"Every day in Africa a gazelle wakes up, it must run faster than the fastest lion or else it will get killed. Everyday a lion wakes up, it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or else it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you are gazelle or a lion, when the sun comes up, you’d better be running."- Abe Gubegna: Ethiopia, circa 1974

Mozambique (from the name of the Island of Mozambique) which is said to have been named after one of it’s previous Arab rulers, the sheik Mussa Ben Mbiki, is a country famous for its exotic islands and white sand beaches. Also known as the “Pearl of the Indian”, Mozambique lies on the south-east of Africa bordered by not only South Africa but also Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. It is divided into 10 provinces, with north-central provinces such as Zambezia and Nampula which are most populous. The country gained its independence in 1975 after it had been colonised by Portugal. The Indian Pearl is now home to more than 20 million people, 70% of them live in rural areas and the remainder in main urban centres such as Maputo, Beira and Nampula.

Mozambique’s indigenous spoken languages are Portuguese, English, XiSena, XiTsonga, XiShona, eMacua, XiMaconde and KiSwahili. This country, known for its extraordinary beauty, was once ravaged by war, nonetheless it is a fitting symbol of prosperity. It overcame civil wars, poverty and illegal trade of its resources and became one of the most talked about tourist destinations in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Mozambique's capital city, Maputo (formerly known as Lourenço Marques) is where I was headed.

Mozambique boasts a number of islands and archipelagos, with pristine beaches and abundant marine life. Bazaruto Archipelago - The most popular tourist area in Mozambique, the archipelago consists of four main islands - Bazaruto, Benguera, Magaruque, and Santa Carolina. If you want to book yourself a tour, be sure to check the following links http://www.mozambiqueislands.com/about-mozambique and http://www.mozambiquetours.co.za/specials.php

 

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