Mozambique is a unique African destination offering beautiful beaches, wild game reserves, diving escapes, swimming with dolphins, city breaks and more. Many people head straight to the beaches, forgetting that the country is brimming with kind local people, fresh markets, rich historical architecture rich historical architecture and a past that included slavery, spice trading and the export of homegrown nuts and cotton.
. Mozambique is mainly a savanna plateau drained by the mighty Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers and the warm tropical climate is conducive to plenty of rain and flooding which has displaced thousands of people in the past who live in simple villages along the coast and in the river valleys
. Mozambique became independent in 1975 and the country was devastated by war, also enduring almost 500 years of Portuguese rule. Thereafter there was plenty of fighting against white rule in Rhodesia and South Africa, and between the government and right-wing guerrillas.
. aluminium, cashew nuts, cotton and sugar.
. The country stretches some 309 496 square miles with more than 22 million people living there.
. Portuguese, spoken by 50.3% of the population. More than half the population is Christian, nearly 20% is Islam, 10% is animism and some 20% of the population do not have religious beliefs.
. Mozambique borders:
Ressano Garcia to South Africa – 120 kms from Maputo
Namaacha to Swaziland – 80 kms from Maputo
Machipanga to Zimbabwe – Beira via Mutare
Nyamponda to Zimbabwe – Tete to Harare
Chanida to Zambia
Source: Mozambique Travel