Maputo’s railway station was designed by Gustav Eiffel, who built Paris’s Eiffel Tower.
Colonial buildings and some dramatic art deco styles have led to Maputo being called Little Havana. Beira has even more art deco buildings including an impressive post office.
The capital’s tree-lined streets link numerous parks and impressive botanical gardens. The pavements are inset with white and black rock mosaics.
The Catembe ferry crosses the river towards the Maputo Elephant Park and offers views of the capital from afar that make it look like San Francisco, even if it looks more like Beirut from up-close!
Beaches along Mozambique’s entire coastline offer white sand, palm trees and plenty of safe bathing in lagoons and reef-protected areas.
Ponta do Ouro is a popular beach resort and playground for South Africans.
Game fishing is a popular sport from Vilanculos, Inhambane and the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Diving and snorkelling are also available along with most board and sail activities.
Gorongoza National Park has re-opened after being devastated during the Civil War. Restocking initiatives are under way and concessions are due to be announced. www.gorongoza.net
Ihla de Mozambique is a World Heritage Site in the north and was the capital of the Portuguese colony until the turn of the last century. Strong Swahili and Moslem influences lend the island a touch of Zanzibar but without the commercialism.
Lake Niassa (otherwise known as Lake Malawi) has a couple of very luxurious fly-in lodges on its shores but the alternative – a drive across the north of the country – while rugged, offers huge granite koppies amid lovely rolling hills. And there’s game roaming freely amongst the maize fields.
The Quirimbas National Park was established in 2002 to protect the islands and the seas around the Quirimbas archipelago from the ravages of overfishing. Some of the world’s best coral reef diving may be found here.