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Mozambique is a desperately poor country, the world’s poorest by some estimates, but one where the people are open and generous. It also has some of the best beaches on the east coast of Africa and some of the worst roads. Although the Portuguese arrived here in the late 15th century and set up trading post, colonization did not start in earnest until the late 17th century with the setting up of private agricultural estates. The country consists of a wide coastal plain rising to mountains and plateaus on the Zimbabwean, Zambian and Malawian boarders. The dry season runs from April to September during which the climate is pleasant, the remainder of the year is the wet season where it is hot and humid. The population is around 19 million and the main tribal groups are the Makus, Tsonga, Malawi and Shona. Portuguese is the official language, with many African Languages spoken.
Best time to travel to Mozambique
Mozambique is located in the south eastern part of the African continent. The country can be visited throughout the year, but there are a few periods which can better be avoided. Mozambique has a cyclone season, which takes place in January and February. be prepared for heavy rainfall and storms during that period. However, since Madagascar is located in front of the coast of Mozambique, real depressions are blocked.
The best period to travel to Mozambique really depends on what your main purpose of visit is. If you would like to do lots of game drives, it best to travel during the dry season, which is in August and September. The bush has thinned out and wildlife is concentrated around rivers and waterholes. Eventhough the period from December until April is known as the rainy season, it’s still a nice period to catch a lot of sun. It’s also the summer period and therefore the temperatures will be around 30 degrees celcius. The rains will be limited to one tropical shower per day, which is not too bad.
Mozi’s capital was formerly named Lourenço Marques after a Portuguese explorer who landed here in 1544. Before Mozamibique’s civil war, Maputo was one of Africa’s most important commercial cities and the main port from where South Africa shipped its mining products. Although the war scars are still visible, it hasn’t lost its distinct Portuguese atmosphere with bakeries on every corner and street-side cafes à la Paris or Buenos Aires. You can also feast on the freshest sea food ever, prepared ‘peri-peri’ (spicy) style. Besides that, Maputo is known for its pumping nightlife. There are a few sights left from pre-war times like the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceiao (Our Lady of Conception) and the restored Central Train Station which was built in 1910 by Gustave Eiffel. You will also find a fish and a craft market in town. For an art experience of a different kind, head to Núcleo Arte – a co-operative transforming weapons into art pieces, reflecting the country’s change. The artists are very friendly; they show you how they work and allow you to take pics. For a day out, hop on one of the boats to Inhaca Island. There, you can visit the maritime museum and the historic lighthouse or just go for a leisurely walk. The Maputo Elephant Reserve, south of the capital, covers 104,000 hectares and is famous for its large herds of elephants and flocks of flamingos.
Established in 1534 as a trading post by the Portuguese, Inhambane is one of the oldest towns in Mozambique. It soon became one of the most important ports of the country. The Portuguese influence can still be seen in many buildings today – the almost 200 years old Cathedral of our Lady of Conception (you can climb the spire for an excellent view); the old governor’s house and the railway station. Also visit the former slave market which today is a Mercado that sells seafood and produce. Most tourists use Inhambane as a gateway to the idyllic beaches of Tofo and, less known, Jangamo, Tofinho and Barra. From the harbour, you can also go on a scenic dhow trip across the bay.
Tofo is a little village, located on the eastern coasts of the Imhambane Penisula. This village, which is known as a typical fishing village, feels like an island, where you can find local (art) markets for instance. It’s mainly attractive because of the white sandy beaches and blue oceanwaters. Backpackers, diving lovers and travellers who want to relax are all coming to Tofo.
A bit more to the north, you can find another small town; Barra! It has a unique character and the atmosphere is slightly different compared to Tofo. Barra is basically a 7 kilometers long, white sand beach. It’s located inbetween the Indian Ocean and a mangrove forest, which creates a fascinating contrast. Activities like snorkeling, diving and sailing can all be done here.
The Bazaruto Archipelago
The bazaruto Archipelago is a group of islands located in the Indian Ocean. The gateway to this archipelago is formed by the city of Vilanculos, which is located about 300 kilometer north of Inhambane. The Archipelago consists of five islands, which are called Benguerra, Santa Carolina, Bangue, Bazaruto and Magaruque. Back in the days, during the colonial period, Vilanculos was the known as the best place to be for the rich and famous. Nowadays, people with a little bit of status are willing to go to one the islands of Bazaruto. This whole area is incredible for (scuba)diving and kitesurfing, but it’s also perfect for a honeymoon!