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I am not usually a patron of small African curio shops but I have to say that the coffee shop/curio bookstore in the internal terminal of Dar es Salaam airport serves some of the best coffee and sells a grand selection of books that you just wouldn't find in your local Waterstone's. It could have also just been the fact that it was Africa and the coffee always tastes better in Africa, the fish is fresher, the grass is greener and the sea is definitely bluer off the coast of Northern Mozambique. And not to mention the sand, white as chalk, hot underfoot and clean. The Casuarinas conduct a symphony in the bright sunshine and the waves lap gently in rhythm.

If that is what you are looking for on your next holiday, you would do very well to start in Northern Mozambique. Imagine the Maldives without any tourists, only a lazy dhow sailing past your room, the distant splash of a whale fluke. Of course you can see people if you want to.. not many really but there will be someone to mix up your cocktail or take you to their favourite diving or snorkelling spot. Someone wonderful to cook you some famous LM (Lorenzo Marques) prawns - Portuguese style which you suck lazily as you watch the sun literally sink into the azure sea.    


Vamizi, Matemo, Guludo, Mejumbe, Quilalea and Londo: all these lovely islands have their own unique take on 'island getaway'. Collectively they form part of the pristine Quirimbas archipelago which was spared much of the heartbreaking destruction that the mainland of Mozambique had to endure. Understandably now the islands are the first to rise out of the ashes and be targeted by tourism. Hopefully this peaceful invasion will ensure some sustainability. The marine parks already have attracted much attention and it seems that for now the researchers are the ones who are setting the boundaries.

One has to remember however that this is still Africa. My charter was delayed due to human misdirection, I had to close my room to ensure the monkeys didn't get in, I had to wade through mud at low tide to get to my boat and I got wet on the sea transfer between lodges. That's just Africa for you but in the grand scheme of things such hardships are a minor cross to bear.

My lasting impression of Northern Mozambique, as I sit in the winter of England, is the brightness of the sun and the warmth of the nights. The salt in the air and the peace.

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Article Source: - On Location February 08 – Mozambique

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