Why go to Mozambique
Mozambique is a true paradise with endless idyllic beaches and a vibrant relaxed atmosphere; not only the perfect getaway for a family and honeymooning couple, but a country rich in economic and commercial properties. Surrounded by Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa, and with the Indian Ocean meeting its entire eastern border, Mozambique is the 34th largest country in the world. Mozambique was liberated from its colonizers, Portugal, in 1975 and became the People’s Republic of Mozambique. Two years laters however, it was submersed in a civil war which lasted then until 1992, when it reached a democratic turning point. Today, Mozambique has a stable political climate and a growing economy, aided by its constantly budding tourism industry. With its tropical climate, vibrant atmosphere, serene beaches and unique culture, Mozambique is a true paradise; the perfect getaway for anyone. Spend a day lounging on a pristine beach, go diving in its transparent waters, go fishing and explore the local food and craft markets. Mozambique has nine national parks, making it easy and convenient for tourists to observe its wildlife and diverse landscapes. Mozambique is famous for putting on a good show for its guests at night time; with its unique blend of music and being the creator of the Marimba instrument, there will be no shortages of festive atmospheres throughout the year. Team the atmosphere with fresh cocktails and a beautiful location and you’ll be on the way to having the time of your life. Your tours will show you the beautiful attractions of Mozambique, as well as taking you to it’s beautiful islands such as Bazaruto. This tropical nation with a truly unique Portuguese and African blend of cultures will treat you a holiday that you’ll never forget.
Where to go in Mozambique
Mozambique is a world renowned destination for beach lovers, water sport enthusiasts and marine wildlife lovers, there are a multitude of islands and kilometres of sandy beaches to explore. Bazaruto island is without doubt one of the most well-known and sought after among travellers to the region. The sandy island is located 80km south east of the mouth of the Save River, it is the largest in the Bazaruto archipelago and is part of the Bazaruto reserve. Bazaruto travel suits all types of people, and on Nomad tours you are guaranteed to meet all types of people, this is one of the highlights of all of our tours you’ll make friends that you keep forever while creating memories that will last you a lifetime. The Bazaruto tours excursion will include a pelagic sightseeing trip taking in one of the dhows that populate the waters around the islands. The spectacular scenery will provide you with photo opportunities that you may never have again and provide you with memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Mozambique makes for the ideal island getaway boasting azure waters and pine tree lined streets. However, its capital and largest city, Maputo is the real lifeblood of the country. This is where the residents live apart from the sun-seeking, pina-colada-drinking tourists. That being said it offers a number of cultural and entertainment offerings for tourists – no visit to Mozambique’s relaxing shores would be complete without a visit to this bustling city. Also known as the City of Acacias due to its Acacia Tree lined avenues, Maputo is a port city and its harbour attributes to the country’s main economy. The buildings speak of a rich Portuguese heritage and are filled with Old Colonial touches. These can be seen predominantly in what has been described as the focal point of the city – the Praca de Independencia. Formerly known as “Lourenco Marques”, Maputo is proud of its Portuguese heritage and this is the predominant language in the area. It was most famous for the inscription “This is Portugal” in the walkway of its Municipal Building. Other notable landmarks include the Fortress of Maputo, the Cathedral of Maputo and the Hotel Polana. There are many beaches in close proximity to Maputo which makes the city within close walking distance to pick up a few supplies after a day of lazing on Praia da Macaneta or Ponto do Ouro. Some of the beaches, such as those found on Inhaca Island are only a short boat ride from the shore of Maputo. The harbour is the centre of the country’s economy which means you are bound to find the freshest produce available to fulfil your need for delectable seafood that Mozambique is most well known for. Spend the day exploring the streets during a tour to Maputo, or alternatively pop into one of the markets or shops – if you can tear yourself away from the perfect Mozambique beaches for long enough.
Hop aboard a traditional dhow, a wooden vessel with a triangular sail, used for fishing by the island’s locals. A welcoming local skipper will collect you from your casita or cabana in the late afternoon, embarking on an unforgettable cruise around the azure bay. The sailing adventure presents the Island and its surrounding waters in a unique light, from the perspective of one of the island’s fishermen, and thus offers excellent photographic opportunities of the wide horizon, the calm waters and the glowing horizon. Watch the sun set over the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago as you drift along the calm water, guided by ocean breezes. Witness the cerulean sky rapidly change colour, embracing hues of rose and violet spread over an amber canvas. Marvel at the illuminated water, dancing with gold shimmers, as it welcomes the sun’s descent beneath the distant horizon. The scene plays out beautifully and the ocean swallows the golden orb into its infinite depths. Travel back to the shore, accompanied by the quiet swoosh of the dhow’s sail, lost in the kaleidoscope of an African sunset. There are birds and fish and an abundance of marine biodiversity.
Tofo beach is a surfers’ paradise. This popular Mozambique beach destination runs from a rocky point in the south up towards Ponto do Barra. Tofo is known as the hotspot for diving in Mozambique and although the coral reefs are more abundant in other areas, in season the Manta Rays, Humpback Whales and the Whale Sharks more than compensate. Dive with majestic Whale sharks and huge Manta rays in the south-east region of Mozambique where the sun always rises. Once a charming fishing village and now attracts hundreds of tourists to its warm weather and breath-taking views. Meet like-minded beach explorers around pub tables and in restaurants and share experiences over ice cold beers and platters of prawns. Watch the sun set into the ocean before you fall asleep in your peaceful accommodation. Book a scuba dive adventure with one of the many dive centres in the village. Get up close and personal with Manta Rays, turtles, dolphins and more at Tofo. Humpback whales breach the waters in the season. Discover the small African street market where you can buy fresh produce and small odds and ends. If you are an angler, go fishing for King Mackerel, Dorado, Wahoo, Bonito and Yellow-fin Tuna during peak season from June to August. Or hire a horse from the stables and ride along the beach in warm sea breezes. Laze on the beach all day swimming, tanning and reading long novels. Take time to visit the ecological centre which highlights the region’s sea life and encourages responsible tourism – the brainchild of local hotels. Also known as Praia do Tofo, the town lies on Ponto do Barra peninsula in Inhambane Province not far from Inhambane town.
A few minutes by boat from Maputo, this island houses some of the rarest fauna and flora in the word. The island only has a few hundred inhabitants and they are all dedicated to preserving the biodiversity of this paradise. At low tide it is also possible to walk to Portuguese Island, which is only, white sandy beaches surrounded by blue seas. About 30 Km’s offshore from Maputo, Inhaca Island is a gem of a spot to get away from it all and relax. Sandy white beaches, clean, warm water and endless snorkeling opportunities Inhaca represents some epic snorkeling.
Dotted along the northern Mozambican coastline are 32 idyllic islands that make up the Quirimbas Archipelago. Pristine and largely unknown, these islands are visited by only a handful of guests. There are butterflies, tropical flowers, monkeys and birds. Apart from the local fisherman paddling in dug-out canoes there are no people anywhere to be seen. Here, a plethora of marine life, ranging from turtles and dugongs to whales and dolphins, and a thriving coral reef beckon to diving enthusiasts. The turquoise waters are rich with coral and fish, so it’s not surprising there is a marine sanctuary here. Ribbon eels, spotted sweetlips and yellow-banded snappers are some of the 375 fish species you might see. There are green and hawksbill turtles, humpback whales and the rare dugong. Quirimba is a place to be visited soon, before it is discovered by the rest of the world. The magnificent Quirimbas National Park offers nature lovers the opportunity to explore a vast expanse of enchanted forest. The Quirimbas boast enormous cultural and historical value. The islands represent a melting-pot of Portuguese, Arabian and African influences, while historic landmarks such as the old fort on Ibo Island tell tales of slavery, pirates and the ominous ivory trade.
Ibo Island and Ilha de Mozambique
Mozambique’s Ilha de Mocambique, a tiny island off the coast of Nacala Province. Initially the capital of Mozambique for nearly 400 years before the Portuguese moved it to Lourenco Marques (now Maputo), this island is now a popular holiday destination. Just 3km long and 500m wide, this blob of land was once a major Portuguese trading post and an important stopover on the Indian spice route for hundreds of years. Today Ilha de Mozambique boasts a fascinating blend of Indian, Portuguese, African and Arab cultures and architecture. Walk across the bridge connecting the island to the mainland and mingle with the approximately 16 000 people living mostly in thriving Macuti Town. Stone Town, on the northern half of the island is worth a visit due to its significant architectural and cultural landmarks. Stroll the wide streets and check out the fresh markets with funky food stalls. You can experience boat trips out to see nearby islands of Goa and Sete Paus or Sena Island. Try swimming at the Pontao (pier) or some surprisingly good snorkelling around a sunken barge. Find long white beaches, excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities in the nearby Indian Ocean. It is no wonder that Ilha de Mocambique is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
When to go to Mozambique
Mozambique has a beautiful tropical climate with awesome temperatures almost all year round. It does have a rainy season from December through to March and in many cases cyclones over December and January. April . May , June , July , August , September are fabulous months for travel in Mozambique. From October to March you can expect hot and humid weather ..sometimes a little uncomfortable . You will find that this time of the year you will be spending most of your time at the swimming pool or in the sea cooling off .
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