Mozambique

Mozambique Overview

Mozambique offers world-class accommodation, pristine beaches, adventure activities including diving, snorkelling, fishing and diverse culture. You are completely spoiled for choice in terms of both accommodation and surrounds. Benguerra and Bazaruto islands are very exclusive and the entire archipelago boasts fantastic beaches, perfect diving and fishing conditions and amazing bird life.

Encompassing 800 000km, Mozambique is an enormous country with a coastline extending roughly 2 500km along the Indian Ocean in southeast Africa. The country has been known for its fine gold and ivory and for having been active in the slave trade. Today Mozambique is a safe travel destination and despite its regained popularity, this warm-hearted country remains for the most part un-commercialised, and gives an open-armed welcome to those willing to explore its treasures.

In the north is the Cabo Delgado province and the Quirimbas Archipelago. The National Park (Cabo Delgado Biodiversity Project) offers visitors diverse environments to explore. With world class fishing, diving and bird watching, this is a remote piece of paradise perfect for those wanting to combine solitude with an experience of a lifetime.

Travel further south to Ilha De Mozambique (Nampula province) and you will be transported back in time. This part of the coastline has been declared a World Heritage Site and is an architect’s dream, with buildings made of coral dating back to the 16th century. The Bazaruto Archipelago is one of the best known beach destinations in Mozambique.

Maputo, the capital, is in southern Mozambique. Formerly known as Lorenzo Marques this thriving, bustling city never seems to sleep. From markets, promenades and bistros, this is a city worth exploring and enjoying. Just minutes away by boat, is the Catembe Peninsula, with breathtaking views over the city and a delightful boutique hotel. Excursions to the nearby Elephant Park Reserve are also possible.

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Mozambique Itineraries

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Additional Mozambique Information

Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony, is situated to the south-east of the African continent and covers an area roughly three times the size of the United Kingdom. It shares its borders with six other Commonwealth countries; Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia to the north , Zimbabwe to the west and South Africa and Swaziland to the south. The coast line at 2,500kms in length is a particular feature offering superb beaches as well as some major archipelagos, Bazaruto in the south (reached via Vilanculos) and Quirimbas in the north (reached via Pemba) being the two best known.

The countries national parks and game reserves which suffered greatly during the civil war are being re-stocked and returned to their former glory, whilst the establishment of a cross –border wildlife reserve is key to the countries re-instatement as a safari destination.

The capital is Maputo which is the principal hub for international flights.

Articles on Mozambique

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Where To Go In Mozambique

Sandwiched between South Africa and Tanzania on the east coast of Africa, Mozambique is fast becoming Africa’s top beach destination. Its coastline stretches for almost 2,500 km along the Indian Ocean, where crystal-clear waters gently lap long stretches of pristine white beaches.

In a country famed for its spectacular beaches, the Quirimbas Archipelago in the north and Bazaruto Archipelago in the south are the undisputed highlights of a Mozambique holiday.

The Quirimbas Archipelago is composed of 32 islands and includes the Quirimbas National Park, Mozambique’s newest park that protects large areas of coastal forest, coral reefs and mangroves. The region boasts a wealth of marine wildlife and birdlife, while the islands themselves are virtually uninhabited, often with a single lodge on each resulting in an exclusive, private getaway.

The Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six idyllic islands and has earned its nickname of the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’. The entire area has national park status and is home to a remarkable diversity of birds and marine wildlife, including Nile crocodiles, sea eagles, five species of turtles, and East Africa’s largest population of Dugong or sea cow.

If you’re looking for a spot of culture, head to the capital, Maputo, known affectionately as the ‘Havana of Africa’ to explore the colonial architecture and relax in Portuguese-style pavement cafés.

Where To Stay In Mozambique

We have a selection of resorts and lodges in Mozambique to suit all your needs. For further information on our Signature Safari accommodation options, contact us directly.

When To Go To Mozambique

To help you plan your Mozambique trip at the optimum time for you, here are some climate details.

Mozambique Climate

Mozambique is a great year-round destination with a warm, tropical climate. The dry season, April to November, is the best time to visit especially the cooler months of June, July and August, while December to March is hot and humid with frequent downpours.

Temperature (°C)

These are the average lows and highs for Mozambique:

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
22/3022/3021/2919/2816/2714/2514/2515/2517/2618/2720/2829/29

Rainfall (mm)

Average rainfall but will vary according to where you are in Mozambique:

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
14113789692828181837577887

What To Do In Mozambique

The Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelagos offer world-class beaches, unspoilt coral reefs, and luxurious lodges and boutique hotels, making them ideal locations for an idyllic beach holiday.

Both archipelagos are biodiversity hotspots, so you can enjoy a different sort of safari with a remarkable variety of marine life and birds to enjoy. The rich waters offer world-class fishing, incredible snorkelling, and are home to some of Africa’s finest dive sites.

For the culturally minded, the World Heritage Site of Ilha do Mozambique has a wealth of beautiful old buildings, some made from coral dating from the 16th century, while the capital Maputo in the south is a fascinating city with colourful markets, bustling streets and a vibrant atmosphere. It’s home to the National Art Museum, Botanic Gardens and an impressive old fort.

At the moment, game viewing in Mozambique doesn’t match that in other areas of Africa, so for now our itineraries concentrate on the beaches and marine life.

Other Information

Whether it’s your first trip to Mozambique or you’re planning a return to your favourite spot, here a quick recap of some essential details about the country.

CurrencyMZN
Capital CityMaputo
Population25.83 million
LanguagePortuguese
Time ZoneGMT +2:00