A former Portuguese colony, Mozambique gained independence in 1975. A bloody, 25-year civil war ended in 1992, and the country has been very stable since. It has a vast coastline on the Indian Ocean. Ilha de Mozambique is an UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts a fantastic mix of colonial Portuguese and Swahili architecture. Towns such as Inhambane and Vilanculos on the coast offer many water sports activities and tourists concentrate there.

The nearby Bazaruto Archipelago consists of several idyllic and almost deserted islands. Inland are several national parks. Gorongosa National park offers visitors the chance to see buffalo, leopards, crocodiles, zebras, lions, elephants and many other rarer animals.


Mozambique flag

Why you should go:

Because so few people do.

Why you shouldn't:

You like your luxury.

Map of Mozambique