by Philip Briggs
Mozambique travel guide – holiday travel tips covering wildlife, safaris, Maputo hotels and restaurants, beaches, highland forests, UNESCO sites, trekking, diving and snorkelling. Also features parks and reserves such as Limpopo, Niassa, Bazaruto and Gorongosa; Ilha de Moçambique; Mount Namuli; Inhambane; Ibo; tea plantations; and ancient art.
Size: 135 X 216 mm
Number of pages: 344
About this book
Now in its eighth edition, Bradt’s Mozambique remains the most established and sole standalone guide to this alluring African country. In-depth coverage of wildlife, history, culture, and diving and snorkelling is complemented by invaluable, up-to-date practical advice on travel and accommodation, presented in an easy-to-navigate geographical structure covering north, central and southern Mozambique. Written by Africa experts, this handbook will help you plan the perfect visit.
Mozambique is a country of two halves. The tourism-savvy south offers romantic tropical beaches, luxury lodges and world-class diving, plus the tree-lined capital of Maputo, a city oozing Afro-Mediterranean flair. In contrast, the less-developed north is one of Africa’s last frontiers, with excitingly vast game reserves and idyllic coastal panoramas that entice intrepid travellers and those hankering after barefoot luxury.
With its national park set-up expanded and refurbished, Mozambique looks set to reclaim its standing as one of Africa’s top safari destinations. Moreover, although one of the continent’s fastest developing tourist countries, it still offers opportunities to experience ‘quintessential Africa’. As Mozambique approaches 50 years since independence, development boosted by one of Africa’s highest economic growth rates and a swift resurgence following 2019’s devastating cyclone are drawing tourists back to a forest-clad interior descending to 2,500km of pristine, palm-fringed coastline.
Bradt’s Mozambique reveals a country dotted with natural, historical, cultural, and architectural wonders that reflect a history that fuses exploration, trade, and culture. Highlights include the UNESCO world heritage site of Ilha de Moçambique, a 16th-century Arab and Portuguese trading post; ancient rock art at Chinhamapere; adventurous journeys by train and Arab dhow; the birdlife of Mount Namuli, accessed from the tea-plantation town of Gurué; windsurfing in Pemba and surfing in Tofo; and diving or snorkelling in biologically rich seas, including around Bazaruto, home to some of Africa’s last remaining dugongs, five of the world’s seven endangered sea turtle species, and two thousand species of fish.
Whether you are a culture vulture or wildlife enthusiast, a watersports enthusiast or honeymooning couple, the in-depth coverage and practical advice for all budgets means that Bradt’s Mozambique has everything you need to plan a thrilling holiday.
About the Author
Philip Briggs (www.philipbriggs.com) is a travel writer specialising in Africa. Raised in South Africa, where he still lives, Philip first visited East Africa in 1986 and has since spent an average of six months annually exploring the highways and back roads of the continent. His first Bradt Travel Guide, to South Africa, was published in 1991. Over the rest of the 1990s, Philip wrote a series of pioneering Bradt travel guides to destinations that were then – and in some cases still are – otherwise practically uncharted by the travel publishing industry. These include guides to Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Rwanda, Somaliland and East African wildlife – new editions of which have been published ever since. Philip has contributed to more than a dozen other books about Africa, and his work regularly appears in magazines such as Africa Geographic, Travel Africa and Wanderlust.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Culture
Chapter 2 Natural History
Vegetation, Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Marine life
Chapter 3 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Tourist information, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Crime and safety, Women travellers, Gay travellers, Travellers with a disability, Travelling with children, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Photography, Media and communications, Responsible tourism, Getting involved
Chapter 4 Health
Preparations, Medical problems, Other safety concerns
Chapter 5 Diving and Snorkelling
Choosing an operator, Preparations before diving, During the dive, Snorkelling
PART 2 SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE
Chapter 6 Maputo
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife, Safety and hassles, Entertainment, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, City walks, Day trips from Maputo
Chapter 7 Maputaland
Inhaca Island, Catembe, Bela Vista and Salamanga, Maputo Special Reserve, Ponta Mamoli and Malongane, Ponta do Ouro
Chapter 8 The Limpopo Valley and Coast South of Inhambane
Marracuene and surrounds, Bilene, Limpopo National Park, Xai-Xai, Beaches around Xai-Xai, Northeast of Xai-Xai
Chapter 9 Inhambane and Surrounds
Inhambane, Maxixe, Beaches around Inhambane, North of Inhambane
Chapter 10 Vilankulo, Inhassoro and Bazaruto National Park
Vilankulo, Inhassoro, Bazaruto National Park
PART 3 CENTRAL MOZAMBIQUE
Chapter 11 Beira
History, Getting there and away, Orientation and getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 12 Chimoio and the Manica Highlands
Chimoio, Lake Chicamba, Manica, Penhalonga, Chimanimani National Reserve
Chapter 13 Gorongosa and the Caia Road
Gorongosa National Park, Mount Gorongosa, The EN from Inchope to Caia
Chapter 14 Tete
Tete, Around Tete
PART 4 NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE
Chapter 15 Zambe´zia
Quelimane, The Quelimane-Nampula Road, The Western Highlands
Chapter 16 Nampula
Getting there and away, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Nampula
Chapter 17 Ilha de Moc¸ambique and Surrounds
History, Getting there and away, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Shopping, Other practicalities, Exploring Ilha de Moc¸ambique, Mossuril Bay, Nacala
Chapter 18 Pemba and the Northeast
Pemba, Montepuez, Towards Tanzania
Chapter 19 The Quirimbas
History, Ibo, Other islands of the Quirimbas, The Quirimbas mainland, Pangane
Chapter 20 Niassa Province
Cuamba, Mandimba and Massangulo, Lichinga, Lago Niassa (Lake Malawi), Niassa Reserve