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Beautiful Coastal Village with Groves of Coconut Palms, Mozambique
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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 un-maintained 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.)
Old Abandoned Theatre Building with Political Graffiti, Beira, Sofala, Mozambique
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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 they 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.
Stalls at Beira Market , Beira, Sofala, Mozambique
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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, Vilankulos (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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Casa Rex, Vilanculos, Inhambane (Prov), Bazaruto Region
Casa Rex now offers travellers a sublime stopover in Vilanculos. Reminiscent of a gracious area, it’s buildings encompassed in lush gardens, Casa Rex overlooks the southern-central section of Vilanculos Bay.  Accommodation is charmingly decorated in an individual style with an emphasis in the lounge and dining areas on custom crafted wood furniture and fittings. With shower and toilet en-suite, all rooms offer a breezy perspective of the bay. For maximum comfort, airy mosquito nets are hung and windows are fitted with shutters against the occasional rain shower.  Luxury rooms offer air conditioning and internet access as well as their own private balconies which afford guests uninterrupted views of the ocean.  Sip sundowners on the terrace or refresh yourself in the swimming pool overlooking the bay.
Pescador Hotel, Vilanculos, Inhambane (Prov), Bazaruto Region
Overlooking the bay and the Islands of The Bazaruto Archipelago the newly opened Pescador Hotel offers exclusive accommodation and fine dining in the vibrant coastal town of Vilankulo. Catering perfectly to the business traveller and holiday makers alike this upmarket retreat is set in secure, private gardens on the seafront providing easy access to local amenities including banks and shops. Situated only a couple of kilometres from both the International Airport and the harbour make transfers to the Islands simple, be it for a day trip or an extended stay. The dining and relaxation area is extensive - rich colours blend with dark wood and Persian carpets to give a subtle Eastern flavour.
Caju Afrique, Inharime, Cabo Mangorro, Inhambane
Along the water's edge of the magnificent Rio Inharime river lies an unmissable holiday getaway, Caju'Afrique. A tranquil getaway, a place of relaxation, fun, and most of all beauty with private white beaches and a medetterannean like crystal blue salt water lake.  The water is ideal for Swimming. Paddling & canoeing, fly-fishing and boat fishing.  Each lodge has its own private jetty, canoes/kayaks and lifejackets.  If you wish to take in a quiet atmosphere and simply relax or if you'd like to explore the beautiful surroundings, then Caju'Afrique is the choice for your next Mozambique trip.   Lodges have ample mosquito netting and overhead fans.  This large saltwater system comprising Lake Polela +- 30kms across with a 70km tail - Rio Inharime. At your disposal is white sea sand base, beaches and tropical flora.
Montanha Lodge, Lodge, Inhambane
Montanha Lodge is positioned atop the tall dunes which line the turquoise patterned waters of the warm Indian Ocean in the trendy Mozambique resort destination of Barra which is situated in Inhambane, Mozambique.  The district boasts one of the largest plantations of palm trees worldwide and this vegetation combined with the endless pristine beaches, soft sea breezes and sparkling clear ocean give this stretch of the peninsula a rare taste of that balmy island fever.  Originally named Terra de Boa Gente or ‘Land of the Gentle People’ by Vasco da Gama in the late 1400’s, the sheltered, scenic bay of Inhambane is one of the oldest settlements on the East Coast and was, in its heyday, a significant port.


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