Mozambique is located in the south-eastern part of Africa. It shares borders with Tanzania, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In the east, it is washed by the Indian Ocean. The coastline in the north of the country is dissected with small bays, and the local beaches are low, but rocky. There are natural harbors, including Beira, Maputo, Nacala, and Pemba.

Maputo, capital city

Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, has been renovated recently. Its station looks more like a palace, crowned by a giant copper dome with polished wood and marble decorations. Of certain interest are the Botanical Gardens, the National Art Museum, which has a fine collection of Mozambique's best contemporary artists and the lively City Market, which sells a variety of fruits, vegetables, spices and traditional woven products of local artisans.

Beira is the second largest city in Mozambique, its main port and railway center. Its compact downtown area and the old Mediterranean-style buildings give the city a special charm. The heart of the city, Prasa, is surrounded by shops, markets and offices. The bustling market of Chung Moyo is full of imported goods and contraband. Praia de Makuta, the beaches near the city, are known for their fine sands. The entire coast of this region is rich in various cases of shipwreck discoveries, and the local lighthouses in the north end of the beach make it more romantic.

Pemba, Mozambiques coastal paradise

Pemba is a coastal town in the large northern bay. This part of the country is known to have a lot of its interesting buildings. Bayksa is an old town, famous for the lively atmosphere of its streets. Most visitors come here for luxurious beaches, especially the famous Uimbi beach. The coral reefs are located so close to the shore that they can be reached by swimming. The quickly restoring tourist industry is already transforming this place into a luxury resort with bars, restaurants, entertainment centers, water and well-equipped places for diving, snorkeling, fishing, surfing, etc. On the road between the town and the beach, there is the artisan's workshop of the people of Makonde. It is here that beautiful wooden figurines are made for sale.

An interesting Cathedral is located in the city of Tete. However, visiting this city requires a permission from the authorities, because of the dangerous situation in the area. Number one attraction here is the Palace and the Chapel of Sao Paulo, the residence of the former governor of the country. This building is situated on a large paved area on the western tip of the island. Today it is a museum, which contains rare furniture and decorations from Portugal, Arabia, India and China. Nearby is the Museum of Sacred Art, containing religious jewelry, paintings and sculpture.

One of the most beautiful places on the continent is the Marine National Park 'Bazaruto Archipelago', known for its palm groves, ancient coral reefs, and a myriad of tropical fish that inhabit these waters. In recent years, Mozambique has attracted fans of diving. Brindle Bass Ridge is a large reef with a maximum depth of 18 meters where you can see reef sharks. Manta Ray Reef is famous due to a huge number of green turtles. Five-Mile Reef is located in the south-east of the island of Bazaruto. This reef is not very popular with divers, but there are beautiful coral clusters.

It is also quite interesting to see the country's national parks: Gorongosa, Banine, Zinave and others, possessing the full range of natural attractions and unique wildlife.

To prepare a trip to Mozambique, consult one of trusted Mozambique travel agencies. For specific travel needs, for example, border crossing and visas, flights, trains inside and beyond, accommodation in country - see the tour operators in Mozambique.