<p>Photo: Woman covered in cream</p>

Cream made from ground bark provides protection from Mozambique's equatorial sun.

Photograph by James L. Stanfield

For too long, thanks to a remorseless civil war, the treasures of this paradisiacal land remained beyond the reach of all but the most venturesome visitor. • Now, however, its unspoiled beaches, its magical islands, and its undefiled jungle frontier in the north all await free and friendly exploration. • Bob Dylan once famously proclaimed that it’s “nice to stay a week” in Mozambique. • This inviting former Portuguese colony, east of Zimbabwe and north of South Africa, offers a wealth of attractions to beguile a visitor for much longer.

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