Leaving its tumultuous past behind, Mozambique holidays today are centred around the idyllic Bazaruto archipelago with its palm fringed white beaches, paddling fishermen, dhow boats and unbleached corals inhabited by rays, dolphins, turtles, humpback whales, and even the rare dugong. Azura Retreats in Mozambique provides divine boutique accommodation on the Azura Benguerra Island.
Go inland to the central and southern wildlife reserves and you'll also discover large populations of elephant, buffalo and antelope roaming free. And slightly shabby Maputo has become rather stylish, with broad avenues lined with jacaranda and acacia trees, sidewalks paved with mosaics, pretty, colonial style buildings (with a touch of Havana to them) and a unique Mediterranean/African atmosphere.
And its not just divers who will be mezmerized by this watery wonderworld - for some of the best fishing in the world, go north of Maputo to the Quirimbas Archipelago National Park which is scattered with numerous idyllic islands. After the dustiness of an African safari, with its early morning starts, Mozambique is a fast track to the ultimate chill-out destination.
Contact our Africa travel specialist, Chris Evans, to arrange your tailor-made Mozambique holiday on: +44 (0)1242 787806.