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Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique

Mozambique

A coastline of unmatched beauty

Mozambique tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Mozambique has slowly but surely re-asserted itself as one of Africa's best beach holiday destinations, becoming a travel hotspot rather than a security hotspot. Its stunning Indian Ocean coastline made it a popular travel choice for many years, before a long civil war blighted the nation. But more than two decades have passed since Mozambique's dark days and its wonderful natural attractions are again being discovered by travellers.

Mozambique's coastline is a 2,500-kilometre-long succession of secluded and unspoiled beaches fringed by offshore archipelagos. Dhow cruises through mangrove channels, world-class sport fishing and superb diving and snorkelling are to be had in the Quirimbas Archipelago and the Bazaruto Archipelago. Dugongs, whale sharks, turtles and dolphins are just a few of the large marine species that can be seen in the country's brilliantly turquoise waters.

Less well known, perhaps, are Mozambique's other attractions. Excellent wildlife viewing can be had on a safari in Gorongosa National Park. Elsewhere, the lively capital, Maputo, and crumbling Portuguese colonial outpost of Ilha de Moçambique are also worth incorporating into your Mozambique travel itinerary.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
11 hours

Time zone
GMT +2

Currency
Mozambique Metical (MT) = 100 centavos

Language
Emakhuwa (26.1%), Xichangana (11.3%), Portuguese (official and spoken by 27% of the population as a second language)

Travel advice
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Top itineraries in Mozambique

Black spots and white pearls – South Africa & Mozambique

10-day tailor-made journey from £4,335 pp incl. flights

This indulgent getaway is the ideal combination of relaxation and exploration. Begin with a Big Five safari in South Africa and end by enjoying butler service on Mozambique’s white sands. Enjoy all-inclusive gourmet dining, private transfers and ultra-luxury stays throughout.

Islands of Mozambique

10-day tailor-made holiday from £5,450 pp incl. flights

This ten-day tailor-made holiday provides a great introduction to the beauty and nature of Mozambique's Quirimbas Archipelago, a series of 27 palm-fringed islands located off the country's beautiful northeastern coast in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

African Safari & Mozambique beach break

9-day tailor-made journey from £6,380 pp incl. flights

This is the definitive twin-centre getaway, combining a South African Big Five safari with the white sands of a private-island getaway in Mozambique. Enjoy all-inclusive gourmet dining, helicopter transfers, stays in ultra-luxury properties and expert-led activities from game drives to dhow cruises.

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Top places to stay in Mozambique

Azura Quilalea Private Island, Quirimbas Archipelago

Small & intimate resort

This hidden gem, located in the breathtaking Quirimbas Archipelago, offers guests a unique ‘Robinson Crusoe’ experience and the very best of barefoot luxury living in one of Mozambique’s most spectacular island destinations.

Ibo Island Lodge, Quirimbas Archipelago

Small & intimate hotel

Three historic mansions, each more than 150 years old, have been lovingly restored to create a boutique island experience on beautiful Ibo Island in the heart of the Quirimbas Archipelago that exudes colonial elegance and style.

Coral Lodge 15.41, Ilha de Moçambique

Contemporary resort

The location of this beachfront lodge– 15º south, 41º east – offers access to some of Mozambique’s most pristine coastline along with the historic treasures of the country’s former capital, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ilha de Moçambique.

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa

Contemporary resort

This delightful resort and spa is located on the beautiful, 37 kilometre-long private island of Bazaruto, in a jewel-like archipelago off Mozambique’s sparkling Indian Ocean coast, not far from Vilanculos

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Where to go in Mozambique

Vilanculos

Vilanculos is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago and was named after a local tribal chief called Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke. An international airport on its outskirts serves this small and friendly town, with daily connections to Maputo and Johannesburg.

Maputo

Mozambique's capital, Maputo, provides plenty of attractions and distractions for travellers. Bustling markets, street-side cafes and avenues lined with flame trees make this one of East Africa's most absorbing port cities.

Mozambique's National Parks & Reserves

There are around a dozen national parks and reserves in Mozambique. These range from the game reserves on the mainland, where Big Five animals can be sighted on a safari holiday, to the marine parks of the Indian Ocean coast, which are ideal for beach breaks.

Islands and beaches

Mozambique's magical offshore islands are the East African country's standout attraction. Travelling to these islands can be a Mozambique travel highlight in itself - via a dreamy dhow cruise or a scenic flight that reveals sweeping views of an azure sea interrupted by white sand bars and palm-line…

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When to go to Mozambique

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Mozambique’s dry season runs from June to October. This is the best time to visit, when clear skies, plenty of sunshine and relatively low humidity make ideal conditions for enjoying the country’s islands and beaches. The summer months (December to March) are marked by short tropical downpours and high humidity, which begins to subside between April and May.

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