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Mozambique

Mozambique is a country of nearly 20 million inhabitants and is situated on the eastern coast of Africa directly opposite the Indian Ocean island state of Madagascar. Mozambique is bordered by Tanzania in the north, and going anticlockwise by Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland. The country has an extremely long coastline of warm tropical water, and with a reef stretching along the entire coast is a mecca for scuba divers.

Two important rivers flow through Mozambique, the Limpopo and the Zambesi, upon which is the vast Caborra Bassa dam and hydroelectric scheme. In the north of the country there are several hundred miles of coast on Lake Malawi. There are mountains rising to 8000-feet in the west and north of the country. Most of the country is comprised of a wide coastal plain.

Mozambique was for a long time a colony of Portugal, whose explorers first visited the country in 1498 AD. At that time there were a few Arabic trading settlements dotted along the coast, and from 1500 AD Portugal had established a chain of trading posts and forts, calling points for its ships sailing to the East. Mozambique was granted its independence in 1975 following a military coup in Portugal that overturned its government. A brutal civil war followed Independence, and it was not until 1992 that a democratic government was in place for the first time. By 1995 the 1.7 million Mozambicans who had sought refuge from the civil war in neighbouring countries had mostly returned to their places of origin.

Apart from the year 2000 when there were devastating floods, economic growth has been sustained at high levels since democracy, though nearly 90% of the country's arable land is still uncultivated. Most of the populations are subsistence farmers, and there is still much work to be done to build up commercial networks and infrastructure. Many smaller state-owned businesses have been privatized, but there is still much to be done to improve the trade balance. Mozambique is divided into ten provinces and the capital, Maputo, which has provincial status.

Mozambique has risen from a bankrupt country in the late 1970s to become one of Africa's new successes. The country produces ample food for itself, and has plenty left over for exports. The main exports are coal and energy (electric power is exported to South Africa), agricultural products, aluminium, asbestos, textiles, cement, glass and tobacco. Since 1994 there has been major investment in the country by South Africa. The main imports are mining equipment, pharmaceuticals, raw materials, spare parts, chemical products, consumer goods and crude oil.

It is essential to be aware of the several potential health hazards of Mozambique and to take precautions where necessary. Malaria is widespread, but don't rely on Chloroquine or Paludrine as these drugs are now ineffective against resistant strains of the disease. See your doctor before you travel. Avoid tap water if you can - bottled water is cheap and plentiful in the cities and resorts. If you're going to places where bottled water is scarce, take a good water purification kit. HIV is common here, so avoid unprotected sex. If you are concerned about the hygiene of a restaurant, avoid it. Be sure to get all of your vaccine shots before you travel to Mozambique.

Apart from the highway to Johannesburg, which is good, and the road to Swaziland, which is in reasonable condition, other internal roads of Mozambique are in poor condition and travel by 4 x 4 is recommended. There are railway links with Johannesburg, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and several airlines serve Mozambique from neighbouring countries as well as to and from Kenya and Portugal.

Maputo Province
The Inhambane, Gaza and Maputo Region, comprising three provinces, occupies the southern portion of Mozambique roughly from the Save River southwards. Because of its closeness to South Africa, this region of Mozambique has been the first to be redeveloped for tourism, and resort hotels are comfortable and inexpensive.

At the southern end of this region lies the capital of Mozambique, Maputo, which has provincial status. This province lies adjacent to South Africa and Swaziland, and while the main highway to the former has been kept in good condition, the visitor can expect a second rate road surface to the latter. Maputo Province, overlooking Delagoa Bay, offers a variety of good hotels in the city, and offers a view of some of the Old Portuguese colonial architecture.

Bordering Maputo Prince to the north is Gaza Province, which is known as the granary of Mozambique. The fertile valleys of the Limpopo and its tributary, the Changane, were among the first to be resettled in the 1990s after peace returned to Mozambique following its civil war. There is widespread grain farming in the region. The capital of Gaza Province is Xai Xai, some two hundred kilometers from Maputo. Xai Xai is a popular destination harbouring several good hotels and restaurants, though many visitors prefer the nearby beach resort of Praia do Xai Xai.

Much of the coast of East Africa has a coral reef that runs parallel to the beach. The beaches are pristine white made up of tiny particles of coral that have been weathered by the Indian Ocean rollers. The waters inside the reef are normally shallow and clear and offer some fine snorkeling. Tourists can often purchase shellfish gathered by the locals from the reef at low tide. Inland from Xai Xai is the Banhine National Park, which is bordered north and south by the Changane and Limpopo rivers respectively. Moves are under way to link up this reserve to South Africa?s Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe?s Gonarezhou National Park. This protected area is rich with wild life.

A little further north, and bordered on its northern side by the Save River, is Inhambane Province. Inhambane harbours what is arguably the most popular of Mozambique destinations, the Bazaruto Archipelago. The archipelago comprises four islands, Bazaruto, Magaruque, Benguera, and Santa Carolina, and each island has excellent hotels. Like Gaza Province to the south, Inhambane sports pristine white coral sands and an extensive barrier reef. The beaches are lined with coconut palms and Cashew trees, both of which are harvested by the locals. The archipelago was declared a National Park in 1977, and its crystal-clear waters support hundreds of tropical fish species. Other marine life that can be seen here include the humpback whale as well as humpback and bottlenose dolphins. Barracuda and marlin abound off the reef, as well as the endangered dugong.

To the north of Inhambane and bordered by the Save River is the Zinave National Park. It is planned that this park will one day join other parks in South Africa and Zimbabwe to form the Great Limpopo Trans-frontier National Park. If traveling to this region of Mozambique, it is essential to be aware of the several potential health hazards of the country and to take the necessary precautions. Malaria is widespread, but don?t rely on Chloroquine or Paludrine as these drugs are now ineffective against resistant strains of the disease. See your doctor before you travel. Avoid tap water if you can ? bottled water is cheap and plentiful in the cities and resorts. If you?re going to places where bottled water is scarce, take a good water purification kit. HIV is common in Mozambique, so avoid unprotected sex. If you are concerned about the hygene of a restaurant, avoid it. Be sure to get all of your vaccine shots before you travel to Mozambique.

Inhambane
The Inhambane, Gaza and Maputo Region, comprising three provinces, occupies the southern portion of Mozambique roughly from the Save River southwards. Because of its closeness to South Africa, this region of Mozambique has been the first to be redeveloped for tourism, and resort hotels are comfortable and inexpensive.

At the southern end of this region lies the capital of Mozambique, Maputo, which has provincial status. This province lies adjacent to South Africa and Swaziland, and while the main highway to the former has been kept in good condition, the visitor can expect a second rate road surface to the latter. Maputo Province, overlooking Delagoa Bay, offers a variety of good hotels in the city, and offers a view of some of the Old Portuguese colonial architecture.

Bordering Maputo Prince to the north is Gaza Province, which is known as the granary of Mozambique. The fertile valleys of the Limpopo and its tributary, the Changane, were among the first to be resettled in the 1990s after peace returned to Mozambique following its civil war. There is widespread grain farming in the region. The capital of Gaza Province is Xai Xai, some two hundred kilometers from Maputo. Xai Xai is a popular destination harbouring several good hotels and restaurants, though many visitors prefer the nearby beach resort of Praia do Xai Xai.

Much of the coast of East Africa has a coral reef that runs parallel to the beach. The beaches are pristine white made up of tiny particles of coral that have been weathered by the Indian Ocean rollers. The waters inside the reef are normally shallow and clear and offer some fine snorkeling. Tourists can often purchase shellfish gathered by the locals from the reef at low tide. Inland from Xai Xai is the Banhine National Park, which is bordered north and south by the Changane and Limpopo rivers respectively. Moves are under way to link up this reserve to South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park. This protected area is rich with wild life.

A little further north, and bordered on its northern side by the Save River, is Inhambane Province. Inhambane harbours what is arguably the most popular of Mozambique destinations, the Bazaruto Archipelago. The archipelago comprises four islands, Bazaruto, Magaruque, Benguera, and Santa Carolina, and each island has excellent hotels. Like Gaza Province to the south, Inhambane sports pristine white coral sands and an extensive barrier reef. The beaches are lined with coconut palms and Cashew trees, both of which are harvested by the locals. The archipelago was declared a National Park in 1977, and its crystal-clear waters support hundreds of tropical fish species. Other marine life that can be seen here include the humpback whale as well as humpback and bottlenose dolphins. Barracuda and marlin abound off the reef, as well as the endangered dugong.

To the north of Inhambane and bordered by the Save River is the Zinave National Park. It is planned that this park will one day join other parks in South Africa and Zimbabwe to form the Great Limpopo Trans-frontier National Park. If traveling to this region of Mozambique, it is essential to be aware of the several potential health hazards of the country and to take the necessary precautions. Malaria is widespread, but don’t rely on Chloroquine or Paludrine as these drugs are now ineffective against resistant strains of the disease. See your doctor before you travel. Avoid tap water if you can – bottled water is cheap and plentiful in the cities and resorts. If you’re going to places where bottled water is scarce, take a good water purification kit. HIV is common in Mozambique, so avoid unprotected sex. If you are concerned about the hygene of a restaurant, avoid it. Be sure to get all of your vaccine shots before you travel to Mozambique.

Gaza
The Inhambane, Gaza and Maputo Region, comprising three provinces, occupies the southern portion of Mozambique roughly from the Save River southwards. Because of its closeness to South Africa, this region of Mozambique has been the first to be redeveloped for tourism, and resort hotels are comfortable and inexpensive.

At the southern end of this region lies the capital of Mozambique, Maputo, which has provincial status. This province lies adjacent to South Africa and Swaziland, and while the main highway to the former has been kept in good condition, the visitor can expect a second rate road surface to the latter. Maputo Province, overlooking Delagoa Bay, offers a variety of good hotels in the city, and offers a view of some of the Old Portuguese colonial architecture.

Bordering Maputo Prince to the north is Gaza Province, which is known as the granary of Mozambique. The fertile valleys of the Limpopo and its tributary, the Changane, were among the first to be resettled in the 1990s after peace returned to Mozambique following its civil war. There is widespread grain farming in the region. The capital of Gaza Province is Xai Xai, some two hundred kilometers from Maputo. Xai Xai is a popular destination harbouring several good hotels and restaurants, though many visitors prefer the nearby beach resort of Praia do Xai Xai.

Much of the coast of East Africa has a coral reef that runs parallel to the beach. The beaches are pristine white made up of tiny particles of coral that have been weathered by the Indian Ocean rollers. The waters inside the reef are normally shallow and clear and offer some fine snorkeling. Tourists can often purchase shellfish gathered by the locals from the reef at low tide. Inland from Xai Xai is the Banhine National Park, which is bordered north and south by the Changane and Limpopo rivers respectively. Moves are under way to link up this reserve to South Africa?s Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe?s Gonarezhou National Park. This protected area is rich with wild life.

A little further north, and bordered on its northern side by the Save River, is Inhambane Province. Inhambane harbours what is arguably the most popular of Mozambique destinations, the Bazaruto Archipelago. The archipelago comprises four islands, Bazaruto, Magaruque, Benguera, and Santa Carolina, and each island has excellent hotels. Like Gaza Province to the south, Inhambane sports pristine white coral sands and an extensive barrier reef. The beaches are lined with coconut palms and Cashew trees, both of which are harvested by the locals. The archipelago was declared a National Park in 1977, and its crystal-clear waters support hundreds of tropical fish species. Other marine life that can be seen here include the humpback whale as well as humpback and bottlenose dolphins. Barracuda and marlin abound off the reef, as well as the endangered dugong.

To the north of Inhambane and bordered by the Save River is the Zinave National Park. It is planned that this park will one day join other parks in South Africa and Zimbabwe to form the Great Limpopo Trans-frontier National Park. If traveling to this region of Mozambique, it is essential to be aware of the several potential health hazards of the country and to take the necessary precautions. Malaria is widespread, but don?t rely on Chloroquine or Paludrine as these drugs are now ineffective against resistant strains of the disease. See your doctor before you travel. Avoid tap water if you can ? bottled water is cheap and plentiful in the cities and resorts. If you?re going to places where bottled water is scarce, take a good water purification kit. HIV is common in Mozambique, so avoid unprotected sex. If you are concerned about the hygene of a restaurant, avoid it. Be sure to get all of your vaccine shots before you travel to Mozambique.

 

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Casa John
Sleeps 48 in 7 units
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Casa John

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Tofo Beach

Mozambique

Casa John is located on the pristine coastline of Tofinho and includes 3 x 3 bedroomed houses (each sleeps6 & 1 x 4 bedroomed house (sleeps 12). All fully equipped and comfortably appointed.

Paradise Dunes
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Paradise Dunes

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Tofo Beach

Mozambique

4 bedroomed houses in ethnic style that is 200m from the beach. 180degrees sea view that is ideal for whale watching from the deck, while the beaches are pristine and safe for children .

Shady Summers
Guest Rating: 7.6
From R 1250
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Shady Summers

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Ponta Do Ouro

Mozambique

Shady Summers has two bedrooms, a double bed in the main bedroom and two single beds in the second bedroom. Ceiling fans are in the bedrooms, lounge and kitchen

Kritz Cabin
Sleeps 16 in 1 unit
From R 3500
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Kritz Cabin

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Xai Xai

Mozambique

Kritz Cabin is situated in the newly developed Paradise View holiday resort, on a stretch of unique, unspoiled, and unpopulated white Mozambican coast, +/- 35 km north of Xai Xai.

Dumela Mozambique

Dumela Mozambique

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Guinjata Bay

Mozambique

This luxury family villa (8 persons) is located on top of a dune and has full sea view over Guinjata Bay. This bay in the Inhambane province is the perfect place for relaxing, diving, snorkelling, fishing or a cultural experience.

Rus-tique
From R 230
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Rus-tique

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Ponta Do Ouro

Mozambique

Rus-tique is a house sleeping 10 people. It is fully furnished and self serviced. It consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garage, an open plan living area with a fully equipped kitchen.

Villa 'N Banga
Sleeps 20 in 6 units
From R 700
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Villa 'N Banga

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bilene

Mozambique

True African Paradise. On the beach tropical paradise. Self - Catering Villa and tented camp. We have the beautiful Main Villa and 5 tents which can accommodate 8-28 guests all situated on a 11km lagoon and we are 2km from the ocean. Ideal for weddings...

Barefoot Barraca
Guest Rating: 9.2
Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
From R 680
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Barefoot Barraca

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Ponta Do Ouro

Mozambique

The unit comprises of two bedrooms and sleeps a maximum of 4 people. There are air-conditioners in each bedroom as well as ceiling fans in the lounge and kitchen. All linen and bath towels are supplied. Beach towels are not provided.

Zona Braza Beach Lodge
Sleeps 46 in 15 units
From R 650
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Zona Braza Beach Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Chizavane

Mozambique

Zona Braza Lodge boasts a bar and an A la Carte restaurant, seafood is the obvious specialty. The kids safe swimming beach is at our lodge. Fishing is excellent, boat charter catches fish on every launch.

Sea Breeze
Guest Rating: 9.6
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 980
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Sea Breeze

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Ponta Do Ouro

Mozambique

Sea Breeze has three bedrooms: one bedroom contains two single beds and the other two bedrooms have a double bed in each room, the main bedroom is en-suite. There are air-conditioners in each bedroom and there are also ceiling fans in the lounge area.

Palmeiras Guest House

Palmeiras Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Maputo

Mozambique

Palmeiras Guesthouse in Maputo is an ideal place to relax and recharge, whether you’re here on business or visiting Maputo for leisure. After the day’s business meetings, or taking in the sights of Maputo City, returning to Palmeiras is like coming home.

Montanha Lodge
Sleeps 14 in 2 units
From R 250
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Montanha Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Barra

Mozambique

Montanha Lodge in Barra comprises double-storey wood & thatched houses positioned among tropical coconut palms near the lighthouse in Barra, Inhambane. Affordable, comfortable, spacious Self-catering accommodation in privately owned 3 & 4 bedroom houses.

Russell's Place
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 14 in 1 unit
From R 3950
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Russell's Place

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Ponta Do Ouro

Mozambique

This wooden structured beach house is built on the 100m high water mark. The accommodation consists of 4 airconditioned double bedrooms, each with a king or queen double as well as double fold out couches.

Coconut Camp
Sleeps 10 in 1 unit
From R 200
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Coconut Camp

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Inhambane

Mozambique

Diving some of the Worlds best dive sites, Swimming/Snorkeling with Dolphins and Whale Sharks, Lazing on secluded / coconut palmed / White - beaches, Bar Hopping over 20 Beach Bars and Restaurants, Eating prawns and seafood until you pop ...

Ngumula Lodge
Sleeps 40 in 5 units
From R 350
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Ngumula Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Inhambane

Mozambique

Want to get lost in paradise, escape the rat race, sipping sundowners in the splash pool overlooking the ocean, watching the dolphins surfing the waves, and yet be close enough to dive.

Barra Palms Beach Lodge

Barra Palms Beach Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Barra

Mozambique

The chalets are built at the base of the main primary dune under a shady haven of palm trees with the beach about 60 meters away.

House 107
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 1100
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House 107

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Canda Island

Mozambique

Do you long for the peace and tranquility of the wild coast of Mozambique? Sea Dreams offers you the ultimate getaway from the hustle and bustle of crowds, towns and the usual tourist venues!

House 106
Sleeps 8 in 1 unit
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House 106

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Canda Island

Mozambique

Do you long for the peace and tranquility of the wild coast of Mozambique? Brisas De Mar offers you the ultimate getaway from the hustle and bustle of crowds, towns and the usual tourist venues!

Casa Estrela
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Casa Estrela

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Mozambique

Casa Estrela is a luxury self catering split level house, designed and created with easy, relaxed living in mind. Jeff, the houseboy, is on call for your needs, and will see to the daily cleaning. The house can accommodate 10 people.

Casa 32 Lighthouse Reef Resort
Sleeps 10 in 1 unit
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Casa 32 Lighthouse Reef Resort

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Paindane Bay

Mozambique

In the heart of Paindane, Inhambane, Mozambique, Casa 32 Lighthouse Reef welcomes guests to a luxury tropical sanctuary, where greetings of warm smiles and gentle breezes fill each day.

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