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Situated on the southeast coast of Africa, Mozambique has persevered through a violent civil war and terrible floods. Today, it's emerging from the ruinous past to once again stake its claim as a prized jewel of Africa.
A holiday in Mozambique consists of glorious weather, gorgeous scenery, and great value for money. All come together to make the country an increasingly trendy destination for global travellers. In fact, Mozambique is one of the most visited African countries in recent years.
The warm waters of the Indian Ocean wash 1,500 miles (2,414km) of palm-fringed coastline, with other treats including long white beaches, coral reefs, and pristine islands. The idyllic Bazaruto archipelago, off the coast of the Inhambane province, is one of the country's most popular tourist spots.
It consists of four main islands that make up one of the most beautiful places on the continent. The islands offer a classic tropical getaway, with superb fishing, water sports, shaded beaches, surf, and a marine park that offers outstanding diving and snorkelling opportunities.
Attracted by rumours of pearls in the 1700s, the Portuguese established the capital city of Maputo, formerly Lourenzo Marques. It became one of the most stylish cities in Africa, its broad avenues lined with jacaranda and acacia trees and sidewalks paved with mosaics and a unique fusion of Mediterranean and African atmospheres.
But the civil war left the city in dismal disrepair. Today, it's beginning to recover some of its former glory. Today the bustling capital reveals many Portuguese-style colonial buildings, offering old world charm alongside numerous places to enjoy Mozambique's famous piri-piri prawns.
Lying just off the coast of Maputo is the popular Inhaca Island, which has extensive coral reefs, a maritime museum, and a historic lighthouse. Most of the wildlife reserves are located in the central and southern parts of the country, with the exception of the Niassa Reserve on the northern Tanzania border.
Although largely decimated during the civil war, animal stocks are currently being replenished with large populations of elephant, buffalo and antelope. North of Maputo, there are beautiful beaches, perfect for summer holidays, and a number of centres that offer some of the best fishing in the world.
These are particularly prevalent in the areas around Guinjata Bay and the Mozambique Channel. So whether you're seeking a sun and sand beach holiday, or sport fishing and off-road adventures, warm and welcoming Mozambique will cater to your every desire.
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