- 26 million
Mozambique doesn’t get the coverage that its neighbours enjoy and it’s had its share of civil war and famine, but don’t let that deter you. Maputo is a jumping, well-worn seaside capital. To escape the bustle head to the highlands, the coast or the Zambezi River. The main form of public transport is minibus, but be warned… they fill them F-U-L-L, and when its 38 degrees with no air-con, it’s damn hot!
But it is well worth it. Dotted along Mozambique’s 2500 kilometres of coastline are chilled beach towns, some of which turn into party hubs during high season with an influx of Europeans and South Africans. Pick your time and you may be able to dive with the whale sharks and mantas. As well as diving and fishing, you’ll also be able to pick up surf lessons. The beach kids will always have something to flog, are well versed in the hustle and are often devastatingly charming. The further north you go the more rugged and Islamic it gets.
This is a raw, at times rough, but definitely charming and exciting destination.