Mozambique remains a lesser known African destination for international tourists but boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. From the unspoilt beaches to the south that come in all shapes and sizes to the north offering tourists a glimpse of stunning island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colourful African heritage that still holds sway today.
Things to know before visit Mozambique
Mozambique has a tropical climate almost all across the country with the inland being cooler than the coast. Rainfall is the most between January and March while the hottest and the wettest time lies between October to March. The coastal part is warm and dry between April and September.
Have you ever imagined a Marine National Park in the midst of secluded beaches and white sand? Benguerra Island offers just that. You can see spectacular offshore reefs, varied marine life and magnificent coral gardens in the midst of an abundance of flora and fauna, towering sands dunes and beautiful cultural experiences. Water sports enthusiasts can indulge in snorkeling and scuba diving.
The capital city of Mozambique, Maputo has a fine blend of modernity and old cultural charm. History enthusiasts can take a peak into the old Mozambique art and culture through its fortress dating back to the 18th century, located near the old fishing harbor. In the 19th century it was made into a prison but today it is home to the Museum of Military History and is a site of Mozambican Cultural Heritage. Nature lovers can experience the Mozambique's bush at the Maputo Special Reserve. The beautiful and stunning wilderness and birding species will keep you enchanted for a long time.
Comprising 5 islands, the Bazaruto archipelago, is renowned for its turquoise blue waters, white sandy beaches and miles of secluded beaches. It is a haven for those who want to cut off from the hustle bustle of city life and indulge in some peace and quiet. Most of the archipelago comprises the Bazaar National Park with a plethora of birds and animals- the elusive dugongs, 2000 varieties of fish, leatherback and green turtles and host of birds.
Crowned as the tip of its own peninsular located in the coastal regions of Cabo Delgado, Pemba has some beautiful colonial architecture and gorgeous Portuguese-style facades. Its pearl string beaches are also worth a sight worth beholding. The shimmering blue waters are also a mecca for scuba divers.
No trip to the African continent is complete without visiting a gaming park. Mozambique has one of the most beautiful ones in the heart of the country, in the southern parts of the East African Rift Valley. The Gorongosa National Park is an idyllic game reserve with rolling savannahs and green hills. Look out for elephants, crowned cranes, wild water hogs, bouncing bushbacks and more!
Travel Advisory: For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website:
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity: While traveling to Mozambique it is advisable to carry an international power plug adapter. The standard frequency is 50 Hz and standard voltage is 220/240 V.