Beira is the second largest city in Mozambique and the capital of the Sufala province. This mountainous and high-lying region was made famous in the 1960s by the spectacular lion viewing that was made available at Gorongoza National Park. The lions are few and far between these days, but the area is still an excellent destination for birds and scenery. Built on swampy ground at the mouth of the Pungive River, this bustling city has old buildings, cafes, restaurants and excellent beaches.
The Cathedral of Beira was partly constructed from stone used in the historic 16th-century fort of Sofala, one of the first structures built by white men in Southern Africa. The fort was on the southern side of the Pungwe River and like the rest of Sofala has now been flooded by water. Beira is also famous for it prawns, which are said to be the largest and best in the country. Nearby, the Parque Nacional da Gorongoza is well worth a visit.
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