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    Congratulations on choosing Mozambique as your holiday destination. Mozambique
has to be considered one of the world’s best tropical holiday destinations, with miles
of unspoiled coastline and untouched natural areas. You will be pleasantly surprised
at how friendly and open the people are, they have truly put the war behind them.

However, Mozambique is a third world African country and time is generally on a
different wavelength to what most westerners are accustomed.

If you approach the country for what it is, you will love …..the land of smiles!

Mozambique (Moçambique) was named after Muça Alebique, a sultan, and is a
country in southeastern Africa. Mozambique is bordered to the:
- North by Tanzania - East by the Indan Ocean
- Southwest by Swaziland and South Africa
- West by Zimbabwe
- Northwest by Zimbabwe and Zambia

It is a member of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries and the Commonwealth of Nations, and an observer of the Francophonie.

The capital city is Maputo (formerly Lourenco Marques).

Mozambique has many beautiful, pristine beaches along its 2.700Km coastline.

Top Cities in Mozambique are
- Maputo
- Quelimane
- Beira
- Xai Xai
- Lumbo
- Inhaminga
- Nangade
- Naçala
- Tete
- Pemba

About Maputo (formerly known as Lourenco Marques)
In Maputo you are never far from the coast. Visitors to the city
can enjoy the many restaurants serving locally caught seafood,
or visit the fish market, along the marginal, where you will
find fresh fish for the barbeque without all the effort of catching it. Only a day trip away is the beaches of Macaneta and Island of Inhaca, a popular spot for diving and snorkeling.

Hop-on-hop-off City Tours are available to explore the architecture, history, culture and cuisine. (Railway station, Steel House, Natural History Museum,Municipal Building, Natural History, Wooden Arts, Central Market, Seafood – www.mozambiquecitytours.com.)

About Bilene
To the North of Maputo, in the province of Gaza, are the famous beaches of Bilene and Xai- Xai. They offer you a choice of water sports, fishing and relaxation in the luxurious setting that will entice you to stay longer and return
time and time again. They are bustling towns with markets, very basic shops, restaurants, bars, petrol stations, banks and a post office in Xai-Xai.














































    Mozambique was once a premier tourist destination before the country's 16-year
civil war ending in 1992, and is regaining its reputation as one of Southern
Africa's beautiful spots.
It is truly blessed with a stunning rugged coastline - waiting to be enjoyed and
explored by you. Nearly 2 million tourists visit Mozambique yearly, mostly from
neighbouring South Africa.



    It was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and colonized by Portugal in 1505.
By 1510, the Portuguese had control of all of the former Arab sultanates on the
east African coast. From about 1500, Portuguese trading posts and forts became
regular ports of call on the new route to the east.



    Mozambique is an undiscovered gem, offering an island paradise with endless
beaches, wonderful weather, pristine coral reefs and friendly people:

Birding: November to February
Mozambique has 600-odd bird species. Due to Mozambique's ecosystem, there
is a range of habitats from forest, woodlands, rivers, marshland and wetland.
For the avid bird watcher being there at the right time is very important. Late
November to February is the best time to see the various bird types. Special types
of Cuckoo can be seen in November and December. February is best for rare
migratory warblers that could appear.

Botany: January to December
Mozambique has a wonderful climate allowing various plants to flourish throughout
the year. Mozambique has pristine coral reefs, clear blue waters, white sand
beaches, dune forests and freshwater lakes, creating an ecological fortress.
The vegetation along Mozambique mainly includes a variation of exotic flowers,
woodland; wetlands open savannah, small forest areas, 21 vegetation types and
191 tree and shrub types.

Marine Life
Over 1200 species of fish have been recognised along the coast of Mozambique,
most of which live along the coral reefs, mainly off Maputaland, around Inhaca
Island, in the area of Inhambane and Pebane and along the Quirimbas Archipelago
is the far north. The reefs of Mozambique are on a par with the Great Barrier Reef
of Australia. Marine life to be seen include: kingfish, mackerel, marlin, barracuda,
dolphin, the infamous dugong, sharks and much more. Five species of turtle use
Mozambique as a breeding ground; it's a unique experience to see a sea turtle.

Islands
Mozambique is also a popular tourist destination due to its islands:
• Bazaruto Archipelago
• Inhaca Island
• Vilankulo
• Ibo Island
• Mozambique Island
• Quirimbas Archipelago



   
 
    In far northern Mozambique you will find Niassa Reserve, one of the biggest
protected Miombo Woodland Ecosystems. Niassa Reserve has some amazing features
and lovely concentration of wildlife. Niassa is surrounded by many rivers and it's
wice the size of Kruger National Park of South Africa.
Wildlife includes: 12 000 Elephant, 9000 Sable antelope, Cape Buffalo, Hartebeest,
Eland, Zebra, Kudu, Bushbuck, Impala, Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Hippo,
Duiker and Warthog. Lion, Leopard and Spotted Hyena can also be seen. Up to 200
endangered African Wild Dog can be found in Niassa.



 
    The north-central provinces of Zambezia and Nampula are the most populous, with
about 45% of the population. The estimated four million Macua are the dominant
group in the northern part of the country. The Sena and Shona (mostly Ndau) are
prominent in the Zambezi valley, and the Shangaan (Tsonga) dominate in southern
Mozambique.
Other groups include Makonde, Yao, Swahili, Tonga, Chopi, and Nguni (including Zulu),
Portuguese, Indians, Pakistan, Portuguese India, Arab countries and Chinese.