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Things to Do in Mozambique - Top Activities in Mozambique

As one of East Africa's top holiday hotspots, Mozambique is also an adventure tourist's dream destination. Here are some of the best things to do during a holiday in the country.

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Swim with Dolphins

Often regarded as a once in a lifetime activity, swimming with the dolphins is an adventure all visitors heading to Mozambique should strive to experience. Renowned for its ethical dolphin excursions, the best venue to enjoy this unique activity is Ponta do Ouro which is teeming with scores of bottlenose dolphins. Local conservation efforts in the area for over two decades have lead to habituating the mammals for risk-free interactions with human beings and a host of local tour operators now offer swimming with dolphin packages for tourists.

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Explore The Fortress

Officially known as Fortaleza da Nossa Senhora de Conceicao, the Mozambique Fortress is not only a cultural landmark in the country, but a highlight that's deeply connected to the country's history. Constructed by Portuguese colonials the massive defensive structure was built as early as 1787. Lined with cannons, the fortress itself and the museum located nearby are well worth a visit for first-time travellers to this part of East Africa. Showcasing various artefacts dating back to the country's colonial legacy the museum also celebrates Mozambique heritage with the works of local artists.

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Hit the Beach

As one of the main attractions and activity hubs for all visitors exploring the country, spending time experiencing the white, sandy beaches and coastlines of the country is also a must. Highlight the likes of Tofo Beach are not only ideal for spending the day splashing around and enjoying swimming activities but also for engaging in a plethora of water sports activities. Beach lovers should also discover the Sunshine Coast, also known as Praia da Costa do Sol where local celebrations, beach parties, food stalls and countless events take place every day.

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Although nations the likes of Kenya and Tanzania are considered safari hotspots in Africa, Mozambique also offers wildlife enthusiasts a number of untamed playgrounds in which to witness majestic beasts large and small. One such safari hub is the sprawling Gorongosa National Park, a success story in every right which occupies the southern edge of the Great African Rift Valley. Home to hippos, antelopes, lions and elephants, the sanctuary's vast plains are a dream come true for nature lovers. The Marromeu National Park, on the other hand, is located in the northern quarter of the country and is a water bird haven with wattle cranes and African skimmers among its inhabitants while the Transfrontier Park's Mozambique section is equally fascinating.

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Discover the Local Art Scene

Art lovers touring Mozambique must tour the breathtaking confines of Downtown Maputo which is home to countless art galleries and colonial structures. Walking along its ancient streets, the cafes, bars, studios and countless workshops offer art lovers the chance to reacquaint themselves with the heritage of the city and its artistic past. Visitors based at Mozambique resorts the likes of Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort or any similar resort in the area will find that the downtown region is within a short range of their accommodation providers.