Do you want a refreshing experience? It’s time to enjoy one of our Mozambique vacations!
An incredible unspoilt island paradise off the coast of East Africa, Mozambique boasts a beautiful coastline bordering the Indian Ocean. Whilst its islands have started to receive small numbers of visitors, its interior remain an adventure!
With three national parks offering various wilderness experiences, it’s no wonder Mozambique safaris are so popular! Our favorite hidden jewel is Gorongosa National Park, which has recovered amazingly well after years of civil war and boasts raw wildlife.
Mozambique’s pristine islands of the Quirimbas and Bazaruto archipelagos offer endless white beaches and small boutique lodges. Unspoiled coral reefs are havens for snorkeling and diving in crystal clear waters.
The World Heritage site of Ilha de Mozambique offers rich cultural experiences with its slave trade history and charming colonial architecture.
If you want to explore a country before others discover it, Mozambique vacations are just what you need.
Ancestors of the Khoisan people, the San group of hunter and gatherers, were the first people that inhabited Mozambique.
Around 4th century AD, Bantu people migrated through the valley of Zambezi River into the country.
Arab traders settled along the coast in the earlier centuries, before Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama arrived and colonized the country in 1498.
The native Mozambican people started a war for independence with its colonial rulers that lasted for 11 years.
In 1975, independence was achieved and a socialist government was established.
Unfortunately, a military uprising led to a 17 year civil war, which caused over a million Mozambicans to flee their lands, whilst hundreds of thousands were killed.
The country spiralled into an economic depression.
The war had interrupted the country’s agriculture so throughout the 1980s many people went hungry. This was worsened by El Niño, which caused a famine in 1992.
Support came from overseas and the country recovered and has begun to develop, despite recent severe floods and a drought earlier in this decade.
A Mozambique tour plays an important role in boosting the country’s economy.
Portuguese is the official language of Mozambique and is spoken mainly in the urban centers.
About 40 different languages are spoken throughout the country, including dialects of the various groups of Bantu ethnic people, such as Makua, Shona/Ndau, Sena, Tonga, Yao and Nyungwe.
There are both patrilineal and matrilineal groups in Mozambique, so tracing family history can be through the mother or the father depending on the region.
Half the nation still hold traditional animist beliefs, often in addition to conventional religion. One-third of Mozambicans are Christian, and a quarter are Muslims.
During our Mozambique vacations, you will find that music and dance are an important part of the culture and are integrated into many local customs.
Mozambican music is akin to reggae and West Indian calypso, but you can also enjoy other styles like samba, marrabenta and bossa nova.
Art has been used as a symbol of resistance against colonial rule in Mozambique.
Wood sculpting is a very popular craft of the Makonde people, usually depicting evil spirits and totem-type family history.
Futebol (football) is Mozambique’s favorite sport.
The cuisine of Mozambique is usually flavorful and spicy.
There are delicious tropical fruits to be enjoyed during one of our Mozambique vacations – and some of the best fish and shellfish in the world.
Mozambican dishes are prepared in their own unique flavors and ways, including open grills.
Madeira, the Portuguese table wine and Agua Ardente, red port wine, are frequently used in sauces.
Agriculture is part of the culture and most families grown their own corn.
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