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What lies beneath

What lies beneath

The Indian Ocean off Mozambique is a fantastic place to explore the marine world but the ecosystem and its inhabitants are under pressure. The Inhambane Province, in the south, is a good example of the challenges faced and what is being done to tackle them. Struan Douglas reports Mozambique has one of the longest coastlines of any country in Africa — 2470km of secret reefs and hidden treasures with a rich underwater biodiversity. The Inhambane Province is a popular...

A villa in Mozambique

A villa in Mozambique

Planning to take your family to Mozambique? Jenni Saunders tells us about her family’s stay in a unique seaside villa on the Machangulo peninsula Situated adjacent to Inhaca and Portuguese islands, in the Bay of Maputo, the long narrow Machangulo peninsula is flanked by the calmness of the bay on one side, the warm Indian Ocean on its eastern edge and the Maputo Special Reserve in the south. Twenty kilometres of deserted beach stretches towards Ponta do Ouro, forming...

Five reasons to dive the Manta Coast

Five reasons to dive the Manta Coast

With pristine reefs and dive resorts stretching from Barra Point in the north to Paindane in the south, the stretch of coast near the Mozambique city of Inhambane offers some of the best diving on the planet. Its friendly people, long empty beaches, range of activities and accommodation to suit all budgets combine to make it one of southern Africa’s most popular dive destinations. Fiona McIntosh, author of Dive Sites of South Africa & Mozambique, lists five reasons you...

Treasured islands

Treasured islands

Mozambique's picturesque isles offer rich history, superb marine diversity and pristine beaches. Sarah Gilbert picks the top five Stretching over 2500km from South Africa in the south to Tanzania in the north, Mozambique’s coastline is dotted with idyllic islands, lined with picture-perfect white-sand beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Dive into an underwater world of colourful coral or snorkel the spectacularly clear waters that teem with tropical fish. Get active big game fishing or try...

10 Reasons to go to Mozambique

10 Reasons to go to Mozambique

Most people come here to collapse on a beach and lie beneath a swaying palm tree. But there’s much more to it than that. From scuba diving and island-hopping to safari and scrumptious food, Kevin Record outlines the best this country has to offer 1 Laze by the Lake of Stars Part of Mozambique’s border with Malawi is the beautiful Lake Niassa (also Lake Malawi), an undiscovered jewel with lovely beaches and turquoise waters. Stay at Nkwichi Lodge and...

Driving Mozambique: a rough guide

Driving Mozambique: a rough guide

Niel Crafford reveals some useful tips and advice if you’re planning an adventure in Mozambique Having visited all the conservation areas (except the Marromeu Game Reserve) in Mozambique and driven the full length of the coast, we would like to share the following recommendations on where to stay (in no particular order) and what to pack: Inland Limpopo National Park, bordering Kruger is very scenic, especially along the Shingwedzi river. Transfrontier Parks Destinations operates Machampane Tented Lodge ...

Go to Gorongosa – experience a rebirth

Gorongosa

Venturing into forgotten lands is an adventure in itself. Sue Watt returns to this war-scarred, beautiful corner of Mozambique and falls under its spell once again “I’m a big believer in the spirituality of nature,” American philanthropist Greg Carr confided to me when we met at Gorongosa National Park, a place that is his passion. “I mean when the deepest part of you connects to a love of nature and the great outdoors.” It’s impossible not to feel that...

Mozambique – Remote access

Mozambique – Remote access

The expansive Niassa Reserve in northern Mozambique is not on a well-trodden safari path. Which is why Emma Thomson was so eager to visit. The canoe slips like an otter through the still waters of the Lugenda River. With soft strokes of our paddles, Nick - my burly South African safari guide - and I nose downstream, scanning the banks for birds and enjoying the afternoon sun on our arms. A brown bump in the water up ahead catches...

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