Untouched, unspoiled and naturally beautiful, Mozambique is an African hidden gem. Its 2,800 or so kilometres of secluded beaches, bays, lagoons and remote archipelagos surrounded by the Indian Ocean are home to magnificent colourful fish and a hotspot for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts.
Early explorers and traders came to Mozambique in the late first millennium and eventually established trading centres along its long coastline. The Portuguese colonised the country after Vasco de Gama discovered the country's beauty and potential as a source of trade in natural resources. The beautiful island of Ilha de Mocambique, the country's previous Capital City, is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and boats significant monuments that stand testament to the country's Portuguese run past.
The country is a fusion of Portuguese, Arab, Asian, and African culture and it can be witnessed in the delicious food the country serves. The country's wildlife areas are slowly but surely regenerating after the long civil war ended in 1992, with Gorongosa National Park being its most famous wildlife conservation area. Lake Nyasa to the west offers spectacular locations for small scale eco tourism but tourism infrastructure is still hard to come by.
Mozambique is essentially a beach destination and is what the country's tourism is most famous for. The Bazaruto Archipelago in the south and less visited Quirimbas Archipelago to the north offer some of the best sport fishing, selective fishing, scuba diving and yachting destinations in the world. High quality accommodation ensures a comfortable stays while enjoying a glimpse of the sights and sounds this wonderful country has to offer.
Region: Southern Africa
Population: 28.8 million
Capital City: Maputo
Climate: Generally considered sub tropical and humid
Official language: Portuguese
Tourist arrivals at national borders: 1.7 million (2014)
Currency: Mozambique Metical (MZN)
Land Area: 801,590 km2