11 Fun Facts About Mozambique You Never Heard Before


Despite being ruled by the Portuguese until 1975, Mozambique managed to preserve its culture and heritage.

Apart from that, the easy access, rich wildlife, and incredible scuba diving spots make this young country a must-visit if you plan an African tour.

So, let’s check out some fun facts about this South African country that’ll intrigue the globetrotter in you.

1. Mozambique is home to Lake Malawi: Africa’s Third Largest Lake

Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa, is Africa’s third-largest lake. The lake is so huge that it is shared by two neighboring countries, Malawi and Tanzania.

Apart from being so massive, this lake is also home to the largest number of fish species in the world.

2. The Zambezi River Divides The Country Into Two Opposite Terrains

The Zambezi is the fourth longest African river flowing into the Indian Ocean. It originates in Zambia and ends on the coasts of Mozambique.

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While flowing through Mozambique, it divides the country in such a unique way that the northern part contains only coastal topography. In contrast, the other side of the bank displays rugged mountain ranges.

The coastal plains are decked with rows of coconut palms, giving the perfect beach vibes.

3. Enjoy historic Architecture, Watersports, And Pristine Beaches: All At Maputo

Since the time Portugal ruled the country, Maputo has been an attraction because it is an ideal harbor. However, the city is still an attraction now that the Portuguese are gone.

The city has the perfect blend of coastal and inland elements, making it a great tourist spot. Despite the lush old-world charm, you’ll find this city to be quite budget-friendly.

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It has some fantastic water activities to enjoy, from scuba diving to dolphin watching.

4. The Country Is The Largest Exporter Of Electricity To South Africa

Not only South Africa but Mozambique is one of the most significant exporters of electricity to the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).

As the country is rich in natural resources such as coal, gas, hydro, and wind power, it has the highest potential for power generation among all the South African countries.

Raw Aluminium is amongst the most valuable exports of the country.

5. The Northern Mozambique Channel Presevers Some of The World’s Prime Coral Reefs

The Northern Mozambique Channel treasures valuable tropical coral reefs, making it the second hotspot for reef biodiversity.

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The coral reefs here are considered to be some of the most well-preserved in the world. However, they are threatened by climate change and ocean acidification.

6. Mozambicans Are Some of The Strongest Survivors

Massive cyclones and heavy rainfall often strike the country since it is situated on the coastline. Cyclones and floods are more common in the months of November to April.

Idai and Kenneth were the most destructive among the many Tropical Cyclones. Despite getting hit by massive cyclones every year, Mozambicans fight back and stand even stronger.

7. The Island Of Mozambique Is A Must-Visit For Architechtects

This fortified region has been in constant use since the 16th century, preserving some of the most remarkable architectural units from the past.

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Not just unique architecture, but the place also has a collection of a wide variety of building techniques, decorative principles, and building materials such as stone and macuti.

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No wonder this place is a UNESCO World Heritage site!

8. Mozambique Abodes The World Famous Gorongosa National Park

The Gorongosa national park has been featured multiple times by big media channels like National Geographic, Time Magazine, Telegraph, Afar, Conde Nast Traveler, and so on as one of the best holiday destinations in the world.

The national park is famous for lion stalking and seeing giant elephants enjoying a good bath time in splashing waters.

Apart from safari, the national park has many other activities to participate in, and most importantly, you’ll get five-star accommodation in the middle of a jungle!

9. You Can Pick From The Other Three National Parks Of Limpopo As Well!

Limpopo is home to not only one or two but at least three national parks. Those are The Marakele National Park, the Kruger National Park, and the Mapungubwe National park.

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Kruger is particularly famous amongst bird watchers. But what’s even more fascinating is that this is the only place where you’ll be able to spot the rare black rhinos in their natural habitat.

10. Besides Natural Beauty, Limpopo Has A High Historical Importance

There are more than ten historical sites in Limpopo, such as Mapungubwe, Thulamela, Makapans Valley, Masorini Museum, and many more.

Amongst them, Mapungubwe plays an essential role in preserving the history of the 14th century. The untouched cultural landscape remains date back almost 400 years, making it a UNESCO world heritage site.

11. Mozambique Is The Largest Producer Of The Best Quality Cashews

Inhambane and Nampula are the largest cashew growers in Africa. Not only do they produce the most considerable amount of cashew, but the quality is to die for!

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When in Inhambane, don’t forget to visit Bazaruto Archipelago, which is famously known as the paradise island because of its breathtaking beauty and famous marine national park.


Since discovering how much fun and learning are to be had traveling, Alex has made it a point to tour his home country and continent while still in his heydays. His ultimate desire is to travel farther afield to see the wonders of Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia. When he isn’t traveling, he takes his time to write about various places to share his experiences with other global citizens.

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