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Discovery

A JOU RN E Y O F

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rom the hustle and bustle of an urban mecca just hours away lies an undiscovered jewel named Mozambique. Diverse in its heritage, raw in its beauty and undeveloped in many ways is Mozambique. Inhabited by gentle, friendly people whose warmth is exceeded only by the smouldering sun that provides beautiful, nearperfect weather all year round.

AWA I TS

The Jewel of Africa enjoys a splendid coastline – covering 2,580 km and unsurpassed in the world – for all who dare to make the voyage of discovery in search of adventure and freedom amidst a fusion of raw natural beauty and abundant wildlife. For the most part, the coast and the islands remain a pristine wilderness, untouched by anyone except a few fishermen, especially in the far north. Visitors can walk for hours without seeing another person, let alone another tourist.

grow th For much of the first decade of this century, Mozambique was one of the world’s fastest growing tourism destinations, coming apparently from nowhere to post impressive growth rates as a series

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of new hideaway properties sprang up on previously deserted islands. Mozambique began its renaissance as a tourism destination by providing a shortstay, optional add-on for visitors completing safaris in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. Today, the country is very much a destination in its own right, thanks to places such as Gorongosa National Park, which competes directly with its neighbours in terms of landscape and wildlife viewing. Mozambique is a reassuringly safe and secure destination – and also one whose tourism infrastructure is being progressively improved. For example, Maputo’s new International Airport Terminal opened in November 2010 and the former air force base at Nacala is being converted into a commercial passenger airport, due to open in 2012, that will lead to fresh possibilities in the still-to-be-discovered north of the country. Because of low passenger volumes, the cost of internal flights remains on the high side. This is a vast country, north to south, with immense distances to be covered if travelling by car and a road network that, whilst

Destination Mozambique 2011-12  

Destination Mozambique 2011-12, a publication produced on behalf of Inatur (Mozambique Tourism Authority) by Land & Marine publications Ltd,...

Destination Mozambique 2011-12  

Destination Mozambique 2011-12, a publication produced on behalf of Inatur (Mozambique Tourism Authority) by Land & Marine publications Ltd,...