Few other destinations will satisfy your wanderlust better than Mozambique. Now that you’ve arranged your cross border rental with Drive Africa you can focus on planning the details of your epic adventure.
Set in the decadently warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the Bazaruto Archipelago is a collection of six emerald islands that have escaped the grasp of modern influences. Virtually untouched, these islands offer a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere that exudes an exotic allure that is distinctly African. The Bazaruto Archipelago is a proclaimed marine national park and its snorkelling and dive sites are world-renowned.
Originally home to fishing settlements and influenced by Arab slave traders, the Quirimbas Archipelago is known today for its incredible diving and game fishing sites with phenomenal drop-offs, some up to 400m. Found in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean off the north eastern coast of Mozambique, the Quirimbas Archipelago consists of 27 islands. Eleven of the most southerly islands have been incorporated into the Quirimbas National Park, which spans an area of 7,500 km². Breath taking dive sites, dense mangrove forests and pristine beaches make this a remarkable destination rich in natural splendour.
Gorongosa Nature Reserve
Known as Africa’s lost Eden, the Gorongosa National Park is situated at the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley in the very heart of Mozambique. Due to its varied terrain and mosaic of different soil types, the park hosts a variety of distinct ecosystems and wildlife. The dramatic contrasting scenery ranges from dense rain forest to open plains of savannah, dotted with acacia trees. Often referred to as Africa’s wunderkind of conservation, the reserve has seen a remarkable restoration over the past 20 years. Where once only a handful of zebra and antelope roamed the park and elephant populations dwindled down to less than a hundred individuals, the park now focuses its efforts on rehabilitating the wildlife population. Gorongosa Nature Reserve has adopted a strong ethos of conservation and employs 120 rangers who patrol Gorongosa’s vast wilderness who have re-established a thriving pride of lions and growing elephant population that now numbers in the 300’s.
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Niassa Game Reserve
Located in northern Mozambique, the Niassa Game Reserve spans an area of 42,000 km² and boasts the highest concentration of wildlife in Mozambique. With over 9,000 sable antelopes, 12,000 elephants, 8,000 buffalo and approximately 200 endangered African wild dogs, as well as an abundance of predators such as lion and leopard and a rich diversity in birdlife, Niassa Game Reserve affords you a safari experience of a lifetime.
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Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated on the São Sebastião peninsula, just south of the tiny town of Vilanculos, the 30 000 hectare wildlife sanctuary forms the southernmost portion of the Bazaruto Archipelago. The sanctuary covers a diverse range of ecosystems including pristine wildlife and marine territories. Well known as one of Africa’s biodiverse “hotspots”, you will be able to encounter an astonishing array of fauna and flora. View fresh water inhabitants such as the elusive dugong and fresh water dolphin, deep sea game fish such as marlin and barracuda, as well as a plethora of birdlife such as the mangrove kingfisher and spectacular flocks of wading flamingos.
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The bustling port city of Maputo is best known for its colourful markets, lively nightlife and vibrant street vendors. Maputo is a great place to explore and enjoy the country’s wealth of fresh produce and seafood. Amble down the jacaranda and palm-lined streets stopping off to enjoy an ice cold beer at one of the many charming street cafés and bars in the Fere de Populare district. A day trip to Maputo is not complete without relishing in the country’s signature dish of mouth-watering peri-peri prawns made from a spicy concoction of incredibly hot bird’s eye chillies.
Known by locals as Terra de Boa Gente (Land of Good People), the city of Inhambane is located in southern Mozambique. The seaside town boasts an eclectic mixture of rustic colonial architecture which borders expansive palm-lined beaches. Tourists are drawn to the holiday villages of Tofo and Barra as they boast wonderfully wide, white sandy beaches and clear waters that attract large numbers of manta ray and whale sharks.
The port city of Pemba is renowned for its colonial Portuguese architecture as well as being a prime destination for water sports and diving enthusiasts due to the exceptional coral reefs located close to shore. Pemba’s city centre is home to an authentic Souk (local market) which has an incredible amount of arts and craft as well as traditional silverware on display. Located in the northern region of Mozambique, Pemba is the ideal gateway to gain entry to the idyllic archipelago of Quirimbas.