Of the many attractions in Mozambique, the most popular regions are found along the coast. This is largely due to the fact that this country has some of the world’s longest stretches of undeveloped coastline, resulting in some of the most deserted beaches around. This means that privacy is ensured for activities such as fishing and diving, or for relaxing on the beach.
There are several national parks in Mozambique, the most popular of which are the Limpopo National Park and Gorongosa. The wildlife here is not accustomed to human life, and as a result can be seen completely as it would be in the wild, compared to some of the more populated parks in which animals have become accustomed to human interference. The Niassa Reserve is excellent for wild dog. The bird watching is spectacular here, with a huge variety of birds from the coast to the mountains. Especially good for birds is Gorongoza Mountain, which has some species of birds that cannot be seen anywhere else in southern Africa such as the green-headed oriole and the East Coast akalat.
The towns of Mozambique are also well worth the visit. There are a variety of places to go, from the capital city of Maputo with a number of quality hotels and restaurants, to small towns such as Pemba, Inhambane, Ibo Island, and Ilha do Moçambique.
Maputo is a port city in the south of the country, with a population of 1.5 million people. With wide, tree-lined avenues and busy street markets to peruse, the character of Maputo is unlike any other city in Africa. Trees such as the jacaranda, flame tree and palms line the avenidas which have many street cafés and attractive old buildings amongst high-rise buildings from the 50’s and 60’s. The night life is lively, and the people friendly, making Maputo an unmissable destination.
Pemba is a small port town with wonderful beaches and old buildings, that is near the Quirimba Archipelago and is a good place to stop on a tour of the islands.
Similar to Maputo with tree-lined avenues and beautiful colonial buildings, Inhambane has a strongly Mediterranean character that is emphasised by the location in a bay in the mouth of the Matumba River. This is one of the most relaxing towns to stay in, and has a large variety of restaurants to try, as well as a vibrant market that is a pleasure to explore.
The town on Ibo Island is one of the most ancient settlements in Mozambique. One of the most alluring parts of the town is the history; it is in places crumbling as buildings decay, giving a wonderful sense of age that is unmissable. Parts of the town have been restored, which contrast greatly with the older buildings, and if the culture does not inspire, the coastline here is some of the most beautiful in the world, with an unrivalled biodiversity.
Ilha do Moçambique is the oldest European settlement in east Africa, and is situated on a small coral island of the same name. The biggest attraction here is a wealth of the oldest colonial buildings to survive in the southern hemisphere.
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