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Mozambique has a subtropical climate, with a dry season lasting from April to December, and a rainy season from January to March. The beaches on both the Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos are stunning throughout the dry season, although the winter (June - August) months can be breezy; especially in the north. The optimal time to visit is September to November, when the game viewing is at its best, the weather calmest and warmest, and whale migration can also be observed.

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Many people visit Mozambique in July and August, but I prefer September and October when the diving and snorkeling is at its best and the weather is gloriously sunny and calm.

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Mozambique Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bazaruto Archipelago 31°C 164mm 31°C 167mm 30°C 98mm 30°C 49mm 28°C 41mm 26°C 31mm 26°C 20mm 26°C 25mm 27°C 19mm 29°C 26mm 30°C 74mm 31°C 149mm
Maputo 30°C 158mm 31°C 133mm 30°C 91mm 29°C 56mm 27°C 29mm 25°C 18mm 25°C 20mm 26°C 16mm 27°C 38mm 28°C 63mm 29°C 75mm 30°C 87mm
Pemba 32°C 165mm 32°C 162mm 32°C 199mm 32°C 122mm 31°C 28mm 29°C 15mm 29°C 14mm 30°C 5mm 30°C 4mm 32°C 9mm 32°C 35mm 32°C 128mm
Quirimbas Archipelago 31°C 198mm 32°C 172mm 32°C 192mm 31°C 137mm 31°C 38mm 30°C 18mm 28°C 18mm 29°C 7mm 30°C 4mm 31°C 11mm 31°C 41mm 32°C 124mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Mozambique

Vervet Monkey, Vilanculous Coastal Reserve

Visiting Mozambique in September

In September, temperatures start to climb and the weather stays sunny. This is one of the very best months for snorkeling, diving and viewing Mozambique's incredible marine life, including the humpback whale migration. Meanwhile on land, animals are having their young and gathering around the waterholes in Niassa, making game viewing superb.

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  • Spectacular diving opportunities (April to June and September to November): The water is clear and calm during these months, creating superb conditions for diving and getting close to the fascinating marine life.
  • Stunning sightseeing weather (May to September): During these months the air is clear and pleasant in Ibo, Ilha de Mozambique and Maputo, making it an excellent time to do some sightseeing.
  • Humpback whale migration (June to November): Whale watching opportunities abound during these months as humpback whales make their epic annual migration from Antarctica to warmer waters off East Africa to have their young.

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