Major Tourist Attractions: Lake Malawi, Benguerra Island, Bazaruto Archipelago, Quirimbas Islands, Maputo Special Reserve
Whether you are looking for a wildlife safari adventure, a sail on a traditional dhow amongst pristine mangrove forests, a swim with whale sharks and dolphins, or just a relaxing tropical beach, Mozambique is your destination.
Often referred as one of Africa’s last frontiers, Mozambique is wild, beautiful, and untamed. After almost 500 years of being a Portuguese colony, Mozambique earned its independence in 1975. Shortly thereafter, a brutal civil war tore the country for over 20 years. Still licking its wounds, Mozambique’s tourism industry is slowly on the rise and it is still unspoiled by mass tourism.
As a former Portuguese colony, Portuguese is still the official language, even though it is treated as a second language to the native tongues such as Sena, Makuwa, Swahili, Chopi and Tonga, which are still spoken widely.
Travelers looking for a rugged adventure will find it heading north, while the roads in the south near Maputo are better maintained. Having said that, driving the short sand dune road that connects the South African border with the coastal village of Ponta D’Ouro is an adventure in itself.
Here are some of the things you can’t miss while in Mozambique:
- Swim with wild dolphins in Ponta D'Ouro
- Go on a safari in Gorongosa National Park
- Visit the UNESCO site Ilha de Moçambique and admire its stylish colonial-era architecture
- Take a dhow cruise around Quirimbas National park
- Visit Bazaruto Archipelago, where its sandy beaches surround the many islets and reefs
- Drink an R&R (rum with a local made raspberry soda)
- Go for a swim in Lake Malawi to look for colorful fish. Bordering Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, Lake Malawi has more species of fish than any other lake in the world.
- Swim and snorkel with manta rays and whale sharks in Tofo Bay
- Explore the cultural scene of the capital Maputo and slow down your pace in its many street cafes and pretty avenues
- Eat their famous chicken and garlic prawns
Address: Maputo, Mozambique
Av. Kenneth Kaunda, 193
Caixa Postal, 783
Phone: (258) 21-49 27 97