Attractions of Mozambique

Bazaruto Island
World famous for its large game fishing, Bazaruto is a well known diving destination 562 kilometres from Maputo, Mozambique’s capital with a variety of marine life surrounding the island. Bazaruto Island is about 37 kilometres long and 7 kilometres wide. It is also the biggest island on the Bazaruto Archipelago.

Bazaruto Marine National Park
Located in Inhambane province 562 kilometres from Maputo, Bazaruto Marine National Park offers coral reefs, great beaches, crystal-clear waters and diverse underwater life. Reef sharks, dolphins, Humpback whales, manta rays and turtles.

Benguerra Island
Benguerra is the second largest island of the Bazaruto Archipelago located about 563 kilometres from Maputo. It has stunning beaches, large sand dunes, freshwater lakes, reefs and it is a sport fishing destination 541kilometres from Maputo.

Cahora Bassa Lake
Cahora Bassa Lake is Africa’s second-largest artificial lake covering 2739 square kilometers found 1643 kilometres from Maputo. The water contains Tiger Fish, Sharptooth Catfish, Vundu, hippos, Bream, Longfin Eels and Parrotfish among others. The surrounding landscapes are very picturesque, with lush vegetation and dramatic mountainous scenery with rich birdlife.

Gorongosa National Park
Usually referred to as ‘the place where Noah parked his Ark’, Gorongosa National Park  has elephants, buffalo, lions, crocodiles, zebras, a variety of bird species, reptiles and amphibians. The park was affected by the civil war and the programs to restore the park to its former glory are on-going.The park is found 827 kilometres from Maputo in central Mozambique.

Niassa Game Reserve
Niassa Game Reserve is the largest protected area in Mozambique with an area of 42,000 square kilometers, 1646 kilometres from Maputo. There is plenty of wildlife including 13,000 elephants, 200 endangered wild dogs, lions, leopards and birds.

Ponta d’Ouro
Ponta d’Ouro, home to some of the most perfect waves in Africa is about 120 kilometres south of Maputo. It has white beaches, is a very popular scuba diving destination and a great place to swim with dolphins.

Parque National do Limpopo
Parque National do Limpopo is located 261 kilometres south of Maputoon the border with South Africa. Along with South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park, Parque National do Limpopo forms the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, one of the world’s largest conservation areas. The park is home to elephants, buffalos and giraffes as well as numerous species of wildlife.

The Iron House
Located in Maputo on the Praca da Independencia avenue, the Iron House of Maputo formerly built as the governor’s house in the late 19th Century but he never stayed there due to the heat in the house as it is  made out of iron and considering Mozambique’s very hot and humid climate.

The Grand Station of Maputo
The Grand Train Station of Maputo was once a train station of Mozambique during colonial times when Maputo was alive with colonial trade. A select number of steam trains, no longer in operation, decorate the tracks, taking visitors on a visual journey. It is one of the most beautiful stations in the world.

Maputo Elephant Reserve
The Maputo Elephant Reserve is situated about 79 kilometres south of Maputo. The reserve is a part of the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area, a collection of national parks from South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland. The park has 200 elephants, antelopes, crocodiles and birds.

Murombodzi Falls
Murombodzi Falls which are more than 100 metres are found on Mount Gorongosa in the southern region on the Great African Rift Valley 827 kilometres south of Maputo.

Ngalue Cave
Ngalue Cave found in the Niassa Rift region of Mozambique about 1524 kilometres from Maputo inhabited by humans in several time periods, including the time period between 105 and 40 thousand years ago (Middle Stone age). Findings show a great amount of wild sorghum which was brought to the cave and grinded.

National Museum of Art
Located in Maputo, the National Museum of Art contains a large collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and engravings dating from the 1950s to the present by foreign artists who lived and worked in Mozambique and leading Mozambican artists.

The Statue of Samora Machel
Samora Machel was the first President of Mozambique from 1975 to 1986. He died in an air crash in South Africa . The Statue is found in Maputo.

The Fortress – Fortaleza
Considered as one of the oldest buildings in Maputo, the Fortress was built in 1781 during the early colonial era. It is built in the style of other Portugese forts along Mozambiques coast. It is now used as a military museum and is situated in Praca 25 de Juno.

City Hall
Also known as Conselho Municipal is a building that housed the governor in colonial days. It is built in a classical style. The building is situated off Av. Ho Chi Minh, Maputo and it was completed in 1945. It now houses the Mayor Chambers.

Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens
These botanical gardens are from 1885 laid out by a very well known Englishman called Thomas Honney. Thomas Honney designed many well known gardens of the day including a garden for the Sultan of Turkey and the Greek King. The gardens are found in Maputo behind the Statue of Samora Machel.

Museu da Moeda (Money Museum)
Also called “Yellow House”,Money Museum is the oldest building still in public use in Maputo. It was created to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the “Metical”, Mozambique’s national currency, and inaugurated on 15 June 1981. It contains a collection of approximately 4,300 coins, banknotes and medals, of which 1,000 are from Mozambique.

Praça dos Trabalhadores and War Memorial
In Maputo infront of the Railyway Station there is the Praça dos Trabalhadores (Workers’ Square) with a unique colonial monument inaugurated on the 11th of November 1935 in its centre commemorating Mozambican soldiers who fell in the First World War.

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