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Country Mozambique – A Perfect Beach Holiday Is On the Cards

Situated in the southeastern Africa, Mozambique has a lively and upbeat cosmopolitan flair. Spectacular beaches, wild life safaris, adventure sports options and offshore islands make it a tourist hot spot. The modern traveler will be spoilt for choices as it has a heady café culture and an exciting night life with many entertainment options, which makes it a destination for all seasons and reasons.

Accommodation Options
Luxury hotels, beach resorts, self catering apartments, guesthouse and hostels – there is something for everyone in Mozambique. You can choose from hostels near the beach or those in the city centre that ensure easy access to shops, Clubs, Internet Cafes and Banks. Most of the hotels have all the facilities like dorms, private rooms, mozzie nets, fans, hot showers, parking and bar among others. These are ideal options for budget travelers. Mozambique is generally safe with no major security concerns though after dark, the possibility of robbery and assault cases cannot be ruled out.

History
The five centuries of Portuguese colonial rule in Mozambique with the establishment of an independent Marxist Government in 1975. However, a 17-year civil war and internal military uprising resulted in famine and exodus of millions of people. The fighting ended in 1992 after an UN-negotiated peace agreement.                                                                                                                                      

Popular Places
Mozambique is famous for its clean beaches and cobalt green waters that lure the beach enthusiasts to its shores Vilanculos is another popular beach town in the province of Inhambane, which is the access point to the Bazaruto archipelago. Popularly called the best kept secret of Mozambique, it is a bustling town with many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The Gorongosa Park, one of the southern Africa’s premier wildlife areas, is famous for wild life trails and trekking. The capital city of Maputo is also a traveler’s haven with many attractive sights and historical edifices and a rich history and culture to its credit.

Getting Around
Hitching occupies a prominent spot in the travel guide of Mozambique though it is not free of dangers. Very often hitching is the only mode of transport to reach the rural areas. Cars and motorcycle rentals are equally popular options. Only those who possess an international or South African driving license are entitled to drive the car.

Places of Entertainment
Mozambique has a speckled entertainment calendar to its credit dotted with many unbeatable options like theaters, live dance shows and bands. Maputo has a lively nightlife with many options including traditional theatre and cultural shows to bars and nightclubs. The wayside cafes and bars remain open ate into the night and serve as ideal spots to mingle with the fun loving community.

Currency
The New Metical (MZN) is the currency of Mozambique which is sub-divided into 100 centavos. Notes in Mozambique are in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 and coins are in designations of 10, 5, 2 and 1 metical and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 centavos. The internet and the financial news papers are good sources to get on top of the exchange rates.

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