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significantly better than before, has some way to go in terms of matching other parts of southern Africa. But visitors can expect more road improvements in the near future. Improvements, too, are being made elsewhere. It has to be said that Mozambique’s national parks, which make up about 12 per cent of the nation’s total land area, have been through some tough times. Mozambique has six national parks (two of which are marine parks) and six national reserves and the current outlook is one of intense optimism as restocking takes place in some parks and the work of nature assists elsewhere. There is still much to do, but areas such as Gorongosa and Limpopo and the Maputo National Reserve have led the way and, in many ways, have become star attractions.

perspective As a destination, and in contrast with its predominantly English-speaking neighbours, Mozambique offers a different perspective. The nation’s Portuguese heritage and influence is still part of everyday life in terms of language, cuisine and culture. Away from the cities, tour

operators report that Mozambican culture is a major draw for tourists, with home visits featuring home-cooked meals being a particular favourite.

famous Mozambique is also famous for its delicious and inexpensive seafood. Many South Africans will drive to Maputo at the weekend just to enjoy the grilled prawns and freshly caught fish – and, of course, to drink locally brewed 2M and Laurentina beer – at iconic restaurants on Maputo’s main beach road the Avenida Marginal. Away from the cities, most visitors head for the island resorts, among which the most popular are Bazaruto, Quirimbas and Inhaca plus mainland resorts such as Pemba and Vilanculos. Then there is Mozambique Island, a Unesco World Heritage Site and a firm favourite with visitors who like to mentally turn back the clock to an earlier time as they stroll through its cobbled streets and marvel at its eclectic array of mosques and churches. If time stands still here, it most certainly doesn’t elsewhere in the country as

Mozambique enjoys one of the world’s fastest growing economies. This is especially evident in Maputo, where the city is dotted with smart new and recently refurbished hotels. It’s a sign, if one were needed, that Mozambique’s time has come.

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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,...