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|Crystal clear waters, golden sands, and sapphire skies typify Mozambique’s long and simply gorgeous Indian Ocean coastline. Add in thriving, lively towns and cities as well as amazing wildlife and you have an often overlooked treasure waiting to be discovered.
Whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday, or adrenaline-fuelled adventure, Mozambique’s coast has it all. In the north the stunning Qurimbas Islands offer superb diving and snorkelling in unspoiled coral reefs teeming with colourful tropical fish. Or alternatively take a cruise on a dhow (a traditional sailing boat) and look out for sea turtles, dolphins and whales.
Further south, at the Bazaruto Archipelago there are equally spectacular reefs. As well as diving, visitors can take in a plethora of bird species and marine life including flamingos, terns, marine turtles, dolphins and the rare dugong. Nearby at Vilanculos, activities include sailing, kite-surfing and fishing.
There are charming coastal towns too. Inhambane, with its colonial architecture and laid-back atmosphere is considered one of the prettiest in the country. While in the north, Mozambique island was once the capital and it’s charming mix of African and Portuguese buildings have seen it attain UNESCO World Heritage status.
Away from the coast, in central Mozambique, Gorongosa National Park offers safari enthusiasts excellent birding – with over 400 species present – and the chance to see large animals such as warthogs, hippos, antelope and crocodiles. The park contains a number of different ecosystems including savannah and rain forests.
And in the far north is the Niassa Reserve – one of the most untouched reserves anywhere in Africa. At over 40,000 square kms, its the largest in Mozambique and presents the adventurous visitor an opportunity to travel in true African wilderness. African wild dogs are present here with a population estimated at over 300.
Mozambique offers a seductive mixture of tropical paradise, wonderful marine and wildlife reserves and stunning scenery that is fast making it one of the must-see destinations in Africa.
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