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Off the Mainland of Mozambique is the Bazaruto Archipelago which includes the islands of Bazaruto, Benguerra and Margaruque. Further north is the Quirimbas Archipelago very near the southern Tanzania coast. The island lodges have a barefoot-type atmosphere with lovely beaches and a host of activities. The islands are home to 140 bird species including flamingos and pelicans. There is a wide variety of sea life including humpback whales, turtles, manta rays, dolphins and dugongs. It is a diver's and fisherman's paradise!
Off the Mainland of Mozambique is the Bazaruto Archipelago that includes the islands of Bazaruto, Benguerra and Margaruque. Further north is the Quirimbas Archipelago very near the southern Tanzania coast.
Mozambique is comprised of coastal lowlands which are wide in the south and narrow as one travels northwards, where the plains rise to plateaus and mountains along the borders of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. The Zambezi River’s floodplains are the dominant feature in the center of the country, with the river flowing from the Cahora Bassa Dam to the 62-mile wide (100km) Zambezi Delta and emptying into the Indian Ocean. The far north is characterized by striking inselbergs (tall granite outcrops). The other main rivers transecting the country are the Rio Limpopo in the south, the Rio Save in the center and the Rio Rovuma which serves as a border with Tanzania in the north.
Gorongosa National Park covers approximately 1,455 square miles (3,770km²) of the floor of the Great East African Rift Valley and is considered to be the country’s most biologically diverse reserve. Habitats include lowland miombo woodland, mopane woodland, rainforests, extensive grasslands and swamps.
Niassa, a 16,200 square mile (42,000 km2) park is set on the southern border of Tanzania, and is about twice the size of Kruger National Park (South Africa). The scenery is incredible, with giant inselbergs, baobab trees, palms and miombo (brachystegia) woodland on the continent.
The Mozambique Archipelago is the best-kept secret for the water sport enthusiast. Scuba and snorkeling in the warm tropical waters surrounding the archipelago support a stunning variety of fish, coral, marine mammals and plants. Water temperatures range from 82 degrees Fahrenheit in summer (86 degrees between December and February) to 72 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months.
Some two thousand fish species, representing over 80% of the families of the Indo-Pacific region, occur here. Among the archipelago's most interesting creatures is the whale shark - the largest fish in the world. It owes its name to its enormous size and attains lengths up to 50 ft. They are often sited by divers and deep-sea anglers along the Mozambican coast especially from December to February.
The luxury island lodges have a barefoot-type atmosphere with lovely beaches and a host of activities. The islands are home to 140 bird species including flamingos and pelicans. There is a wide variety of sea life including humpback whales, turtles, manta rays, dolphins and dugongs. It is a diver's and fisherman's paradise!
Situated in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, Pemba is a quaint, coastal town at the mouth of a huge bay boasting an exquisite stretch of coastline.
Pemba, formerly known as Porto Amelia, is the vibrant capital of Cabo Delgado Province. The city lies on the south shore of Pemba Bay, the third largest bay in the world. The modern port, the international airport, world-class hotels and restaurants, and a network of newly-repaired roads combine with the historic charm and colonial architecture of the old city to give a fascinating and vibrant destination situated on this stretch of Mozambican coast.
In central Pemba there is an authentic local market or Souk, where arts and crafts, as well as traditional silverware can be bought - a bargain hunter's delight.
Pemba is also renowned as being a prime destination for water sport and diving enthusiasts as the coral reef lies close to the shore. The abundant fishing waters at St Lazarus Banks are also within easy reach. There are many pristine, white beaches along the coast, including the famous Wimbe beach to the north.
For the avid angler, the Bazaruto Archipelago is ranked as the best marlin-angling destination in the eastern Indian Ocean.
Mozambique offers travelers beautiful white sandy beaches and world class adventure activities such as diving, snorkeling and fishing. A visit to this country can be the perfect beginning or ending to a safari in east or southern Africa. Mozambique is still relatively “undiscovered” and certainly not a crowded destination.
Mozambique is bordered on the southeast by South Africa and Swaziland, on the west by Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, and on the north by Tanzania. The country encompasses nearly 309,000 square miles (800,000 km2) and is three times the size of the United Kingdom.
Most of the country is comprised of coastal lowlands which are wide in the south and narrow as one travels northward, where the plains rise to plateaus and mountains along the borders of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.
Mozambique’s greatest wildlife attractions lie below sea level. The coast and the islands support an amazing variety of fish, coral, marine mammals and plants. Around two thousand species of fish representing over 80% of the families of the Indo-Pacific region occur here.
Among the most interesting is the whale shark, the largest fish in the world growing up to 50 feet in length. Whale sharks are often sited by divers and boaters especially from December to February.
Other sea life includes the dugong (similar to the manatee), several species of dolphin (bottlenose, striped, spinner and humpback), humpback whales, turtles (leatherback, loggerhead, hawksbill and green) and manta rays. Mozambique is certainly one of the best-kept secrets for divers
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