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Chaka Adventures - Destinations and Attractions

Tanzania attractions and destinations is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer the traveller a unique and inspiring experience. There is the snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the sun-kissed beaches of Zanzibar, the vast herds of game grazing on the Serengeti plains and the slow volcanic eruption of Ol Donyo Lengai. With so much natural wealth, it?s no wonder that Tanzania has something for everyone.

Napula

Nampula is the commercial heart of Mozambique, with banks, hotels, tennis clubs, supermarkets and large glass-fronted stores selling expensive motorcars.

This modern town, tucked in the rolling hills and rising mountains of the interior, was established as a centre in 1967 when the Portuguese government transferred the army headquarters from Mozambique Island to here.

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The geography is quite different here from the rest of the country. Huge volcanic granite rocks - icebergs - protrude from the earth creating the most amazing, dramatic landscapes.

Historically the Nampula province has a lot to tell; the settlement of the Portuguese on Ilha de Mozambique, the great natural port of Nacala and the centralized position of the province means it acts as a hub for Southern Africa. The country side is beautiful, and fertile, the sea side areas are stunning. Nacala Bay and the surrounding area is a rare jewel and offer fantastic diving.

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Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado Province, is a charming port town, perched high above one of the world?s largest natural harbours.

With air connections both to Mozambique?s capital Maputo and Dar Es Salaam, the town serves as the hub for excursions to the Quirimbas Archipelago and up the wild Northern Coast. But Pemba ? with its own white sand beaches (just south of the town), its market stretching for two kilometres, and its relaxed feel - deserves a bit of exploring in itself.

The spectacular natural harbour, lined with ancient baobab trees, makes for a unique sunset cruise. Pemba?s old colonial architecture sits side-by-side with mud huts and more modern fare. And just a short boat ride away are dazzling coral reefs - a diver?s paradise in year-round warm waters.

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North of Pemba extends some of Mozambique?s most pristine coastline ? where elephants still roam and the African bush meets the soft white beach. The Quirimbas National Park extends a good 120 kilometers north of Pemba.

Beyond the park?s boundaries is an innovative initiative, Maluane, to protect and promote 33,000 hectares of a wildlife safari area, a coastal strip and three Indian Ocean islands.

Considered the last stretch of unspoilt wilderness on the East African coast, this region offers coral reefs, mangrove forests, beaches and islands, and large tracts of inland forest and savannah. Thick baobabs grow next to the azure sea where wooden dhows go about their business.

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