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Mozambique (Bradt Travel Guides) Paperback – 14 Aug 2017
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This new seventh edition of Bradt's Mozambique remains the most established and only standalone guide to this alluring country. Complete with in-depth coverage of transport, wildlife, history, culture and accommodation, plus invaluable practical advice and maps, this honest handbook will help you plan the perfect visit. Particularly useful is the selection of reputable local tour operators.
Mozambique is a country of two halves. The tourism-savvy south offers palm-lined tropical beaches, luxury lodges and diving to rank with the best in the world, plus the capital Maputo, a city oozing with Afro-Mediterranean flair. The undeveloped northern mainland, by contrast, is one of Africa's last frontiers, with thrillingly vast game reserves and stunning coastal panoramas that draw intrepid travelers to those hankering after barefoot luxury.
With economy-boosting oil and natural gas potential on the horizon, Mozambique is on its way to reclaiming its standing as one of Africa's top destinations. However, despite being one of Africa's fastest developing tourist countries, it still offers the opportunity to experience the 'quintessential Africa'. Having once stood in the ranks with South Africa, over twenty years of post-civil war development and one of Africa's highest growth rates are drawing tourists back to its 2,500km of palm-fringed coastline.
Best visited between May and October, Mozambique is dotted north to south with natural, historical, cultural, and architectural wonders remnant of its varied history of exploration, trade, and cultural fusion. Highlights include the UNESCO world heritage site, Ilha de Moçambique, a 16th-century Arab and Portuguese trading post, ancient rock art at Chinhamapere Hill, tea plantations and an exploration of Mount Namuli, itself the subject of a documented expedition by American climber and filmmaker Majka Burhardt. Meanwhile the coast, home to more than 2,000 species of marine fish and five of seven endangered sea turtle species, boasts a plethora of delights, from windsurfing to diving and snorkelling, not to mention some of the richest coral reefs in the world, home to over 1,200 species and five of seven endangered sea turtles.
With in-depth coverage and practical advice for all budgets, Bradt's Mozambique is the essential companion for a successful visit.
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This book has all the usual features, including excellent maps, and there are two excellent colour photo sections in the book, the rest of which is monochrome.
This is a readable guidebook, and the author lived and worked in the region for 30 years. This is not a set of listings and things to see and do, but a structured guide to the country, with things to see and do integrated into the chapters.
The Contents are -
P001: General Information
P003: Background Information (geography, history, people, culture, etc.)
P029: Natural History (flora & fauna)
P041: Practical Information (The touristy stuff - When to visit, red tape, crime & safety, shopping, accommodation, “responsible tourism”, etc)
P069: Health (and “other safety concerns”)
P075: Diving & Snorkelling
P083: Southern Mozambique
P087: Maputo (with the ‘usual’ touristy listings for the city)
P137: The Limpopo Valley and Coast south of Inhambane
P153: Inhambane & surrounds
P177: Vilankulo, Inhassoro & Bazaruto National Park
P195: Central Mozambique
P213: Chimolo & the Manica Highlands
P229: Gorongosa & the Caia Road
P253: Northern Mozambique
P291: Ilha de Macambique & surrounds
P315: Pemba & the Northeast
P333: The Quirimbas
P351: Niassa Province
P378: Further Information