At times, Mozambique can feel like a forgotten destination. But that’s what makes it so special to the first time traveller. It’s an off the beaten path world for those who love beautiful beaches, untouched islands, and amazing wildlife. It doesn’t have the draw of famous parks, like Tanzania or Botswana. It doesn’t have the glamour of the Seychelles Islands. But it’s one of the most beautiful places in Africa and it offers a little bit of everything; beach resorts, safari tours, and plenty of culture. Here’s a guide to some of the best things you can get up to whilst you’re in magical Mozambique.
For those in the know, Mozambique is celebrated for its gorgeous beaches. With a huge stretch of coastline facing out into the Indian Ocean, this is the place to come for family-friendly or couple-friendly resorts, as well as paradisiacal islands where you can completely escape the rest of the world. Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa is one of our featured destinations and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a honeymoon or romantic break.
With over 30 islands, Mozambique promises pristine beaches in the most remote locations. Stay on a remote island like Quilalea Private Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago and you will get to experience the most amazing paradise with mind-blowing sunrises and sunsets, plus that feeling of exclusivity with no-one else around you.
One of our favourite experiences here at Signature Safaris is beach braai, a traditional African barbeque. Braai cooks with wood or briquettes instead of gas so the grill takes longer to heat up – but that’s all a part of the experience. This interactive barbeque is a favourite in Mozambique and it brings together locals and tourists alike. But be prepared for a little spice as the classic flavour used on the Mozambican prawns and meat is Peri Peri. There are plenty of side dishes too which can be served with Braai and this includes salads, braaied potatoes and grilled sweetcorn.
One of the best diving zones in Mozambique is the Bazaruto Archipelago, known for its 2-mile long reef, a place where divers will feel like they have the entire ocean to themselves. This tiny chain of islands offers a beautiful, isolated ecosystem so you’ll benefit from clear waters, unique marine life and pristine diving. Stay on the island of Benguerra and discover a huge variety of fish, coral, marine mammals and plants which can be experienced either on a dive or on a snorkelling trip – ideal if you don’t have diving experience. You can also enjoy a range of other activities whilst you’re there, including deep sea fishing, sailing and bird watching.
Located in the heart of Mozambique is Gorongosa National Park, a 4,000 square km park which is home to lions, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, antelopes and more than 500 bird species. Visit the park just after the wet season between December and March (closed to the public) and you’ll witness the lush greenery or visit in the dry season for the best animal viewing.