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Best known for its wonderful tropical coastline and islands, the south of Mozambique is the most developed part of the country for tourism, though beach resorts still remain very pristine and low-key by international standards. The main entry point to the region, only an hour's drive from South Africa's Kruger National Park, is the capital Maputo, an attractive port city with a strong Portuguese architectural legacy. South of Maputo, the Maputo Special Reserve harbors several hundred elephants as well as a diverse birdlife, while the resort of Ponto Do Ouro, set below tall forested dunes, is popular with South African divers and ...

Best known for its wonderful tropical coastline and islands, the south of Mozambique is the most developed part of the country for tourism, though beach resorts still remain very pristine and low-key by international standards. The main entry point to the region, only an hour's drive from South Africa's Kruger National Park, is the capital Maputo, an attractive port city with a strong Portuguese architectural legacy. South of Maputo, the Maputo Special Reserve harbors several hundred elephants as well as a diverse birdlife, while the resort of Ponto Do Ouro, set below tall forested dunes, is popular with South African divers and anglers.

Farther north, Inhambane and the nearby Tofo Beach are a hub for international travelers, and are justifiably famed for the "ocean safaris" that offer an opportunity to snorkel or dive with manta rays and whale sharks. More exclusive are the superb upmarket resorts that dot the Bazaruto Islands, a national park whose Two-Mile Reef ranks among the top snorkeling spots in Africa.

Farther north still, the Beira Corridor – named after the country’s second-largest city and port – offers access to Gorongosa National Park, which has recovered sufficiently from the poaching excesses of the 1980s and early '90s to offer visitors a good chance of spotting elephants, lions and rare antelopes such as sable.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Maputo (known as Lourenço Marques before independence), is the capital and largest city of Mozambique. It is known as the City of Acacias in reference to acacia trees commonly found along its avenues and the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.
  • Language: Portuguese, Emakhuwa, Xichangana
  • Currency: Mozambique Metical
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    The climate is most comfortable during the southern winter (May-October) but people do visit throughout the year.