Packages - Mozambique Bush and Beach
Offering a unique historical and cultural heritage, tropical beaches, coral reefs, spectacular landscapes, intriguingly rich architecture and small desolated islands close to the coast, Mozambique is one of the most enticing tourist destinations currently on offer in Southern African.
A popular destinations especially amongst the South African Residents, this idyllic setting is sure to be a rejuvanating experience, with the option of self catering traditionally rustic beach bungalows to all inclusive beautiful coastal resorts or water chalets, perfect for both the honeymooners and families.
Situated on the East Coast of Africa and 2 500 km coastline scattered with endless coral reefs, tropical beaches and a mecca for scuba and snorkel divers, sun worshippers, adventurerers and explorers, and not to forget the safari enthusiasts. The pristine coast is one of the few unexplored pleasures of the Indian Ocean and hosts a dazzling display of marine life adventures. While the Bush plays host to all of Africa`s amazing wildlife including the Big 5. Mozambique is the destination for people that want to do everything or nothing at all or all at once!
Mocambique lies largely within the tropics, and much of the coastline climate is subject to the regular seasonal influence of the Indian Ocean monsoon rains. The monsoon influence is strongest in the northeast but less in the south due to the island barriers of Madagascar, the Comoros, and the Seychelles. Daily temperatures throughout the country average in the mid- to upper 70s °F (lower to mid-20s °C), with the highest temperatures occurring between October and February and the lowest in June and July. Uncomfortably warm average daily temperatures in the upper 80s °F (low 30s °C) are normal only in the upper Zambezi valley and along the northeastern coast, while cool temperatures in the 60s °F (10s °C) occur year-round in the mountainous areas on the western borders.
Best time to visit is in the dry season from Apr-Sep as water-borne insects are at their lowest numbers. Daily temperatures average at about 27°C near the coast, and the rainy season runs for the rest of the year, with daily temperatures at around 29°C. Malaria is a real risk in Mocambique and precautions should be taken to avoid the contraction of this killer disease.
MOCAMBIQUE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Mozambique`s splendid tropical beaches and warm waters offer the main attraction to tourists seeking a beach getaway. One of the most striking islands is the Bazaruto Archipelago which is off the coast close to Vilanculos. Although Mocambique endured a 17 year civil war, this area has remained untouched. Other excellent tourist locations include, Gorongosa NP, Maputo Elephant Reserve, Reserva do Niassa, and Quirimbas Archipelago.
Mocambique`s WILDLIFE RESERVES include:
Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park is a 35,000 km² peace park that is in the process of being uplifted. It will link the Limpopo National Park (formerly known as Coutada 16) in Mozambique, Kruger National Park in South Africa, Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary and Malipati Safari Area in Zimbabwe, as well as the area between Kruger and Gonarezhou, the Sengwe communal land in Zimbabwe and the Makuleke region in South Africa.
Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area born out of the peace park’s vision to establish a network of transfrontier conservation areas in Africa. It straddles the border between South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, southern Mozambique and Swaziland. It measures 4 195 km² (, of which 2,783 km² (66%) is in Mozambique, 1,095 km² (26%) is in South Africa and 317 km² (8%) is in Swaziland. It is situated on a low-lying coastal plain between the Lebombo Mountains in the west and the Indian Ocean in the east. The area offers a unique combination of big-game country, extensive wetlands and some of the most beautiful and pristine coastal areas in the world. It links the Maputo Elephant Reserve in Mozambique through the Futi Corridor and the Lubombo Conservancy in Swaziland to the Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa, creating the first major elephant stronghold along Africa`s eastern coastline.
Benguerra Island is the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, which broke away from the mainland thousands of years ago. The island is approximately 55 square kilometers (11km long x 5.5 km wide), and lies 14km offshore. It is famous for its unspoiled white beaches, remarkable dive sites, excellent horse riding and incredible fishing.
Gorongosa National Park is at the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley in the heart of central Mozambique. The 3,770 square kilometer park includes the valley floor and parts of surrounding plateaus. Rivers originating on nearby 1863-meter Mount Gorongosa water the plain. Seasonal flooding and waterlogging of the valley, which is composed of a mosaic of different soil types, creates a variety of distinct ecosystems. Grasslands are dotted with patches of acacia trees, savannah, dry forest on sands and seasonally rain-filled pans and termite hill thickets. The plateaus contain miombo and montane forests and a spectacular rain forest at the base of a series of limestone gorges. This combination of unique features at one time supported some of the densest wildlife populations in all of Africa, including charismatic carnivores, herbivores and over 500 bird species. But large mammal numbers were reduced by as much as 95% and ecosystems stressed during Mozambique`s thirty-year civil conflict at the end of the 20th Century.
The Quirimbas Islands lie in the Indian Ocean off northeastern Mozambique, close to Pemba, the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado. The archipelago consists of about 27 islands, including Ibo, Matemo, Quilaluia, Quirimba, Quisiva and Rolas Island. Originally home to fishing settlements, the islands` population grew around Arab trading posts and thrived under the Portuguese slave trade. Today, many of the islands are uninhabitated. The Quirimbas National Park, spanning an area of 1 500 km², protects most of the islands, which are partly surrounded by mangroves. The park was established in 2002. These islands are known for their high-quality diving sites, including phenomenal drop-offs, some up to 400 meters.
Niassa Reserve is a nature reserve in Cabo Delgado Province and Niassa Province, Mozambique. Covering over 42,000 km², it is the largest protected area in the country. Niassa is part of the proposed Trans-Frontier Conservation Area. Founded in 1954 while Mozambique was still Portuguese East Africa, Niassa did not receive effective protection until the end of the Mozambican Civil War with the signing of the Rome General Peace Accords. Since then, the Mozambican government has set up management systems in order to protect the Reserve. The northern border is formed by the Rovuma River, which also forms the border with Tanzania. The Lugenda River forms the border to the southeast, Luatize River to the southeast, and Lussanhando River to the west.
Mozambique caters for various SPECIAL INTERESTS, to name a few below:
Water Adventures- Mocambique is considered the ultimate paradise for snorkellers and diver’s. The pristine coral reefs that extend along most of the coast, offer unspoilt beauty combined with a variety and abundance of marine life. Awesome adventures include shark diving, tropical reef diving, diving with Great White sharks and other shark species, diving with manta, eagle rays, whales, whale sharks, dolphins and turtles. There are many exotic reef fish abound such as schooling banner fish, moorish idols, butterfly fish, blue striped snappers, barred sweetlips, goldies, trigger fish and hosts of others.
Boat Trips- Amazing views of dolphins and turtles can be seen on boat trips, and if you are lucky you may get a glimpse of the rare dugong (sea cow), an endangered sea mammal that sparked early seafarer’s trales of mermaids.
Dolphin (Marine) Encounters situated in Ponta De Oura, experience a memorable encounter with dolphins in their natural environment. An educating yet exhalirating experience!
Bird Watching - Birding is excellent allowing bird lovers to revel in the splendor of a variety of species including pelicans and flamingoes in and around the coastal lakes. Mozambique`s parks and reserves have some of southern Africa`s best birding views, mainly due to the amazing diverse habitats existing in the land – open grasslands, coastal dunes, freshwater lakes, savannah and acacia woodlands. Boasting over 200 species, the most popular species found here are the elusive Crab Plover, Olive Bee-eater, Green Coucal and Narina Trogon.
Fishing (tag and release). The Indian Ocean with it’s deep Mozambique Channel, is home to the world’s most exciting game fish species such as Kingfish, Queenfish, Barracuda, Mackerel and Yellowfin Tuna. Recreational and specialist fishermen are increasingly attracted to the Mocambiquan islands to try their hand at luring legendary species such as Giant Black Marlin, Sailfish or Wahoo. Even novice anglers are sure to be delighted with a catch!
Dune Boarding - Mocambiques islands have spectacular high sand dunes, which makes for exhilarating dune boarding for the entire family.
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