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Mozambique with its enchanting people, full of welcoming kindness and consideration, is bathed by the Indian Ocean. It is a land full of life and hidden beauty, with untouched nature stretching from the endless pristine beaches of Tungué Bay in the far north to the diving enthusiasts’ paradise at Ponta de Ouro in the south. And in between there are the paradise islands of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique Island, with its centuries of history and culture, truly a World Heritage site, the treasures of the Bazaruto Archipelago Nature Reserve, nature’s gift of Inhambane, where migrating whales pass by without fail, and the beach at Xai Xai, where delicious fresh oysters whet the appetite for more.
The climate of Mozambique, influenced by the monsoons from the Indian Ocean and the hot current of the Mozambique Canal, is generally tropical and humid. The dry season, in the Centre/North lasts for about four to six months, where as in the South, the dry tropical climate lasts between six and nine months.
The rainy season is between October and April.
In the mountainous areas, the climate is typical of tropical conditions to be found at high altitudes. Average temperatures are around 20º in the South and 26º in the North.
Highest temperatures are normally registered during the rainy season.
The Mozambique coast faces the Indian Ocean and because of its climate, warm waters and vast beach area is rich in many marine species, some of which are unfortunately in danger of extinction.
In the North the beaches are mainly rocky, where as in the Centre, situated near the river mouths, we find what can be described as dry riverbed beaches bordered by extensive mangroves.
The sandy beaches are to be found in the South, with high dunes covered with low rough vegetation.
Parallel to the coast, are isolated or groups of islands, some of which provide the tourist with good conditions in terms of lodging and the opportunity to observe the very varied vegetation and fascinating wildlife.
Historic monuments are also to be found on these islands, a testimony to the Arabs and Europeans who settled there.
The magnificent transparent waters are an irresistible invitation to go swimming, snorkelling and diving and admire the extraordinarily beautiful coral reef and the underwater marine life.
The best known beaches along the coast noted for their visitor orientated infra-structures are: Pemba, Ilha de Moçambique, Fernão Veloso, Chocas, Vilanculos, Tofo, Morrungulo, Inhassoro, Inhambane, Bazaruto, Zongoene, Xai-Xai, Bilene, Marracuene, Inhaca, Ponta de Ouro and Ponta de Malongane.
Flora and Fauna
Mozambique is very rich in both land and sea fauna and flora. The type of land and climate has created three different varieties of vegetation: dense forestland in the high parts of the North and Centre of the country, woodland and savannah in the South and mangroves along the coastline.
In terms of wild life, the main species to be found in these ecosystems are elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hippopotamus, antelopes, tortoises and monkeys and varied species of bird life. Apart from the wild life, there are beautiful landscapes and views to be admired both along the coast and in the higher mountainous areas.
Mozambique has always made its mark at international level in the areas of architecture, art, literature and poetry.
Name such as Malangatana, Mia Couto and Jos Craveirinha amongst others, are already well known outside Mozambique.
Various athletes are also well known in quite a number of sporting activities, in particular the international athlete Lurdes Mutola.
The creative local handicraft is of course very representative of the artistic spirit of the Mozambique people. Worthy of special mention are the intricate and bizarre black ebony woodcarvings of the Macondes to be found in the north of the country.
In the North and along the coast, the climate is tropical and humid, in the Interior, the South and in the Province of Tete, tropical dry and in Gaza, tropical arid.
The rainy season is between October and April, with temperatures between 27º and 29º and the dry season between May and September with temperatures between 18º and 20º.
Any visitor wishing to visit the country must obtain a visa from the Mozambique Consulate or Embassy. It is necessary to present a passport, two recent photographs and fill in the respective form. Visas can be obtained at the frontiers for a 30 day visit. South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe in the base of agreements are exempt of visas.
All visitors must be in possession of a certificate declaring that they have been vaccinated against yellow fever. Precautions should be taken to avoid mosquito bites and extra care taken when drinking water and eating local tropical food so as to minimize the risk of intestinal upsets so frequent in tropical climates. Should medical assistance be required, well-equipped clinics are available.