Rich in natural resources, biologically and culturally diverse and boasting a tropical climate, Mozambique is a scenic country in southeastern Africa. Its sidewalk cafés, bars, and discotheques offer some of the liveliest nightlife in southern Africa. Meet magnetic escorts of all sizes yearning to give you a taste of Mozambique on Exotic Africa.More Less
Rich in natural resources, biologically and culturally diverse and boasting a tropical climate, Mozambique is a scenic country in southeastern Africa. It borders Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Eswatini. Its extensive coastline, fronting the Mozambique Channel, which separates mainland Africa from the island of Madagascar, offers some of Africa’s best natural harbours.
Mozambique is about the size of the combined areas of the U.S. states of Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah; most of its territory stretches along the Indian Ocean coast from Cape (Cabo) Delgado in the north past the capital city of Maputo in the south. About two-thirds of its population of more than 29 million (2018) live and work in rural areas. Mozambique is endowed with ample arable land, water, energy, as well as mineral resources and newly discovered natural gas offshore; three, deep seaports; and a relatively large potential pool of labor.
The country’s white sand beaches are an important attraction for the growing tourism industry and its strategic location has put Mozambique on the global maritime economy of the Indian Ocean.
Maputo is the nation’s capital and acts as the commercial and cultural centre of the country. Other major cities and towns, most of which lie on or near the Indian Ocean coast, include Beira, Quelimane, Chimoio, Tele, Nampula and Nacala.
A tiny fraction of Mozambique’s population mainly concentrated in Maputo and other urban areas speak Portuguese which is also the country’s official language. The vast majority of Mozambicans speak languages from the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo language group.
Sights N Sounds in Mozambique
Maputo is a cool city to visit and chill. Known until independence as Lourenço Marques, the city boasts fine colonial-era architecture and an attractive natural setting alongside the deepwater harbour of Maputo Bay. Its sidewalk cafés, bars, and discotheques offer some of the liveliest nightlife in southern Africa.
Mozambican popular music combines Western and African influences and includes the work of Alexandre Langa, Xidimingwana, and the Nampula group Eyuphuro. A popular style of music in Mozambique is marrabenta, which originated in the 1950s and was first performed on homemade guitars constructed from oil or gasoline cans and fishing line.
The daily food staple of most Mozambicans is either cassava (manioc), which is cooked and pounded into a soft mound and served with a sauce, or massa, a cornmeal porridge that is similarly served with a sauce. A common sauce called matapa is made from cooking cassava leaves or other greens with ground peanuts or shredded coconut, usually in coconut milk; sometimes shrimp or meat may be added, and there are many local variations.
The carved wooden sculpture and mapiko initiation masks of the Makonde people of northern Mozambique and Tanzania are among the best-known artistic traditions.
The country’s diverse wildlife populations include water buffalo, elephants, warthogs, leopards, baboons, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, lions, and numerous other species of ungulates and cats.
The Island of Mozambique is a calcareous coral reef situated 4 km from the mainland coast in the entrance to the Mossuril Bay of the Indian Ocean in Nampula Province.The island forms an archipelago with two small uninhabited islands, the Islands of Goa and Sena to the east.
How to get to Mozambique
There are 11 airports in Mozambique with scheduled flights. The biggest airport in Mozambique is Maputo (MPM) / Maputo International Airport with flights to 16 destinations in 6 countries.