Matibane, and the islands of Crusse and Jamali

11 April 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 April – The Mozambican Tourism ministry has launched an international public tender for construction and management of an integrated tourist resort Matibane and the Crusse and Jamali islands, in Mozambique’s Nampula province.

The Matibane integrated tourism project is located 45 kilometres from the Nacala airbase, a facility which is due to be transformed into a civilian airport following work that is due to begin later this month at a cost of US$111 million.

The future Nacala airport is six hours from several European destinations and will have capacity to deal with 500 to 600,000 passengers per year and to receive Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft.

The two islands are located in crystal clear waters and surrounded by large coral reefs as well as having native forest and other types of vegetation providing conditions for both diving and fishing.

Crusse and Jamali islands, which are part of the zones of Tourist Interest (ZIT) are located in Matibane, in the Mossuril district of Nampula province.

The total area, including the mainland area (Matibane), is around 1,800 hectares and is located 40 kilometres to the north of Mozambique Island and 150 kilometres from the city of Nampula where there is an international airport.

Mozaico do Indigo, a national tourism institute (Inatur) representative told Macauhub that the government planned to find an investor to set up and run an integrated tourist resort in Matibane and on the islands of Crusse and Jamali costing a minimum of US$150 million. (macauhub)