Mozambique is one of the southeast African countries bordering the top of South Africa.
The country was a Portuguese colony for nearly 500 years, known for crops such as cashew nuts and cassava in addition to all sorts of spices, from chilli to garlic. To this day the Portuguese culture carries through with Mozambican specialities being Peri-Peri Chicken, Peri-Peri, phow bread, Tipo and the sounds of Portuguese language being spoken amongst the locals.
Mozambique was torn apart by a 16-year civil war after achieving independence from Portugal in 1975, and although fighting stopped in 1992, evidence of the war can still be observed. Although the country has recovered well from the war and is forecast to be one of the fastest growing countries in the next 10 years, helped by exports of coal and natural gas, it still remains a very poor country, with half its people living on less than $1 a day.
The capital of Mozambique is Maputo. Maputo is a vibrant city with a population of 1.5 million people, with white sandy beaches and a mural showing the civil war which is 95 metres long.
Mozambique’s coast runs for 1500 miles and features islands and coral reefs where over 1200 species of fish can be found.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is one of the largest reserves in Africa and is popular for tourists as a safari destination. The park is 19,633 km² (7,580 miles²). That’s bigger than a whole lot of little countries, from the smallest country in the world, Vatican City, up to New Caledonia. The first country bigger than the game reserve is Slovenia.
The Kruger National Park park is home to the Big Five (Buffalos, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos) as well as 88 other types of mammal species, 518 bird species, 49 fish species and 118 reptile species. The landscape is constantly changing in the park with mountains, tropical forests and bush plains. There are 11 entrance gates and 24 rest camps.
The South African Republic government began to protect this region in 1898. In 1926 it became the first official national park in South Africa. In creating Kruger National Park, two reserves were combined and adjacent farmland was added to the land that would become Kruger National Park. The park was established to control hunting and protect animals. The first park tourists arrived in 1927 and the visitors have increased yearly, with nearly 1 million visitors visiting the park each year these days.
#MozKruger Trips in 2019
Our trips planned for 2019 are still being finalized but we’re aiming for:
The #MozKruger trip cost includes accommodation, transport, necessary insurance, most meals and the following activities:
– Ocean Safari (snorkelling with whale sharks, dolphins, Manta Rays & turtles) – see video below
– Beach Days
– Kayaking to a local island
– Sail in a dhow (a local wooden sailing boat – without a motor)
– Island tour and local lunch hosted by the island’s “chief”
– A guided day safari in the Kruger National Park
– Much laughter, sunshine, good food, memories and friendships that will last a lifetime (You can’t put a cost on that!)
Other activities on offer in Mozambique:
VACorps will offer a PADI Open Water Scuba Diving course to interns (at an additional cost) before the trip if they would like to do Scuba Diving in Mozambique.
Part of this course fee will entitle you to 2 Ocean Dives in Mozambique.
Horse Back Riding
Areas visited in Mozambique
Maputo, Morrungulo, Tofo
Areas visited in South Africa
Additional costs over and above the #MozKruger trip cost include:
There is only space for 12 interns on these trips- so secure your spot ASAP!
If you would like to find out the cost of the trip or the scuba course, book your spot or have any questions please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Blogs from past #MozKruger Adventures (written by VACorps Alumni)
Photo Albums from past experiences