Reasons to Visit
Accommodation is invariably in small, boutique lodges with privacy and tranquillity guaranteed. Despite offering safari destinations for the purist and some of the finest coastal scenery you could wish for, Mozambique is still blissfully off the beaten track.
Mozambique's shores are scattered with beautiful beaches, some just small coves that are uncovered with the tides, others endless, deserted stretches of soft pearly sand, speckled with shells. There are few better places to relax with a champagne picnic under the shade of an umbrella during the heat of the midday sun.
Mozambique boasts some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in Africa, many of them only recently discovered. There are miles of colourful, untouched coral and a multitude of tropical fish species. Dive sites range from six metre beginner spots to vast coral walls for advanced divers to explore.
A certain amount of patience and open mindedness is required for a safari in Mozambique, but there is big game present in both the Niassa Wildlife Reserve and the Gorongosa National Park. These are incredibly scenic tracts of wilderness, where guided walks and water based activities complement the game drives superbly.
Ibo Island and Ilha de Mozambique are undoubtedly the jewels in Mozambique’s cultural crown. Both have an evocative collection of colonial ruins that is slowly being brought back to life. Dig below the surface and you will also find much of interest in Pemba, Vilanculos and the small communities living on the Bazaruto and Quirimba islands.
Exploring the waters of Mozambique reveals a wealth of marine life, from moray eels and groupers to parrot fish and reef sharks. Both the Bazaruto and Quirimba Archipelago’s attract nesting turtles at varying times, while there are conservation projects in place in the south to protect the rare, endangered dugong.
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The lodge has a fully equipped Dive and Snorkel Centre and the resident dive instructor will be happy to take you out diving or snorkelling amongst the coral reefs.
You can explore the island on which there is a very small fishing village where you often see fish out on racks to dry. There is a good amount of coral around the island and the snorkelling is wonderful.
The Gorongosa National Park lies in central Mozambique. The park suffered badly during the civil war in the 1970's but now both large and small game is beginning to return to pre-war levels.
Mozambique is one of Africa’s undiscovered jewels. Though its perfect Indian Ocean coast and islands have started to receive small numbers of visitors, its interior is still something of an adventure and well worth the effort. Our specialists can help plan a tailor-made itinerary that will get you to the heart of this wild country before it becomes more widely known.
11 Days from £3,145pp
Enjoy the Indian Ocean gems of the Bazaruto Archipelago.
10 Days from £3,455pp
Explore the colonial architecture of Ibo with its atmospheric streets and tiny harbour before continuing on to spend a few days relaxing on the beach on the Mozambique mainland.
14 Days from £5,930pp
Explore the highlights of Mozambique's North with a safari in the wild Niassa Reserve combined with time relaxing on the beach in the Quirimba Archipelago.
13 3/4 hours (Vilanculos via Johannesburg or Pemba Town, via Dar es Salaam)
British Airways & South African Airways
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