South Africa and Mozambique
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The currency of Mozambique is the Metical.
Mozambique, which shares a number of trans-border holiday routes with South Africa, has, after many years of warfare, taken on its former mantle as an international playground.
You can still feel and see the Portuguese colonial culture in its architecture, second language and food. The old hotels of Maputo (formerly Lourenco Marques) prevailed through decades of civil war and some have been revamped. Everyone wants to go to Mozambique now.
Mozambique-South Africa trans-border access is through a number of entry ports. You can drive up from the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal and within the hour you are at the famous dive resorts of Ponta Do Ouro and Ponta Malongane, where sharks, dolphins and manta rays are your swimming companions in the clear Indian Ocean.
The Mozambique trans-border experience begins at the Nelspruit side in South Africa's Mpumalanga province. This is a fast track drive into Maputo, which has been nicknamed the ‘Havana' of Southern Africa. Do not rush out of this city – there is lots to do, including sampling its famous nightlife.
Along the coast are all manner of resorts and atmospheric little beach bars, but the true Riviera feeling comes over you up north on Vilanculos and its satellite islands. This is where you start feeling deliciously isolated and go into desert island mode. Just watching a fisher family go about their work with nets is an afternoon well spent.
Another trans-border experience with Mozambique that opened recently is Pemba Village, in the far north. Top-end hotels have been built here, but they retain the former East Coast of Africa feel.
The latest Mozambique-South Africa trans-border adventure is the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which includes the Kruger National Park, Zimbabwe's Gonarezhou National Park and Mozambique's Limpopo National Park.
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