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Impala in the Niassa Reserve, Mozambique

When is the best time to visit Mozambique?

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.

Anna, Southern Africa Specialist

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

Quirimba Archipelago, Mozambique

Visiting Mozambique in December

Hotels fill up well in advance for December as the Christmas season approaches. Game viewing is not as good at this time as the rainy season approaches, although at the coast this usually starts as nothing more than a few thunderstorms and the weather is usually hot and sunny.

Events & Festivals

  • Turtles come ashore to nest (November to March): Five species of turtles nest along Mozambique's coast, coming ashore to lay eggs in the sand, and they have been protected in the country for decades.

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