The Lagoon Coast
The lagoon coast of Moçambique stretches 500km from Ponta do Ouro (\’Point of Gold\’) to Inharrime and encompasses many coastal lagoons, some cut off from the ocean by a number of the world\’s highest forested sand dunes, and some open to the sea.
This area is a wildlife haven and is home to turtles, sharks, dolphins and over 300 bird species.
Visitors to this area can keep busy with numerous activities such as fishing, birding, swimming with turtles, shark diving, canoeing on the estuaries or diving along the pristine coral reefs.
The Futi Channel of the lagoon coast is an ancient elephant migration route which incorporates Tembe in South Africa and forms the western boundary of the Maputo Elephant Reserve.
The reserve was set up in 1960 in an attempt to conserve the remaining herds that had suffered so badly at the hands of poachers. Vegetation within the reserve varies from mangrove and reed swamps to densely forested inland areas.
Inhaca Island lies just off the coast and was cut off from the mainland a few thousand years ago. It now boasts a large variety of intertidal niches include open plains, swamps, freshwater lakes and dune forests. These ecosystems provide ideal habitat for birds such as albatrosses, eagles, terns, petrels and sunbirds.