There’s no denying Mozambique has a chequered past – 15 years of civil war followed by low level infighting between the country’s opposing parties. But, with last year’s peace agreement signed between the then Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza and Remano Leader Afonso Dhlakama, uneventful elections and the more recent removal of the UK FCO advisory to Sofala Province, the signs are positive for travellers.
Neighbouring South Africa may take the lion’s share of travellers, however, that’s what makes Mozambique an even more compelling destination. With many of us keen to avoid the tourist traps, the lack of infrastructure, unspoilt beaches and excellent dive opportunities are sure to make it a rising star on the Africa circuit.
Still one of the continent’s best kept secrets, the country’s southern coastline is a major draw card for those who want to flipper up. From Vilankulos to Xai-Xai the shimmering turquoise waters are literally teeming with marine life; giant manta rays, turtles, reef sharks, dolphins and the rare dugong on the list.
Acacia Africa reinstated their camping overland safaris in June based on the FCO advice. The 14 day Mozambique & Zimbabwe Explorer itinerary goes north and southbound and includes optional underwater safaris at Xai-Xai, Tofo and the Bazaruto Archipelago; the diving in this unspoilt paradise said to rival that of the Red Sea.
Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa comments “Mozambique is relatively undeveloped so this is the best time to see the country on a shoestring, absorb the culture and experience its unspoilt beaches and islands.”
Getting Stamped bloggers Hannah and Adam Lucaszewicz are currently exploring Mozambique, the husband and wife team on their third overland expedition across sub-Saharan Africa.