Fascinations of Mozambique
After the decades of conflicts followed by the struggles for
Independence from Portugal, the reconciliation was realized in October
1992 between FRELIMO (the government party) and RENAMO (the opposition
party), and since then, Mozambique has enjoyed peace, political
stability and economic development.
in the suburb of Maputo
Surrounded by Anglophone countries, English is widely spoken in Maputo,
the capital city with good access to South Africa (only 2 hours to
National Park by car). It takes about quarter an hour from Maputo
International Airport to the city center, which costs about 3 US dollars
(or 75,000 Meticais) by taxi. People are very friendly to Asian tourists
and walking alone in the streets during daytime is relatively safe,
although minimum attention is required. The atmosphere of the downtown
somewhat reminds us of Lisbon, yet mixed with African dynamism.
Accommodation in Maputo offers many options. Among the five-star hotels,
Polana Hotel has the highest prestige with long tradition, one of the
rooms being used by Embassy of Japan. Hotel Cardoso has a superb view by
its geographical condition, besides their first class services. There
are also some three-star hotels for backpackers with reasonable fees.
Culinary is various. Mozambique is famous for seafood, as shown by the
export of high-quality shrimps to Japan. Short-necked clam seasoned with
olive oil, butter, garlic and coriander is very recommendable to the
Japanese. Other Mozambican dishes such as chicken roasted with coconuts
milk or Mozambican version of curry ("caril") are very tasty.
European dishes (Mainly Portuguese and Italian) and Chinese dishes are
also available in Maputo. Fresh juice as well as Mozambican beer are
very cheap and good. Weather is tropical, but night is cool between July
and September in Maputo. Rainy season is between December and March.
Vaccination for yellow fever, tetanus, Hepatitis A is recommended,
though not "must". Pills for the prevention of Malaria is
obtainable in some medical institutions in Tokyo and Osaka.
Mozambique is "raw ore of diamond" as host country of
tourists. Mozambique Island (Ilha de Mocambique), designated as World
Heritage by UNESCO in 1991, was the capital of Mozambique until the end
of the 19th century when gold mines began to be explored in South
Africa. Prospered by the commercial exchange with the Arab precedent of
the arrival of the Portuguese, the island emits a special air, a sort of
perfect fusion of African-Portuguese-Arab influences. Package tours,
including other destinations, can be booked in tourist agencies in
Maputo. There are also beautiful sea resorts where wild dolphins welcome
Decorated Gate of the Fort of Mozambique Island
・ Mozambican Dishes
Curry @Restaurant "Coqueiro"
Uswa (or Shima)
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