Mozambique is a country of spectacular beauty. Flanked by the Indian Ocean’s Mozambique Channel, it boasts a splendid coastline, over 2500 km long, bordering on South Africa and Swaziland to the south, Zimbabwe to the west and Zambia and Malawi in the north west. In the north the Rovuma River forms the remote boundary with Tanzania.
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The most popular of Mozambique’s tourist destinations are located along the southern coastline, from Ponta do Ouro, via Maputo and Inhambane to Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Archipelago.
Seas and shores: Over 1200 species of fish have been identified in the coastal waters of Mozambique, most of which inhabit the extensive coral reefs that line the coast, particularly off Maputaland, around Inhaca Island, in the area of Inhambane and Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Archipelago.
In terms of the variety of marine organisms, Mozambique’s reefs are on par with Australia’s magnificent Great Barrier reef, except that they are far less crowded and commercialized. Mozambique’s superb reefs are delicate and as yet unspoilt marine wilderness, their beauty and commercial value increasing the urgent need for formal protection.
Some of the best diving locations are at:
- Ponta do Ouro
- Inhaca Island
- Xai Xai
- Guinjata Bay
- Bazaruto Archipelago
Inhambane lies 480 km north of Maputo and can be reached by tar road. Lying on the eastern shores of the large sheltered Bay of Inhambane, the sleepy and neat town has about 50 000 inhabitants. There is an international airport suitable for large aircraft, offering fly-in safaris on scheduled and chartered flights.
At least half a dozen of the region’s best resorts are situated within a 30 km radius from Inhambane town. These offer the visitor unrivaled opportunities of fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming or merely relaxing on endless unspoilt and deserted beaches (a 4×4 vehicle may be required to reach some of the resorts)
Morrungulo is a beautiful coconut grove and lies 650 km north of Maputo and 20 km north of Massinga (13 km of dirt road for which 4×4 vehicles are recommended but not essential).
The first stunning views of the resort are of lush green grass and hundreds of gently swaying coconut palms – a few steps away from unspoilt, glistening white sands stretching in an arc from horizon to horizon. Morrungulo is primarily a sport fishing and diving location.
Vilanculos & the Bazaruto Archipelago: The small village of Vilanculos is situated 750 km north of Maputo, halfway between Maputo and Beira. Vilanculos is the friendly gateway to the romantic Bazaruto Achipelago, easily accesible on tar road and served by its own international airport, offering amongst others, direct flights from South Africa.
Accommodation in Vilanculos and on the islands ranges from the most up-market lodges to Bed & Breakfast establishments. .
Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bange’ islands make up the Bazaruto Achipelago, one of Africa’s unspoilt jewels, a complex and unique ecosystem, well-protected by its isolation. Activities range from snorkling, reef diving, swimming, motorized and non-motorized watersport