Mozambique’ s warm tropical coastline is a paradise of sandy white beaches and varied and abundant marine life, coral reefs and many small islands makes it an ideal exotic destination to visit. It’s pristine reefs rated alongside those of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef offer one of the best snorkeling and diving experiences along the east coast of Southern Africa, where an abundance of whale shark and mantra rays can be seen up close.
The capital Maputo , also known as the “Little Rio” of Africa , has a tropical lifestyle and pulsating nightlife that offers numerous world class hotels and restaurants. The Portuguese-style colonial architecture, the 18th-century Catholic Cathedral, fascinating museums, buzzing craft and central market, bone and stone sculpture depicts the culture and spirit of Africa .
Mozambique is renowned for its seafood cuisine, delight your taste buds with delicious and spicy giant prawns, clams and a wealth of other delicacies.
Mozambique has many stunning beaches, imposing colonial architecture and colorful local culture. Mozambique Island is worth a visit for its array of mosques, churches and a Hindu temple. For this reason, UNESCO has declared the Mozambique islands, a World Heritage Site.
The best time to visit Mozambique is during June to August. Diving or snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, the captivating beaches at Wimbi, Tofu and Barra or the Bazaruto Archipelago with great reefs are the major attractions in the country. Bird watching is popular in Mozambique , especially in the southern part of the country. Similarly, the best time for bird watching is in November and December. The Maputo Elephant reserve is the perfect place for bird watching.
After Cape Town and Rio , Maputo in Mozambique is the third most popular tourist destination in Africa . The tourist places in Maputo include the Botanic Gardens; the National Art Museum with a fine collection of Mozambique’s best contemporary artists; and the vivacious Municipal Market famous for the fruits, vegetables, spices and basketwork. Beira is the second largest city in Mozambique that houses the old Mediterranean-style buildings. The Praça (main square), cathedral and Tchunga Moyo (brave heart) are other tourist destinations in Beira . Pemba , a coastal town at the edge of a huge bay again boasts of some interesting buildings (especially in Baixa – the old town). Most tourists are in the city for its virgin sandy beaches – particularly Wimbi Beach (sometimes spelt Wimbe) – and the coral reefs. The water sports at Pemba are also equally captivating like diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc.