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Information on Mozambique Travel

Capital:  Maputo

Population:  19,420,000

Area:  799,380 square kilometers (308,642 square miles)               

History:  Bantu speakers migrated to Mozambique in the first millennium, and Arab and Swahili traders settled the region thereafter. It was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and first colonized by Portugal in 1505. By 1510, the Portuguese had control of all of the former Arab sultanates on the east African coast. Portuguese colonial rule was repressive.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Bazaruto Island : The largest island in the archipelago, Bazaruto Island is about 23 miles (37km) long and four miles (7km) wide

Benguerra Island: Benguerra is the second largest island of the Bazaruto Archipelago, less than half a mile (1km) south of Bazaruto

Cahora Bassa Lake: Situated in the Tete Province in Mozambique, the Cahora Bassa Lake is Africa's second-largest artificial lake.

Gorongosa National Park: Often referred to as 'the place where Noah parked his Ark'

Ilha de Mozambique: Ilha de Mozambique (Mozambique Island) is an island in the Nampula Province in Northern Mozambique

Niassa Game Reserve: Spanning an area of 42,000 square kilometres (10 million acres), the Niassa Game Reserve is the largest protected area

Ponta d'Ouro: Ponta d'Ouro is a popular destination for divers and surfers, just south of Maputo along a sandy road.

Quirimbas Islands:  Soon to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Quirimbas Archipelago is fast becoming Mozambique's new tourist attraction

Tofo Beach: Described as 'the next Goa', Tofo Beach is in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique. It has definitely become a hotspot

Vilanculos: Vilanculos is a popular destination and the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago