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Vilanculos
 

Vilanculos, Mozambique

 
Vilanculos, also spelled Vilankulo, is more than a gateway to the Bazaruto National Park. Miles of white sand beaches, pristine coral reefs and over 300 species of birds have long attracted backpackers and caravaners. And with the opening of several new resorts as well as the creation of the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary in 2001, this once sleepy village is an up-and-coming beach vacation destination in its own right. Snorkel and scuba dive in crystal clear waters. Fish for marlin, sailfish, bonito and mackerel. Take a stroll through the market and shop for local crafts. Sail to one or... Read More more of the islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago on a dhow. Practice water sports. Or simply relax on miles and miles of unspoiled beach. And if you hurry, enjoy a family beach vacation that is off-the-beaten-path.
Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary

Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary

Vilanculos Coastal
Wildlife Sanctuary

Scuba diver and tropical fish

Scuba diver and tropical fish

Benguerra Lodge

A dhow ride at twilight

A dhow ride at twilight

Alfredo De Simone

Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Alfredo De Simone

 
History & Culture
 
The Inhambane province in southern Mozambique is noted for more than its cashews. The Chopi people that make their home in the province's southern reaches are famous for their orchestra music. Timbila, wooden xylophones of varying sizes and pitch, are heart and soul of Chopi music.
Chopi Music
UNESCO
Maps
 
Online maps are a great travel planning resource and a great way to get the kids involved in a family vacation. Use online maps of Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Archipelago to pinpoint your family travel destination and plot your route when you arrive.
Map of Vilanculos
Multimap.com
Bazaruto Maps
WWF
Books
 
Books are a great way to introduce younger children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. Learn more about Mozambique through guidebooks, novels and historical fiction and embark on a different kind of family journey. Discover age-appropriate children's literature. Get a complete list of Mozambican authors. Find recommended reading lists for adults and kids. Read book reviews from sources other than Amazon and get an 'African' view on Mozambican literature.
Mozambique Reading List
Kidscantravel.com Recommends
Mozambique Authors
Wikipedia
Book Reviews from African Review of Books
Paulina Chiziane
Mia Couto
Music & Sound
 
Marrabenta, with its distinctive Afro-Latin beat, is the most popular style of modern dance music in Mozambique. But it isn't the only. Discover the wild rhythms of Timbila, wooden xylophones played by the Chopi people of southern Mozambique. Learn about traditional Tofu songs sung by the women of Ilha de Moçambique. Find out about the panpipe music played in the country's far north. And, of course, listen to Mozambique music online.
News
 
Read Mozambique newspapers online and brush up on Mozambican current events from politics to economics and sports to entertainment. Get Mozambique news and discover what Mozambicans are reading and gain an understanding of the country and the people.
Aggregated News in English
AllAfrica
Mozambique Newspapers in Portuguese
noticias
Kids' Stuff
 
Online resources make learning about Vilanculos lots of fun. Did you know that birds, reptiles and frogs are frequently spotted in Vilanculos? Print out one or more of the checklists found on the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary website and take them with you on your trip. Don't forget to check off each species you see. And if you want to make your search for wildlife a bit more fun, hold a contest to see who spies the most.
Organizations
 
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as means to get involved. Find out more about a few of the organizations involved in the conservation of the Mozambique's marine life and coastal environment. Learn about new projects as well as ongoing initiatives that require support.

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