Mozambique is among the most romantic destinations in Africa and a paradise for snorkelling and scuba diving with stunning coral reefs. With over 2500km (1550 miles) of pristine white sandy beaches, Mozambique is the ideal secluded beach destination – particularly the beautiful tropical islands of the Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos which are ideal for honeymoons.
Mozambique is home to a prolific number of marine species including the rare dugong. The deep channels that flow off the coast of Mozambique offer some of the best Big Game Fishing for Marlin and Sail Fish in the world. Extensive and colorful reefs are surrounded by tropical fish; whilst whale sharks, turtles and dolphins may be seen in the clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Mozambique oozes history. The main port settlements of Maputo, Inhambane and Beira were founded in the sixteenth century, and Ille de Moçambique even earlier than that. Mozambique is also famous for the quality of its fresh seafood. The Portuguese influence is felt in dishes such as Peri-Peri (hot and spicy) Prawns and Peri-Peri Chicken.
A vibrant ambience is a heady mixture of African, Portuguese and Arab influence. The capital, Maputo, has a vibrant street life and colourful markets.
With direct flights from many towns and cities within South Africa, Mozambique is the ideal beach add-on to your safari or holiday in this country. It would also be possible to combine Mozambique with other Southern African countries, although a flight connection would be required in Johannesburg.
At this time, Mozambique remains primarily a beach destination as travel on the mainland is challenging and the national parks are only just starting to recover from decades of civil war. However the Gorongosa National Park and Niassa Reserve would appeal to visitors wanting to experience a true wilderness with no other people (although perhaps also not too many animals) around.