Mozambique’s main drawcard is, arguably, the abundance of wildlife found beneath the waves of its picturesque coastline. It's why so many wish to volunteer in Mozambique. Tofo is one of the rawest underwater environments on the planet, playing host to such exciting species as those shown below:
- A variety of tropical fish
It is not only marine life which makes Mozambique's animals so enthralling, however. On dry land, the country has countless species of mammals and around 740 species of bird, so you don’t need your sea legs to spot some animal life! Be sure to pack your camera before embarking on a Mozambique volunteering adventure - you'll want to snap as many species as possible!
Finally, your volunteer work can help to make a marked difference to the nation's wildlife - be sure to check out our Mozambican Marine Conservation Project to find out exactly how you'll be helping the marine life around Tofo!
Mozambique’s culture is largely derived from its history of Bantu, Swahili, and Portuguese rule, but since it gained independence in 1975 the cultural element of the country has really begun to expand. With influences from Europe, Asia, and the historic inhabitants of Mozambique themselves, the country is a melting pot of music, food, architecture and traditions. Some of the most important elements of Mozambican culture include:
- The traditional arts and crafts, which include the renowned Makonde with their wood carving and elaborate masks
- Rich and vibrant foods, including spicy stews and plenty of fish
- Skilful, often ritualistic dance: the Chopi tribe, for instance, act out battles dressed in animal skins, and the men of the Makua dance in colourful outfits whilst balancing on stilts!
Mozambique is a country which will supplies you with a rich and varied cultural experience, so take some time to observe - and don't be scared to get involved, too! Why not give it a go and volunteer in Mozambique?
With plenty of things to see on both land and sea, Mozambique provides the intrepid traveller with boundless opportunities to explore. Just a few of the most popular sites can be seen below, so consider setting aside a little time in your itinerary for the following:
- Tofo – historically a small fishing village, Tofo now attracts troves of tourists per year - and it's not hard to see why! Find a quiet spot on the beach and observe whale sharks, humpbacks and sea turtles frolicking just off the shore!
- Fort Sao Sebastiao – this remnant from the Portuguese colonial times is a fascinating landmark for any history buff, standing as the oldest complete fort in sub-Saharan Africa. The fort dates back to 1558 (when construction is understood to have begun) and can be seen toward the northern end of Stone Town.
- Maputo - pay a visit to Mozambique's capital, if only to enjoy the famous Municipal Market - stalls overflow with delicious fresh produce, colourful spices, and other such delicacies. What better way is there to explore a new destination than by sampling the local delights?