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Bazaruto Archipelago is a chain of pristine islands, each adorned with indigenous palms and the whitest of white beaches. Referred to as the String of Pearls, they're known for their great scuba diving and snorkelling venues.
Quirimbas Archipelago includes 27 islands. They're home to excellent bird life and turtle breeding grounds.
Mozambique Island, the ancient capital of Mozambique until 1889, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of historical importance. It features a few 500-year old monuments, cobbled streets and an ambiance all its own.
Maputo, the country's capital city, has many points-of-interest including some impressive architecture from the Portuguese era.
Ponta do Oura, south of Maputo near the South African border, is world-famous for dolphins and turtle watching, scuba safaris, fishing expeditions and snorkeling.
Xai Xai is a relaxing beach town; the swimming is great, trendy shops are everywhere and there's plenty of hotels and resorts.
Niassa Reserve in northern Mozambique is one of Africa's last wild places. Covering over 40,000 square kms (that's twice the size of Kruger Park in South Africa) it's one of the largest conservation areas on the continent.
Limpopo National Park contains an astounding diversity of wildlife and plant species, including nearly 150 mammal species, and an amazing 500 bird species, as well as at least 2000 species of vegetation.
Banhine National Park is known for its wetlands, and once contained great numbers of wild animals. Sadly Mozambique's protracted civil war all but decimated its wildlife population, but Banhine is on its way back with populations of ostrich, kudu and impala.
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|Land Area||786,380 km2|
|Water Area||13,000 km2|
|Total Area||799,380km2 (#34)|
|Government Type||Presidential Republic|
|GDP (PPP)||$35.01 Billion|
|GDP Per Capita||$1,200|
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