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Introduction vii PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1 Chapter 1 Background Information 3 Geography 3, Climate 4, History 4, Government and politics 19, Economy 19, People 22, Language 23, Religion 23, Culture 24 Chapter 2 Natural History 27 Vegetation 27, Mammals 28, Birds 32, Reptiles 34, Marine life 35 Chapter 3 Practical Information 39 When to visit 39, Highlights 39, Tourist information 40, Tour operators 40, Red tape 42, Getting there and away 43, Crime and safety 46, Women travellers 48, Gay travellers 49, Travellers with disabilities 49, Travelling with children 49, What to take 49, Money 51, Budgeting 52, Getting around 53, Accommodation 57, Eating and drinking 59, Public holidays 60, Shopping 61, Photography 62, Media and communications 62, Responsible tourism 63, Travelling positively 64 Chapter 4 Health 67 Preparations 67, Medical facilities 71, Common medical problems 72 Chapter 5 Diving and Snorkelling 78 Choosing an operator 78, Preparations before diving 78, During the dive 81, Snorkelling 84 PART TWO SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE 87 Chapter 6 Maputo 91 History 94, Getting there and away 96, Getting around 97, Where to stay 98, Where to eat and drink 102, Nightlife 107, Safety and hassles 108, Entertainment 109, Shopping 110, Other practicalities 112, What to see and do 115, City walks 116, Day trips from Maputo 119 Chapter 7 Maputaland 122 Inhaca Island 122, Catembe 127, Bela Vista and Salamanga 127, Maputo Special Reserve 128, Ponta Mamoli and Malongane 130, Ponta do Ouro 133 Chapter 8 The Limpopo Valley and Coast South of Inhambane 137 Marracuene and surrounds 137, Bilene 138, Limpopo National Park 140, Xai-Xai 143, Beaches around Xai-Xai 148, Northeast of Xai-Xai 149 Chapter 9 Inhambane and Surrounds 151 Inhambane 151, Maxixe 158, Beaches around Inhambane 160, North of Inhambane 170 Chapter 10 Vilankulo, Inhassoro and Bazaruto National Park 173 Vilankulo 173, Inhassoro 181, Bazaruto National Park 185 PART THREE CENTRAL MOZAMBIQUE 191 Chapter 11 Beira 195 History 195, Getting there and away 196, Orientation and getting around 197, Where to stay 197, Where to eat and drink 200, Other practicalities 204, What to see and do 205 Chapter 12 Chimoio and the Manica Highlands 209 Chimoio 211, Lake Chicamba 216, Manica 217, Penhalonga 220, Chimanimani National Reserve 221 Chapter 13 Gorongosa and the Caia Road 225 Gorongosa National Park 225, Mount Gorongosa 231, The EN1 from Inchope to Caia 233 Chapter 14 Tete 238 Tete 240, Around Tete 245 PART FOUR NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE 251 Chapter 15 Zambezia 255 Quelimane 255, The Quelimane-Nampula Road 262, The Western Highlands 268 Chapter 16 Nampula 277 Getting there and away 278, Where to stay 279, Where to eat and drink 280, Other practicalities 280, What to see and do 281, Around Nampula 282 Chapter 17 Ilha de Mocambique and Surrounds 287 History 289, Getting there and away 291, Where to stay 291, Where to eat and drink 294, Shopping 295, Other practicalities 295, Exploring Ilha de Mocambique 296, Mossuril Bay 302, Nacala 306 Chapter 18 Pemba and the Northeast 311 Pemba 312, Montepuez 320, Towards Tanzania 322 Chapter 19 The Quirimbas 328 History 329, Ibo 330, Other islands of the Quirimbas 339, The Quirimbas mainland 342, Pangane 344 Chapter 20 Niassa Province 347 Cuamba 347, Mandimba and Massangulo 349, Lichinga 350, Lago Niassa (Lake Malawi) 354, Niassa Reserve 362 Appendix 1 Language 370 Appendix 2 Further Information 374 Index 378 Index of Advertisers 382

About the Author

Philip Briggs has been exploring Africa since 1986, when he spent several months backpacking on a shoestring from Nairobi to Cape Town. He has returned several times, researching and authoring the first Bradt Guide to Tanzania, and working on all subsequent editions. He has visited more than two dozen African countries and written about most of them for specialist travel and wildlife magazines including Africa Birds & Birding, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Wanderlust. He still spends at least four months on the road every year, usually accompanied by his wife, the travel photographer Ariadne Van Zandbergen, and spends his rest of the time in the sleepy village of Bergville, in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg region of South Africa.

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