Mozambique tailor-made holidays
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
Where to go in Mozambique
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.
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.
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.
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…
When to go to Mozambique
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.
Top itineraries in Mozambique
This week-long luxury 'bush and beach' combination begins with three nights at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. Then relax at White Pearl Resorts on the talcum-powder beaches of Mozambique, in a suite that comes with a private plunge pool and sublime ocean views.
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.
Top places to stay in Mozambique
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.
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.
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.
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