Off many traveller’s maps, Mozambique is a delight to discover and rewards the inquisitive tourist. It is a land of considerable beauty, whose long coastline of glorious beaches offers unparalleled opportunities to swim in a turquoise, crystal clear sea, scuba dive amongst pristine coral, and sail, perhaps borrowing one of the famous Arab dhow fishing boats with billowing sails.
Mozambique, perhaps surprisingly, also offers a rich cultural history that is in evidence throughout the island. First settled by Bantu tribes people from Central Africa, their ancient language and traditions are still alive today. Arab influence from 11th century traders who swept down the coast brought their own cultural influences, but this was replaced in 1498 by the arrival of Vasco da Gama who brought 400 years of Portuguese colonisation. The legacy of Portuguese colonial rule can be seen throughout the island in its buildings, monuments and institutions, and also by the fact that Portuguese is the national language.
Mozambique handsomely rewards the traveller who takes the time to discover the island at a leisurely pace – here, fast tourism does not function. Enjoy its fine tropical climate, the charm of the local people and both the natural and man-made areas of interest.
The beautiful Machangulo peninsula is an unspoilt African wilderness located in the Southern most part of Mozambique adjacent to Inhaca and Portuguese Islands in the Bay of Maputo.
The Machangulo Peninsula has stunning coastlines, where you can swim, snorkel and dive in unspoilt marine reserves, which are full of turtles, rays and tropical fish. The fishing here is excellent too, plus you can go kayaking thorugh the estuaries and the bays or even on the off shore reefs. If you're lucky, the dolphins might even pay you a visit!
You can also visit the remote Inhaca Island and stroll through its quiet village, which hides behind a labyrinth of mangroves.
Many of the 32 islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago are part
of the Quirimbas National Park, which is known for its coral reefs
and clear waters.
The Quirimbas is one of the worlds top diving destinations offering turtles, whales, dolphins, the endagered dugong and a plentiful array of colourful fish.
The Bazaruto Archipelago runs north along the coast from Vilanculos and has a collection of six islands, which lie within Bazaruto National Park.
The largest island is Bazaruto around which you will find the smaller islands. The area is known for the white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters.
The coral reefs protect rare marine animals like dugongs and offers fabulous diving.
Please contact your Destination Specialist for more information on +44 (0) 1993 824198
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