Mozambique

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Explore Maputo’s museums and markets, immerse yourself in Mozambique Island’s centuries of history, and take advantage of the country’s stunning coastline. But don’t try to pack too much in, and allow plenty of time for getting around.

Things to do in Mozambique

Bazaruto Archipelago

Snorkel with tropical fish in the impossibly turquoise waters of this national marine park, which is also home to East Africa’s largest dugong population. It’s just offshore, about 400 miles north of Maputo, and an easy flight from the capital or from nearby South Africa.

Southern Mozambique, www.vilankulo.com/html/bazaruto.htm
Tags: family | things to do | wildlife | diving | national park

Gorongosa National Park

Once one of southern Africa’s safari jewels, Gorongosa took a pounding during Mozambique’s three decades of conflict that ended in 1992. Thanks to heavy investment from the U.S.-based Carr Foundation, it’s again moving into the limelight.

Central Mozambique, www.gorongosa.net
Tags: family | things to do | wildlife | national park

Lake Niassa

Crystal-clear waters, pristine coves, and Nkwichi, an award-winning eco-lodge, make the effort it takes to get here well worth it. Visit a wildlife reserve, paddle a kayak, and get an insider’s look at the bush.

Lake Niassa, www.mandawilderness.org
Tags: family | expensive | smart splurge | things to do | wildlife

Maputo

Visit the art museums, craft markets, and sidewalk cafes by day before chartering a vintage habana car (book through Dana Tours) for an evening of pub- and club-hopping.

Dana Tours, Av. Mao Tse Tung, 729, 011-258-21-497-483, www.danatours.net
Tags: things to do | culture | history | museum

Mozambique Island

Stroll 500 years into the past in the Portuguese-built Stone Town, along cobbled streets edged by now-silent praças (plazas) and once-grand churches on this evocative island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fascinating melting pot of Portuguese, African, Indian (mainly Goan), and even Chinese influences.

Northern Mozambique, whc.unesco.org/en/list/599
Tags: things to do | culture | architecture | history

Niassa Reserve

Packed with elephants (12,000 at last count), buffaloes, zebras, and more, this once inaccessible reserve on the Mozambique-Tanzanian border is an off-beat safari destination for the adventurous (and affluent).

Northern Mozambique, www.niassa.com
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | things to do | wildlife | national park

Quirimbas Archipelago

Enjoy a superlative collection of remote island lodges, dive and snorkel amid shoals of colorful fish and brilliant coral formations, and visit haunting Ibo Island, with its silversmiths and crumbling mansions.

Dana Tours, Northern Mozambique, www.danatours.net
Tags: luxury | trendy | things to do | history | diving

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