Okavango Tours

Mozambique

Mozambique, with almost 2,500 kilometres of beach, is one of the world’s beachiest countries. Three principal areas stand out – first there’s Maputo, the capital. Gloriously derelict, abuzz with hope and ambition, with its incoherent longing for a fading European cultural heritage and fashion, its wild taxi rides (you hang off them, so much more fun, and cooler, than being one of the 18 people sitting and standing in them), its throbbing nightlife, sultry girls, fiery food, waving palms and urchins is a must for those with an interest in the culture and history of the country. It can also be avoided by those with a more transient or voyeuristic interest in the endless coastline, where the two regions of Benguerra and the Quirimbas Archipelago command attention. In the ‘middle’ of the country, Benguerra is the principal coastal playground, with a cluster of islands not far offshore hosting superb resorts with the usual offerings of walks, bathing, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing, diving, eating and relaxing.

For the more adventurous the 27 fossil-rock islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago in the far  north offer a much wilder experience in a remote and historic setting. With lush vegetation and mangrove swamps they support a wide variety of life. The  largest, Ibo Island, is an extraordinary place to visit, steeped in 500 years of Portuguese history, and twice as many in Arab before that. Indeed this coast is timeless, a testament to a lifestyle and to man’s desires – to trade, to live in beauty and warmth, to feast on the fruits of the sea. The Quirimbas are more than history and resort – a 7500 sq km national park protects a variety of sea and land animals as well as diverse habitats, including dugongs, turtles, whales, sharks, coastal forests, mangroves, sea-grass beds, rich coral reefs, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and Cape Hunting Dogs. The St Lazarus Bank, 42 miles off the coast and a world-class diving spot, is included in the park. The Quirimbas are one of Africa’s undiscovered gems.

 

 

dow sailing/quilalea/ibo island/turtle conservation


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