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Provinces of Mozambique MAPUTO CITY

ZAMBEZIA PROVINCE

a tropical savannah climate, elements of portuguese colonial architecture mixed with soaring skyscrapers, wide leafy avenues and magnificent views of the indian ocean – no wonder maputo, the capital of mozambique, is generally considered one of the most beautiful cities in africa.

zambezia is an incredibly diverse province with endless white sandy beaches, extensive mountains in the north and vast coconut and tea plantations.

Attractions: inhaca island, Jardim tunduru (botanical garden), cathedral of our lady of conception, praca dos trabalhadores, the iron House,natural History museum, the railway station and the fort.

MAPUTO PROVINCE visitors to the capital do not have to venture far to experience the diversity and beautiful landscape of mozambique. maputo province has a beautiful coastline stretching from the border with south africa to Gaza province. the contrast between urban and rural ways of life provides maputo with a rare charm. Attractions: maputo elephant reserve, traditional open-air markets, dolphin trips, ponta do ouro beach.

GAZA PROVINCE Gaza province is extensively used for cereal farming and rice cultivation. it also is a first-rate safari destination, embracing both Banhine national park and the Great limpopo transfrontier park within its borders. the provincial capital, xai-xai, located on the beautiful shoreline, is bustling with markets, shops, restaurants and bars. a coral reef running parallel to the shore offers good opportunities for snorkelling. Attractions: praia do xai-xai, the Great limpopo transfrontier park, Banhine national park plus Bilene and chidenguele beaches.

Attractions: tea plantations, a mosque and the old cathedral (both at quelimane), praia de zalala, Gilé Game reserve.

MANICA PROVINCE this land-locked province is an important producer of a wide range of fruits and vegetables. lake chicamba is an ideal spot for ardent fishermen and keen birdwatchers. Attractions: chicamba real (hydroelectric dam), lake chicamba, crocodile farm.

NAMPULA PROVINCE nampula province presents contrasting scenery and an expansive shoreline. the capital, nampula, is an inland town surrounded by flat plains. Attractions: mozambique island (unesco World Heritage site), praia de fernão veloso, st paul’s palace, the museum of sacred art, fortress of st sebastian, miombo forest, chocas beach.

NIASSA PROVINCE Bordered by tanzania in the north and malawi in the west, niassa province is the largest and most sparsely populated region in mozambique. the surrounding countryside is characterised by extensive pine forests. Attractions: niassa reserve, lake niassa

INHAMBANE PROVINCE inhambane province is characterised by its extensive coconut palms and cashew trees. this province has one of the most famous tourist destinations of the country, the Bazaruto archipelago, as well as many famous and breathtaking beaches. Attractions: Bazaruto archipelago, zinave national park, Bazaruto national park, dhow safaris plus tofo and vilankulos beaches.

CABO DELGADO the most northerly province of mozambique, cabo Delgado is home to the makonde population. the makonde are artists, known particularly for their wood and ivory carvings. the city of pemba has preserved its natural beauty and is untouched by pollution or mass tourism. Attractions: quirimbas archipelago, praia do Wimbe, ibo island

SOFALA PROVINCE sofala is one of the richest mozambican provinces, producing primarily shrimps and sugar for export. the provincial capital is Beira, a sprawling and fascinating coastal city. for game viewing, there is the famous Gorongosa national park and the marromeu Buffalo reserve. Attractions: largo do município, casa portugal, macuti lighthouse, Gorongosa national park, marromeu Buffalo reserve.

TETE PROVINCE one of the hottest areas of the country, tete province is elevated on a plateau 500 metres above sea level. rich in minerals, this area’s main products are coal and iron, rather than tourism. However the old Boroma church mission is fascinating for visitors. Attractions: the tete suspension Bridge, Boroma church and cabora Bassa Dam.

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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,...