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Mozambique (Lonely Planet Country Guides) [Paperback]

Mary Fitzpatrick
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1 Oct 2000 Lonely Planet Country Guides
Includes an introduction to the country's music, dancing, literature and architecture; a handy language guide for chatting with locals; an insight into Mozambique's fascinating legends and many traditional religions; information on everything from birdwatching to beach lazing; and the lowdown on snorkelling and surfing.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864501081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864501087
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 12.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,014,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary first glimpsed the Johannesburg skyline over a decade ago. Since then,
South Africa's beauty, turmoil and indomitable spirit have lured her back
dozens of times. In between, she's made numerous forays into Lesotho and
Swaziland. Her most cherished moments include witnessing South Africa's
first multiracial elections; being driven from the Cape of Good Hope in a police paddy wagon on Christmas Eve; trying to make a can of tuna last for more than one meal while hiking in Lesotho; and gazing over rolling-hill panoramas in northwestern Swaziland. Mary works as a full-time travel writer from her home base in Cairo, on the northern end of the African continent.

Books Authored
* East Africa Travel Guide
* Tanzania Travel Guide
* Southern Africa Travel Guide

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars frustrating, but an essential companion 21 Aug 2009
It's impossible to tour Mozambique as a foreigner without some kind of local orientation, context and map, and this book is therefore an essential for all Mozambican travel.

The background information is helpful and the book is great for geting you oriented in new places.

Hotel, restaurant and bar recommendations date quickly, however, and be careful not to let the book completely dominate your decision making - go with a hunch and take random spontaneous opportunities that come your way.

Take this book with you, but bear in mind that Mozambique is a country which rewards the spontaneous, the instinctive and the brave.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair 22 Sep 2003
This is a good enough tourist guide - if you are staying in the south but is very weak on the north. Updates are urgently required as information is very much out of date by a few years
The Bradt guide on Mozambique is far superior.
I've been to Mozambique three times now and I also recommend a good map.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars useful and entertaining 9 April 2003
By bagoas
This is a good source to anyone searching for information on the country. It has a fairly good overview on Mozambique's history, society and economy. Besides, it is a very good tourist guide, with useful and reasonably updated information, very helpfull maps, and some great tips on traveling around, accomodation and restaurants. Having been to the country lately, LP Guide was a very good and useful travelling companion.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Second fiddle to the Bradt Mozambique guide 6 July 2012
By Bianca
We travelled Northern Mozambique (Quirimba archipelago) with both the Lonely Planet and the Bradt guide. In the end, we gave the LP to a local tour guide, as it is no where near as comprehensive as the Bradt guide, and there was very little on info other than on the south of the country. If you're thinking of travelling in the north of Mozambique, I'd strongly recommend the Bradt guide (, as all the info we found was bang up-to-date - including the little locally-run huts on the some of the smaller islands.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a vital tool for visitors to this revitalized nation ! 30 Dec 2000
By Maurizio Giuliano - Published on
Mozambique has only recently re-opened to tourism, after years of war and bloodshed. Fortunately the hard times are now over, and the country is once again a thriving, wonderful African nation. I loved it all - the people, the food, the music... With this Lonely Planet guide, I was really able to get the most out of my stay. It contains plenty of advice on visiting places, hotels, restaurants, etc. And also great advice on how to save money - indeed, Mozambique can be very expensive ! A country and a book I won't forget.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor guide 26 Dec 2011
By boukman - Published on
i'm afraid i have to pan this guide. i am here in mozambique and was also here a couple of years ago for 6 weeks. this guide looks like a rush job. there is not a whole lot of info beyond the bare minimum. the author doesn't seem to have spent very much time here. i was looking at someone's bradt guide last week and the difference is amazing. the bradt is twice as big for starters, and the author clearly has spent a lot of time here and knows the country. the maps in the bradt are also better. each entry about a hotel or restaurant has the map coordinates and you can go directly to the map to see where things are. the maps of maputo are generally much better.
both guides are pretty much completely absent of information about mozambiquan music, which is an appalling oversite!
and another complaint. i decided to download the digital edition and discovered that, contrary to what the web site says, it isn't complete. there is no index and the notes about the author are absent.
anyhow, not recommended.
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, but not 100% accurate 14 July 2013
By D. Moore - Published on
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I generally LOVE lonely planet books, and buy one for every trip I take. Especially for international trips. Unfortunately, this one was not as helpful as others. Some of the recommendations were not accurate or valid. And several of the phone numbers had been disconnected. Still, the maps are correct and helpful, especially in the cities.
4.0 out of 5 stars mozambique trip 29 Oct 2012
By Fede Not Yet - Published on
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Very useful and necessary information. I recomend it if you are traveling to the north. I recommend it if you are traveling north.
Please note that it is a guide only, as a base for your trip, but it is always best to know the local people and let them lead the way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent travel guide 3 Aug 2014
By M.A.O.H- - Published on
Excelent travel guide
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