DIVING HOLIDAYS IN MOZAMBIQUE
Mozambique is one of Africa’s up-and-coming hot-spots, with stunning beaches, excellent diving and magical offshore islands. Go snorkelling around the Bazaruto Archipelago, sail on a dhow 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 Moçambique, sip a café espresso at one of Maputo’s lively sidewalk cafés (or maybe a caipirinha at one of its jazz bars), watch the silversmiths at work on Ibo Island or dance to the country’s trademark marrabenta music.
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. 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, one of Africa’s last frontiers. Getting around here takes time, but the paradisiacal coastal panoramas and sense of space, the sheer adventure of travel and – for those with a healthy budget – some of the continent’s most idyllic island lodges make the journey well worthwhile.
THINGS TO DO IN MOZAMBIQUE
- Scuba diving - Birds watching - Fishing tours - Swimming with dolphins - Surfing - Whale watching - Horse riding on the beaches - Visit the elephants at Maputo Elephant Reserve - Explore African Villages on 4 wheel Quad Bikes - Drift down the estuary in a canoe - Snorkeling at Portuguese Island - Big Game Fishing - Early Morning Fishing with the Locals in Mozambique
HISTORY AND CULTURE
Mozambique culture has survived decades of colonialism which had a deep effect on the Mozambican people. The Makonde, as the inhabitants are called in the north are known for their ebony sculptures and masks. The Chopi from the south central coast are remarkable at their complex musical fusions and dance. Mozambique enjoys a vast range of cultural and linguistic diversity. There are variety of cultures clustered together like Swahili language speaking group, Islamic culture and Bantu-speaking groups living in northern and central regions. Zambezi valley has a varsity of culture that is astonishing. Linguistically they overlap with neighbouring Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and cattle-rearing group.