heavenly nature of Africa
Around 1700 Arabs colonized the coasts and islands of the country; in 1498 Vasco de Gama landed in Mozambique; Portuguese colonization began in 1992 and finally ending the long years of civil war. Today, a country still untouched by tourism, which as a radiant phoenix rises from the ashes left by centuries of colonization, slave routes and internal wars.
Traveling in Mozambique we are greeted by a people always friendly and smiling, heir of the original African culture of the peoples Bantu and Swahili which is harmoniously intertwined with the culture of the ancient Arab sultanates; people that today, after centuries of suffering, is starting his hopeful and optimistic path to reconstruction with incredible strength and pride.
A safari in the boundless Niassa Reserve takes us back thousands of years, when the continent was inhabited only by animals, these then as now live in harmony between forests and miombo vast savannas where spectacular imposing granite heights dominate the surrounding bushland. Who will have the privilege of traveling to Mozambique, will live the wonderful feeling that tried the first explorers to the sight of this heavenly nature of Africa.
Our journey continues further from the truth when we land on the islands of the two archipelagos of Quirimbas and Bazaruto, here there are no roads and there is tourism, but the deep dark eyes and expressive women with their faces covered with Musiro (typical white mask ).
As an unforgettable dream will live unique moments in our footsteps will be imprinted on the beaches, we will be prepared for dinner on the shore of the ocean while graceful herons pink fly up, only to sail on light down to relax at sunset or dive the crystal clear sea to explore the remains of ancient galleons and have the opportunity to see large manta rays, turtles and cute agile dugongs whose recall was in ancient times mistaken for the siren.
It is said that the Phoenicians were the first to explore the islands of Bazaruto in search of pearls, we will spend moments of indescribable serenity lulled by the breeze from the sea and listening to the old stories of ferocious pirates, kidnappings of delicate Indian princesses, old fortresses, like those of Ibo Island, the slave trade, but also the projects and desires of a people proud of its land he is incamminando head-on towards the difficulties of development and to a better future.
With kilometers of white sandy beaches gently lapped by the warm waters of the Mozambique Channel, the country is divided in two by the mighty Zambezi River. North of the river, the highlands alternate with rolling hills, the magnificent view of Mount Murresse allows for lush tea plantations near Gurue. The west is dominated by the most mountainous areas including Niassa, Tete and Namuli Highlands, richly covered with forests of miombo. To the south of the Zambezi Mashonaland Plateau ends in Lebomo Mountains.
In the north of Mozambique, on the border with Tanzania, are the approximately 42,000 km2 of the Niassa Reserve founded in 1954. Because of the abundance of water and the diversity of its territory, which runs from miombo forests to savannas, swamps to forests Mountain, home to the largest concentration of animals in the country. Herds of elephant and buffalo, large predators, various antelope species and four endemic species: Johnston's impala, Boehm's zebra, wildebeest and Niassa Taita falcon.
The other park to visit is the Gorongosa National Park in the center of the country: here many species of animals were reintroduced from South Africa, as in danger of extinction due to poaching and civil war experienced by the country until the early 90s .
Born in the south of the country thanks to a joint project with South Africa, the Limpopo National Park is the Mozambican branch of the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. It is not simply the natural reintegration of the animals and the facilities are still few, but there is every reason why this park will become a popular destination for safaris.
To immerse yourself in the true pace of Mozambique are to visit the relaxing town of Inhambane in the south, founded by Vasco de Gama in 1534, around the peninsula of the same name where many live turtles and manta rays, and Vilanculos, on the northern coast, where about 30,000 hectares of its Wildlife Sanctuary live undisturbed pelicans, flamingos and sea turtles.
For lovers of a refined and elegant relaxation or / and water sports enthusiasts there is the possibility of spending time in the islands of Bazaruto and Quirimbas. The first consists of five idyllic islands, an unspoiled paradise, a succession of wonderful pink coral beaches, tall palm trees and marine life paradise. Benguerra owes its name to a local tribal chief and is famous for its walnut trees, while Bazaruto hosts many flamingos, large crocodiles and in the east the great sand dunes change color according to the different daylight. The Quirimbas Archipelago is instead a national park that stretches on over 100 km of crystal clear water and consists of 32 tropical islands gently embraced by beautiful coral reefs inhabited by many colorful fish as well as manta rays, dolphins, sharks and sea turtles. Today, the walls of the fortresses of Ibo Island still tell the old stories of ivory, gold and pirates, while the lonely white beaches lapped by calm turquoise ocean give a perfect combination of relaxation and culture.
Wonderful and unmissable also the Ilha de Mocambique, in the north, between the Mozambique Channel and Mossuril Bay where you can visit the chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte (1522) considered the oldest European building in the Southern Hemisphere and the ancient fortifications, ruins Portuguese colonization of the past; and Pemba, pleasant town on the north coast where, after making purchases in the delightful "Souk" in the city centre, you can discover the pristine coral reef with its colorful fish.
Why go in Mozambique
- Because the island which gives its name to the country has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- For the National Marine Park of Bazaruto where there are beaches, palm trees and a wonderful coral reef
- To discover the Mozambican beaches, among the most beautiful and unknown in all of Africa
- To navigate the Zambezi River, one of the most impressive of the entire continent
- To discover the magic of Mozambique, a country whose atmosphere is an unusual mix of cultures African, Portuguese and Caribbean