Mozambique

beckons with its endless coastline and swaying palms...

Mozambique

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Overview

Ever wanted to find yourself alone on a deserted tropical beach? Then Mozambique beckons... experience the ultimate Indian Ocean getaway for romantic escapes or family retreats, with its unspoilt beaches and world-class diving and fishing.

With over 2 500 km of coastline fringed by extensive, pristine coral reefs, this hidden gem offers natural splendour and an underwater spectacle that is hard to match. Exquisite, secluded beaches will have you feeling as if you're on your own private island.

Take to the clear blue seas and experience some of the world's most pristine and best-preserved coral reefs. Snorkel and dive trips provide you with a front row seat to experience whale sharks, dolphins, turtles and the rare dugong in the warm Indian Ocean water. Big game fishing for Marlin and Sailfish is world class here thanks to large marine life populations and under-fishing.

Located on the south-eastern coast of Africa, in the south of Mozambique one can find the bustling city of Maputo with several islands that are a boat ride away. To the north of Maputo lies the Quirimba Archipelago, which boasts a total of 34 barely-discovered, pristine islands with white sandy beaches and crystal clear warm waters.

Forty kilometers offshore from Vilankulo in the south, lies the Bazaruto Archipelago - a group of six idyllic islands offering exclusive, private and tranquil resorts. The archipelago became a National Park in 1971, which has helped to preserve the natural beauty and abundance of sea life and is one of the largest marine parks in the Indian Ocean.

Mozambique has a long and fascinating history with Bantu, Swahili and Portuguese influences, and is known for some of the best preserved colonial architecture on the continent. However, there is also a rich African cultural heritage mixed in with it's colonial past, which makes their art, food and music truly unique.

The country was involved in two intense civil wars at the end of the last century, which left the country unspoiled from tourism or development. A Portuguese colony until 1975, Mozambique is made up of mostly Bantu people with the official language of Portuguese spoken mostly as a second language (English is also spoken in tourist areas). The locals largely follow Christianity and, like most of Africa, are warm and friendly and will greet you with a smile.

With its secluded beaches and exclusive resorts, Mozambique is the perfect destination to get away from it all and lose yourself in a tropical paradise.


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Fast Facts

Highlights
 

Turquoise waters, swaying palms, diverse culture

The Island
 
Geographical Location
 

Located on the South-Eastern coast of Africa, in the South one can find the bustling city of Maputo with several islands that are a boat ride away. In the North is the Quirimba Archipelago close to Pemba which boasts a total of 34 islands. The tropical current runs from North to South along the 2000km coastline.

Population
 

The population of Mozambique is approximately 23.4 million. The population is made up of many diverse ethnic groups who have different language, dialects and cultures.

Language
 

Portuguese is Mozambique’s official language. Many residents also speak English.

Time
 

There is no time difference between Mozambique and South Africa. UTC +02:00

Climate
 

Temperature ranges from 18 to 24 degrees Celsius in the dry season – April to September – and 22 to 32 in the wet season – October to March. Mozambique lies in the rainshadow of Madagascar and therefore experiences relatively low rainfall.

Currency
 

The currency of Mozambique is the Metical. South African Rands and US Dollars are also widely accepted.

Health Requirements
 

None

Trading Hours
 

Most common trading hours are 7h00 to 19h00 with some shops staying open later in the tourist areas.
Banks are open from 8h00 to 15h30 from Monday to Friday

 


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Activities

Don't be fooled by Mozambique's rustic and under-developed nature. There's plenty to do here...

Getting Around

Road - The EN1 runs the length of the country generally staying close to the coast from Maputo up. Roads throughout the country are generally in poor condition, especially when compared to South Africa

Taxis - can now be found in many cities throughout the country. They never have meters so you must negotiate regarding cost before your journey.

Air - Domestic flights are the fastest and most sane way to get around the country, with routes between the major cities available.

To See

Pemba - Pemba is a popular tourist destination. It is a port city founded in 1904. Nestled in the heart of Pemba is a local market where you can buy handmade crafts and souvenirs. There is also colorful art sold at this market. Pemba is a good site for water sports and the nearby coral reef means that it is a good diving spot.

Archipelago das Quirimbas These 32 islands off the town of Pemba, which can be reached by motorboat, offer white-sand beaches, snorkeling among coral reefs, and sightings of humpback whales.

Archipelago das Bazaruto - a group of six idyllic islands offering exclusive, private and tranquil resorts. The archipelago became a National Park in 1971, which has helped to preserve the natural beauty and abundance of sea life and is one of the largest marine parks in the Indian Ocean.

Watersports

Take to the clear blue seas and experience some of the world's most pristine and best-preserved coral reefs. Snorkel and dive trips provide you with a front row seat to experience whale sharks, dolphins, turtles and the rare dugong in the warm Indian Ocean water. Big game fishing for Marlin and Sailfish is world class here thanks to large marine life populations and under-fishing.


Overview | Fast Facts | Activities | Map | Islands & Properties

Map


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Mozambique Properties

  • Azura Quilalea

    Azura Quilalea Private Island

    Azura Quilalea is a hidden gem, somewhere to retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with a relaxed and understated ‘Robinson Crusoe’ castaway style that belies the comforts and experiences on offer. A wholly uninhabited island paradise, ensuring total privacy and exclusivity for our guests, and surrounded by the magnificent pristine waters of a marine sanctuary.

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  • Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort

    Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort

    30 kilometres east of mainland Mozambique on Africa’s striking east coast, the Bazaruto Archipelago of protected national park islands, lie scattered like emerald jewels across the turquoise Indian Ocean.  Covering 12,000 naturally beautiful hectares on the largest of these tropical islands, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort brings to life escapist dreams through secluded African island romance and unforgettable experiences.

    The resort’s elegant design makes the most of its superb location whilst the tropical climate provides the perfect playground. Days at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort can be lazy and relaxing or refreshingly adventurous with a variety of activities to cater to all discerning leisure seekers. 

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  • White Pearl

    White Pearl Resorts

    Set in the dunes of the untouched shores of southern Mozambique, overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean, White Pearl Resorts is an idyllic beach paradise. On a magnificent stretch of coastline, tucked behind Casuarina trees, experience a place so beautiful and so pure, quite unlike any other in all of Mozambique.

    Relax and rejuvenate in one of twenty-one luxurious, ocean-facing suites each with private plunge pool and outdoor shower. Inspired by the rich coastal biodiversity of the area and beautiful Indian Ocean reefs, the guest areas offer laid-back beachside chic with spaces designed to make the most of the incredible views.

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  • Santorini

    Santorini

    Santorini Mozambique, commands panoramic bay views from its private,  elevated position. It is situated a few kilometers north of the mainland coastal town of Vilanculos, surrounded by dense coastal vegetation and fronted by its own stretch of beach. The timeless beauty of its white walled, multi-tiered design, pays homage to the bold vision behind this landmark luxury villa.

    The elegant interior furnishings and décor of Santorini, echo the hues and flow of the natural surrounds. Five sea-fronting, air-conditioned, en suite bedrooms, each with a private patio, may be configured to accommodate 10 adults or alternatively, 8 adults and 6 children.

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