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Mozambique

Untouched archipelago island life

Vast, often overlooked, and once Portugal’s most important African colony, Mozambique stretches almost 1,700 miles up the Indian Ocean coast from South Africa all the way to Tanzania.

Mozambique is famous for its small Indian Ocean hideaways and pristine offshore archipelagos. A handful of exclusive resorts are set on small, unspoilt islands ringed by white-sand beaches so fine they squeak. The surrounding waters are filled with some of Africa’s most spectacular coral reefs and are easily explored with a snorkel and mask or by scuba diving. The atmosphere here is a little oasis of luxury pinned on the very edge of the known world, perfect for family holidays, honeymoons, and beach breaks.

It is an excellent place to learn about colonial history, with many old Portuguese buildings slowly crumbling in the tropical heat. Maputo is a fascinating city with excellent seafood, and the ports of Beira, Ilha de Moçambique, and Ibo Island are rich in colonial architecture.

We Recommend…

A visit to the stunning Bazaruto Archipelago which provides some of the best beach hideaways in Africa as well as a relaxing retreat after a wildlife safari.

 

Mozambique when to travel

Full Name
The Republic of Mozambique
Population
24.5 million (UN, 2012)
Capital
Maputo
Area
812,379 sq km (313,661 sq miles)
Major Languages
Portuguese (official), several indigenous languages
Major religion
Christianity, indigenous beliefs, Islam
Monetary Unit
1 metical (plural meticais) = 100 centavos
Main Exports
Seafood, cotton
Flight time from London
10 hours to Johannesburg, 1.45 hour connection to Vilanculos for southern Mozambique. 8 hours to Nairobi, 1.5 connection to Dar es Salaam, 1.10 hour connection to Pemba for northern Mozambique
Time Difference
GMT + 2
Some of our Mozambique Highlights