Travel to Mozambique – Episode 505

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Travel to Mozambique. What to do, see and eat when you go there.

Hear about travel to Mozambique as the Amateur Traveler talks to Simon Lewis from about this long thin country in Southeastern Africa.


Simon has traveled to Mozambique twice, once just after the end of the civil war in 1997 and once more recently when he spent a month traveling from the North to the South.

He was inspired to travel to Mozambique after seeing an article in an in flight magazine that described the capital Maputo as the “Havana of Africa”, which he says “it definitely isn’t”. But he does say that “Mozambique is an amazing country because it’s so different from a lot of other countries in southern Africa. It was Portuguese for one. The only other Portuguese country in Africa was Angola. It had a long Civil War so it’s very under-developed. It has amazing beaches, amazing diving, beautiful archipelagos and islands and obviously a little bit of Portuguese flair in Africa which is pretty cool and amazing.”

Simon takes us to a number of beach locations including Praia do Tofo near the old Portuguese town of Inhambane in the South, Vilankulos with a local archipelago where you can sail on a dhow, Ibo island in the Quirimbas Archipelago, and his favorite the Ilha de Mozambique. While it is still difficult to get around in Mozambique, “people have built nice lodges in remote areas and eco-lodges aimed at diving and beach holidays.”

The Quirimbas Archipelago is old spice trading islands. Simon visited Ibo Island which “is amazing if you like a little bit of old Portuguese colonial culture. It’s basically derelict but they’re nice lodges on the island you can do dhow trips and diving trips and have a nice unique experience.”

Spicy food, old Portuguese lighthouses, beautiful beaches and gorgeous sunsets make up for bad roads and an economy that is still in recovery.

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Show Notes

Travel Concept Solution
Vilankulos (on TripAdvisor)
Quirimbas Archipelago
Ibo Island
Ilha de Moçambique
Nuarro Lodge
Nuarro Lodge reviews
Tete, Mozambique
Blood Diamond (film)
Mozambican Civil War
Casa do Ferro (The Iron House)
Polana Serena Hotel (Maputo)
fatimas-backpackers (Maputo)
Limpopo National Park
Ibo Island Lodge
Ibo Island Lodge reviews



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Travel to Mozambique. What to do, see and eat when you go there.

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

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