Welcome to Mozambique

National Parks

From north to south, geography, flora and fauna of Mozambique presents itself as a huge mosaic of strong contrasts. You can find plateaus, mountains, lakes, large river valleys, forests and savannah. In other words: Africa in a nutshell. Simply amazing!

For a direct contact with nature, a safari in Mozambique is the ideal. It is a truly unique experience, because only few tourists have discovered the beauty of these parks and nature reserves. Here you can see elephants, rhinos, buffalos, hippos, crocodiles, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and migratory birds. Most parks are divided into three areas: a protected area to preserve endangered species, an area for hunting and an area dedicated to sustainable tourism.

GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK

To allow the visitor to once again appreciate these magnificent natural surroundings, which were seriously affected by the war, a number of parks are being recuperated such as, Gorongosa National Park which was one of the best in Africa, is a treasure of Mozambique which provides environmental, educational, esthetic, recreational and economic benefits to the Central region of the Country and all humanity. Situated in the Sofala Province in an area of 3.770Km2, at the southern end of East Africa Great Rift Valley, the park's sweeping landscapes and unique wildlife makes this a perfect destination whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation.

See what happens when nature is given a chance to rebound. In just a few years, Gorongosa is well on its way to becoming, once again, “the place where Noah left his Ark". Today, scientists consider Gorongosa to be one of the most special and unique national parks on Earth, a hotspot of 'biodiversity', a place that must be saved for future generations to enjoy. Every guest that visits Gorongosa plays a vital role in this amazing wildlife conservation effort. Come and join us in a magical place in a magical land!

Situated at the very end of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Gorongosa National Park covers an area of 1 545 mi² with an incredible variety of landscapes to experience. Lake Urema and its network of glistening rivers, the lake's vast flood plains teeming with waterbuck, endless savannahs, magical woodlands, and a towering mountain covered in lush rainforest and pristine waterfalls.

THE NIASSA NATIONAL RESERVE

The Niassa National Reserve in northern Mozambique is an attraction not to be missed. Situated on the border with Tanzania, this reserve has an area of 16 216 mi² (nearly twice the size of the Kruger National Park).

The landscape is spectacular, with vast savannahs and large forest areas with isolated huge granitic hills, the so-called 'inselbergs'. The hills look so strange, that you feel part of the set of Jurassic Park. The Niassa reserve has the largest concentration of large mammals: 20,000 elephants, 14,000 antelopes and 800 lions. It has an estimated population of 450 African wild dogs and more than 400 species of birds.

The Niassa National Reserve is ideal for people with adventurous spirit. You can do a normal safari, but also go canoeing, fishing and even climbing the Inselbergs.

LIMPOPO NATIONAL PARK

The Limpopo National Park is located in southern Mozambique, in the province of Gaza. Together with the Kruger National Park, South Africa, and the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, it forms the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This park is the largest transboundary nature conservation park in Africa.

The Limpopo National Park has several types of vegetation and vast areas of unspoiled nature. In large parts of the park, humans didn’t interfere for decades. Here you can observe, among other animals, elephants, hippos, lions and zebras. In the Elephant River, you can try your luck and catch the famous tiger fish. This park has a good infrastructure for sustainable tourism.

Bazaruto Archipelago

BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO

The Bazaruto Archipelago is a group of islands some 20 km off the coast of Vilanculos in Mozambique.

Consisting of five idyllic islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue, the Archipelago is truly one of the most beautiful destinations on the African continent. The area is now protected as a conservation area and national park, including the coral reefs surrounding the islands, making it the only official marine reserve in the country. The Bazaruto National Park, with an area of 552 mi², is one of the largest in the Indian Ocean and a crucial achievement in global marine conservation. A nearly untouched paradise on earth, the archipelago has earned its reputation as the 'Pearl of the Indian Ocean'.

Benguerra Island

Benguerra Island is the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, less than a kilometer south of Bazaruto Island. The tide fluctuates up to 10 meters here, exposing sandbars up to a kilometer in length. Benguerra Island has a rich cultural life with dhows regularly sailing past the northern point of the island dragging nets, or going to nearby reefs. Two Mile Reef, which lies two miles east of Benguerra, offers the best reef diving in Mozambique with beautiful staghorn corals and tropical fishes from tiny clownfish to moray eels and black-tipped reef sharks.

 

Mozambique with its enchanting people, full of welcoming kindness and consideration, is bathed by the Indian Ocean. It is a land full of life and hidden beauty, with untouched nature stretching from the endless pristine beaches of Tungué Bay in the far north to the diving enthusiasts' paradise at Ponta de Ouro in the south. And in between there are the paradise islands of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique Island, with its centuries of history and culture, truly a World Heritage site, the treasures of the Bazaruto Archipelago Nature Reserve, nature's gift of Inhambane, where migrating whales pass by without fail, and the beach at Xai Xai, where delicious fresh oysters whet the appetite for more. 
Mozambique is also one of the world's new sanctuaries. It is investing in the recovery of its wildlife, with a great variety of nature reserves, and it is likewise devoting resources to tourism, and at the same time working to develop greater awareness of the environment. 
Mozambique is a country with large geographic and geological diversity. In the north, it is characterized by plateaus and mountains, while the south is dominated by coastal plain. Major rivers, the Zambezi and Limpopo, flow through the country in the direction of the Indian Ocean.
Mozambique is a country with tropical beaches, spectacular nature and wildlife, historic towns with an interesting culture, a healthy and tasty cuisine... in a few words, a country that has everything the modern and demanding tourist is looking for. A coastline of over 1 500 miles unspoiled by mass tourism. Snorkeling, horseback riding on the beach, whale watching - it's all possible here. Want to have even more exclusivity? Then visit the idyllic archipelagos of Bazaruto and Quirimbas.
A trip to Mozambique is not complete without a safari in the one of the national parks. The largest parks and nature reserves, from north to south, are the Niassa National Reserve, the Gorongosa National Park and the Limpopo National Park. There you can observe elephants, rhinos, buffalos, hippos, crocodiles, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and migratory birds. 
 
Mozambique at a Glance
Location:  Mozambique is situated on the Southeast Coast of Africa. To the East is the Indian Ocean, Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia are to the North, to the West, Zimbabwe and South Africa and to the South, Swaziland and South Africa.
Country Size:  308 642 mi²
Coastline: 1 563 miles
Regions: 10 provinces, namely: Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala, Manica, Zambezia, Nampula, Tete, Niassa and Cabo Delgado
Capital:  Maputo
Independence Day: 25 June 1975
Head of State: Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario
Population: 25.3 million
National Language: There are 28 different dialects spoken in Namibia.
Official Language: Portuguese, with 60 languages spoken throughout the country
Currency: New Metical (MT) with South African Rand, US $ and Euro widely accepted.
Ethnic groups:  African 99.66% (Makhuwa, Tsonga, Lomwe, Sena, and others), Europeans 0.06%, Euro-Africans 0.2%, Indians 0.08%
Religions: Roman Catholic 28.4%, Muslim 17.9%, Zionist Christian 15.5%, Protestant 12.2%, other 6.7%, none 18.7%, unspecified 0.7%
Economy: At independence in 1975, Mozambique was one of the world's poorest countries. Socialist mismanagement and a brutal civil war from 1977-92 exacerbated the situation. In 1987, the government embarked on a series of macroeconomic reforms designed to stabilize the economy. These steps, combined with donor assistance and with political stability since the multi-party elections in 1994, propelled the country’s GDP from $4 billion in 1993, following the war, to about $30.9 billion in 2014. Fiscal reforms, including the introduction of a value-added tax and reform of the customs service, have improved the government's revenue collection abilities. In spite of these gains, more than half the population remains below the poverty line. Subsistence agriculture continues to employ the vast majority of the country's work force.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Outlets are of the round three-pin type.
 
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