Located in northern part of Mozambique, the Province of Nampula has a spectacular landscape on a gigantic scale; luxuriant inland plains stretching mile after mile, dotted by the odd, giant rocky kopjie. Hardly any guests do ever visit here and even the majority of those who have done it merely pass through on their way from Nampula Airport in the regional capital, Nampula.
They subsequently head for the untouched and rugged tropical Nampula coastline that is sprinkled with little villages and several lovely beach cottages and lodges. Voyage in this section of the country is literally off the trampled track. It could be costly or very time-consuming and even at times both. However, the great reward is getting hardly any other visitors here during your time here. You have the whole place literally to yourself.
While there, persons interested in culture and history ought to include a stopover to the Mozambique Island (Ilha do Moçambique) in their excursion preferably by rental car. Situated three kilometers offshore, the island is approximately 2. 5km in lengthwise, although with an estimated 7,000 inhabitants. Founded by the Portuguese as a naval base and port and naval in 1507, it soon it turned into a vital trade connection between Europe and Asia for spices, slaves, pottery and gold. Ilha do Moçambique was for 400 years the Portuguese East Africa capital. The majority of the stone erections stand to this day notably the impressive Fort São Sebastião, on the island’s northern tip.
Other captivating sites that can be easily accessed via car hire services include the rundown, nonetheless still striking hospital built in 1877, and the Nossa Senhora de Baluarte Chapel dating back to 1522. This is alleged to be probably the oldest European style structure to be found in the entire southern hemisphere.
Today, away from Nampula Airport, majority of the island's inhabitants dwell in the “makuti town”, an unceremonious residence toward the southern of Ilha do Moçambique. Stroll through here to get an interesting insight into the daily everyday Mozambique coastal town life. Here there are no cars for hire but dhow builders busy at their trade, fisherman coming in with their catch for the day and women doing their washing by the water side.
Before heading back to Nampula Airport, two beach lodges are worth visiting in the area. Nuarro Mozambique and Coral 15. 41 are extremely different in their style, although they are both of outstanding quality and both are located on stunning beaches. With a good 4WD rental car they are just about 4 hours drive out of Nampula.