Mozambique's Beautiful Habitats

Published Date: 03 Nov 2017

As with many African countries, Mozambique is a stunning combination of habitats that some tourists travel all around the world to see.

Although the mountains in Mozambique are not easy to get to by way of public transport, you can admire the gorgeous backdrop they provide as you are transported to your resort. Enjoy the paradisiacal contrast of surprisingly high mountains and the calm, flat sea. If you really would like to go hiking throughout the mountains, you will likely have to make your own way there in a four-wheel drive, and set up your own camp. The highest peak in Mozambique is Mt Binga, situated in the Chimanimani Mountains; the best starting point is Chikukwa, where guides and porters can be arranged.

National Parks
If game viewing tops your list of activities you simply have to go on a Safaris to Gorongosa National Park, or to Niassa National Reserve. Other National Parks include Zinave, Banhine, Quirimbas and Bazaruto. Wildlife includes elephants, lions, crocodiles, hippos, birds and more, while the breathtaking sights to take in include the gorgeous Great Rift, Lake Urema and its Rivers, Mount Gorongosa and grasslands and forests. These many different landscapes allow for an incredibly diverse population of animals, plants, birds and species of fish.

At 1400 square kilometres, the Bazaruto Marine Park is one of the largest in the Indian Ocean. It is home to humpback whales, dolphins, manta rays, five species of turtles and the very rare dugongs.

Mozambique is surrounded by islands, all a delightful boat ride away. You can enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, saltwater fly fishing, sailing, water-skiing and other exciting activities. The islands are home to over 240 varieties of birds including bee-eaters, harriers, ospreys and the elusive crab plover and green coucal. Some of the islands have historical forts, and 34 kilometres out into Maputo Bay you can visit the Marine Biology Museum or enjoy a tractor ride to the lighthouse. One of the islands, Ilha de Mocambique, is a World Heritage Site and features gorgeous architectural structures, with some buildings having been constructed of coral and dating all the way back to the 16th century.

Beaches & Lakes
It goes without saying that Mozambique is most popular for its beaches. Kilometres and kilometres of powdery white sand met with turquoise waters on one side and gorgeous palm trees, coconut groves and dunes on the other. You can spend your day lounging in the sun, sipping on refreshing cocktails, or you can venture into the calm waters to enjoy a comfortable swim in the ocean’s warm waters. Dotted around the beach are stunning little fishing vessels, casting out nets for the day’s catch (which you will no doubt savour later for dinner). You can also enjoy water and beach sports such as beach volley, water gym, beach soccer, and yoga on the beach (is there anything more relaxing?).

Mozambique is also home to more than two hundred lakes! While not all of them are accessible, you can enjoy sunset cruises on a select few, and enjoy the sights of the wildlife that enjoy this special habitat. This includes animals quenching their thirst, crocodiles eagerly awaiting their next meal, and birds dancing on the water’s surface as they skim it in hopes of catching a fish. At some of the lakes, you can also have a go at fishing and enjoy bird watching.

Explore Mozambique yourself and enjoy it from the luxury of Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort, where you can enjoy the likes of Quirimbas National Park, direct access to the gorgeous beach front, and delightful excursions that can be organised through the excursion desk.