Compared to other Southern African countries, Mozambique has considerably lower numbers of wildlife. This is due to Mozambique’s civil upheaval, during which large-scale organised poaching systematically removed almost all big game from the bush. Mozambicans were unfortunately reduced to hunter-gatherer status and in some areas even locusts and ants were harvested almost to extinction. Birdlife has recovered to some extent but only the most remote areas offer the chance to view African wildlife, including the Big Five – but it must be on foot and with experienced guides.

Maputo Elephant Reserve is home to about 400 elephants, which migrate between South Africa and Mozambique. The birdlife is varied and abundant, but infrastructure is minimal and roads are poor. Camping is an option at either Ponta Milibangalala or Ponta Dobela, but the water in the wells there needs to be purified before drinking.

Reserva do Niassa is a remote area that has provided refuge to around 12,000 elephant and the last of Mozambique’s buffalo, sable and roan herds. Independent visitors are not encouraged, as this area is currently being redeveloped; however, it is possible to go into the area with a game guard ranger. The nearby Jurege River proved excellent game viewing (though it is dry from June to December).

Although the Bazaruto Archipelago consists of five islands (in size order: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue), only Bazaruto and surrounding reefs are officially within a National Park. These waters are home to over 80% of all marine fish families of the Indo-Pacific. Resident Minke and Southern right whales abound in this area, alongside common, spinner and bottlenose dolphins and the highly threatened dugong.

Bazaruto Archipelago

Bazaruto Archipelago is a beautiful location consisting of the four islands of Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque and Santa Carolina. The islands are situated off mainland Mozambique between Vilanculos and Inhassoro Islands. The warm waters offer coral reefs rich in rare and beautiful vegetation and marine species, making it a snorkeling and scuba diving paradise.

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Gorongosa National Park

The greater Gorongosa region is ecologically unique situated at the southern most end of the Great African Rift Valley; as a result it is a region with high species diversity and environmental features found nowhere else in the sub-continent. The key to continued biodiversity and habitat preservation on the planet is to protect areas of ecological importance, such as the Gorongosa National Park and the surrounding water catchments, such as is found on nearby Mount Gorongosa.

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Inhambane / Tofo

Inhambane is a tropical area with deserted white beaches and clear tropical waters, virtually undiscovered by tourists. The town of Inhambane is one of the oldest settlements in southern Africa. In 1534, Portuguese traders established a trading post here and their legacy can be seen in the architecture and layout of the city. Hundreds of graceful dhows on the usually tranquil water is one of Inhambane’s most obvious features.

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Maputo

Maputo is the premier city of Mozambique and the administrative capital. Maputo was known as Laurenco Marques under the Portuguese. The long civil war has left the city with a legacy of neglect and disrepair but efforts are underway to restore it to its former glory. Political stability and economic reforms have led to improved facilities in the city - new shops and restaurants, hotels nightclubs and an improved public transport system are some of the improvements.

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Quirimbas Archipelago

The Quirimbas Archipelago is situated in the north of Mozambique. With only a handful of island lodges and resorts in the Quirimbas, the area remains one of the last undeveloped jewels in Africa and is a perfect island, beach, fishing, diving and yacht charter destination. The islands also form part of the Quirimbas National Park, ensuring that the pristine marine life and ecosystems are protected for future generations.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Places in Africa

To many people, Africa is little more than a continent of poverty and death. But it’s undeniable that one can also find there beauty. And lots of life. One just needs to know where to look. In this article you’ll see selected photographs of places in Africa that are worth visiting and short descriptions of those places. 1. Bazaruto Island This sandy island belonging to Mozambique offers beautiful views, as well as very clear water. Many people visit the island […]

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