Ian Wright travels to one of the world’s poorest nations, a country wiped off the tourist trail for twenty years by war but now on the rise again – welcome to Mozambique!
Ian starts his journey in its capital Maputo where he meets artists working to heal the wounds of war. He views the city’s colonial relics, lives it up in the Polana Hotel, one of Africa’s most luxurious hotels, and shops at Ipanaema market – a real taste of Africa.
Up the coast Ian finds himself in the Bazaruto Archipelago, a strip of islands off the coast that are fast developing as a diver’s paradise. Here he comes up close to one of the world’s most endangered animals, the dugong.
Pressing on north to Chimoio, Ian finds out how the central region of the country is dealing with the terrible landmine legacy of its civil war. From here Ian crosses the mighty Zambezi River and continues his journey to Quelimane where he stops at Africa’s biggest coconut plantation before learning about how locals are dealing with the lethal spread of the AIDS virus in Mocuba. Then Ian travels to the first European settlement in East Africa, magical Mozambique Island, which was built as a replica of Lisbon in Portugal.
Finally, Ian travels to Mueba, Mozambique’s most remote area where you won’t find many travelers! He stops in the village of Mueba, famous for a massacre of its people by the Portuguese in 1960. As the men of the village perform the animal dance to bring healing to the land, Ian finds it a fitting summation of the country as a whole – a place in which people are looking to the future and trying to heal the wounds of its recent troubled past. Travel in Mozambique is still hard but worth all the effort!
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