Beyond the beach and bush – cool things to do in Mozambique

Beyond the beach and bush – cool things to do in Mozambique

Go beyond the beach and bush for which Mozambique is so famous and uncover what lies beyond the tropical beaches of this holiday hotspot.

Here are Dana Tours’ top picks to discover what Mozambique has up its sleeve for holidaymakers:

1. Explore a deserted island

If you’ve ever dreamt of escaping to that deserted island, the great news is that you can find it in Mozambique.

While it may not be completely deserted, Inhaca Island is as close as can be. Home to only a few hundred inhabitants, who by the way work together to preserve the island, Inhaca is home to some of the rarest fauna and flora species in the world.

Here you can look you can grab your snorkel and flip flops to dive in with the sea turtles and explore the coral reefs and other exotic marine species who all live in harmony.

Want to see the famous Portuguese Islands as well? The good news is, that it can be accessed via Inhaca by a short five minute boat trip.

2. Catch up on some history and culture

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in the early 1990s, the Mozambique Island, is the ideal place to visit for a glimpse of Mozambique’s history and culture.

The fortified city of Mozambique is located on this island, a former Portuguese trading-post on the route to India and once the country’s capital. Its remarkable architectural unity is due to the consistent use, since the 16th century, of the same building techniques, building materials (stone or macuti) and decorative principles.

In addition to the beautiful beaches there are other historical buildings to visit such as the Palace St Paul, the Museum of Sacred Art and the Fort of San Sebastian which is the oldest European building still standing in sub-Saharan Africa.

3. Let the wind lead you

There are very few places on earth as amazing as Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago.

Comprising 27 coral islands, set along the northern coast, the Quirimbas is best explored by sailing on a traditional Dhow. By navigating through the islands you will discover secluded and privileged places in the north of the country such as river mouths, mangrove forests and rare species of birds and marine life.

4. A meal fit for a king and queen

Peri-peri chicken, monster prawns, delicious coffee and loads more – there is no denying that Mozambique’s culinary offering is world-class.

And you are lucky, because at Maputo’s famous open-air fish markets you will find the freshest muscles, prawns, calamari and fresh fish for sale. If you happened to catch your own meal of the day, why not head over to one of the nearby baraccas that will cook up your meal in minutes on an open fire.

5. Go skiing

Mozambique might have been the last place you expected to have fun in the dunes, but it is true.

Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago offers spectacularly high sand dunes, making it ideal to go dune boarding (or sand skiing). If you feel you may be a bit unexperienced for this activity, the great news is that dune boarding actually requires very little skill, and is appropriate for both children and adults, making it a great family activity.

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