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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 88°F 6" 88°F 7" 86°F 4" 86°F 2" 82°F 2" 79°F 1" 79°F 1" 79°F 1" 81°F 1" 84°F 1" 86°F 3" 88°F 6"
Maputo 86°F 6" 88°F 5" 86°F 4" 84°F 2" 81°F 1" 77°F 1" 77°F 1" 79°F 1" 81°F 1" 82°F 2" 84°F 3" 86°F 3"
Pemba 90°F 6" 90°F 6" 90°F 8" 90°F 5" 88°F 1" 84°F 1" 84°F 1" 86°F 0" 86°F 0" 90°F 0" 90°F 1" 90°F 5"
Quirimbas Archipelago 88°F 8" 90°F 7" 90°F 8" 88°F 5" 88°F 1" 86°F 1" 82°F 1" 84°F 0" 86°F 0" 88°F 0" 88°F 2" 90°F 5"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Mozambique

Elephant, The Niassa Reserve

Visiting Mozambique in June

The spectacular and remote Niassa Game Reserve, in the north of Mozambique, opens up in June. The weather is warm and sunny and the whale migration can be viewed off the coast for the first time. Temperatures average 26-28°C (79-82°F).

Events & Festivals

  • 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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