In many respects, the south of Mozambique is the archetypal tropical beach nirvana. Also, it boasts world-class snorkeling, diving, and game fishing.
Tourism to Mozambique, consisting mainly of South African fishermen, is concentrated here in a string of developed beach resorts. These include Tofo, Inhambane, Vilanculos, and the offshore islands of Bazaruto National Park.
The beaches of the north of Mozambique are no less beautiful, and the offshore reefs and islands are just as bountiful. However, amenities here tend to be more scattered. With the exception of the mainland resort of Pemba and the honeymoon-friendly Quirimbas Islands, they are generally more rudimentary.
Mozambique has some of the most absorbing towns in southern Africa. These range from the modern capital Maputo, with its palm-lined avenidas and Art Deco architecture, to historic backwaters such as Ilha de Moçambique (the capital of Portuguese East Africa for almost four centuries) and Ibo.
For wildlife safari enthusiasts, highlights include the renascent Gorongosa National Park inland of Beira and the vast Niassa Game Reserve bordering Tanzania.