Mozambique has slowly but surely re-asserted itself as one of Africa's best beach holiday destinations, becoming a travel hotspot rather than a security hotspot. Its stunning Indian Ocean coastline made it a popular travel choice for many years, before a long civil war blighted the nation. But more than two decades have passed since Mozambique's dark days and its wonderful natural attractions are again being discovered by travellers.
Mozambique's coastline is a 2,500-kilometre-long succession of secluded and unspoiled beaches fringed by offshore archipelagos. Dhow cruises through mangrove channels, world-class sport fishing and superb diving and snorkelling are to be had in the Quirimbas Archipelago and the Bazaruto Archipelago. Dugongs, whale sharks, turtles and dolphins are just a few of the large marine species that can be seen in the country's brilliantly turquoise waters.
Less well known, perhaps, are Mozambique's other attractions. Excellent wildlife viewing can be had on a safari in Gorongosa National Park. Elsewhere, the lively capital, Maputo, and crumbling Portuguese colonial outpost of Ilha de Moçambique are also worth incorporating into your Mozambique travel itinerary.