Mozambique is rich in a great diversity of peoples: Shangan, Sena, Macuas... The Makonde people, originally from the North, are one of the most famous in the region, known in particular for their crafts. Across the country, shops are filled with Makonde sculptures, usually made of ebony. But craftsmanship is not the only Makonde specificity. This people is also and above all at the origin of the struggle for the country's independence, the current president, Filipe Nyusi, himself comes from a Makonde family. A visit to the Mueda region, Makonde land, will be full of surprises.The Portuguese have also left their mark, which is still very apparent. Colonization was not only reflected in intensive trade between countries, but also in the presence of honorary buildings. The island of Mozambique, for example, is magical in this respect: a city of old colonial buildings, all in ruins for lack of money to maintain them, but which distill a unique and mysterious atmosphere.
A country to discover before everyone else :
Mozambique has only enjoyed peace for about 20 years, so tourists have been able to visit the country for a short time. Apart from the South African neighbours, who are numerous in the country, there are still few tourists, especially in the North where the smell of adventure is most pronounced.Tourist routes are well marked out in neighbouring countries: South Africa of course, but also Botswana, Malawi... Within this region with immense tourist potential, Mozambique, the only non-English-speaking island, is still to be explored. Of course, there is another side to this situation: knowing how to be resourceful if you want to get off the beaten track. But that itself represents the attraction of "adventure" stays.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette