Ever wondered why so many people are escaping to Mozambique for what most are calling “A real holiday”? Let us explain to you why this spectacular slice of heaven has become so popular.
A Hop, skip and jump away from the Kruger National Park – with an idyllic coastline scattered with towering palm trees, mango and avocado laden trees and boarded by the warm currents of the Indian Ocean, Mozambique starts becoming this slice of heaven and your options are plentiful. From mainstream hotels in Maputo and Inhambane to self-catering beach villas your stay will literally be postcard perfect.
The native tongue is Portuguese with smatterings of English spoken in most of the tourist areas; this language barrier does not take away from the friendliness of the locals. With their open air farmers markets bearing tropical fruit, vegetables and seafood all fresh and from local growers and fishers the hustle and bustle of bartering is as enjoyable to watch as is to partake and eat. The official currency is the New Metical (MZN) and easily obtained at all the airports, boarders and mainstream hotels.
Mozambique is famous for its cultural tastes of spices and some seriously hot chili, coconuts, fresh white sweet breads, locally grown cashew nuts and the most succulent seafood. Fish dishes, fresh clams, crab salads, barracuda steaks, succulent octopus, huge prawns and lobster tails how better to tantalize the taste buds. Not forgetting the array of locally made beers and their world famous rum called Tipo Tinto – to be enjoyed with raspberry better known as R&R.
Go snorkeling for hours off the beach amongst the rock pools or experience another world by scuba diving on the surrounding reefs frequented by Giant Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and Giant Sea Turtles. No experience is needed as you can find a PADI resort around pretty much every corner.
Now before you get too excited or too relaxed thinking about your next trip here, there are a few things to note about this tropical to subtropical climate where the sun shines most of the year. Malaria is hugely prevalent in Mozambique but thankfully easily avoided with medication. The ever irritating change of plugs – two round and flat-pin points will be available. A passport valid for more than 6months, international driver’s license and all the correct car owner documentation if you plan to self-drive and you are set. Bear in mind that this tropical island style destination is best explored with a 4×4.
Soak up the sun and get some beach sand in between your toes – Mozambique is the real deal!