If you enjoy turquoise seas sweeping onto endless powdery beaches, beneath lazy palms swaying gently above, Mozambique might be your kind of place. This small, off-the-beaten-path country in southeast Africa is still largely undiscovered. For you, that means those golden sands and inland parks are very private and unspoiled – a perfect spot for a tranquil holiday.

With its serene unending coastline following the Indian Ocean, Mozambique promises a giddy choice of playful destinations. Even its Capital of Maputo, set alongside the harbor, with cafes, bars, and discotheques is known throughout southern Africa as a swinging nightlife scene.

One of Mozambique’s most exciting seashore destinations is the Bazaruto Archipelago, a group of 6 islands off the southern coast. Part of Bazaruto National Park, this natural reserve is designed to protect marine life such as sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays and sharks. If you wish to step away from the lux life at your resort, it’s a fun day to explore the park’s sand dunes, coral reefs, and burgeoning sea life.

Of course, what’s a trip to a South African country without going on safari? A visit to Gorongosa National Park is a dreamy voyage into forest, wetlands, and savannah, sheltering lion, hippo, elephant, zebra and water birds. Don’t miss Murombodzi Falls delighting with its many terraces of cascading white water.

Surprisingly, throughout this rural country, you’ll catch vestiges of its Portuguese colonial heritage. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, the coral island of Ibo still exhibits colonial-era ruins. And in capital Maputo, you’ll find many excellent examples of Portuguese-era architecture.

Fabulous beaches, fascinating marine and wildlife, and even exciting nightlife! Out-of-the-way Mozambique promises memories and perhaps bragging rights for those who are looking for something special.