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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Africa and The Indian Ocean
This is a rough guide to when to travel to this region. Choose a month of travel to see typical temperature and rainfall around the country. The ticks indicate our recommended months to travel.
Mozambique has a warm tropical climate with significant regional variations.
The Quirimba Archipelago in Northern Mozambique has a dry season that runs broadly from May to November, although there can be a few rain showers in September. Temperatures are lowest in July when it is typically about 28C and highest in November when it can rise to over 30C. The rains begin in December and last until the end of May, with February and April being the wettest months. During this time temperatures remain high.
In the more Southern Bazaruto Archipelago the dry season runs from April to October. The coolest months of July and August have temperatures of about 25C whilst October can be about 30C. The rains start in November and run to the end of March with the rainiest months being January and February. In the rains, December, January and February are the hottest months with temperatures reaching 38C.
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