The country borders other African countries of South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Swaziland. Although independently governed, Mozambique is part of the Community of Portuguese-language countries, and Portuguese is the official language here, although only 40% of the population can speak it.
Mozambique boasts stunning beaches, magical islands, clear, clean seas perfect for diving and the 4,000 square-metre Gorongosa National Park, one of Africa’s leading wildlife areas. The north of Mozambique is much wilder than the south, which is now rapidly developing into a popular African tourist destination.
MSC cruise ships call at the uninhabited nature reserve of Portuguese Island as well as the fashionable and lively port of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, located in the far south of the country. In Maputo visitors can look forward to a city with a dynamic atmosphere and elegant Portuguese colonial architecture. Spend the local currency, meticals, on authentic African handicrafts such as masks and carvings made from wood, soapstone or wire.