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Mozambique Travel Guide
Waving palm trees and sparkling blue waters, Mozambique is a picture-perfect beach getaway popular with European and South African holidaymakers.
Struggling through a turbulent 20th century of civil war and national disasters, Mozambique has emerged as a peaceful, if not prosperous nation, and the country's tourism industry is steadily growing, with more and more beachfront resorts springing up along the coast and on the idyllic semi-deserted islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago.
The clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean are teeming with sea life, ranging from tiny fish and sea urchins populating coral reefs to the gentle and giant whale sharks that cruise along the coast, making Mozambique one of the best places in the world for scuba diving and snorkelling. Mozambique is not well known for its urban tourism; however, a day or two in Maputo is unmissable for the city's great restaurants and enormous curio markets. The city is also home to several interesting museums that detail the country's tumultuous past. Maputo's nightlife is just as colourful, with pumping nightclubs and first-rate live music.
A rough-and-tumble travel destination, a holiday in Mozambique is perfect for tourists seeking a bit of adventure alongside a healthy dose of relaxation. With friendly locals and postcard-worthy scenery, Mozambique is one of the best-value travel destinations in the world.
Best time to visit Mozambique
The best time to visit Mozambique is between April and October. June to October is Mozambique's cooler season, when nighttime temperatures require a duvet, but during the day, the weather is still very hot and good for swimming and beach activities. Late November to March is the wet season in Mozambique, and temperatures during this period can be uncomfortably hot. Read more on Mozambique Climate and Weather.
What to see in Mozambique
-Take a dhow ride to the isolated beaches of Benguerra Island.
-Relax in the sand at Vilanculos.
-See the historic Portuguese and Muslim architecture on Mozambique Island.
What to do in Mozambique
-Learn to scuba dive on the beaches of Tofo.
-Go fishing and waterskiing on Cahora Bassa Lake.
-Swim with dolphins in Ponta d'Ouro.
Getting to Mozambique
There are no direct flights to Mozambique from the UK or the US, but there are plenty of connecting flights through Johannesburg. Get more information on Mozambique Airports.
Chronicler of the Winds by Henning Mankell and Sleepwalking Land by Mia Couto.
O Povo Organizado (1975) and Fogata (1992).
Laurentina and 2M beer.
Freshly-caught seafood and piri-piri chicken.
What to buy
Bright wax-printed fabric, wooden carvings and bead necklaces.
What to pack
Remember a hat and sunscreen, as the sun is relentless in Mozambique.
Did you know?
-Maputo was formerly known as Lourenço Marques.
-The colours of Mozambique's flag are green (wealth), red (freedom), black (the continent of Africa), white (peace) and yellow (mineral wealth).
-Mozambique is the only country in the Commonwealth never to have been part of the British Empire.
A final word
Mozambique offers an idyllic beach getaway on the exotic Indian Ocean coast of Africa.