Honeymooners and diving enthusiasts. The many small Islands in this area are true treasures isle, with their wealth of marine life and unspoilt beaches.
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.
So, whether you’d like an adventure holiday or just prefer to relax and get away from it all, it’s all waiting here for you in Mozambique-the land of smiles.
Nacala Coast Area
Nacala is a tropical area with deserted white beaches and clear tropical waters – and it’s largely undiscovered by tourists. Mozambique Island is a World Heritage Site and a fascinating destination.
Beira is the hot and humid capital of the Sofala province – a mountainous and high-lying region made famous in the 1960s by the spectacular lion viewing at Gorongoza National Park. These days the lions are fewer but it is still an excellent destination for birds and scenery.
Thick forests of casuarinas, coconut palms and cashew nut trees grow on the shores of this island. Its towering dunes and large inland lakes are frequented by many water birds and even crocodiles.
The island has a hundred-year-old lighthouse on the northern point, which serves as a signal to the many ships which pass by the channel up the east coast of Africa. Fishermen around the world know Bazaruto to be one of the best spots for catching marlin, kingfish and other large game fish.
Inhambane Tropics Area
North of the Maputo Province, the coastal Inhambane Province straddles the Tropic of Capricorn. Inhambane is known for its long and beautiful beaches, coconut plantations, and mangrove swamps.
The Maputo area offers excellent beaches, tranquil lakes at Bilene fascinating island culture at Inhaca and a combination of beaches and game in Maputo Elephant Reserve. The city of Maputo is known for its classic colonial Portuguese architecture.
Conservation in Mozambique
Great things will be required of the region’s conservation efforts if Mozambique is to recover from the rapid and drastic depletion of its wildlife that followed the 14-year long civil war. Fortunately, great things seem to be forthcoming. The Transfrontier Conservation Areas span national boundaries, whose physical fences are removed to allow the natural migration patterns of animals within the protected areas.
The peace parks are intended primarily to conserve ecological heritage but also to encourage tourism, sustainable economic development, and goodwill between neighbouring countries. For more information on eco-friendly accommodation, conservation programmes, prices and bookings, please contact us.