Mozambique is one of Southern Africa's prime holiday destinations, featuring picture-perfect sandy beaches, islands and bright turquoise, warm ocean water. This tropical country competes easily with popular locations like Mauritius, and boasts far more privacy and seclusion.
Mozambique is on the Indian Ocean coast of Southern Africa, bordered by South Africa to the south, Tanzania to the north and has inland borders with Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. The country has a very long coastline next to the Indian Ocean, making it a great destination for scuba divers, fishermen, sailors and beach lovers alike.
Known for its array of fantastic seafood, Mozambique offers some incredible dining in both cities and beach lodges. Both the south and the north offer great beach holiday options, with northern Quirimbas Archipelago offering a little more seclusion. Bazaruto and Maputo are more easily accessible, and Bazaruto in particular is known for its beauty and abundant marine life, as well as numerous water sports and activities. Roads and transport links are also better in the southern parts of the country.
Attractions & Activities
A closer look at what your holiday could be.
Mozambique's capital is located in the southernmost part of the country, Maputo has been undergoing a gradual resurgence as a cosmopolitan and trendy African city. Expect some beautiful colonial architecture, lovely sidewalk cafes, night clubs and excellent restaurants. Make a stop at one of the most interesting landmarks,Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, an 18th century Portuguese fort featuring striking architecture. The Municipal Market offers fresh seafood, spices and other produce. Feira Popular, a collection of small restaurants and bars, is perfect for a vibey night out and mingling with locals.
Mozambique is also more than just stretches of beach: Gorongosa National Park has been the subject of an award-winning National Geographic documentary called “Africa’s Lost Eden”. Gorongosa National Park is 1500 square miles of lush floodplains in central Mozambique, packed with wild animals. It is the most ambitious restoration effort ever attempted in Africa, with elephants, hippos and scores of zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo being relocated into the park after a civil war nearly wiped out all of its species.
The Bazaruto Archipelago, a group of 6 islands near Vilankulo, is a popular beach destination and comparable to the white sands and warm azure waters that Mauritius and Zanzibar are also known for. Benguerra and Bazaruto are the largest islands, offering a wealth of accommodation options and activities. Vilanculos is a popular surf spot and the entire archipelago is home to incredible marine life.ty.
The Quirimbas Archipelago is fantastic for seclusion, powdery beaches and lots of marine life. 12 major islands fringed with turquoise ocean water and soft white sand, make up Ilhas Quirimbas, as it's known in Portuguese. Endless sand bars and around 20 coral outcrops make Quirimbas the perfect snorkeling, swimming and diving destination. Beautiful islands with luxury accommodation include Vamizi, Quilalea, Ibo, Matemo and Medjumbe.
When to Visit South Africa
Mozambique broadly follows a southern African weather pattern, with the rains falling largely between December and March The winter season is probably the best time to go to Mozambique for cooler temperatures and the least chance of rain.
Mozambique's winter months run from May to November. Many people do still visit Mozambique in December as the strong downpours are usually brief before the sun comes out again.
January and February is cyclone season in southern Mozambique and there's every chance of a great deal of torrential rain. It would be advisable to avoid the Bazaruto Archipelago at this time.
Travel Tips and information
- Mozambique is a malaria region, so make sure you take prophylactics before entering the country.
- Citizens of all countries apart from South Africa, Mauritius and Malawi are required to hold a valid visa to enter Mozambique.
- Mozambique's currency is the metical, and US Dollars can be exchanged at all major banks. The South African Rand is also widely accepted throughout the country.
- The official language is Portuguese, with several Bantu languages widely spoken as well.