Mozambique: A Land of Smiles
Mozambique is one of Africa’s up-and-coming hot-spots, with stunning beaches, excellent diving and magical offshore islands. For almost two decades, many of these attractions were inaccessible due to a protracted guerrilla war. Now dark times are in the past, and Mozambique is one of Africa’s rising stars, with an upbeat atmosphere, overflowing markets and a 2500km coastline waiting to be discovered.
Mozambique is fast becoming the place to go for classic tropical island holidays. Its wide mainland beaches are lapped by the warm Indian Ocean but the most appealing destinations lie just offshore: two clusters of postcard-perfect islands dot the blue horizon- the Bazaruto Archipelago in the south and the exclusive private islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago near the Tanzanian border in the far north.
Whether visiting Mozambique to indulge in one of the many water sports activities, taking a cruise on the beaches, or just wish to go for a horse ride, quad bike race or Sand boarding, you are sure to experience a feeling of a lifetime the moment you step foot into this promising island.
Wait a minute! Mozambique holidays are not just all about lazing on soft sandy beaches, or taking part in one watersport activity or the other; the country’s wild reserves are recovering rapidly and are becoming a top choice for off-the-beaten-track safaris. One can go snorkelling around the Bazaruto Archipelago, sail through mangrove channels or laze under the palms in the Quirimbas Archipelago, take an off-beat safari in the wilds of Gorongosa National Park, wander along cobbled streets past stately colonial-era buildings on Ilha de Mocambique, sip a café espresso at one of Maputo’s (capital) lively sidewalk cafés, watch the silversmiths at work on Ibo Island or dance to the country’s trademark marrabenta music.
But if you’re inclined to something tamer, stick to Southern Mozambique, where roads and transport links (especially with neighbouring South Africa) are good and accommodation options abound. For more adventure, head across the Zambezi into the wilds of Northern Mozambique. The paradisiacal coastal panoramas, sense of space, the sheer adventure of travel and some of the continent’s most idyllic island lodges make the journey well worthwhile.
A Mozambique holiday is the perfect excuse to kick off your shoes, take off your watch and gear down to the slow pace of island life: swim, snorkel, laze in the sunshine or sail on a sunset cruise. Mozambique is a gem of a discovery; the idyllic setting for families, honeymooners or groups of friends.