Mozambique

Situated on the south-east coast of Africa, this country has 2,500 kilometres of coastline, so it is not surprising that she is best known for turquoise clear waters, remote archipelagos and isolated islands offering an abundance of activities. Snorkelling, dhow safaris, world-class scuba diving and deep-sea fishing are just some activities on offer.  As a result the country makes for an excellent beach add-on to classic safari destinations like Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

But beaches are not all that the country can offer. Decades of civil unrest have meant that large portions of the interior country have, until relatively recently, remained untouched and remote destinations. Development has been limited for economic and social reasons which allows for a very genuine experience of the local customs and culture. Mozambique has much history to offer – she provided harbours to Arab and Persian traders of slaves, gold and Ivory and later to the Portugese. Vasco da Gama marked the arrival of the Portugese in 1498 and the country has not only retained the language as her national language but has also kept many old and beautiful specimens of Portugese and Muslim architecture as well as delicious Portugese influenced seafood dishes.

Then there are the beautiful fresh-water beaches of Lago Niassa (Lake Malawi) in the north-west with one of our favorite wilderness areas, Manda-Nkwichi. 

For travellers looking for remote & off-piste safari destinations, Mozambique hosts a vast area of unexplored wilderness in the far north called the Niassa Reserve, as well as the re-emerging social development and conservation story at Gorongosa National Park in the center of the country.