View of Maputo, Mozambique
Mozambique Travel Fast Facts
Getting there: regular flights from Johannesburg, South Africa to the capital city, Maputo
What to see: Maputo, Tofo Beach, Bazaruto Archipelago, Quirimbas National Park
Official language(s): Portuguese
After decades of strife following their bid for independence from Portugal, Mozambique is once again in a period of rebuilding and is today considered one of Africa's most successful rising stars.
Located on the southeastern coast, Mozambique offers holiday travelers one of the friendliest welcomes in all of Africa, as well as a variety of stunning natural attractions including world famous national parks and beautiful beach resorts along the coast.
The historic capital city of Maputo is famous for its lively central market
botanic gardens and National Art Museum which also serves as a showcase for top Mozambique contemporary artists.
While in Maputo, also don't miss a walk around the elegant old train station designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel, who designed the famous tower in Paris.
From Maputo, follow the coast north to discover the first stop in a coastal trail of adventure travel destinations. With its 600-mile long coastline, Mozambique's main draw throughout the region is its world class diving, surfing and swimming destinations along the Indian Ocean, beginning with beautiful Tofo Beach.
Returning from a diving
expedition on Tofo Beach
Up the coast lies what has been rightly called "the pearl of the Indian Ocean", the Bazaruto Archipelago, now a national park.
Farther afield, there are not many places in Africa that offer safari tours of merely lions, elephants and leopards. In Mozambique, you'll also be able to catch sight of humpback whales, dolphins and sharks -- all within the confines of Quirimbas National Park located along the far northern coast.
DID YOU KNOW? Mozambique Travel Fun Facts
Warning: giraffe crossing
• In Mozambique, overhead power lines have to be at least 39 feet high to allow safe passage of giraffes.
• Some movie scenes from Blood Diamond starring Leonardo Di Caprio were shot in Maputo.
• Maputo Elephant Reserve is home to a herd of 350 elephants whose habitat was formerly under threat.