Travel By Numbers: Mozambique
Saturday 09 October 2010
The year Mozambique's civil war ended. Since then tourism has been the fastest-growing sector in the country's economy. TAP Portugal flies from London via Lisbon to Maputo, for £641 return in November ( flytap.com). Other operators include South African Airways via Johannesburg and Kenya Airways via Nairobi.
The percentage of the country's surface designated as conservation areas. The largest is the Niassa Game Reserve, which covers an area the size of Wales. Sun Safaris, a South African tour operator, offers safaris to the reserve from £300 per night. sunsafaris.com
The amount of rain in inches that typically falls during the rainy season from December to March. Outside this period, Abercrombie & Kent provides tailor-made holidays, with itineraries including safaris in Ngorongosa and explorations of the colonial ruins on Ibo Island. Week-long holidays start from £3,215 per person, including flights. abercrombiekent.co.uk
The length in miles of Tofo beach in the south of Mozambique. Tofo's azure waters offer ideal conditions for divers. Whale sharks visit the area throughout the year; mid-June signals the arrival of humpbacks, usually present until mid-October. Tofhino beach is Tofo's quieter sibling and is perfect for surf enthusiasts, with plenty of decent breaks. Diving Tofo runs dives daily including equipment rental from £35. divingtofo.com
The price in US dollars of a night's stay in a traditional thatched beach chalet at Marlin Lodge on Benguerra Island. Located in the Bazaruto archipelago off Mozambique's south coast, Benguerra is an idyllic spot for game fishing. The lodge provides guests with a skipper, boat and fishing equipment for $65 an hour. marlinlodge.co.za
The length of Mozambique in miles. South Africa Travel Plan offers an 18-day 4x4 beach and bush adventure for £1,433 per person. Starting in neighbouring South Africa, the trip includes two days in Kruger National Park, then moves on to areas including Mozambique's beautiful Bilene Lagoon, before ending in Swaziland. southafricatravelplan.com
The approximate population of Maputo. The fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao is a major tourist site. For £525 per person, excluding flights, Acacia Adventure holidays offers four-day visits in the city, including a trip to the nearby Inhaca Island, home to Mozambique's Marine Biology Museum and The Inhaca lighthouse. acacia-africa.com
The number of islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago. Designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco, the southern islands are home to the Quirimba National Park, an area made up of coastal forest and mangroves, rich coral reefs and abundant marine life, including endangered dugongs. The islands are accessed from the city of Pemba, in northern Mozambique. Ibo Island Lodge has doubles starting from US$335 per person. iboisland.com
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