Mozambique declared itself mine-free in September 2015. Over 22 years, 171,000 mines were cleared. The Halo Trust did much of the work, see their director’s statement, How We Made Mozambique Mine-Free. An assist was provided by other partners, include APOPO’s HeroRats, a charity I support (now an IRS-registered 501c3 charitable organization).
I visited Mozambique in October. Flights are not the most abundant or cheap. Lisbon or Johannesburg will work best for most. The visa situation is in flux, officially nationals of countries that have a Mozambique Embassy are supposed to now get visas in advance (includes US, not Canada). Availability of visa on arrival at air and land borders varies, so if possible, get a visa in advance.
Once you’ve got your ticket and visa, it is wide open to enjoy. From capital Maputo on up, there is stretching coastline with beach and after beach up to colonial island Ilha de Moçambique. You can stay at a package resort filled with South Africans or find a deserted stretch of sand. Whale sharks can be seen seasonally.
The particularly interesting play to me is that Maputo has some of the easiest access to the richest parts of South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park. It can even be visited as a day trip from Maputo. A beach vacation and safari vacation with minimal logistical hassle. (Be sure to get a double-entry visa.)
Maputo, the capital, is not overflowing with tourist charms other than its proximity to Kruger. You can do well, though, to spend a few nights at the Radisson Blu Hotel Maputo with its cluster of beachside Portuguese seafood restaurants across the street.
Mozambique’s great achievement to regain peace and rid itself of the vile mayhem of land mines deserves recognition in the travel work. Give it a look.