Mozambique is a gorgeous tropical paradise of a country. The coastline is long, and palm-fringed beaches define lovely bays sheltering colourful coral reefs. But like any paradise – there's the odd rotten apple and even a serpent or two. A hideous twenty-year war when the country was used as a pawn between the superpowers, and neighbouring countries, was followed by devastating cyclones and floods. Mozambique still has a way to go but it's bouncing back. If there was an Oscar ceremony for countries, Mozambique would win the award for resilience and grace under pressure.

The beautiful beaches are fully operational, there are dive operators almost everywhere the reefs are easily accessible, and accommodation options range from backpackers and camping sites to five star extravaganzas. Most of the towns and cities are picking up slowly and there is a certain shabby chic touch to unmaintained Art Deco buildings decaying in style. The streets are lined with flowering trees and vibrant markets and small businesses. The main reasons most people visit Mozambique, though are to dive, fish, sun tan or indulge in yummy seafood. Mozambique is renowned for its succulent swimming prawns – although by the time most people see them they're swimming in peri-peri sauce. (In case you're wondering, swimming prawns are distinct from those rather squooshy things that hide out in the mud – and they taste muucch better.)

Ponta do Ouro and Ponta Malongane, together just called Ponta and just across the border from South Africa, are very popular diving, fishing and surfing resorts. In the 1970s Maputo was the playground of southern Africa – balmy nights, Portuguese wine, prawns by the bucketful and wild Latin-African rhythms made this a party destination of note. It's coming – with a bit more style and a lot more relaxed dress code.

In Maputo Bay is Inhaca Island – a little tropical paradise all of its own. Mangrove forests, lovely beaches, a good hotel, great diving and snorkelling, a small low key marine museum and a small village give it a special holiday air. There are good beach destinations all up the coast, but the more popular areas include the area around Inhambane, the Bazaruto Archipelago and, in the last few years, the far north, near Pemba.
You can drive into Mozambique from South Africa and the roads, while not exactly pristine, are passable in a two-wheel drive vehicle. The bus service is adequate but only for relatively adventurous travellers. There are international airports at Maputo, Inhambane, Vilanculos (near the Bazaruto Archipelago) and Pemba.

Note: If you are planning to travel to Mozambique please be aware that this region is malarial. Consult your doctor or travel clinic for advice and refer to our article on malaria.

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Nightmare
I went to Mozambique last week for the first time in my life and I must say it was a nightmare. I will never visit the country ever again. We entered the boarder early hours and I was so excited but soon my excitement turned into horror. From driving around the city to Maputo to the law enforcement members that are constantly demanding bribes in each and every corner you turn. All in all we wasted about R5000 trying to keep my husband out of jail for driving 61 on a 40 zone according to them.I was so disappointed and all I wanted was to be at the border get and out of that country. If the gove...
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Vilanculos Vilanculos
Town of Inhambane (Prov)

Gateway to Bazaruto islands
Vilanculos lies at the gateway of the Bazaruto Archipelago Mozambique’s only underwater National Park – which comprises five islands – Bazaruto, Benguerra, Margaruque, Bangue and Santa Carolina. Here one can truly connect with nature. The coral reefs attract a rich diversity of tropical fish and other marine creatures, and are regarded as some of the most diverse and least disturbed in the Western Indian Ocean. Several activities can be booked to explore the amazing beauty of this location - a real paradise.You can do snorkeling or scuba diving on the famous reefs of the Bazaruto Islands,...
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Mel & Susana X
Mozambique

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Morrungulo Morrungulo
Resort of Inhambane (Prov)

Off the beaten track
Morrungulo is a great destination as it is off the beaten track, Places like Ponto and Inhambane's Barra and Tofo areas are so commercialized now. Morrungulo is Mozambique "old school"The reefs are also a lot more untouched as there is only 1 dive operation in the whole vast area.
John Weller
South Africa

Game Reserve of Sofala

True Conservation In Action
I would like to congratulate Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique for its incredible work to restore an incredible African wilderness area. Gorongosa was once Africa's premier wildlife park, but years of war left it hanging by a thread. Thanks to a public and private partnership, a conservation project of epic proportions has been embarked upon and already the rewards are clear to see. Staying at Explore Gorongosa gives you a window on this amazing story and the chance to leave a lasting legacy for the future.
Helen Turnbull
South Africa


We love Mozambique
We were 3 couples with off road caravans and deepsee fishing boat......Start at INHASSORO down to ZONGOENI [Xai-xai].We travel 2000 km on road and 350 on sea with Island hopping.....it was GREAT.....Eat so much seafood [crayfish, crab, prawns and fish]...Mozambique has so much potensial....specialy for the nAture and see lovers....A MUST for any one.....CAREL AND ANITS
Anita de Jager
South Africa


Maputo visit
The minute you enter Mozambique you feel that you in a foreign land but you feel secured. It's not a country that will take your breath away but it's serenity makes you feel home away from home.While visiting there I stayed at Hotel Cardoso, a 4 star hotel with mosquito nets on windows and very clean coupled with their friendly and always helpful staff, please take note of Alison he is top-class.Currency is a challenge, although they take ZAR and US Dollar but they don't change it with an exact rate thus opening a chance to be robbed. When you there, take Yellow/Green motorcycles, they will...
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Bhekani Radebe
South Africa

Pemba Pemba
Town of Cabo Delgado

Pemba: gateway to Northern Mozambique
Pemba is a small but busy town in the North of Mozambique, with a reasonable choice of services such as banks, shops and restaurants. The town itself has little to attract tourists, apart from some quirky Portuguese architecture, but the Southern beaches - Chuiba and Murrebue - are about as beautiful as you could imagine, and from Pemba you can easily access the amazing Quirimbas Islands and Niassa Reserve in the far North. Don't miss Ibo Island - atmospheric and beautiful - and the inselbergs in the interior of the Quirimbas National Park. Think diving, game fishing, bush walks, dhow saili...
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Rebecca Phillips Marques

Pomene Bay Pomene Bay
Town of Inhambane (Prov)

Pomene
Having stayed in Pomene in the past and having local knowledge of the area. It remains one of the most pristine areas of Mozambique.From its Coastal dune forests, the estuary, the mangroves, to the rocky shores and the silver beaches - All are stunning eco systems.Pomene can be thoroughly recommended for the eco tourist, the fisherman and diver alike.France and Carol, together with their team have made Paradise Beach Lodge and Resort - "second to none" in service and accommodation.From the gecko on your veranda, to the Pansy shell on the beach, the flamingos and the golfino's in the bay...
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charles Breen
South Africa

Vilanculos Vilanculos
Town of Inhambane (Prov)

The best of Vilanculos
Now that the EN1 main road of Mozambique running north to south has been extensively repaired, it is an easy one day drive from Maputo to Vilanculos in the State of Inhambane, the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. The archipelago is the largest marine park in Africa and comprises five islands, Santa Carolina, Bazaruto, Benguerra, Margaruque and Bangue, with Bazaruto and Benguerra offering five star lodge accommodation. The diving and snorkelling on the reefs around these islands is world class with a huge variety of marine life on show. Whales and whale sharks are regular visitors to...
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Rosemary Forrester
South Africa

Xai Xai Xai Xai
Town of Gaza

Family escape
Earlier this year i decided to take my mom away for her 50th bday celebrations. working on a tight budget i never dreamt of what lay ahead in Xai Xai. The weather was tropical, the people were colourful and very hospitable, the food was sumptuous and the water was to die for!! Needless to say we all fell in love with Mozambique and i intend on a repeat visit next year. it is the perfect place to get away and forget about everything for a week.
Blessing Katandika
South Africa

Bilene Bilene
Town of Gaza

It had it all
When in Mozambique, you need not do the 12 hour trip north when Bilene has it all. Escape the mayhem of Maputo to paradise! It has awesome beaches, the lagoon, fresh fish, water sports....EVERYTHING!
Neil Jacobs
South Africa

Macaneta Macaneta
Town of Marracuene Region

Wonderful holiday
We were a group of 5 that went camping in Macaneta at "Esperanca do Mar". We had a great time, wonderful weather, great hosts and made great memories.We loved the swimming pool to relax in any time of the day. We had hot water and electricity most of the time. The hosts catered for ice all the time and even helped us buy some fish at great prices - as we were first time Mozambique visitorsWe will and have recommended Esperanca do Mar and Macaneta to all our friends
Zine le Grange
South Africa


Mozambique Gods Hidden Buety
The best most relaxing get away totally destressed when you come back home. i have been to Belene, Xai-Xai, Tauf, Yareemi & Inhambane Province. it is totally cool people that love adventure and the buety of gods nature will definitly enjoy the experience. Going into the bushes camping living with mother nature a wonderful experience and the best part i did not spend more than 5000 rand for my family of 5 . Safe for kids as its a massive lagoon in Belene take the boat out to sea for deep sea fishing, snorkling and diving. its pretty hot but the best part is that you have a whole beach to yourse...
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Shamim Calu
South Africa

Ponta do Ouro Ponta do Ouro
Town of Maputo (Prov)

Ponta do Oura
Recently we visit Ponta do Oura in Mozambique and stayed at Somente Lodge. The area is just beautiful and the lodge was very well managed and cosy. I would definitely recommend the lodge to anyone as their rates are also very affordable. Ponta do Oura is more commercial than the high lying regions of Mozambique but it is a nice alternative if you are not keen on the long drive to the north. The best thing about Ponta is that you can walk everywhere, to the market, bars, awesome restaurants and the beautiful beach! I will definitely be returning soon!
Ashleigh Donaldson
South Africa

Vilanculos Vilanculos
Town of Inhambane (Prov)

Piece of Paradise
Draped along Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline from South Africa up to Tanzania is magical Mozambique.Vilanculos is a small, vibrant, coastal town 700 kilometres from the Mozambique capital, Maputo. It boasts a new international airport and is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelagos, idyllic offshore islands that make up a string of jewels in the Indian Ocean.Vilanculos is a piece of paradise with dazzling powder-white beaches, coconut palms, crystal blue waters, superb all-year round temperate climate and is the perfect hideaway for a holiday that offers a perfect mix of relaxation and advent...
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Amanda Millsap
South Africa

Bilene Bilene
Town of Gaza

Paraiso liso ....
One of the most easily accssesible beach resort towns in Mozambique from South Africa, Bilene offers the best of all worlds. No 4x4 necessary, as the road is tar all the way into the town. The large lagoon is shallow on the banks, and deep in the middle; ideal for the whole family as kids will be ankle deep in crystal-clear water, and the big boys can play with their toys in the deep end. For diving it does not get any better than Bilene's lagoon, as it has depths to suit all levels. Discover the hidden treasures like the sunken boat, car and helicopter, where only a few locals know the exact...
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Rui Da Silva
South Africa

Inhambane Inhambane
Town of Inhambane (Prov)

INHAMBANE, Diversity of Paradise
For the Seasoned traveller to Mozambique you will know that travelling more northern up into the country you are more likely to find locations along the vast coastline to be more alluring. This is due to the diversity of Inhambane. Inhambane can cater to the needs of any traveller, so it does not matter whether you are looking for the buzz and ethnicity of the town itself, or if you are looking for solitude on the outstretched white beaches. The trick is knowing when to find what you are looking for and when to be there. The different areas of Inhambane provide a great diversity on activit...
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Linda Viljoen
South Africa

Ponta Malongane Ponta Malongane
Town of Maputo (Prov)

Ponta Malongane
Ponta Malongane is a tiny, rural village situated in Southern Mozambique. Its away from the hustle and bustle. The beaches are quiet and most of the time you are the only person on the pristine beach. There is a bay that is great for swimming and snorkling at low tide. The inland village area of Ponta Malongane has an inland lake surrounded by restaurants and baraccas (local bars) where you can enjoy local cuisine and local beverages while watching the sunset and listen to the Fish Eagles call.
Chantelle Smith
South Africa

Bilene Bilene
Town of Gaza

Wonderful
A wonderful place to stay and the locals are friendly. We felt safe and had an amazing time. Definitely going back in the near future, one of the better places to stay in Mozambique.
Christina Koen
South Africa

Bilene Bilene
Town of Gaza

Filthy, expensive and unsafe to drive
Bilene could be one of the jewels of Mozambique tourism, with more council intervention to spruce up the place and make it safer for drivers from the ever increasing use of quad bikes through town.The main street market area was filthy, as a result, one could not buy fresh produce with confidence.All establishments in the area have caught on to the easy manner of the South African tourist to charge crazy prices at will, such as 80 mets/R25.00 for local beer. Business in the area have to get with the program and realize that we South Africans will be back.
Kevin Marrtin
South Africa