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Zambezia Province

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Zambézia is an agricultural region of extensive coconut and magnificent tea plantations.

Area: 103,127sq.Km
Borders: Nampula & Niassa is north, Sofala is south, Tete & Malawi is west, and Indian Ocean is east
Population density: 29inhabitants/sq.km
Chuabo and Makua are the most represented ethnic groups.
Main products: coconut, tea, shrimp and precious stones.
Traditional Gastronomy: very spicy and the famous chicken grilled with palm oil

In this province grows one of the world largest rows of green, tall palm trees and tea plantations. The sea is very rich in fish, shellfish and corals.

Wildlife:
Gilé Game Reserve, near Gillé Village, has a great variety of mammal and bird species.
The Hot Water Springs known as "Fontes Quentes" bubble up from the ground near Morrumbala, Lugela and Gilé. The temperature can get so high that you can boil an egg or even cook food in it.
Mocuba, is a wonderful village, a bit expensive as it is becoming a commercial region.  
If heading north the transport leaves from the bridge outside the village. If heading south, the transport leaves from Central Market, next to the Sport Club Desportivo. There is a Cathedral worth seeing.
This region and on towards Nampula is the tea plantation region, which made Mozambique one of the biggest exporters. Molocue, a very small charming village, with is colonial architecture like most of the small villages in this country. Prices are a bit cheaper. In Gurué, where the tea plantations are you can find accommodation in Complexo Sanzala, own by an artist.
From here you can also go to Quelimane, the capital of the province, a city that suffered a lot due to the war, and our fourth largest city, is small enough for you to explore it by foot. Quelimane was a very important point for traders since the 15th century. From the 16th century it become an important trade route for the ivory and later was the major slave trading port in Eastern Africa. In the 19th century David Livingstone settled here to explore the whole Zambezia delta. His wife's grave can still be found in the town of Chupanga, 50kms outside Caia. The Catedral, a magnificent and austere building is something to see, built in 1776, is the oldest building in town. The Mosque, a modern building ornate with latticework at the top of the façade.


If staying in town, the Piscina is the place to go and have a drink while watching the magnificent sunset from rooftop terrace. Clube Zambezia has a Satellite TV in the bar, so if you are missing some sports this is the place to go. One can stay at the Pensao Moderna, which is clean and friendly. Pensão Ideal, has no sign, is a rose coloured house with rooms for rent, another cheaper option in town, basic but clean. There are a few hotels, like the Hotel Zambeze, but expensive, Hotel Chuabo and Hotel Primeiro de Junho, been not really cheap, you will probably need a treat after all the dirty road you have done. The Pizzeria da Estação has the best pizzas in town, but they also serve other dishes and one of the best places for vegetarians. For seafood, Coquina is the best one. Aquario only serves local food. Riviera, the only place that serves Indian food and milk shakes. Nice pastries. No alcohol. And so much more, go for a walk and discover the city. Besides the miles of lovely beach with hundreds of coconut trees, is Zalala beach with a camping site and some houses for renting which is 45Km on tar road. There is a Restaurant Kass-Kass about 100m away from the beach with really nice seafood that also provides accommodation. The Chapa runs until 17.00h from the Market. Be aware of thieves.


Madal, the Internet café in Quelimane city, on J. Nyerere Ave
The best Carnival in Mozambique happens in this town. If you around there at the time wait and enjoy it, you want regret it, since the people of this city are also knows for they affability and friendliness.
Transport to Nampula or Pemba, depending on where you want to go, leaves from the railways station.