Mozambique really is Africa's undiscovered jewel. Known by many as the Land of Smiles, Mozambique epitomises paradise, with white-powered sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms, warm sub-tropical waters and stunning coral reefs. For many years Mozambique has been plagued by civil war, now it's emerging as one of Africa's biggest success stories and is Just a couple of hours of flying time on daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg.
A honeymoon is about romance and magic and Mozambique will not disappoint with secluded retreats such as those in Bazaruto Archipelago and mainland around Vilanculos, as well as the islands of Quilálea in the north and Inhaca, which lies a few miles offshore of the capital Maputo. Even the most romantic of honeymooners will be tempted out of their hotel lair by what Mozambique has to offer, from scuba diving, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing, and sunset cruises to sailing and dolphin tours.
Mozambique is a huge country, about three times the size of Great Britain, with over 1,500 miles of stunning coastline stretching from South Africa in the south to Tanzania in the north, scattered with castaway sub-tropical Indian Ocean islands for the newlyweds to discover and explore.
The capital city of Maputo, formerly Lourenco Marques, is located just on the coast and offers travellers a cool fresh coastal breeze while sampling the very best of Mozambique's cuisine. As you could expect seafood at its pure best in Mozambique, prawns, langoustines and line fish are an integral part of the spicy Mozambique cuisine.
There is no better coastline in the world than the Mozambique coastline for diving, fishing and snorkelling. The shallow, crystal clear waters radiate and with marine life and dazzling colourful soft corals teaming with starfish, anemones, seahorses, lobsters, dolphins and shoals of beautiful and exotic tropical fish.
To the North of Maputo, in the province of Gaza, are the famous beaches of Bilene and Xai-Xai. Located in luxurious settings these resorts offer visitors a choice of water sports, fishing and relaxation.
Mozambique offers those looking to honeymoon an array of accommodations to suit every budget. From the exclusive hideaways, beach front retreats to the luxurious hotels and resorts. You can also enjoy a Mozambique Safari in Gorongosa National Park, one of Southern Africa's great wilderness areas. Mozambique has a tropical climate with coastal temperatures high for much of the year. The rainy season runs from late November through to early April and is usually hot and humid with temperatures around the mid-30s.
The best time to honeymoon is in the cooler dry season which runs from May to October and daytime temperatures fluctuate around the mid-20s. Most days are bright and sunny and rainfall is usually just short showers. A honeymoon to Mozambique with leave you with an everlasting impression of the warmth of the people, the brightness of the sun, the wind rustling the cocoanut palms, the dhow sails flapping on the sea, the unforgettable smell of fresh sea air, the tranquillity of paradise.
Jamie is an experienced travel writer and for more information on honeymoons he recommends contacting The Turquoise Holiday Company, experts in luxury travel and honeymoons
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