What to see in Pemba And Northern Mozambique

Pemba And Northern Mozambique Attractions

Although the south of Mozambique is more easily accessible by road, the north is bursting with natural attractions and stunning beach resorts, and is increasingly attracting international visitors and developing the tourist infrastructure to accommodate them.

Near the middle of the long, narrow country, the port city of Beira is often used as a gateway to the north, particularly the Gorongosa National Park, the Cahora Bassa Lake and the gorgeous Ilha de Mozambique, an island celebrated for both natural and cultural attractions. Nestled in the far north, the port town of Pemba is another increasingly popular hub for travel in Mozambique. From this shabby but picturesque town, tourists can access pristine white beaches, tropical islands, unspoiled wilderness areas, and national parks. The Quirimbas Archipelago is fast being 'discovered' as Mozambique's new hotspot for beach holidays and should soon be UNESCO-listed. The 31 islands in this chain are a haven for scuba divers and fishermen, with some fascinating history to complement the lovely beaches. Inland from Pemba, the Niassa Game Reserve is a massive swathe of protected wilderness just begging to be explored by adventurous tourists.

Roads in the northern provinces of Mozambique often require a 4x4 vehicle and can be riddled with potholes. Travel is substantially more difficult in the rainy season (October to March) when mud can make roads impassable and the nature reserves tend to close as a result.


Beira is the second largest city in Mozambique. It is situated in the central region of the country, in Sofala Province,…

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Cahora Bassa Lake

Situated in the Tete Province of Mozambique, Cahora Bassa is one of Africa's largest artificial lakes. One of three major…

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Gorongosa National Park

Often referred to as 'the place where Noah parked his Ark', Gorongosa National Park was a popular tourist destination…

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Ilha de Mozambique

Ilha de Mozambique (Mozambique Island) is an island in the Nampula Province of northern Mozambique, up the coast from…

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Niassa Game Reserve

Spanning an area of 42,000 square kilometres (10 million acres), the Niassa Game Reserve is the largest protected area…

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Quirimbas Islands

Soon to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Quirimbas Archipelago is fast becoming Mozambique's new tourist…

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