Underwater Paradise, Sparkling Coastline, and Intrepid Safari

Mozambique  is a tropical, idyllic coastal paradise in southeastern Africa that has become well-known for beaches and scuba diving.  Neighbored by Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and the Indian Ocean, Mozambique has great biodiversity, from inland wetlands and mountains, to freshwater lakes and forests, to plateaus and, of course, its rich marine areas.  The country is three times the size of the United Kingdom.

Pristine, near-deserted islands off the coast deliver dream settings with gorgeous beaches, turquoise waters, and almost no people. The diving and snorkeling is equally impressive, with excellent reefs and diverse marine communities. Mozambique’s coastline stretches for over 2,414 km (1,500 miles), almost double the length of California, from its southern border with South Africa all the way to Tanzania in the north, making it a convenient beach addition to both East and Southern Africa safaris. In the Southern half of Mozambique is the paradise of the Bazaruto Archipelago , while the north has the incredible Quirimbas Archipelago . Both areas have astounding islands with supreme marine environs.

When it comes to safari, Mozambique is a recovering destination that receives very low-density tourism. The Niassa Reserve in the far north is one of the largest protected areas on the continent and has large populations of many species. Gorongosa National Park is another potential safari destination. It suffered great wildlife losses during war times, but restoration efforts are well underway and this park deserves to be watched as an up-and-coming destination.

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Mozambique has expansive beaches, secluded islands, delicious cuisine, and spectacular marine life, with amazing numbers of whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles, coral fish and reefs.

Top Mozambique Safari Locations

  • Pemba Major city in northern Mozambique and gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago
  • Quirimbas Archipelago Marine paradise of coral reefs and more than 30 tropical islands
  • Bazaruto Archipelago Stunning white sand beaches with world-class diving and snorkeling
  • Maputo Capital city of Mozambique with an eclectic mix of history and culture
  • Niassa Reserve The largest reserve in Mozambique but still receives very few visitors
  • Gorongosa National Park Wildlife restoration efforts make this an up-and-coming safari destination to watch

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Pemba is the major city in northern Mozambique. It is a traditional fishing port. The town features interesting Portuguese-colonial architecture. Most people come to Pemba to enjoy the beaches, diving, and fishing, and the experience of a quaint coastal town.

Pemba is the capital city of the Cabo Delgado province situated on the Bay of Pemba, south of the Quirimbas Archipelago.

Access is by scheduled air service from Maputo, Johannesburg (South Africa), and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania).

Scuba diving to view marine wildlife, and world-class fishing, are the highlights of Pemba. Coral reefs are close to the shore and fishing at St. Lazarus Banks is nearby. 

Humpback whales can also be seen in the Pemba area from July to November. Other sea life include the dugong (similar to manatee), several species of dolphins, turtles, and manta rays.

Best Times to Go

The best time to visit Pemba is during the dry season from May to November. June, September, and August typically have the lowest chance of rain.  The most humid month is typically February.

Quirimbas Archipelago

The Quirimbas Archipelago in northern Mozambique consists of more than 30 tropical islands and stretches for over 60 miles along the coast. 

The marine area of Quirimbas National Park covers 1,500 km² (580 mi²)and includes 11 coral islands. Some of these islands have vertical drop-offs up to 400 meters (1,300 feet). A few of the most popular islands are Vamizi Island, Quilalea Island, and Matemo Island. Medjumbe Private Island and Ibo Island, the most historically interesting and a World Heritage site nominee, are also highlights. 

Vamizi Island and its surrounding waters are home to some of the most endangered habitats and species in the Indian Ocean including 180 species of unbleached coral and 300 species of reef fish.  These incredible reefs draw divers from around the world. Neptune’s Arm is one of the most renowned dive sites.

Quilalea Island, in the southern reaches of the archipelago, is a marine sanctuary, and very private and secluded as the only residents are hotel guests and staff.

Matemo Island is an exotic destination of beaches and lush vegetation, ideal for honeymooners and families. It offers marine activities as well as fascinating local culture.

The Quirimbas Archipelago is located along the coast of northern Mozambique in the western Indian Ocean. The area has very little human development.

Access to the islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago is by short charter flights from Pemba.

The Quirimbas Archipelago has one of the world’s most biodiverse and rich coral reefs. Marine species include dugongs, turtles (leatherback, hawksbill, green, loggerhead), dolphins (spinner, bottlenose, striped, humpback), manta rays, and humpback whales. 

Humpback whales pass through on their annual migration and can be seen from July to November.  Humpback and spinner dolphins can be seen year-round.

The national park is home to a wide variety of bird species including fish eagles, herons, flamingos, plovers, kingfishers, and coucals. 

The best time to visit the Quirimbas Archipelago between May and September during Mozambique’s winter months.  Rainfall and temperatures are lowest during this time. However, many people also choose to visit during Mozambique’s hotter and more humid summer.

From November to mid-May, there is a chance of tropical cyclones affecting the islands.  The ocean is warm enough to swim in year-round.

Bazaruto Archipelago

The Bazaruto Archipelago includes Bazaruto Island and Benguerra Island, the two largest islands off the coast of Mozambique. Bazaruto National Park is a marine national park that includes Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina, and Bangue Islands. 

The islands offer stunning white, sandy beaches, world-class scuba diving and snorkeling, and lush, diverse interiors from sand dunes to Savannah grasslands.

Other activities include dune boarding, 4WD adventures, catamaran island hopping, golf, saltwater fly-fishing, sea kayaking, horseback riding, big game fishing (marlin, tuna, sailfish), birdwatching, dhow trips, and island walks. 

The Bazaruto Archipelago is located off the southern coast of Mozambique. The gateway city to the islands is Vilanculos, 435 miles north of Maputo in the Inhambane province, directly opposite the islands.

Access is by flying to Vilanculos, on a chartered or commercial flight, via Johannesburg direct or via Maputo, Beira, or Inhambane. From Vilanculous you can take a road transfer to a jetty where you have a short speedboat transfer to the islands. It is also possible to take a charter flight or helicopter from Vilanculos to Bazaruto or Benguerra.

Bazaruto Archipelago National Park protects marine species including dugong, marine turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, and manta rays.

Along with incredible marine wildlife and coral reefs, freshwater lakes on both islands are home to crocodiles. Additionally, hundreds of bird species are found in the lush forests, including rare birds like the blue-throated sunbird, Rudd’s apalis, green pigeon, and olive bee-eater.

Bazaruto is best explored during the dry winter months of May to November.  The summer months of December and January can be quite hot and unpleasant for those who dislike heat and humidity.

Maputo is the capital city of Mozambique. It is an eclectic mixture of old and new architecture and buildings, with wide streets lined by palm and jacaranda trees.

Highlights of exploring Maputo include the Museu de Historia Natural; Museu National de Art which features the work of many contemporary artists; and the 19th century Fortaleza. 

For a local experience, visit the Mercado Municipal with its variety of local produce, the FEIMA arts and crafts market, or the Centro Cultural Franco Mocambicano, which features bands performing on many evenings. 

The Iron House of Maputo, designed by Gustave Eiffel and imported from Belgium in 1892, is one of the most unique buildings in Africa. Originally built as a governor’s home, it proved too hot for anyone to live in.

Maputo is in the far southern reaches of Mozambique. Access is via commercial flight on many international airlines from destinations worldwide. Maputo has an international airport and is the gateway to reaching many other destinations within Mozambique.

The Niassa Reserve

The Niassa Reserve is over 16,000 square miles of protected area, twice the size of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. It is Mozambique’s largest reserve but is not a national park.

The scenery is stunning, with baobab trees, palms, and one of the largest protected miombo forests on Earth.  Safari camps are rustic, vintage accommodations offering game drives, canoeing, and escorted walks. 

The reserve receives very few visitors, which means the wildlife is not very habituated and can be more difficult to see. At the same time, it is an unfiltered and unadulterated wilderness experience that has remained truly wild and free from most human interference.

Niassa is in far northern Mozambique, and shares its northern border with the southern border of Tanzania. Access is via scheduled or private charter flights from Pemba.

Elephants here are known for their large tusks.  There are three species here endemic to the park: Boehm’s zebra, Niassa wildebeest, and Johnson’s impala.  There are more than 370 bird species recorded including Pel’s fishing owl, Taita falcon, Boehm’s bee-eater, African skimmer, Stierling’s woodpecker, and the African pitta.

Other commonly seen species include sable antelope, Cape buffalo, African wild dog, lion, leopard, eland, hippo, and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest.

The best time to visit Niassa is during the dry season, July to October, when the bush is more dry and animals can be easier to see. The park does not get busy so, although this is “high” season, there are very few visitors.

November to March are hotter, wetter months to visit, but there are advantages to visiting during this season. The landscape turns lush and green, and it is prime birding time as migratory birds are present November to April. Many species are also giving birth during this time so there is high potential to see young. Some safari camps are only open from May through November.

Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa National Park hosted thousands of visitors from all over the world between the 1940s to early 1980s. It was shut down in 1983 due to Mozambique’s civil war.

The park was first established as a hunting reserve in the 1920s. By 1960, it had grown in size and was officially declared a national park. The park was home to abundant wildlife, with lion populations in the hundreds and elephant populations in the thousands.  During the country’s civil war, fighting took place in the park until 1992. From 1993 to 1996, professional hunters added to the loss of wildlife already suffered during the war. Many of Gorongosa’s large animal populations were reduced by 90 percent or more.

In 1994, the first efforts to restore the park and its wildlife began, and continued into the late nineties and early 2000s. In 2004, the Gorongosa Restoration Project (U.S. based nonprofit) teamed up with the Government of Mozambique to restore the national park. This was followed by wildlife relocation efforts, community meetings with local people, and rebuilding of the camp and infrastructure. By 2010, wildlife numbers in the park had risen about 40 percent over three years. In 2018, African wild dogs were reintroduced to the park. In 2019, Cyclone Idai devastated the center of the province where Gorongosa is located, but wildlife restoration efforts continue to be underway.

There is currently one major camp in Gorongosa called Chitengo Camp (also known as Montebelo Gorongosa Lodge). A new tented camp, Muzimu Tented Camp, was slated to open in 2020. Activities include guided game drives, canoe safaris, and boat safaris.

Gorongosa National Park is in central Mozambique. Access is via scheduled flight from Beira, by way of Maputo or Johannesburg, or from Chimoio, by way of Maputo. Flights can also be chartered.

To reach Gorongosa from Beira, it is a 3.5-hour road transfer, or from Chimoio it is a 2-hour road transfer.

Wildlife restoration efforts have dramatically increased numbers in the park over the last few decades, but some species continue to be scarce, such as buffalo.  Gorongosa is often referred to as the “Serengeti of the South” with its grassy floodplains and savannahs. Waterbuck numbers are high on the floodplains and other antelope species include sable, nyala, impala, reedbuck, bushbuck, and oribi.

Four of the “Big Five” are present in Gorongosa: elephant, lion, leopard, and buffalo. There are no rhino or cheetah in the park.  Elephant, giraffe, zebra, hippo, warthog, baboon and lion are seen more commonly on game drives, while buffalo, wildebeest, leopard, hyena, and African wild dog are more rarely seen. A pack of 14 wild dogs was recently reintroduced to the park.

Over 150 different species of birds may be recorded in a single day during November, when migratory birds arrive in Mozambique. Some highlight bird species include African fish-eagle, green-headed oriole, weavers, grey crowned crane, and lilac-breasted roller.

Wildlife viewing is excellent during the July to October dry season as animals congregate around water pans that become hubs of activity. Huge herds of waterbuck and other antelope gather at the shores of Lake Urema.

Just after the wet season’s rains, from April to June, you will experience lush landscapes and a vibrant oasis. During these wetter months, elephants spread out more, impala are in rutting season, and crocodiles leave their lake refuge to head inland to rivers and pans.

The park is closed to tourism for the heaviest wet season, from mid-December to early March as roads are impassable. 

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In Mozambique, Marine Conservation Has Helped Shape a Different Kind of Safari

By Luke Abrahams

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Few travelers realize that Mozambique possesses one of the longest and most beautiful coastlines in Africa—more than 1,500 miles of white sand beaches, lapped by UNESCO-protected waters that teem with dugongs and giant sharks, manta rays and whales. Hampered by a 15-year civil war, endemic corruption, and a devastating cyclone in 2019, it is one of the continent's least developed countries, with a tourism industry that far lags neighboring South Africa.

Eight years ago, though, Mozambique's Ministry of Tourism unveiled its Strategic Tourism Development Plan, which emphasized the need for new infrastructure and marine conservation. Meanwhile, scientists like Andrea Marshall, PhD, an American expat who cofounded the nonprofit Marine Megafauna Foundation, have been, as she puts it, “identifying areas to protect, studying animals and their behaviors, and building up communities dedicated to protecting those areas.”

One of the first hot spots to emerge from these twin impulses—to create ocean sanctuaries and develop tourism experiences around them—is the Bazaruto Archipelago, in southern Mozambique. There, the luxury resort andBeyond Benguerra Island partners with the conservation organization Oceans Without Borders on activities like a five-day adventure tagging key marine predator species. Elsewhere on Benguerra Island, the chic eco-resort Kisawa partners with the Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies to craft a range of experiences that educate guests on marine ecosystems.

Farther south is Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, Africa's first marine transfrontier conservation area, which links protected waters in Mozambique and South Africa. There, South African marine biologist Justin Blake, cofounder of NGO tour operator the RockHopper Fund, leads diving expeditions in which guests listen on live receivers for the pings of tagged sharks, which Blake calls “bloodhounds” for identifying critical marine habitats. The data helps RockHopper make decisions about where to focus its conservation efforts. “People are actively seeking out tours like ours, which follow a code of conduct,” he says. “They want to support marine research with their money.”

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Mozambique Safaris

Mozambique's coastline is an African gem, with palm-fringed beaches, azure waters, and incredible wildlife. The Gorongosa National Park offers an off-the-beaten-track safari experience. From Maputo to the Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique has something for everyone, including luxury beach resorts and traditional safari camps.

The Mozambique Safari Experience

  • Relax alongside the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean in Zanzibar.
  • Visit Tofo's beaches are perfect for diving and snorkelling. You can swim with manta rays, dolphins, and whale sharks.
  • Venture The Bazaruto archipelago in the north is home to rare dugongs and diverse marine life on colourful coral reefs.
  • Explore Cabo Delgado province boasts a beautiful coastline and the Quirimbas archipelago with its tropical islands and resorts. Ibo, the most famous island, has a rich history as a trading post and a mix of cultures seen in its colonial villas.

Why NWS for your Mozambique Safari?

At Natural World Safaris, we specialise in creating bespoke travel itineraries tailored to your specific interests. Whether you're after a wildlife safari, cultural exploration, or beach getaway, we can design the perfect Mozambique itinerary for you. Our commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism means that we work closely with local communities and conservation organizations to ensure a positive impact on the environment and people. We offer unique experiences, such as private game drives and guided tours of local villages, that you won't find anywhere else.

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Mozambique Dhow Safari

Explore Mozambique's beautiful Quirimbas archipelago on a dhow. Snorkel, swim and enjoy the stunning turquoise ocean and marine life on your way. This safari explores the Quirimbas Archipelago by both 12ft dhow and sea kayaks. On-board you will have a professional local crew, all of which know the area extremely well and will know where and when to go. Throughout the trip you will have a huge input as to what activities you wish to include, and where you want to venture to. This trip is a perfect balance of exploring these beautiful islands and then relaxing at the tranquil Ibo Island Lodge. You have the option of joining onto one of our many set departures, or creating your very own private departure – a great option for honeymooners, families and groups of friends.

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Wildlife & Wilderness: Gorongosa Safari

Known in Mozambique as the ‘Park for Peace’, Gorongosa is one of Africa’s last true wild places with the greatest wildlife restoration story. When the war ended in 1992, the landscape was devastated and more than 90% of Gorongosa’s large mammals had disappeared. Efforts were made to rehabilitate Gorongosa after the war but it wasn’t until 2004, when American philanthropist Greg Carr partnered with the Mozambican government to restore the park, that it started coming back to life. The Gorongosa Restoration Project has worked with the Government of Mozambique for the past 20 years to restore wildlife to the Gorongosa National Park, in what is perhaps the greatest restoration success in Africa.

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How much does mozambique cost.

An 8-day safari in Mozambique starts at £4,000 per person and includes food, drinks, private guides, and transfers. For a longer trip covering Mozambique and South Africa, the budget needs to increase to £8,300 per person. The extended trip includes top-quality guides, private villas, and incredible excursions.

Where to stay in Mozambique?

Mozambique has some of the world's best beaches and accommodations. It's a perfect starting point for excursions into the water. Guests can enjoy stunning ocean views in luxurious surroundings or opt for eco-friendly lodges that benefit the local environment and community.

When to go to Mozambique?

Mozambique's best time to visit depends on your preferences and location. The country has a varied climate and distinct seasons. The dry season between April and November is considered the best time to visit. The wet season from January to March offers wildlife events but may deter some travellers due to the rains.

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Is mozambique good for safari.

Mozambique offers unique and diverse safari experiences, particularly along its coastline and in some of its national parks and reserves. While the country is more renowned for its stunning beaches and marine life, it also provides opportunities for wildlife viewing and safari adventures. Gorongosa National Park , for example, is known for its conservation efforts and offers opportunities to spot elephants, lions, hippos, and a variety of bird species. The Niassa Reserve is another option, providing a more off-the-beaten-path safari experience with its rugged landscapes and diverse ecosystems. Although not as established as certain other African safari destinations , Mozambique's safari offerings can complement a beach-centric vacation or provide a distinct wildlife experience.

Is Mozambique safe for tourism?

Mozambique is generally safe for tourism, having made progress in terms of stability. Tourists should exercise caution, be mindful of local conditions, adhere to safety guidelines, and protect their belongings. While tourist areas are generally secure, checking travel advisories and practicing standard safety measures is recommended. With sensible travel practices, Mozambique offers an enjoyable and fulfilling destination for beach holidays, water sports, and cultural experiences.

What vaccinations are required for Mozambique?

For travel to Mozambique, it is advisable to ensure routine vaccinations such as MMR and Tdap are up to date. Additionally, recommended and potentially required vaccinations include yellow fever (if coming from a risk area), typhoid, hepatitis A and B, and rabies if close animal contact is anticipated. Malaria is prevalent, so taking appropriate antimalarial medication is essential. Consult a healthcare professional for personalised advice based on your health history, travel plans, and the latest health advisories

What to do in Mozambique

Mozambique offers a variety of activities for travellers . Its stunning coastline is a highlight, providing opportunities for beach relaxation, water sports such as diving and snorkelling to explore vibrant coral reefs, and enjoying fresh seafood. The Bazaruto Archipelago is renowned for its idyllic islands and marine life. Explore cultural heritage in cities like Maputo, with its markets, architecture, and museums. Nature lovers can visit Gorongosa National Park for wildlife spotting and ecotourism. Enjoy local cuisine, music, and art, and immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture.

What do I need to know before going to Mozambique?

Before travelling to Mozambique, ensure you have the necessary visa and vaccinations, and carry local currency. Familiarise yourself with the official language, Portuguese, and respect local customs. Stay informed about safety conditions, especially in areas with past security concerns, and be prepared for Mozambique's tropical climate. Plan transportation and accommodation in advance, respect cultural etiquette, and practise responsible tourism. Stay updated on weather conditions and potential natural hazards, and bring appropriate electrical adapters. Research and preparation will contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable experience in Mozambique. If you need assistance in planning accommodation then be sure to check out our guide on where to stay in Mozambique .


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Mozambique’s main draw are the countless paradisiacal palm-fringed beaches that line its 2,600km/1,616mi Indian Ocean coastline and innumerable offshore islands. Serviced by some first-class luxury resorts, it is the perfect country for a relaxing beach holiday, as well as for more active marine pursuits such as snorkeling, diving and coastal safaris. Inland, Mozambique’s national parks and reserves were once major attractions, but a prolonged civil war that ended in 1992 left them poached out and depleted of wildlife. Despite this, recent rehabilitation efforts mean that some of these little-visited parks are now slowly emerging as worthwhile goals for adventurers seeking an off-the-beaten-track safari experience.

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4-Day Historic City and Idyllic Beach Tour of Mozambique

4-Day Historic City and Idyllic Beach Tour of Mozambique

$1,242 pp (USD)

Mozambique: Private tour Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Maputo (Start) , Ponta do Ouro (Beach) , Maputo (End)

Mmilo Tours

5.0 /5  –  123 Reviews

7-Day Kruger Safari and Mozambique Beach Combination

7-Day Kruger Safari and Mozambique Beach Combination

$4,893 to $5,544 pp (USD)

Mozambique & South Africa: Private tour Luxury Lodge & Resort

You Visit: Johannesburg (Start) , Jock Concession (Kruger NP) , Mamoli (Beach) , Maputo Airport (End)

Discover Africa Safaris

4.9 /5  –  420 Reviews

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2-Day Machangulo Beach Lodge - 1 Night

$172 to $215 pp (USD)

You Visit: Maputo (Start) , Machangulo (Beach) , Maputo (End)

East Cape Tours

5.0 /5  –  61 Reviews

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9-Day Wild Dog Delights

$6,507 pp (USD)

Mozambique: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle) Mid-range Tented Camp & Hotel

You Visit: Beira (Start) , Gorongosa NP, Beira (End)

Pictus Safaris

4.3 /5  –  6 Reviews

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14-Day Mozambique and Kruger - Beach and Bush

$2,475 pp (USD)

Mozambique & South Africa: Shared tour (max 12 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Tented Camp

You Visit: Johannesburg (Start) , Zululand (KwaZulu-Natal) , Kosi Bay (iSimangaliso WP) , Ponta do Ouro (Beach) , Maputo (City) , Inhambane (City) , Xai-Xai (Town & Beach) , Kruger NP, Greater Kruger, Johannesburg (End)

Sunway Safaris

4.5 /5  –  30 Reviews

6-Day Mozambique Tropical Island Tour

$935 pp (USD)

Mozambique: Shared tour (max 8 people per group) Mid-range Lodge & Resort

You Visit: Maputo (Start) , Bilene (Town & Beach) , Tofo (Beach) , Xai-Xai (Town & Beach) , Maputo (End)

9-Day South Africa & Mozambique Family Trip

$6,460 to $7,106 pp (USD)

Mozambique & South Africa: Private tour Luxury Lodge

You Visit: Johannesburg (Start) , Sabi Sands (Greater Kruger) , Machangulo (Beach) , Maputo Airport (End)

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9-Day Bush & Beach Safari in Timbavati and Mozambique

$5,759 pp (USD)

You Visit: Johannesburg (Start) , Timbavati NR (Greater Kruger) , Vilanculos (Town & Beach) , Johannesburg Airport (End)

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2-Day Coral Lodge - 1 Night

$506 to $594 pp (USD)

Mozambique: Private tour Mid-range Lodge

You Visit: Mossuril

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17-Day Mesmerizing Mozambique

$16,097 pp (USD)

Mozambique: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle) Budget Camping & Lodge

You Visit: Lichinga (Start) , Niassa SR, Beira (City) , Marromeu NR, Vilanculos (Town & Beach) , Bazaruto Archipelago (Beach) , Vilanculos Airport (Vilanculos) , Vilankulo (End)

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4-Day Mozambique Tropical Island Getaway

$2,119 pp (USD)

Mozambique: Private tour Luxury Resort

You Visit: Pemba Town (Start) , Medjumbe Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) , Pemba Int'l Airport (Pemba town) , Pemba Town (End)

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14-Day Best of South Africa and Mozambique

$5,606 to $6,263 pp (USD)

Mozambique & South Africa: Private tour Luxury Hotel & Bush Camp

You Visit: Cape Town (Start) , Franschhoek (Cape Winelands) , Kruger NP, Sabi Sands (Greater Kruger) , Vilanculos (Town & Beach) , Johannesburg (City) , Vilankulo (End)

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2-Day White Pearl Resorts - 1 Night

$710 to $1,045 pp (USD)

You Visit: Maputo (Start) , Mamoli (Beach) , Maputo (End)

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9-Day Luxury Botswana Safari and Mozambique Beach

$6,952 to $10,120 pp (USD)

Botswana, Mozambique & South Africa: Private tour Luxury Tented Camp & Resort

You Visit: Maun (Start) , Okavango Delta, Johannesburg (City) , Vilanculos (Town & Beach) , Vilanculos Airport (Vilanculos) , Vilankulo (End)

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2-Day Asdunas Lodge -1 Night

$303 to $351 pp (USD)

You Visit: Vilankulo (Start) , Vilanculos (Town & Beach) , Vilankulo (End)

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11-Day Zimbabwe & Mozambique off the Beaten Track

$7,400 to $8,140 pp (USD)

Mozambique, South Africa & Zimbabwe: Private tour Luxury Lodge & Resort

You Visit: Harare (Start) , Gonarezhou NP, Johannesburg (City) , Vilanculos (Town & Beach) , Vilanculos Airport (Vilanculos) , Vilankulo (End)

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2-Day Massinga Beach Lodge - 1 Night

$306 to $345 pp (USD)

You Visit: Vilankulo (Start) , Massinga (Town & Beach) , Vilankulo (End)

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22-Day Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique - Trade Route

$3,373 pp (USD)

Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa & Zambia: Shared tour (max 12 people per vehicle) Budget Camping & Lodge

You Visit: Livingstone (Start) , Victoria Falls, Chirundu (Town) , Lower Zambezi NP, Petauke (Town) , South Luangwa NP, Lake Malawi, Tete (City) , Bazaruto Island (Bazaruto Archipelago) , Inhambane (City) , Praia De Chizavane (Beach) , Kruger NP, Greater Kruger, Panorama Route (Highlight) , Johannesburg (End)

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6 Questions About Mozambique Tours

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Why should I go to Mozambique?

“There are plenty of reasons to go to Mozambique. With its endlessly long, unspoiled Indian Ocean coastline, Mozambique is the ultimate beach destination. The picture-perfect setting of turquoise waters lapping on white sandy beaches fringed by swaying palm trees is like a dream come true. The marine life is phenomenal. You’ll have the opportunity to dive or snorkel with shoals of colorful fish zigzagging around the beautiful coral reefs. Or you can take a boat trip further offshore to get close to dolphins and whales. Real adventure enthusiasts might want to swim with whale sharks. Meeting the local Mozambicans is easy; these laid-back people love to welcome visitors to their piece of paradise. Go back in time with them on a traditional dhow cruise, check out the art deco Portuguese-influenced architecture, or dance the night away in one of Maputo’s edgy nightclubs. Whatever rocks your boat, don’t walk away without tasting the many tantalizing Mozambican dishes, especially the famous LM prawns.”

Where should I go in Mozambique?

“There is no shortage of stunning beaches in Mozambique. The most popular resort towns are in the south of the country. Ponta do Ouro, located at the southernmost extremity of Mozambique, is usually visited from South Africa and is a great place for diving and fishing. Nearby Maputo Special Reserve is a sanctuary for an estimated 450 to 500 coastal elephants. Nature-lovers will enjoy the bush-and-beach combo in a pristine protected environment. Other resort towns further north include Xai-Xai, Bilene, Tofo and Vilankulo. The latter is perhaps the biggest tourist hub in Mozambique. You’ll find lots of activities available here, including boat trips to the nearby Bazaruto Archipelago where you’ll enjoy some of the best snorkeling and diving reefs in the country. While you can visit these reefs from mainland Mozambique, staying on one of the archipelago’s islands is a more exclusive option. With several luxury lodges to choose from, the islands are ideal for a romantic getaway. More remote and less developed is the string of islands in the north, known as Quirimbas Archipelago. As is the case further south, the main attractions are the beaches and the marine wildlife, such as whales, dolphins, turtles, dugongs and a magnificent coral reef with associated fish. Aside from these natural wonders, you’ll get a taste of the country’s turbulent history with historical landmarks, such as the old Portuguese fort on Ibo Island.”

Can I extend my African safari with a trip to Mozambique?

“Although Mozambique has plenty to offer for a stand-alone holiday, it is also the perfect companion to a safari in East or southern Africa. It is very easy to add some days in Mozambique to a South Africa safari, for example. Connections are usually good from Kenya and Tanzania, though you might need an extra flight hop. There are few beaches in East and southern Africa that can really compete with the islands of Mozambique as idyllic destinations. The water is always warm, the reefs protect the shore from big waves, the marine life is incredibly varied and the islands are totally unspoiled. It is no surprise that you’ll find some of the most exquisite lodges here. They cater to families, newlyweds, adventure enthusiasts and people wanting to just get away from it all for a couple of days.”

Which parks should I visit on a Mozambique safari?

“While Mozambique is mostly rated as a beach destination, it has some parks and reserves worth visiting too. None of these parks competes with the top safari destinations in the likes of Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. However, if you’re looking for a bit of an off-the-beaten-track adventure, they have a lot to offer. Gorongosa National Park, located at the southern end of the Rift Valley, incorporates a great variety of landscapes and habitats, including lakes, savannahs, woodland, mountains and rainforest. You’re likely to see elephants and plenty of antelope species here, and lions are making a strong comeback too. Limpopo, Banhine and Zinave National Parks all form part of Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a vast cross-border conservation initiative that also incorporates Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and South Africa’s world-famous Kruger National Park. Limpopo NP is the most regularly visited of Mozambique’s inland parks, but most of this traffic is merely in transit between Kruger and the Mozambican coast. And while Limpopo is home to all of the Big Five, wildlife densities are very low, partly due to a lack of permanent water. The recently rehabilitated Zinave NP, by contrast, is an off-the-beaten gem where you stand a good chance of spotting elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, hippo and white rhino, along with a wide variety of antelope. Predators that prowl Zinave include lion and leopard but densities are low and sightings very rare. Set along the far south coast of Mozambique, Maputo National Park is home to elephant, zebra, hippo and several species of antelope. This scenic park now incorporates several oceanfront lodges that offer a truly special bush-and-beach experience.”

What is the best time of the year for a holiday in Mozambique and/or a Mozambique safari?

“The tropical climate of Mozambique makes it suitable as a beach destination throughout the year. However, the months of December to March can be very wet and torrential rains are not uncommon over this period. Underwater visibility for snorkeling and diving is best from April to June and from September to November, when the sea tends to be calm. The dry months from July to October are best for wildlife viewing. At this time animals congregate around lakes and rivers and the thinning bush makes spotting easier.”

How much will this tour cost?

“There are several variables determining the price of a Mozambique tour. However, as a guideline, you can expect a tour package to cost around US$300 to US$500 per person per day. The level of accommodation is the biggest factor. Most beach resorts fall in the mid-range to luxury span, but there are a few budget options as well. If you’re looking for a tour visiting several places in the country, you might need some internal flights, which will add to the price. When available, a group tour might be more cost-effective than a private tour. Taking all these variables into account makes for a wide range of prices.”

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Picture the scene: you’ve spent the day exploring the azure waters of a marine sanctuary, suspended in the amniotic embrace of the Indian Ocean and marvelling at encounters with its enigmatic residents. Sun-kissed and slightly salty, you sip a cocktail (of a suitably lurid colour) and watch the hues of the sky and sand as Africa delivers one of her speciality sunsets . Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago has all the ingredients of a sublime safari, albeit ocean-themed: fascinating creatures, breathtaking scenery, and exceptional biodiversity.

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Bazaruto Archipelago National Park

Bazaruto Archipelago National Park spans a vast 1,260km²  (126,000 hectares) off the coastline of Mozambique, encompassing five islands, diverse coral reefs and critical marine habitats . Declared a protected area in 1971, Bazaruto (meaning ‘island of the mist’) is the country’s oldest marine park. Three of the five islands are home to a tiny rural population of some 5,000 people, who survive predominantly through subsistence farming and harvesting the archipelago’s natural resources.

The eponymous Bazaruto Island is the largest of the islands by a substantial margin. I ts eastern edge is dominated by enormous and ancient dunes , while the interior is pockmarked by inland lakes and wetlands, home to crocodiles and abundant birdlife. Benguerra and Magaruque Islands to the south are similarly structured on a smaller scale. Santa Caroline (also known as Paradise Island – for good reason) is the only true volcanic island, uninhabited and positioned between Bazaruto and the mainland. Finally, tiny Banque Island (and its satellite Pansy Shell Island) occupies the southernmost tip of the park – little more than a stretch of sand.

Each of the five islands has a unique character, but all share the same fundamentals: long stretches of the white sandy beaches for which Mozambique is renowned and a cornucopia of life in the seas around them.

Mozambique islands

Bazaruto’s picture-perfect beaches roll on as far as the eye can see. This profusion of natural resources paved the way for abuse through overuse, illegal fishing practices, poaching and poorly regulated tourism activities, which threatened Bazaruto’s rare and endemic marine life. Fortunately, the park became the first marine reserve to fall under the management auspices of African Parks in 2017 when they partnered with Mozambique’s National Administration of Conservation Areas to protect the country’s sapphire treasure.

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The non-profit organisation immediately set about securing the region, clamping down on illegal fishing and turtle poaching, and intercepting commercial fishing vessels. To ensure the park’s long-term future, African Parks immediately established a community engagement programme to build a relationship between local communities and park management teams. Through scholarships, learning materials, uniforms, and several other initiatives, such as disaster relief, the goal is to ensure that communities sustainably benefit from their country’s resources. African Parks also worked with tourism operators in the region to formalise the regulation of activities conducted in the park.

The result is a thriving seascape with flourishing aquatic inhabitants (including endangered sea turtles and rare dugongs) and exceptional potential for high-end, low-impact tourism.

Bazaruto landscapes

Ocean safari

Bazaruto is one of the most valuable marine sanctuaries along the East African coastline, protecting critical habitats for many rare and endemic species, including iconic oceanic megafauna. The temperate and calm waters of the area act as one of the most important breeding grounds and migratory corridors of East Africa’s coast. Pods of six species of dolphins (bottlenose, common, Fraser’s, humpback, spinner and striped) cut through the turquoise waves. Below the surface, silver flashes and kaleidoscope colours reveal some 2,000 species of fishes. For half the year, migrating southern right and humpback whales move through the warm waters, their leviathan figures breaching out of the water before slamming down in a cloud of spray. Now and again, the long black fins and sleek tuxedo forms of orcas (killer whales) move silently through the tranquil seas.

For elasmobranch (cartilaginous fish – sharks, rays and so on) enthusiasts, the waters of Mozambique are home to 122 species. In particular, the country is famous for its whale shark encounters. These gentle giants are the biggest fishes in the world, reaching over 14 metres in length, dwarfing those fortunate enough to swim by their side. They congregate around Bazaruto between October and April and (provided they are treated with respect) are slow and docile, allowing for the deeply humbling privilege of time spent in their harmless company. Each of these prodigious plankton-eaters is covered in a unique constellation of white spots, which help scientists keep track of an individual’s movements across the globe.

The whale sharks generally prefer the deeper waters further from the coast, along with other pelagic sharks, manta rays and myriad fish species, including kingfish, king mackerel, marlin, and sailfish. Closer to shore, deep calm blue gives way to the hustle and bustle of the reefs. Coral reefs cover just 0.1% of the ocean yet support 25% of all marine life, which gives some idea of the tremendous diversity on display. In Bazaruto, these vibrant oceanic hubs support a plethora of fauna and flora, from eye-catching fishes to flamboyant nudibranchs.

Every year from November until March, the seas fill with female sea turtles bobbing through to nest on the islands’ beaches. Many (but not all) are returning to the place where they once made the terrifying journey to the sea as hatchlings at least thirty years previously. African Parks has implemented a turtle nest monitoring programme and has since confirmed that five species of turtle: leatherback, loggerhead, green, olive ridley and hawksbill turtles all nest on the beaches of the Bazaruto Archipelago.


A mermaid’s tale

Yet of all the marine wonders of Bazaruto, the dugongs are the archipelago’s most sought-after residents. Dugongs are the only surviving representatives of an entire family (Dugongidae), and those inhabiting Bazaruto are the last viable population in the western Indian Ocean. Cousins to the manatee, these peculiar-looking creatures look a little as though someone crossed a hippopotamus and a dolphin. Some historians have even postulated that the dugong may be the origin of mermaid mythology in certain cultures.

These massive (up to around 500kg) animals are strictly herbivorous, and their snouts are adapted to vacuum up seagrass from the ocean floor, imparting a rather woeful expression to their round faces and earning them the nickname “sea cows”. Due to the fragile nature of this remaining population of some 300 individuals, African Parks has implemented strict rules for viewing them from boats or underwater. Swimming with dugongs is only permitted in the presence of a guide and is limited to four people at a time. These restrictions (along with the other widescale protective measures) have already proved successful. At the end of 2021, Mozambique documented the largest dugong herd in East Africa in nearly thirty years.


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Want to go on a safari to Bazaruto? To find lodges, search for our ready-made packages or get in touch with our travel team, scroll down to after this story.

Bazaruto Archipelago National Park is open to day visitors and is easily accessible from the nearby towns of either Vilankulos or Inhassoro. Visitors will find accommodation options within and around these mainland hubs to suit almost any budget, from backpackers and hostels to private villas and five-star luxury. However, many visitors opt to stay within the park at one of the magnificent lodges tucked away on a private beach.

Unsurprisingly, most hours are whiled away enjoying the soft white sands of the beaches or exploring the cerulean waters beyond. Hence, activities such as diving, snorkelling, kite surfing or deep-sea fishing are the order of the day. Tiny sailboats transport sun-kissed visitors between islands, stopping over for an intimate picnic beach without another living soul in sight. Experienced equestrians can crest the dunes on horseback before galloping through the sea spray, while less-experienced riders can sit back in the saddle and let their horses amble through the lapping waves. Helicopter flips, sunset cruises on local dhows, beach barbeques and dune boarding – this magical section of the Mozambican coast is a tropical beach paradise.

For those able to drag themselves from the sea, there are inland hikes past scenic freshwater lakes (many of which are home to Nile crocodiles, so swimming is not advisable!) framed against a backdrop of enormous dunes.

Deciding on when to visit is a matter of personal priorities based on both temperatures and seasonal movements of marine life. The park is at its hottest from October to March, when the whale sharks concentrate around the Bazaruto waters. This is also the rainiest time of the year; December through April is considered cyclone season. Unless the goal of the trip is to swim with whale sharks, many travellers prefer to visit during the milder winter months between May to September. The first humpback whales move through Bazaruto in July, with the stragglers departing around October. (For a seasonal calendar of wildlife viewing and weather and up-to-date feedback on research conducted in the area, the Bazaruto Centre for Scientific Studies website is an excellent resource.)

Island activities

A synonym for blue

While it may not include the standard African safari “fare”, there is no question that a sojourn to Bazaruto Archipelago is defined by a celebration of its spectacular and diverse wildlife. The intoxicating thaumaturgy of water and light accentuates the stunning seascapes supporting rare and endemic marine creatures.

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Mozambique Luxury Safaris

Whether it’s swimming with whale sharks, giant manta rays and the rare dugong, or escaping to the glorious isolation of the Niassa Reserve, Mozambique gets our vote for its ability to offer authentic African bush and marine safari experiences in world-class game reserves and beach lodges. 

Experience a Luxury Safari in Mozambique

Highlights of a visit to this truly African destination luxury Mozambique safari include Bazaruto Archipelago, and the Quirimbas archipelago, a group of 32 islands in Quirimbas National Park where you can island-hop between the nominated UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ibo Island, once a historic trading center, to the less developed but no less fascinating and relaxing Qualilea Island and Vamizi Islands. 

These islands, mostly untouched by the trappings of modernity, create a spectacular setting for solitude and relaxation. Here, crystalline waters stretch out as far as the eye can see, dotted with vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life. The archipelago's pristine beaches, swaying palms and luxurious beachfront lodges create an oasis of serenity where guests can connect with the wild surrounded by stunning coastal vistas. 

In essence, a luxury safari in Mozambique transcends conventional notions of exploration, inviting travelers to embark on an odyssey that melds the splendor of untouched nature with the intrigue of historical heritage. ROAR AFRICA’s curated fusion of wildly beautiful landscapes, vibrant marine ecosystems and culture make Mozambique a truly unique safari destination. 

View from Luxury Villa in Mozambique on Safari with ROAR AFRICA

Mozambique offers incredible luxury safari experiences on both land and sea, as well as true immersion in an intoxicating mix of Portuguese and African culture.

Luxury Safari in Mozambique showing Beach Bar and Seating Area on Sand

Mozambique Safari Experiences

A luxury safari in Mozambique offers a glorious meld of diverse natural landscapes and authentic cultural immersion, ensuring an unparalleled and singular experience for discerning travelers. One of the standout features that sets Mozambique luxury travel apart is the breathtaking archipelagos - clusters of idyllic islands akin to an untouched paradise. 

These islands offer a serene and secluded backdrop for marine activities such as snorkeling, diving and fishing, adding another immersive wildlife dimension to your Mozambique safari. 

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Sea Turtle and Fish Swimming Along Coral in Oceans of Mozambique

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“The exquisitely tailored experiences to meet every need; the off the tourist track special access — that ROAR AFRICA has is impossible to find elsewhere. It’s something I will never forget. On all my trips with ROAR AFRICA, I was introduced to the most amazing people who became great friends. To say the trips were amazing would be an understatement.”

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Those who know Mozambique talk about its more than two thousand kilometers of beaches, but in reality, if we follow the coast from end to end, from Rovuma to Maputo (as the national hymn sings) there are more than 4000 thousand kilometers of sand washed by the Indian Ocean, and therefore, the possibilities of enjoying safaris are practically unlimited. And that’s what we do, Mozambique Safari Tours .

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Our concept of Mozambique Safari Tours encompasses different types of activities and adventures, some from comfort, others from relaxation and others where adventure and adrenaline are the protagonists.

What can we offer? Imagine that you have just arrived in Maputo , popularly known as the city of acacias, and you get on a safari car to cross one of the largest bridges in the African continent to travel on a road that crosses the famous elephant reserve ( Maputo Special Reserve ). You pass over the Maputo River, then through the Futi one, and finally you access the Reserve where the tour begins to make sense and the heartbeat gradually intensifies.

At that moment you wonder where you are, what a Mozambique Safari tour is about, and when you access a unique ecosystem in the world and stumble upon a family of elephants you begin to understand the experience of the day. Your sight gets lost in the wide plains, in the green dunes, in the freshwater lagoons, and in the wildlife that we find here. You want the safari never ends and you gradually fall in love with Mozambique.

The joy does not end there, because if you approach the beaches and you are lucky to see humpback whales and sea turtles, you will know that this place forgotten by many, has the magic you need in your life.

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Mozambique Safari Tours, from the savana to pristine beaches

You finish the safari. And you go to the hotel to rest. But you cannot avoid going to your cellphone and search again about safaris in Mozambique. And voilá! You discover that there are two very close islands near Maputo and that you can visit them.

One is Inhaca , with reefs that scratched the boats of the ancient navigators of the seas, and with a jungle that transports you to adventure movies. Inhaca’s people are pleasant, the beach of Santa Maria a delight, the local fish great, and the turquoise greens of its main bay seems like a fairy tale. It’s connected to the Portuguese Island during low tide, where you arrive by boat (boat safari tour) in 5 minutes and you can walk it all around; it will take you around one hour and a half. The sea, the sand and you, only you.

Inhaca island

The second island, which we all observe from the shores of Maputo, is Xefina . It hides a historical legacy in its hidden face, with a fort that is being eaten by the sea and that serves as a fishing point for local residents. This island is one of those few places where there is no electricity. The night is completely dark. The stellar mantle is impressive. Can you imagine a Mozambique Safari Tour where you travel to the past and can contemplate the universe in complete silence from a desert island?

Now you are sleeping. It is time to reflect and assimilate the experiences of the day. You have to keep them with a lot of love. They are part of you now. You want them. You have them. Are yours.

You wake up and have read that there is so much to do that you don’t know very well where to start. Maputo is still your throne. And you want to stroll through the architecture and history of this city. You start by the Indian Pearl (Polana Hotel) to taste a delicious breakfast on its terrace with endless views. Then you take a txopela (tuk tuk) and explore the Natural History Museum, the Iron House of Gustave Eiffel, the Cathedral, the Town Hall, the fortress, the railway station (CFM) and suddenly you realize that it is time to eat and you don’t know very well which place to choose… There are so many… You go online.

You are looking for a safari tour in Mozambique for Food and discover that there are local dishes such as “frango à zambeziana”, “matapa com camarão”, “mucapata”…., and you can taste them both in FEIMA and FEIRA. Where are you going? You are not sure why tours for lunch also tells you about the Fish Market, on Marginal Avenue, where you choose what seafood to eat and who cooks it for you. You fancy a pompous steamed crab and clams at Mozambican style, so you are already enjoying a very well chosen gastronomic experience; and don’t forget to ask for sweet potatoes as an accompaniment and some peanuts as an appetizer.

Mozambique Market

Mozambique Safari Tours can be about culture as well

Then you go for a walk to the beach, because your belly feels heavy. And you find a group of people performing rituals on the beach. You think they may be the famous healers who have spoken to you so much, but they are one of the many religions that are professed in the country. There are songs and dances and curiosity leads you to approach them to find out how they use seawater to purify their demons.

You, however, keep yours and leave them for another time, because you have just decided that you are going to ask the girl who takes care of your room to take you to a healer.

Yes. You want a safari tour with a healer. You want to know about your past. You want to know also about what will come tomorrow. And the healer does not fail: tomorrow you will make a trip; you will go to the beach. And you see yourself the next day taking a car and going up to the salty lagoon of Bilene. You have heard that it has a special color, that temperature is very pleasant, and that on the other side of the lagoon, where it meets the sea, there are some cliffs from where you can see sea turtles.

You see everything clear. You want to go. You need to go. The sea turtle is your favorite animal and you will not miss this opportunity, and in fact, you will enjoy it so much that it will not be enough and your route will not end here.

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You’re exhausted. Many emotions. But it seems there are more, near the city of Inhambane, which gives its name to the province of Inhambane, and where there is a destination that is the mecca of diving in Mozambique: Tofo .

Here you can dive to depths of 30 meters to swim with mantas, but if you do not dive, you can also opt for an ocean safari, because the mantas also furrow the surface, and do not do it alone. There are larger animals that, like them, feed on plankton. We talk about the whale shark, the biggest fish of the seas. This nice animal is always in these waters and it is quite easy to see and swim with it. It is a very peaceful animal, but it triggers our adrenaline given its imposing wingspan. And it is not the only big one.

There are also humpback whales during the winter months. They come to give birth and mate. You will see them jumping from the coast and playing with the waves, as their cousins ​​dolphins do. And as the universe takes care of you and Mozambique loves you, giant sea turtles will appear during your ocean safari. They want to say hello. They know you love them and they don’t want to be rude.

Tofo Beach

You like this concept of a safari tour more and more. Every time you like us more. You just lived with giant marine animals, but what about if now we take you to the other side of the Inhambane Peninsula, to the Barra estuary, so that you literally walk over the stars?

Yes, you read it right. The estuary is a field of stars that does not end. Sizes, shapes and colors dominate your senses. And where there are stars, there are small algae and… seahorses. Wow! You have been spotting animals between 10 and 17 meters long this morning, and now here you are, with tiny little horses with the size of your index finger! It is uncreditable. How is so much beauty possible together? And if you cross to the other side of the estuary you will see that there are giant sea urchins, moraines and lionfish. What else can we ask Mother Nature for? Living is wonderful!

You have just lived with these beautiful animals and on your return through the palm groves, you see some children from a lost community that have coconuts for sale and you know you are drinking coconut milk right there and right now. They are called “lanhos” and they are delicious. They have a sweet and fresh milk. You have never tasted such a good coconut.

Your life is being filled with experiences. New, intense, positive, wonderful experiences. And someone tells you about Vilankulos and the Bazaruto archipelago, only 300 km far away from Tofo. Then you decide to continue investigating.

Your safari tour in Mozambique will now take you to visit virgin, paradisiacal islands, where dolphins come to greet you while sailing, where reefs are colorful explosions with rainbows of fish, where sea cows (dugongs) are the owners of a set of 5 islands resting in the Tropic of Capricorn. Dugongs are shy animals, and in danger of extinction, so you will need your best luck to meet them. If you do, there will be a before and after in your life. Few are the lucky ones who see them. They are fast, as fast as the turtles that, once again, you will see at the end of the day on the spooky island of Santa Carolina, also known as Paradise Island – once there you will know why they call it that.

Bazaruto archipelago

No doubt, Mozambique safari tours can be much more than just watching animals in the savana. This immersive experience has led you to discover dream beaches and live with marine animals whose existence and beauty you did not know until now. But there is more. Your next tour will be a safari through the great living beings of Mozambique, and we don’t talk about animals, we talk about the sacred and ancient trees that have become an icon of Africa, the baobabs.

They are the mother of nature. They are awesome. Legend tells that being such a beautiful tree, God decided to turn it over and leave its roots out, to make it a bit uglier. But failed!! This forest colossus is cute. Its fruit is edible and is the temple of many baboons (remember Rafiki monkey in the Lion King).

The baobabs will be your partners from now on. They will be your shadow to the Zinave Reserve , where large land animals migrate through the Limpopo region throughout the year, such as elegant giraffes and majestic sable antelopes. You can camp in this place, but be careful to leave the tent at night because the laughter you hear will come from spotted hyenas and the roars will come from the lions that populate this reserve. You will have opportunities to approach these great mammals. And those who do not observe here you can look for them a little higher, at Gorongosa National Park, in the province of Sofala, a destination recommended by National Geographic for being one of those 100 places that you must visit at least once in your life.

A couple of safaris on Mount Gorongosa, its waterfalls, tea plantations, plains, a light aircraft flight, a sunset between wild dogs, a navigation between hippos, walks to see elephants… There is much to do, much to observe, much to learn, and together we contribute to the development and care of these areas so sensitive and so mistreated by human beings and their wars.

Now your experience is almost complete. You have had everything. History, culture, gastronomy, beaches, marine fauna, lost islands, baobabs, birds, land animals, waterfalls, coffee… Were Your expectations, regarding Mozambique Safari Tours, matched? We hope so, we gave it all.

The old capital

Now you need a few days of relaxation. You have understood how wild networks of land and marine animals work, and now you feel like living more with the local population. And you have read that the first capital of the country was an island, the Island of Mozambique, where there is a fortress that survives the passage of time, and walking through its streets is like walking through the mazes of the history books.

You want that. You need to be the protagonist of your own movie. You like the past. You miss it. You admire it. You want to understand it to better accept the present times, and you know that the Island of Mozambique will be the turning point to go back in time and soak up the origins of the modern history of Mozambique. Its people will clothe you with great candor.

Marlin carpacio will be one of the star dishes. And you will decide to hire a local fisherman to visit one of the neighboring islands in his dhow; the island of Goa is wonderful, with white and blue sands that dazzle. Its waters are always ready for us to take a good bath. Always look at the shore because baby sharks sometimes get disoriented by the currents and end up appearing there. They’re adorable. Do not be afraid.

How quickly time passes. It doesn’t make sense. The experience of Mozambique safari tours seemed, at first, to make time slow down, but now Your adventure is almost coming to an end. You don’t want that to happen. You want to continue traveling. You are an explorer, a discoverer, an adventurer. You have to prioritize. Where to continue? You can only choose two places. Mozambique Safari Tours promises much more, but life is based on elections, and yours is to fly first to Lichinga, capital of the Niassa province, where Lake Niassa (also known as Lake Malawi) has a unique tropical fish ecosystem in the world. You want to snorkel and feel one more within those waters. You love it and you never thought to go so far, but here you are, taking advantage of the penultimate minute of your vacation, because the last one you have left to continue towards a land where the power of chlorophyll is so strong that the green of the vegetation is unique and blinding.

Without knowing how to open the door to your last Mozambique Safari experience: you are in the province of Cabo Delgado, touring it by land and then by sea, as the Archipelago of the Quirimbas promises, and also the Island of Ibo. You want to continue living with the local population, learning from them, discovering how they have survived in remote islands throughout the centuries. And you are surprised trying one of the best coffees of your life in the Ibo watchtower. What a delicious thing! You will buy several packages and then give them to your friends and family. And with your cup of coffee in your hand you go through the mangroves that protect the island from marine hugs.

You don’t expect to meet anyone, apart from the crabs that hide in your path, but suddenly that girl appears, with that deep intense look. The iris of her eyes seduces you, you feel an attraction to her soul, because she tells you there is a lot of history inside her and she wants you to “undress” her, that you feel by her side and listen to her, she needs to share who she is and who her ancestors were, and also wants to explain that what she is wearing on the face is a root-based treatment to make her more beautiful, and also indicates that she is already a woman. They all use it. It makes them special. It makes them different. She is always carrying Mussiro with her.

Interested in Mozambique Safari Tours? Check some of our suggestions:

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At Santorini Mozambique, adventure beckons at every turn, promising to create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you seek heart-pounding thrills or serene relaxation, our array of activities caters to every taste and desire.

  • Cruise the Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Scenic Helicopter Flights
  • Horse Safaris
  • Scuba Diving
  • Kite Surfing
  • Island Picnics

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Santorini operates the following activities in-house which are included in the daily rate. The activities are subject to the availability of the equipment.

If any of these activities require the use of a boat then the boat charter rates will apply:

Kayaks & stand-up paddle boarding Fishing & snorkelling equipment for boat excursions Beach volleyball, cricket and badminton A selection of children’s cooking activities, pool & beach toys and sand-art Board games and other on-site kid’s activities are available Gym baskets with yoga mats, fit balls, skipping ropes and light weights Beach Picnic – Breakfast or Lunch

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Santorini Mozambique features three distinct villas, each offering its unique charm and amenities.  ‍

The Main Villa boasts five sea-fronting, air-conditioned suites, complete with private patios for guests to enjoy the serene ocean views.  ‍

The Chapel villa is tailored for honeymooners, offering two bedrooms, an ocean-facing lounge, kitchen, dining room, and a private pool and patio.  ‍

Villa da Praia , a three-bedroom villa, is perfect for groups of friends or families, with its ocean-facing lounge, kitchen, dining room, and the added convenience of a private host throughout the stay. 

Boat Trip: Set sail on the azure waters of the Indian Ocean aboard our luxurious boat. Explore hidden coves, secluded beaches, and enchanting islands, all while basking in the warm Mozambican sun. For the ultimate romantic experience, book an exclusive sunset cruise and toast to the breathtaking beauty of the African coastline.

Helicopter Flights: Soar high above the mesmerizing landscape of Vilanculos with our exhilarating helicopter flights. Marvel at the panoramic views of the archipelago islands and mainland Mozambique as you experience the thrill of flight like never before.

Fishing: Cast your line into the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean and try your hand at reeling in the catch of the day. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice fisherman, our expert guides will ensure an unforgettable fishing experience.

Horse Riding: Discover the untouched beauty of Vilanculos on horseback as you meander along pristine beaches and through lush coastal vegetation. Our guided horse riding excursions offer a unique perspective of this breathtaking region.

Snorkelling/Scuba Diving: Immerse yourself in the vibrant underwater world of the Bazaruto Archipelago with our snorkelling and scuba diving adventures. Explore colourful coral reefs teeming with marine life and encounter exotic fish, sea turtles, and other fascinating creatures.

Water Sports: From kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to jet skiing and windsurfing, our water sports activities offer endless fun and excitement for guests of all ages. Whether you're seeking adrenaline-pumping thrills or leisurely paddles, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Kids Club: Keep the little ones entertained with our Kids Club, where they can participate in a variety of supervised activities and games designed to spark their imagination and creativity.

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All meals at Santorini – Breakfast, Lunch, Pre-dinner snacks & Dinner Non-alcoholic beverages: tea, coffee, water and a selection of soft drinks Alcoholic beverages: Beers, house wines, selected spirits, Amarula, Dom Pedros and Affogatos A choice of 2 complimentary signature cocktails Return airport transfers (Shared with all clients arriving or departing on the same day) Wi-Fi - available throughout the Main Villa, The Chapel and Villa da Praia Laundry service Chigamane Primary School Visit

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Blessed with several of Africa’s most spectacular beaches, Mozambique is famous for its incredible marine life and time-warped old Portuguese towns.

A holiday in Mozambique is pretty much all about beach destinations. Or rather, the beaches, the fishing, and the excellent snorkeling and diving available on the seemingly endless string of offshore reefs and islands.

Mozambique is a maritime country, with an astonishing 2,500km (1,553mi) of Indian Ocean frontage separating South Africa from Tanzania. Most visitors on a Mozambique island holiday never stray further inland than they need to.

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Why Mozambique?

  • Laze by the Lake of Stars on your Mozambique holiday
  • Take a walk in the iconic Chimanimani Mountains
  • Go scuba diving in the f amous Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Island hop in the North of Madagascar

Where to go in Mozambique

  • Ibo Island and the Quirimbas Archipelago
  • Inhambane and Tofo
  • Mozambique Island
  • Ponta do Ouro

The Bazaruto Archipelago consists of five glorious main islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina, and Bangue.

Bazaruto Island is the largest, sporting a 30km (19mi) spine of dazzling dunes that roll down its eastern flank above a picturesque turquoise sea.

Across a narrow channel to the south, Benguerra Island is less than half the size, and Magaruque Island and Santa Carolina are even smaller.

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In the far south, Bangue Island is little more than a sandbar, while a sixth tiny satellite called Pansy (or Shell Island) gets completely submerged at high tide.

The area is protected within a 1430km2 (552 square mile) marine park and offers some of the best diving, snorkeling, and recreational game fishing in Africa.

Around 5000 Mozambicans call the islands their home, giving the archipelago a ‘lived-in paradise’ feel. Kids splash in the waves, colorful dhows fish offshore, and there’s a timeless, friendly atmosphere if you feel inclined to explore.

Bazaruto’s dunes are lovely to climb, and the freshwater lakes and inland forests support crocodiles, tiny antelope, endemic butterflies, and over 180 species of birds.

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Take a day trip to Pansy sandbar, and you’ll find it sprinkled with eye-catching sea-urchin shells, while divers and snorkelers can see whales, sharks, turtles, and rays.

Over 2000 species of fish have been recorded, and the surrounding waters are also home to the highly threatened marine mammal, the dugong. Though sightings are rare, this is the best place to spot them during your holiday in Bazaruto.

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  • A handful of world-class luxury resorts are the only options for staying on the islands. These lodges are some of the best in East Africa for understated, intimate, exclusive escapes.
  • Guests can choose a short, spectacular flight from Vilanculos or an equally beautiful transfer by boat. The sea can get choppy if the wind picks up, so flights are preferable if you’re prone to seasickness.
  • From November to March, the hotter summer months are best for spotting whale sharks, but with the greatest risk of rain and, occasionally, severe storms.
  • Humpback whales are common during the dry, warm winter, but you’ll find extraordinary life beneath the waves whenever you visit.

The Quirimbas Archipelago lies like a forgotten string of pearls, carelessly flung out along the far northern coast of Mozambique.

Twelve main and 20 smaller islands make up the Quirimbas Archipelago island chain, scattered along with shell-strewn sandbars and gleaming white tidal spits.

The 11 most southerly isles are protected within the Quirimbas National Park, including Ibo Island, which is also the most accessible.

Ibo Island was once an important trading center on the East African coast.

Still, its stately mansions now lie in ruins amidst a laid-back community of subsistence farmers, fishermen, and silversmiths.

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When you go on an Ibo Island holiday, you’ll travel back in time to catch a glimpse of East Africa as it once was.

You’ll find some of Mozambique’s most exclusive, romantic lodges, world-class diving , and phenomenal beaches on the surrounding atolls.

Ibo Island’s old town has been suggested as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and shares a similar cultural and architectural significance as the Quirimbas Archipelago Islands further south.

However, most historical buildings are from a later period – late 18th and 19th-century forts, churches, and villas.

Ibo Island itself lacks a truly postcard-perfect beach, but it’s an ideal staging post for island hopping along the coast.

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Dhow and kayaking adventures can be booked from here, and there are fantastic diving and snorkeling on the protected reefs nearby.

This region still sees very few visitors, so even if you’re not headed to one of the private island lodges, you’ll likely feel like you have the whole exquisite archipelago to yourself.

  • The easiest way to access the Quirimba Islands is by air. Pemba is the main local airport, and from there, you can connect to Ibo Island or fly directly to your lodge.
  • Ibo Island has a handful of budget-conscious tour options , but for the most part, the Quirimbas Archipelago is the realm of stunning private islands and exclusive romantic holidays
  • The proximity to Tanzania also allows for great beach and safari holiday combos , be aware that December to April can see heavy rain and, in some years, violent storms.
  • In early 2019, two massive cyclones battered this coastline, with devastating effects on the community and infrastructure.
  • Tourism is a vital way to support those in the region, but be sure to check the current situation before you travel.

The sleepy town of Inhambane was once a key trading center in southern Mozambique, but the days since Portuguese galleons plied these shores for ivory and slaves are long gone.

Inhambane is best known for its handful of good restaurants, Art Deco cinema, and a 19th-century Catholic church. Most visitors stop only briefly in Inhambane on holiday, however, on their way to the popular beach resort of Tofo to the east.

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Tofo Beach, and the adjacent cluster of cottages at Tofinho, attract a steady stream of sun and sea devotees.

This chilled dive and surf hotspot is a firm favorite with backpackers, but there are also some stunning upmarket guesthouses and lodges spread up and down along the coast.

Tofo’s beaches and nearby resorts are some of the most popular on a Mozambique holiday. There’s plenty of space on a Tofo and Inhambane holiday, so it rarely feels crowded, although Christmas and Easter can get packed.

Inhambane and Tofo have chilled bars, beach restaurants, and excellent seafood, especially fresh prawns.

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For surfers, the Indian Ocean swell throws up a couple of solid point breaks, one off the main beach and one around the corner in Tofinho.

The main attraction, however, is the diving and the off-shore snorkeling trips , where you’ll swim with giant whale sharks and manta rays.

Tofo is considered one of the best places in the world to see these giants – especially the mantas, which can have wingspans over seven meters wide!

  • Diving with manta rays is possible all year, but as the reef they frequent is around 24m (79ft) deep, you’ll need an advanced dive qualification to see them.
  • Whale sharks are most common from November to April. To see these creatures, boat-based snorkeling trips are best.
  • There’s a bustling little market off the main beach, selling fresh fish, groceries, and drinks. There’s also an excellent selection of local crafts, paintings, and souvenirs, though you’ll find the prices in Inhambane slightly cheaper.
  • There is no bank in Tofo, and no way to draw cash, so bring enough with you as few places accept cards.

Maputo is Mozambique’s fun, chaotic capital, fanning back from the northern shores of the sparkling Maputo Bay. You’ll find Art Deco architecture alongside colonial-era Portuguese homes on Maputo’s downtown grid of jacaranda and acacia-lined avenues.

Not all are well-maintained, and there are certainly potholes here and there, but on the whole, the impression is of a city on the rise.

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You’ll find excellent restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and good hotels in Maputo. There’s also a three-hour ferry (or you can fly) to nearby Inhaca Island.

A Mozambique holiday should include Maputo if you’re looking for both a cultural and relaxed experience.

Don’t miss Maputo’s Casa de Ferro (House of Iron), the strange pre-fabricated iron mansion imported from Belgium in 1892.

The Natural History Museum should also be on your list, although more for its wonderfully ornate Manueline gothic building than for the slightly chaotic exhibitions inside.

There are seven major street markets in Maputo selling fresh fish, delicious food, and crafts, but the vast Barracas do Museu night market deserves special mention. Hardly a market at all, it serves nothing but drinks – an absolute must if you’re on the hunt for a vibe!

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On the far side of Maputo bay, Ilha de Inhaca is the most accessible island in Mozambique. It’s an utterly beautiful, palm-fringed subtropical paradise and surprisingly crowd-free, considering its proximity to the capital.

Across the channel below Inhaca lies Cape Santa Maria and the Machangulo Peninsula, which connects to the mainland in the south.

Machangulo’s beaches are some of the most immaculate in Mozambique, though they’re hard to reach unless you stay at one of the region’s exclusive Maputo lodges .

  • Maputo is a friendly, relatively crime-free city, but take the usual precautions, especially regarding pickpockets.
  • By law, you’re required to carry personal identification at all times, so it’s worthwhile bringing a certified copy of your passport and leaving the actual document at your hotel.
  • Most larger establishments accept payment by credit card, although mostly Visa over MasterCard (Amex is unheard of).
  • Besides walking, the best way to get around the city is by taxi, and if you plan on taking multiple trips, then it’s less expensive to negotiate a day rate in advance.
  • A few days on a Maputo holiday in Maputo is a rewarding option for the adventurous. It’s a lively, attractive African city that’s more inviting than overwhelming.

The Ilha de Moçambique is a historical gem and a wonderfully laid-back slice of heaven. The Mozambique island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural and architectural significance, notably its fine 16th-century fort and associated chapel.

It’s the island, not the mainland, that first took the name ‘Mozambique,’ derived from the sultan Ali Musa Mbiki who was the ruler in the late 15th century.

When the Portuguese arrived and drove the sultan out, they established an outpost that would dominate the Mozambique region for nearly four hundred years.

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Eventually, the mainland assumed the name of this European base, and when the bulk of trade shifted south to Maputo, the Island of Mozambique faded from the world stage.

A holiday to Mozambique Island is a perfect opportunity to relax and learn about East African culture and history.

The Island of Mozambique is the oldest European settlement in East Africa. The Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte (Our Lady of the Ramparts) is thought to be the oldest European building south of the equator.

The chapel dates to 1522 and is protected by the impressive limestone Fort of São Sebastião.

The fort was completed in the second half of the 16th century and saw off several major attacks, most notably by the Dutch in 1607 and 1608.

The São Paulo Palace Museum is fascinating, as are the Sacred Art and Maritime Museums.

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To top off these more cultural pursuits, there are sea-kayaking trips, excellent snorkeling and diving , and boat-based humpback whale watching.

  • The Island of Mozambique is not easy to get to. It’s in the country’s far north, and the roads can be slow.
  • The closest airport to Mozambique Island, at Nacala, is a two-hour drive to the north, and the international airport at Nampula is about three hours’ drive inland.
  • Mozambique Island’s upmarket hotels will arrange all necessary transfers, but if you’re on a tighter budget, prepare for an adventure.
  • Regional buses and taxis only cost a few dollars, but you may have to switch between them en route.
  • When you arrive on Mozambique Island, you’ll find many hotels, from breezy romantic suites to family resorts and affordable backpackers.
  • There are cash machines on the island, and the more prominent hotels accept credit cards.
  • Everywhere you stroll on your Mozambique Island holiday, you’ll feel completely safe, day and night.

Ponta do Ouro, literally ‘Tip (or Point) of Gold,’ is a family-friendly beach holiday town just north of the South African border.

Ponta Do Ouro is the first of a succession of undulating sandy points that stud the vast, golden beach, which rolls unbroken to Inhaca Island.

Ponta Do Ouro is an 85km (53mi) ribbon of sand and one of Mozambique’s most beautiful and pristine holiday destinations.

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‘Ponta,’ as the town is affectionately known, is the most accessible and popular gateway into this slice of heaven.

Ponta Do Ouro is a bit of a party town, especially during the Christmas and Easter holidays when it’s a firm favorite with visiting South Africans.

It’s a long way off the famous party resorts of the Med, but expect lots of kids on the beach, lively campsite barbeques, and buzzing beach bars.

It’s a great place to go if you’re traveling solo in Mozambique or with a young family , though there’ll be more for the kids if they’re old enough to snorkel or take boat rides.

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Ponta’s scuba diving is world-class, and the conditions for underwater photography are ideal. The water is warm and clear, and the offshore reefs are famous for their reef sharks, whale sharks, turtles, dolphins, and rays.

  • Ponta is a year-round beach holiday destination, but pick your dates with care for the best diving and snorkeling .
  • Whales and whale sharks are most common between July and January, while shark cage diving season (a specialty in Ponta) runs from September to April.
  • Dolphins, turtles, and rays can be seen throughout the year, but the summer months (November to March) are the most pleasant to be on a beach holiday .
  • Until recently, Ponta could only be reached by 4×4, but a newly sealed road now runs to Maputo and South Africa. It remains to be seen what impact this will have on the town, but if complete solitude is what you’re after, then there are some superb, quieter lodges just a short way up the coast.

Vilanculos is probably Mozambique’s fastest-growing and most bustling beach holiday town, a jumbled network of half-sealed, half-sandy streets on a typically lovely ribbon of coastline.

With a small but international airport that sees daily flights from South Africa, it’s popular with luxury fly-in visitors and backpackers.

Though Vilanculos has gorgeous beaches and is a much-loved destination, the town also serves as the perfect gateway for a Bazaruto islands holiday.

boating vilanculos

This stunning, protected archipelago beckons, just a lazy dhow-ride offshore. There’s a huge diversity of more affordable accommodations in town for those who can’t quite manage the ultra-luxury lodges on the islands.

Day trips to the nearby reefs are arguably Vilanculos’ major draw – the diving and snorkeling are simply some of the best in East Africa.

Two Mile Reef, in particular, is an absolute must when visiting Vilanculos, and from July to November, you may see humpback whales cruising by underwater.

Even if you miss them, you’ll almost certainly hear their haunting songs as a myriad of bright fish flash by, along with rays, turtles, and perhaps even a whale shark.

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Big-game fishing is also hugely popular off Vilanculos, as marlin, sailfish, barracuda, and tuna all frequent these waters.

With its wide range of Vilanculos resorts , barefoot bars, and palm-fringed beaches, there’s something for everyone in what remains a laid-back, uncrowded holiday town.

  • Daily flights from Johannesburg and Nelspruit make travel arrangements easy. Nelspruit lies on the southern border of the Kruger National Park, and with a flight time of only an hour and 10 minutes, it’s easy to combine South Africa’s most famous wildlife park with a beach holiday .
  • There are banks in Vilanculos, a pharmacy and a private hospital, and a couple of well-stocked supermarkets if you’re booking a self-catering villa.
  • Before you leave, check out the two main central markets, where you’ll find an excellent selection of local handicrafts and souvenirs.

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  • Mozambique in January

January is one of Mozambique’s hottest, wettest months, with daily highs along the coast averaging 31°C (88°F). The nights are warm and there’s often a stiff breeze, especially in the south which tends to be a little cooler.

Though highly unpredictable, January mornings often begin bright and clear, with clouds building around lunchtime into powerful afternoon thunderstorms.

As you move up the coast, it gets warmer and wetter; Pemba and the Quirimbas see two to three times more rain than Maputo. The severity of the storms also increases, with cyclones a regular scourge in the northeast.

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As you move up the coast, it gets warmer and wetter. Pemba and the Quirimbas see two to three times more rain than Maputo. The severity of the storms also increases, with cyclones a common scourge in the northeast.

If you’re thinking of having a Mozambique holiday in January, then the beaches from Ponta do Ouro to Inhaca Island are best. Early January will be busy in Ponta, but the town will quieten down by the end of the month.

Further north, towards the Machangulo Peninsula, you’ll find a succession of excellent Mozambique accommodation boasting secluded beaches and a distinct lack of crowds. Tofo and Vilanculos are also popular in January, though being further north, they tend to see more rain.

On the whole, January is an uncertain time to visit Mozambique. Gorgeous, hot beach days will flip erratically with sudden storms. Stick south of Vilanculos, and you’ll have the best chance of good weather, but expect heat, humidity, and some rain.

  • Once the holiday rush ends in the middle of January, you may find some good deals and even entire resorts to yourself. The water is warm (28°C/82°F) and lovely for snorkeling and diving. There’s also a good chance of seeing nesting turtles along the coast, and it’s prime time for whale sharks, especially in Tofo and the waters around Vilanculos and Bazaruto.
  • The main disadvantage of visiting Mozambique in January is the weather. It can get sweltering and humid, and you’ll almost certainly have some rain. Early January can be busy along the south coast, especially in Ponta do Ouro, Tofo, and Vilanculos. January marks the end of the humpback whale season, and you’re unlikely to see many at this time. Gorongosa National Park is also off-limits. It stays closed due to flooding until mid-April.
  • Mozambique in February

January and February are much the same in Mozambique. It’s the height of summer, with similar conditions through to March.

Temperatures along the coast average 31°C/88°F, the nights are warm and humid, and hot days can top 35°C/95°F. There’s regular rainfall, which can be torrential at times, especially in the north, where there’s a chance of severe storms.

December to April is cyclone season in Mozambique, and the north-eastern coast has been seriously affected in recent years. The southern coast is less at risk, but expect partly cloudy skies, building to rain every few days.

Mornings are often bright and clear, but for full-day, predictable sunshine, it’s better to visit later in the year.

stormy weather mozambique holiday

In February, it’s undoubtedly best in the south of Mozambique. From Vilanculos down, you’ll have sunnier days. It’s a relatively quiet month across Mozambique and a great time to be in Tofo and Ponta do Ouro.

The coast north of Ponta can be especially worthwhile, with off-peak specials and empty resorts. It’s essential, however, to stress the season’s unpredictability – you’ll likely get some rain all along the coast.

Lounging indoors and watching storms roll off the ocean can be wonderful unless your heart’s set on the beach. Rough seas may also impact boat trips and diving, though it’s rare that poor conditions persist for very long.

  • February can be an excellent month to see nesting turtles in Mozambique, especially leatherbacks and loggerheads, which favor the beaches from Bazaruto south to Ponta do Ouro. February is also ideal for snorkeling with whale sharks. Tofo is the top location, but Ponta and Bazaruto are also good options.
  • As with January, February’s main disadvantage when having a Mozambique holiday is the hot, humid weather, and it’s impossible to predict whether you’ll get sunny or rained-out days. It’s also the worst period for sighting humpback whales, and Mozambique’s main national park, Gorongosa, is closed.
  • Mozambique in March

Temperatures remain high as Mozambique’s long, wet summer continues. Expect humid nights above 20°C/68°F and average daily highs still over 30°C/86°F.

In the north of Mozambique, peak cyclone season remains, and many of the biggest storms strike the coast in March. Flooding is exacerbated by rivers swollen with inland rain, and northern Mozambique can be difficult to reach at this time.

When the rains recede, their slow withdrawal begins in the south, and by late March, the far south may see some sunny days. Although it’s still undoubtedly hot and wet across the country, there’s a hint of change in the air, and you may get lucky with some intermittent fine weather.

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If you’re visiting Mozambique in March, it’s still best to head south, from Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Archipelago, down to Ponta do Ouro.

Be aware that southern Mozambique can get busy towards the end of March when South African schools break for the Easter holidays. If you’re searching for solitude, there are still plenty of secluded resorts, especially around the Machangulo Peninsula, south of Inhaca Island.

The lodges on Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands offer exclusive escapes year-round, and there are several out-of-the-way guesthouses and villas north and south of Tofo.

If barefoot beach bars and a more social vibe are what you’re after, then take your pick of Vilanculos, Tofo Beach, or Ponta do Ouro. Vilanculos and Tofo Beach have more of a backpacker feel, while Ponta attracts a lively, family crowd from across the South African border.

  • February and March are some of Mozambique’s best months for nesting turtles. March is still great for whale sharks in Tofo, and the warm water is ideal for diving and snorkeling all along the coast. If you’re looking for a party, the Easter holidays can be fun, especially in the resort towns of Vilanculos, Tofo, and Ponta do Ouro.
  • Resorts and lodges in Mozambique fill up quickly over the Easter holiday, so make bookings reasonably far in advance. There’ll likely still be rain, at least every few days, and both days and nights up and down the coast will be humid and hot. March isn’t good for seeing humpback whales – they only start arriving in June. Mozambique’s main safari park, Gorongosa National Park, is closed during the wet season and only reopens in April.
  • Mozambique in April

April is usually a lovely month in Mozambique, as the summer rains slowly clear, starting in the south. Day and night-time averages gradually fall, dipping below 30°C/86°F and 20°C/68°F in the south for the first time since October.

The north of Mozambique is warmer and may yet receive heavy rain – it’s still the tail end of the cyclone season, and recent years have seen late storms. However, you should see more sun than rain if you stick to the coastal regions in the south of Mozambique.

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Early April can be busy in the south when the South African schools are on Easter break. Ponta do Ouro, Tofo Beach, and Vilanculos will all be at their fullest, and securing bookings can be tricky.

That said, there’s still plenty of room in these sprawling beach towns and even more options around them.

You’ll find a bustle of activity at a few central campsites and bars and plenty of peace and quiet on the fringes. The north of Mozambique is still much wetter in April and anywhere north of Beira is at greater risk of late-season cyclones.

By the middle of the month, the central highlands are usually drying, and Gorongosa National Park reopens.

  • As April unfolds and the Easter holidays end, there’ll be fewer and fewer people on a Mozambique holiday. You won’t get endless sunny days, but it’s wonderfully peaceful to be on any of Mozambique’s southern beaches. April is also the tail end of the whale shark season, and it’s an excellent time to snorkel with them, especially in Ponta do Ouro and Tofo. Mozambique’s inland safaris also get going in April when Gorongosa National Park reopens. The park closes in December, at the start of the rains, and usually opens mid-month once the summer floods have subsided.
  • It can be hard to secure bookings in Mozambique at the beginning of the month, especially in Ponta do Ouro. In the north of Mozambique, there’s still a high chance of storms; even in the south, you may get unlucky with late rain and overcast weather.
  • Mozambique in May

May is an excellent month to visit Mozambique. It’s not yet peak season, but the weather is generally fine and warm. In the south of the country, daily highs average below 30°C/86°F and the nights are cooler and less humid, sometimes dropping below 15°C/59°F.

The north stays hotter longer, with average highs of roughly 31°C/88°F. The nights are also much warmer and more humid, seldom less than 20°C/68°F. Although the end of the rainy season varies greatly from year to year, May is usually warm and dry, especially in the south.

A final few clouds may still unleash the occasional downpour, but by the end of May, you can expect clearer skies across Mozambique.

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Anywhere from the Bazaruto Archipelago south is usually ideal throughout May. The weather will improve as the month continues, and the far south – from Inhaca Island to Ponta do Ouro – will get the best of conditions as the last of the rains move north.

Pemba, Mozambique Island, and the Quirimbas are still a gamble weather-wise but can be warm, quiet, and generally idyllic, especially in late May.

May is also an excellent time for a city break in Maputo. The days are usually warm and bright, without the humidity of mid-summer, and the AZGO Festival of arts and music brings an added flair to the capital.

  • Maputo’s AZGO Festival runs for four days, mid-May, and attracts a lively mix of top Mozambican and international artists. Across the bay, Inhaca Island hosts the annual Inhaca Challenge, a deep-sea fishing competition that draws sport anglers from across Southern Africa. Late May is also a great time to visit Gorongosa National Park. By now, the summer floods should have significantly retreated, leaving the park at its lush, green best.
  • If you’re keen on marine giants, then May is an uncertain time. There will probably still be whale sharks in Tofo, but sightings are less regular than earlier in the year. In Ponta do Ouro, the shark diving season also ends in April, and humpback whales only start to arrive along the Mozambican coast in June. Some lodges, particularly in the north of Mozambique, take their own holidays in May, and some sea-based activities might be limited in certain areas.
  • Mozambique in June

June marks the start of Mozambique’s cooler, drier winter season, sprinkled with bright, hot days that can still climb over 30°C/86°F. Average highs in the south are closer to 26°C/79°F, however, and nights are far less humid, making it easier to sleep.

Throughout the year, the south of Mozambique is cooler and drier than the north. By June, even the north has very little chance of rain. You can expect clear, blues skies and the occasional wisp of cloud all along Mozambique’s coast.

Inland the skies will also be clear, and it can get relatively cold in the highlands, where night-time temperatures can drop below 10°C/50°F.

June is a great time to start thinking about the far north. Pemba, Mozambique Island and the Quirimbas are at their best from June to October. The bright warm days are perfect for spending time on the beach, although September and October will be hotter if you’re after a serious tan.

As you head south, the great beach weather continues – it’s prime time all along the coast from Vilanculo and Tofo to Ponta do Ouro. As ever, these resorts are influenced by the South Africa school holidays and tend to get busier when the winter break begins in late June.

With its handful of luxury resorts the Bazaruto Archipelago is less affected. June is an excellent time to visit these islands, as humpback whales return.

  • June is the start of humpback whale season, especially along Mozambique’s southern coast. Conditions are often calm and clear and it’s a wonderful time to interact with these giants. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, Ibo Island hosts its Kueto Siriwala festival. The festival (which means ‘don’t forget your roots’), begins on 23 June and song, dance, food and dhow racing takes over the island for a fun-filled three days.
  • There are few disadvantages of visiting Mozambique in June. It is the start of peak season, however, so it’s safest to book limited-space activities (such as whale watching boat tours) in advance.
  • Mozambique in July

July is warm and pleasant all across Mozambique and ideal for a Mozambique holiday. It’s mid-winter, and the days are bright and clear. The daily average in the south is roughly 26°C/79°F.

It can get a little hotter along the northeastern coastline, but only the hottest days might touch 30°C/86°F.

Away from the coast, it’s generally about 5 to 10°C cooler, and cold nights in the highlands can drop below 10°C/50°F. July and August are Mozambique’s driest months. Despite the very occasional, very localized brief shower, there’s little chance of rain anywhere in the country.

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July is an excellent time to go anywhere in Mozambique. Maputo is warm and sunny, not at all humid, and ideal for exploring on foot.

The southern beaches that run from Inhaca Island to Ponta do Ouro are just as pleasant, and the same can be said of Tofo, Inhambane, and Vilanculos.

The first two weeks of July are usually slightly busier along the coast – until the school holidays end in neighboring South Africa. Both of Mozambique’s beautiful archipelagos are truly superb throughout July.

The northern Quirimbas will be slightly warmer than Bazaruto, but both offer clear skies and superb conditions for snorkeling, boat tours, and diving .

  • By July, Mozambique’s humpback whales can be seen from the Quirimbas to Ponta do Ouro. Tofo and Vilanculos/Bazaruto are particularly popular places to spot them. July to December are the best months for anglers, with the early part of the season ideal for sailfish off Bazaruto. All along the coast, you can expect warm, clear weather and some of the year’s best diving and snorkeling conditions.
  • July is a popular time in Mozambique, so be sure to book your holiday well in advance. If you want to swim with whale sharks, this isn’t the best time – instead, delay until October or November.
  • Mozambique in August

August is another excellent month to visit Mozambique. It’s slightly warmer than June and July, and perfect beach weather. Average temperatures in the south are between 17°C/63°F and 27°C/81°F, while Pemba, Mozambique Island, and the Quirimbas are usually a few degrees warmer.

August is one of Mozambique’s driest months, though there may still be a shower or two, especially in the south. Away from the coast, it rarely rains, and the temperature range is more extreme. Expect nighttime lows of around 15°C/59°F and hot days well over 30°C/86°F.

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From August to October, Gorongosa National Park steadily dries out. Traditionally these are the best months for spotting animals as the vegetation thins, and animals congregate around the handful of permanent water sources.

The park is still recovering from extensive poaching during the war, but there’s been a concerted effort to rejuvenate the area, and animal populations are growing.

If you’re heading to the beaches of Mozambique, then the entire coastline is ideal. It’ll be slightly hotter in the far north, but expect beautiful, balmy days wherever you go on your Mozambique holiday.

  • August is an excellent time to visit Gorongosa National Park, one of Southern Africa’s most beautiful wilderness areas. The region is famous for its extraordinary birding safari opportunities, and the elephant and lion populations have consistently increased since the war. Mount Gorongosa is one of the world’s last uncharted wilderness areas, with numerous endemic species, some brand new to science.
  • Up and down the coast of Mozambique, August is prime time for humpback whales, and it’s one of the best months of the year for diving and snorkeling . Across the country, the weather is superb – it’s arguably the best month to have a beach vacation . Both nights and days get gradually warmer but are still a long way off the humid heat of mid-summer.
  • August is still a bit too early for guaranteed whale shark encounters. If these incredible giants are on your bucket list, then October onwards is better for your Mozambique holiday. Otherwise, there’s very little downside to August, except that being such a great time to visit, it will be slightly busier.
  • Mozambique in September

September in Mozambique sees steadily warming days and nights. The northern coastline, always slightly hotter, consistently averages over 30°C/86°F.

The south and interior are generally cooler, but there’s far more daily variation, and the highs and lows are more extreme. Hot days can reach well over 35°C/95°F inland, while the nights cool rapidly, averaging around 16°C/61°F.

September is typically still dry across Mozambique, but along the southern coast, the clouds start building, and there may be the occasional brief spring storm.

As the month continues, you can expect more partly-cloudy beach days in the south of Mozambique and a freshening breeze – it’s the windiest month in Maputo.

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Pemba and the Quirimbas are picture-perfect in September. You’ll have hot, sunny days with bright blue skies and fluffy clouds. In Vilanculos, Bazaruto, and Tofo, the norm is slightly less blue and a bit more cloud, while Maputo and Ponta do Ouro will get a few completely overcast days.

That said, the southern coast of Mozambique is hardly to be avoided in September. It’s still great beach weather, and the diving and snorkeling conditions are usually excellent.

This is also a good time for a safari in Gorongosa National Park. Just be aware that temperatures will be climbing – September to November are the hottest months in the park.

  • September is another great month for seeing humpback whales in Mozambique. Whale spotting boat tours can be arranged from most major coastal resorts. Divers all along the coast will almost certainly hear their enigmatic calls, and off Bazaruto, Tofo, and Ponta do Ouro, you may even catch a glimpse of them underwater.
  • Although rain is very unlikely in September – and then only in the south – it’s generally cloudier and windier than July and August, and there may be the odd spring squall. Diving conditions are generally excellent, but visibility may drop on more windy days.
  • Mozambique in October

Throughout October, the heat gradually builds, and there’s an ever-increasing chance of thunderstorms in the south of Mozambique. The southern coast averages around 29°C/84°F, although some days can get considerably hotter.

The northeastern coastline is always slightly warmer than the south and has a more consistent local climate with fewer extremes. Nights are warm – about 20°C/68°F – and most days will hover around 32°C/90°F.

Away from the coast and the sea’s cooling breezes, temperatures of 35°C/95°F or more are common. As the humidity rises, the clouds gather overhead, and Mozambique holds its breath for the first summer rains.

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For the best beach holiday weather, head north in October. Pemba and the Quirimbas are excellent at this time of year. Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Archipelago are also good to visit in October, with fewer cloudy days than in Tofo and the south.

By late October, there is some rain in Ponta do Ouro and in Maputo, which can get particularly hot and humid. The fresh ocean breeze brings welcome relief in the capital; October is one of the windier months along the southern coast of Mozambique.

To the north and inland, Gorongosa National Park is sweltering. It’s arguably the best time for seeing wild animals on a Mozambique safari, as they flock to the park’s few permanent water sources, but be prepared for temperatures up to 38°C/100°F.

  • October is an excellent month for sport fishing, particularly for marlin off the Bazaruto Archipelago. It also marks the start of the turtle breeding season, when there’s an increased chance of seeing them while diving and snorkeling along the coast.
  • October remains an excellent month for seeing humpback whales, and by the end of the month, the magnificent whale sharks return to the waters off Tofo.
  • Although October is generally still a great time for a Mozambique holiday, there’ll be fewer optimal beach days, especially in the south. By the end of the month, the south will also likely see some rain, but usually not enough to get in the way of outdoor pursuits.
  • Mozambique in November

Mozambique’s rainy season begins in November, starting in the south and moving slowly up the coast. The arrival of the rains is unpredictable and irregular. Expect a succession of hot, humid days interspersed with impressive thunderstorms.

Temperatures in the south can top 38°C/100°F, but conditions cool rapidly as soon as the rain begins to fall. This is the hottest time of year along the northeastern coastline, and it’s usually the last area in Mozambique to receive any rain.

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Pemba and the Quirimbas Archipelago are the driest regions of Mozambique in November. The weather is generally hot and clear, with light sea breezes and balmy evenings on the beach.

The southern beach resorts are less certain, however. Diving and fishing can be excellent in Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Islands, for example, but rough conditions may hamper activities some days.

Similarly, with the whale sharks returning in Tofo, there’s every reason to visit, despite the chance of choppy seas and rain. You’ll find hot, humid conditions down the coast – great for being in the water but less comfortable when you’re trying to sleep.

  • Although November can be hot, humid, and occasionally wet, it’s just the start of the rainy season, and there’ll still be plenty of bright, sunny days. It’s a great time to risk uncertain weather for top marine activities, such as snorkeling with whale sharks, deep-sea angling, and shark diving .
  • If your time in Mozambique is short, the summer months present a risk. Rough seas can disrupt dive activities; although it rarely lasts long, you may miss out.
  • The heat and humidity are also not for everyone. If you prefer cooler (drier) weather, then June to September are better.
  • Mozambique in December

Mozambique’s summer rainy season begins in earnest in December. The country’s south receives the rains first, which get heavier and more frequent as they spread north up the coast.

Inland areas also see heavy rain, although, like the far north of Mozambique, the heaviest downpours usually arrive in January. December is one of Mozambique’s hottest months, with average day-time temperatures well above 30°C/86°.

Nights are also warm and humid everywhere, seldom dropping below 20°C/68°F. December marks the start of Mozambique’s cyclone season, and powerful storms can hit the northern coast until April or May.

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Despite the chance of rain, the far southern beaches are still very popular in December. The usual pattern is for bright, clear mornings, with thunderclouds building in the early afternoon.

When the rain does fall – and it’s not every day – it brings a welcome relief from the heat. And rain or not, the sea is always warm and inviting, and clear days can offer spectacular diving .

On the whole, in December, it’s best to pick a region for its activities. Tofo for whale sharks and manta rays, Ponta do Ouro for shark diving and turtles. Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Islands are well-known for all the above, plus outstanding deep-sea sport fishing.

  • The summer months are arguably Mozambique’s best for marine life, and one of December’s major highlights is the chance to see turtles. Various species, including giant leatherbacks, nest along the coast and can be seen on the beaches as they come ashore to lay their eggs.
  • If marine giants are what you’re after, then December is a great time. Although humpback whales are only rarely spotted this late, it’s excellent for whale sharks, reef sharks, and manta rays.
  • Generally speaking, December is a risk if your holiday is short in Mozambique – there’s always a chance you’ll hit a succession of rained-out days. It may mean that boat dives are impossible for a period or that underwater visibility is poor for your stay.
  • For land-based Mozambique safaris, December is also not ideal. Gorongosa National Park usually closes mid-month when flooding makes the roads too wet to drive.

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  • The best and only time to experience the thriving Gorongosa National Park is during the dry season - which runs from April to November.
  • However, during the rainy season of December to March, the roads are closed due to flooding. Hence the park is inaccessible. The best time for bird watching is usually December to April.
  • The dry month of June to September is the best time to travel to Mozambique - when the bush has thinned out and the wildlife is concentrated around the waterholes and the rivers.

See Mozambique in Your Comfort

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Affordable, mid-range hotels and resorts are more common along the southern coast of Mozambique. Look around Ponta do Ouro, Tofo Beach, and Vilanculos for the best quality and variety on your Mozambique beach holiday .

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Generally speaking, the most affordable option will be to hire a house and self-cater. All three regions in Mozambique have holiday cottages and villas where guests can cook for themselves. Also, look out for all-inclusive specials, which can be great value if activities are included.

While you’re on your Mozambique holiday, it’s worth splashing out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whether diving with sharks or a desert island picnic, these unforgettable moments make Mozambique unique. You can go humpback whale spotting, take a dhow cruise or search for giant loggerhead turtles.

All these can be booked as separate tours when you arrive, or you can book in advance and take advantage of any specials. One affordable route can be to find a more upmarket hotel that offers great value for money on their in-house excursions.

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Good deals are especially likely during the December to April low season and the shoulder season months of November and May.

  • The Metical is the local Mozambican currency. Still, many mid-range hotels and restaurants will take US dollars, and around Ponta do Ouro, South African Rands are also widely used.
  • Credit cards are increasingly accepted in the major centers, although Visa is preferred, and smaller businesses will likely only accept meticais.
  • Whatever you do, spend all your meticais before you leave. You’ll find it very difficult to exchange outside of Mozambique and will certainly get a very poor rate if you find a willing FOREX agent.

For a budget-conscious holiday in Mozambique, it’s best to head for one of the main southern beach towns – specifically, Ponta do Ouro, Tofo Beach, or Vilanculos.

Your principal expenses will likely be diving and boating activities, closely followed by budget-friendly accommodation , meals, and local transportation.

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Internal flights in Mozambique are relatively expensive, as are private vehicle transfers between the more upmarket hotels. For example, a flight from Maputo to Tofo (Inhambane) will cost around $160 one way, while a bus or shared tourist shuttle is about $16 and a local shared taxi (chapa) even less.

Diving is one of Mozambique’s major highlights, but prices vary widely depending on where you go. Ponta do Ouro tends to be the most affordable at around $40 per dive, including gear.

Tofo Beach is slightly more at about $50 (also with rented gear), while in Vilanculos, it can be over $100 a dive, with the added boat transfer/fuel costs to reach the outer reefs.

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If you’re traveling alone, it’s worth making friends, as many dive centers offer discounts for groups. If you’re looking to learn, Mozambique’s warm waters are ideal. You can get your PADI Open Water certification for around $350.

  • Mozambique has an extensive ATM network, so it’s unnecessary to arrive with huge amounts of cash.
  • Take at least two bank cards – Visa is preferred – and hide away some backup currency in case of any emergencies.
  • Camping is the most affordable option, and there are places to pitch a tent in all the main beach holiday spots.
  • The food is excellent and very well priced, and you can feast on local dishes and street fare for less than $10 a day.

You’ll find outstanding luxury resorts all along Mozambique’s coastline . Still, the three main regions are the southern Machangulo Peninsula, the Bazaruto Archipelago, and the stunning coral atolls of the Quirimbas.

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The Machangulo Peninsula offers gorgeous, serviced beach villas and elegant hotels. At the same time, the handful of lodges on the Bazaruto and Quirimbas islands serve up laid-back, barefoot luxury at its best.

A luxury holiday in Mozambique can also be a chance to get involved. Many of the top lodges are linked with local conservation and community projects, emphasizing long-term sustainability.

Highlights include rare marine encounters with the highly threatened dugong, nesting turtles, bird-watching kayak adventures, and spectacular diving in the Bazaruto and Quirimbas marine parks.

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Luxury in Mozambique has an easy-going island flair – a focus on comfort, breathtaking locations, privacy, and exclusivity.

  • Mozambique is an excellent choice for a beach and safari combo. The Bazaruto Archipelago has easy flight connections to top lodges in northern South Africa. The Quirimbas Islands are not far from some of Africa’s best wildlife experiences in Zambia and Tanzania .
  • Look out for special deals around the October and November shoulder season. It can be scorching just before the rains, but it’s an excellent time for spotting animals and is usually perfect beach weather, especially in the Quirimbas.
  • If you’re stopping in Maputo, the capital also has some fine luxury hotels. Slick and well-run, they offer excellent value for money and a convenient, comfortable base from which to explore this vibrant city.

Holiday Styles and Options in Mozambique

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In many respects, the south of Mozambique is the archetypal tropical beach nirvana. Also, it boasts world-class snorkeling, diving, and game fishing .

Tourism to Mozambique, consisting mainly of South African fishermen, is concentrated here in a string of developed beach resorts. These include Tofo, Inhambane, Vilanculos, and the offshore islands of Bazaruto National Park.

The beaches of the north of Mozambique are no less beautiful, and the offshore reefs and islands are just as bountiful. However, amenities here tend to be more scattered. With the exception of the mainland resort of Pemba and the honeymoon-friendly Quirimbas Islands, they are generally more rudimentary.

Mozambique has some of the most absorbing towns in southern Africa. These range from the modern capital Maputo, with its palm-lined avenidas and Art Deco architecture, to historic backwaters such as Ilha de Moçambique (the capital of Portuguese East Africa for almost four centuries) and Ibo.

For wildlife safari enthusiasts, highlights include the renascent Gorongosa National Park inland of Beira and the vast Niassa Game Reserve bordering Tanzania.

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Mozambique has long been a family holiday favorite among South Africans. Over Christmas and Easter, in particular, the vast southern beaches are a playground for kids.

There’s plenty of space for children to run around and explore, plus laid-back, family-friendly resorts that offer kids’ clubs, child discounts, and daycare.

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You’ll need an adventurous spirit for a family safari in Mozambique, especially if you have very young children. Road transfers can be long and bumpy, and there’s a high malaria incidence throughout Mozambique.

While traveling to Mozambique with very young kids is not impossible, it might be better to wait until they’re a little older. There’s more effective anti-malarial medication for older kids and teens.

Once they reach ten years old, they can take introductory scuba diving courses and access the marvels beneath the sea.

Best places to visit in Mozambique

The best regions for a family holiday in Mozambique are in and around Ponta do Ouro, Tofo Beach, and Vilanculos. Of the three, Vilanculos is the most accessible, with its international airport and regular flights from Johannesburg and Maputo.

Family activities from Vilanculos include speedboat trips, dhow rides, shallow dive sites, and safe swimming. A snorkeling trip and picnic to one of Bazaruto’s sheltered beaches is an unforgettable experience for kids of all ages.

Further south of Mozambique, the Tofo Beach region is somewhat trickier to reach. The tiny Inhambane Airport services it, but flights are less frequent and only connect internationally through Maputo and Vilanculos.

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Driving in takes about seven or eight hours from Maputo, which may be a trial with traffic and poor roads. Once there, however, it’s a great place for families. There are some excellent, affordable self-catering cottages and the chance to snorkel with whale sharks.

Just be aware that the waves here can be bigger than in Vilanculos, and ocean swimming is more suited to teens than young kids.

In the far south of Mozambique lies Ponta do Ouro, undoubtedly Mozambique’s most popular family holiday town. A newly sealed road has now made Ponta much more accessible and what was once a hot and dusty 4×4-only journey is now an easy hour-and-a-half drive from Maputo.

Ponta is safe, easygoing, and loads of fun for kids. There are introductory diving courses for the older ones, plus swimming, snorkeling, and a stunning, wide beach.

Exploring the ocean as a family is one of Mozambique’s major highlights. This beautiful, warm coastline offers incredible marine life. Kids as young as ten can already learn to dive; after a four-day course, ten and 11-year-olds can be certified to 12 meters.

You’ll need to check that the area you’re visiting has suitable shallow reefs, but 12 meters is more than enough to discover the enthralling world underwater.

You’ll find turtles, dolphins, and thousands of reef fish, and with knowledgeable instructors and so much to learn, it’s an education for the whole family.

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Above the waves, it’s all about dhow rides and speedboats and learning to fish from the beach in Mozambique.

Mozambique’s highlights are sea and beach orientated, including the culinary delights – this coast is famous for its fish! But if your kids don’t like seafood, there’s no reason to worry.

You’ll find plenty of kid-friendly restaurants in Mozambique and no shortage of classic favorites such as pizza, burgers, and chips.

  • If you’re traveling through South Africa to Mozambique, you’ll need an unabridged birth certificate for each child younger than 18. It needs to show the full name of the child, as on their passport, and the full names of both parents.
  • If one or other parent is traveling alone, then you’ll need written consent from the absent parent. It’s all a bit of a hassle, but it’s aimed at curbing child trafficking – a worthy concern that the authorities take seriously.
  • Another concern is the risk of malaria – be sure to consult a doctor before you travel. June to September are the months with the lowest risk, but at any time of the year, it’s worth taking your own mosquito nets and packing a roll of duct tape to repair any holes.

Mozambique is the very vision of romance, with its endless, empty beaches, swaying palms, and turquoise sea. But what makes the country particularly special is the quality and variety of the romantic honeymoon experiences .

From private beach huts to serviced villas and secluded island retreats to polished luxury hotels, it’s all idyllic.

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Whether you’re planning your honeymoon or plotting a more impulsive escape, you’ll find your postcard-perfect paradise in Mozambique, whatever your taste or budget.

One of Mozambique’s major draws is that a few bustling beach towns aside, it remains largely undeveloped and unexplored.

The kind of intimacy and exclusivity you might only expect on a private island can also be found on a quiet mainland beach, especially in the south of Mozambique.

The southern coastline from Ponta do Ouro to Inhaca Island is one of the most beautiful and untouched in Mozambique. Ponta do Ouro itself can be a bit rowdy for romance, but as you head north up the coast, the mood rapidly changes.

Scattered along the deserted beaches, you’ll find a handful of intimate lodges tucked between the ocean and the stunning Maputo Special Reserve.

The reserve protects not just miles of untrammeled beach but a glorious stretch of inland lakes and forest, home to elephants, hippos, and hundreds of species of birds.

Some 500km (311mi) north of Inhaca Island, the Bazaruto Archipelago also lies within a protected park. These glorious islands are perfect for couples searching for an even more exclusive romantic break.

There are only a handful of lodges across the archipelago’s five islands, all world-class, luxurious, and ideal for couples.

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Think castaway picnics on dazzling white sandbars, candle-lit beach dinners, treatments, and spas. The waters off Bazaruto are known for spectacular diving, and if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s lots more to do than simply stretch out on the beach.

Besides diving and snorkeling, there’s also sea kayaking and sunset dhow cruises, while on land, there’s horse riding, dune boarding, and island tours.

In the far north of Mozambique, the magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago is the most isolated and arguably the most beautiful region in the country. This is the realm of stunning private islands, luxury fly-in resorts, and spectacular honeymoon escapes.

If you’ve ever dreamed of a four-poster bed on the beach, then the Quirimbas islands are for you. Or perhaps you’d prefer to explore palm-fringed atolls on a guided island-hopping safari in your own private dhow?

A Quirimbas Archipelago dhow safari is one of Mozambique’s major highlights for adventurous couples’ honeymoon.

Explore the islands with an experienced skipper and personal chef, picnicking on empty sandbars and sleeping in mobile beach camps under the stars.

For more traditional resort-style pampering, you’ll find top-notch romantic lodges, and secluded honeymoon retreats up and down the coast. And if a week-long boating safari seems a little excessive, you can easily take a day trip or a sunset dhow cruise instead.

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Many of Mozambique’s lodges and resorts also have a strong sustainability and conservation ethos. There’s a real emphasis on low-impact tourism, wildlife protection, and community development.

Whether you’re on an island-hopping safari or ensconced at a stunning beach lodge, there’ll be opportunities for bird-watching holidays , learning about key wildlife projects in the area, and meeting and interacting with the local community.

  • Mozambique is perhaps the least conservative country in East Africa. Affection in public is generally not an issue, although topless bathing is not the norm and will almost certainly be frowned upon. Same-sex relationships have been legal in Mozambique since 2015.
  • Mozambique is an excellent choice for honeymooners and romance, whether you’re looking for all-inclusive pampering, adventure, or barefoot luxury. Resorts and lodges in Mozambique are fully aware of what they can offer romantic couples – let them know in advance, and they’ll happily tailor an experience just for you!

If you’re thinking of visiting Mozambique on your own, don’t let anything dissuade you. It’s a friendly, safe choice for solo travel and can be as adventurous or laid-back as you like.

Those looking for solitude will find endless empty beaches, ideal for long, peaceful strolls. If you’d like to meet people, there are lively beach towns with restaurants, group tours, and buzzing barefoot bars.

It’s not advisable to leave valuables unattended while swimming or wander Maputo’s backstreets alone after dark. But these are the kinds of precautions you’d take almost anywhere, and infrequent petty theft aside, Mozambique is a very safe country to visit.

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Mozambicans have a well-earned reputation for being easy-going and friendly. The seafood is delicious and affordable, and there’s a fascinating history and an incredible underwater world to explore.

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Perhaps Mozambique’s only drawback is that it can be challenging to get around. Public transport does exist, but it’s often bumpy and slow and can be challenging to figure out. The more exclusive resorts offer a seamless fly-in service, especially on the islands.

But if you’re a solo traveler, and in particular, if you’re on a budget, then bear this in mind.

The far north of Mozambique is the hardest to reach, involving relatively expensive internal flights, long, bumpy roads, or quite often, both.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll discover Mozambique’s rich cultural past – the evocative, deserted mansions of Ibo Island and the 16th-century Portuguese fort and chapel on the tip of Ilha de Moçambique.

Traveling in the south is much easier than in the north. There are direct flights to Vilanculos from Maputo and Johannesburg, and busses and/or backpacker shuttles between Maputo, Vilanculos, Tofo, and Ponta do Ouro.

These main centers are the most popular destinations for solo travelers; many visitors pick just one or two spots and stick to them. Your choice will depend on ease of access and time of year, and especially on the key activities available in the area.

If you’re looking to meet people, then Vilanculos and Tofo Beach are best for your solo Mozambique holiday. They’re at their most lively over Christmas and Easter and again from the end of June to September.

June to September sees the best beach weather, and the far south usually has it better early in the season (May/June).  Further north, it tends to be hotter and drier in October, and, in the far north, it usually stays hot and dry well into November.

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The weather is often a secondary consideration when it comes to Mozambique’s marine attractions. Snorkeling and diving with whale sharks are mind-blowing; although they can be seen year-round, October to March is best.

Another marine giant, the humpback whale, is common off the coast of Mozambique from July to mid-November. So, while October and November can be increasingly humid and cloudy in the south, it’s the perfect time to see Mozambique’s magnificent marine giants.

Turtles, dolphins, reef sharks, and manta rays can be seen along the coast year-round. But specific local areas may have subtle seasonal variations, so check with a local dive operator before you travel.

If you’re not a diver already, this is the time to learn! Mozambique has several excellent dive schools, and they’re a great way to socialize and meet new people on a solo safari.

  • Be aware that outside of the main resorts, English is not widely spoken. A Portuguese phrase book or app on your phone will go a long way to easing communication.
  • Credit cards (preferably Visa) are accepted at most resorts and hotels, but you’ll almost certainly need cash for smaller enterprises and local transport. In Ponta do Ouro, South African Rands are readily accepted, but the best option is to draw local currency (Meticals) from an ATM when you arrive. ATMs are common in all the main centers (although Tofo is a notable exception – the nearest one is in Inhambane).
  •  Mozambique is generally considered a safe country for women traveling alone. Dress codes and attitudes are less conservative than in other East African countries, and homosexuality has been legal since 2015.

What You Need To Know

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Once the darling holiday destination of Southern Africa, Mozambique has suffered turbulence and tragedy in its recent past. It’s perhaps too much to say it was the ‘Algarve of East Africa’, but its unique, vibrant blend of sun, sea, and Afro-Portuguese heritage attracted hundreds of thousands in the years before the war.

Although the struggle for independence from Portugal began in the early 1960s, it was not until civil war broke out in ‘75 that all tourism effectively ceased. Lodges closed, resorts fell to ruin, and millions of people were killed or displaced.

When the war ended in 1992, there was little infrastructure and no tourism. But as stability returned, so did an adventurous few, braving the rough roads and uncertain, often dilapidated lodgings.

What the war could not destroy was arguably the most beautiful stretch of golden coastline in Africa.

The lack of development simply added to the charm. Those who came found a country looking forward to the future, a laid-back seaside paradise of sun, surf, and phenomenal seafood.

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In the years since the war, Mozambique’s shores have been battered by storms, but the upbeat outlook and easy-going charm remain. The roads are now much better, and the quality and variety of lodges and resorts have vastly improved, but this magnificent coastline still feels wonderfully new and untamed.

Mozambique’s two main island archipelagos, Bazaruto and the Quirimbas are among the best in the world for ‘barefoot luxury’ breaks. Scattered up and down the mainland beaches, you’ll find high-quality, affordable lodges, secluded villas, and attractive family hotels.

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Though development is ongoing, the pace is slow and measured, and one of Mozambique’s major draws remains its wide-open views and lack of crowds. Although the far south can get busy over Christmas and Easter, you’ll likely have entire beaches to yourself for the rest of the year.

The north of Mozambique is harder to reach and quieter still, and inland the wildlife parks see only a trickle of adventurous guests.

Most visitors still come specifically for the beaches, and with over 2,500km (1,553mi) of stunning coastline, there’s no shortage of room to stretch your legs.

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In a sense, Mozambique’s troubled past makes it such a unique destination today. It’s been over 25 years since the end of the war, yet it remains relatively undeveloped and, in many places, pristine.

With its unique cultural blend, great food, and sublime seas, Mozambique has a strong claim on the best beach holiday in Africa.

Most visitors, quite rightly, come to Mozambique for a beach holiday . There are hundreds of dive and snorkeling sites along this quite extraordinary coast. And besides the abundant reef fish and spectacular coral, there are also the glorious marine giants.

The soft-shelled leatherback turtle grows to over two-and-a-half meters long, and the beach town of Tofo is famous for its whale shark snorkeling and dives with manta rays.

Humpback whales can even be seen breaching from shore as they pass down the coast between June and December.

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Away from the sea, the wildlife is less prolific; Mozambique’s parks and reserves suffered extensive poaching throughout the war. To some extent, the problem of poaching continues, but two reserves, in particular, are showing hopeful signs.

Gorongosa National Park was once one of the top safari parks in Africa, and although populations are still recovering, lions, elephants, and numerous antelope species can be found.

In the far south of Mozambique, the Maputo Special Reserve protects some of Mozambique’s most pristine lakes and beaches, and there’s a small but visible elephant population that calls the reserve home.

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Both of these parks, and Mozambique as a whole, are truly wonderful if you like birding safaris . Pack your binoculars to see some of Mozambique’s 750 or more species – that’s 50 more species than across all of mainland Europe!

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Venture into the blue

Home to an astounding diversity of marine life, including humpback whales, whale sharks, turtles, tropical coral reefs, and hundreds of different species of colorful fish, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans off the coast of Africa offer enormous thrills to whale watchers, divers, and snorkelers alike.

We’ve compiled a list of our top marine safari experiences on the continent, whether you want to spot majestic whales from land or sea, swim with gentle whale sharks, get involved in marine conservation projects, or dive and snorkel in some of the most stunning waters on earth.

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Top marine safari experiences in Africa

Marine safaris Breaching Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) breaching in calm seas

Land- and sea-based whale watching in the Overberg, South Africa

The immense Cape Overberg region is home to a spectacular stretch of Atlantic Ocean coastline. Here, the quaint fishing town of Hermanus ranks as one of the twelve best whale watching destinations on the planet. From the months of June to November, you have a great chance at catching a glimpse of these gentle giants from the comfort of the beach, while whale expeditions by boat can be arranged for a more intimate experience.

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Diving and snorkeling in the Mnemba Atoll Marine Park, Zanzibar

A wonderful treasure trove of aquatic life abound in the incredibly stunning atoll system of Zanzibar’s Mnemba Atoll. With exceptional visibility, it provides excellent drift and wall diving. Dolphins and turtles are among the highlights here, with the latter nesting between the months of October and January. Around two months after the eggs are laid, the small young scurry down to the sea – a special phenomenon well worth trying to witness.

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Marine conservation experience on Mahé Island, Seychelles

Breathtaking coral reefs and colorful fish flourish in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean that surround the Seychelles islands, so it comes as no surprise that world-class snorkeling experiences abound. At the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, you have the chance to gain unique insight into environmental initiatives, from guided snorkeling experiences alongside the resort’s marine biologists, to actively participating in a coral reef restoration project with OceanWise.

Marine safaris Whale Shark Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) with Pilot Fish around Its Mouth. Mafia Island, Tanzania

Swimming with whale sharks in the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Vast expanses of pristine Indian Ocean shoreline with warm, clear waters are only one of the many natural wonders that Mozambique has to offer. Not to mention the dazzling Bazaruto Archipelago, where you have the privilege of swimming alongside the endangered whale shark. The sharks congregate around the island between the months of October and April so this is the ideal time to visit to go in search of them.

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Kayaking on Lake Malawi, Malawi

The crowning glory of the nation’s tourist attractions is Lake Malawi. It is a utopia that provides all the water sports and activities one would anticipate from a tropical beach destination. When it comes to small boats, the lake is most renowned for its opportunities for kayaking and sailing. Most beach resorts have kayaks and canoes accessible, and you can even go on longer trips along the picturesque lakeside.

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‘My Octopus Teacher’ experience in Simon’s Town, South Africa

A very safe, tailored experience with very few guests, the ‘Kelp Forest Snorkel – My Octopus Teacher Experience’ is one not to be missed. The underwater kelp forests just 45 minutes from Cape Town’s city center are genuinely striking and tranquil. These towering forests are home to a wide range of aquatic creatures, including the octopus. The variety of shark species that reside in the Cape kelp forest is another remarkable feature of this nirvana.

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Wildlife watching doesn’t need to stop when you hit the coast. Whales, dolphins, seals, turtles and a myriad of impressive sea-birds can be found across the planet.

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Encounter spectacular animals by boat

There’s an old preconception that you can either be on safari looking at wildlife, or on the beach – and never the twain shall meet. The truth is more nuanced and it’s absolutely possible to undertake rewarding marine safaris and relax on a beach.

Marine safaris are indisputably different from land-based safaris and it is important that expectations are managed. Many marine mammals, notably whales and dolphins, spend most of their time below the surface, so the ability to predict where they will be at any point and then spend time with them is a very different proposition to watching a herd of elephants or family of gorillas. 

That said, witnessing a 30-tonne humpback whale launch itself out of the water, or a pod of dolphins playing in the wake of your boat is incredibly rewarding. Add in to the mix magnificent frigatebirds, albatrosses, enormous turtles, inquisitive seals, colourful fish or a curious octopus and it soon becomes apparent that actually there aren’t many marine environments not worth exploring.

In some places, such as the Galapagos, the marine element is very much part of the experience, snorkelling with sea lions being an absolute highlight for many. In others the species being sought out may be seasonal, bordering on the ephemeral – swimming with whale sharks falls into this category.

We’d suggest that wherever you are planning to go, whether Africa, Central America or Asia, consider whether there are any coastal options that can sensibly be added into the mix. The complete change of environment can be both massively rewarding and great fun. All but a very few cases can be experienced from a boat or snorkelling rather than needing any hardcore diving training and equipment.

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Often the best safaris involve looking beyond the obvious highlights. It’s about the exhilarating encounters that will make your heart sing. These are encounters that nobody could ever predict, but that make your safari genuinely unique.

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Many marine phenomena can be witnessed year-round, a few however require precise timing, patience and a large dollop of good luck.

Humpback whales are amongst the most widespread mammals on our planet having a truly global distribution from the Arctic to the Antarctic, so theoretically you could see them in any ocean. To have the best chance of seeing them and to see them at their best, it is imperative to refine your search. Fortunately, being highly migratory as well as seasonal breeders, we now have a fairly good idea of where they will be and what they will be doing at any point of time. If you want to see their exuberant breeching and tail slapping displays we might suggest the wonderful Masoala Peninsula of North East Madagascar in September. Or, if you want the opportunity to swim with great pods of them in the warm pacific waters, head to Tonga between July and October.

If you have a specific goal in mind – such as watching turtles hatching or encountering whale sharks, then you’ll need to focus entirely on the best dates and places to have any chance of ticking that off. Assuming a more generalist approach then factors such as the weather, water temperature and what you’re seeking on the land-based portion of your safari are likely to be important factors or where you might head to and why.

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When you think of Africa you think of deserts, savannah and forests, but you should also think about crystal clear waters, tropical islands lined with palms and coral reefs teeming with life. The Indian Ocean and Lake Malawi wash wonderfully wild beaches, painted with bright colours together with all the energy of Africa.

From now on, when you think of Africa, imagine all the shades of blue, long white beaches, adrenaline water sports and the privacy of exclusive retreats in small heavenly hideaways. For your honeymoon, for a family beach holiday, to end your safari with a relaxing break or to live one more exciting adventure in Africa.

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From Lamu Archipelago to the South coast of Kenya, through Zanzibar and the exclusive Mnemba Island, and then down to the Quirimbas Archipelago and the beaches of Mozambique, the East coast of Africa is washed by warm and crystal-clear waters. And so are the shores of Lake Malawi, alternative and surprising beach destination. In these places facing dream beaches there are small retreats and private villas equipped with every comfort. They are the perfect location for relaxing and being pampered, after a dip in the blue and before a candlelight dinner, or for enjoying the many water activities on offer. Here you can live in a suspended time, caressed by the breeze and the waves, far away from the crowds and in absolute peace.

The big blue

A safari is a long journey that does not end on the mainland, but continues up to the sea. The Indian Ocean is an adventurous sea, out of the ordinary, to be explored both on the surface and in its depth. The East coast of Africa together with its remote islands are destinations for real boat safaris: adventures that remind of Robinson Crusoe through sandbanks and coral atolls, and expeditions to discover the rich underwater life. Manta rays, whale sharks, humpback whales, dolphins, marine turtles and hundreds of fish species, as well as rare dugongs live in these waters, protected in marine reserves and sanctuaries. The wonder and the emotions arising from the contact with nature represent the fil rouge that connects classic safaris to these unusual marine safaris.

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Hunting in the wilds of Mozambique is a safari like no other . Our Mahimba hunting area is a pristine hunting destination for both dangerous game and plainsgame - offering hunters the opportunity to hunt Cape buffalo, crocodile, hippo, and a host of unique plainsgame species. We invite you to come experience what Mozambique has to offer in this hunting paradise.

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Mahimba Safaris specializes in offering incredible hunting adventures in our main Zambezi Delta area and other concessions across Mozambique. Our Niassa hunting areas are a big cat hunter’s dream, with amazing densities of leopards and lions, and of course, many cape buffalo and a great mixture of plainsgame on the side. If the smaller animals pique your interest , our Tiny Ten concession is arguably one of the best places in all of Africa to check multiple species off of the Tiny Ten Slam.

No matter what or where you want to hunt, we have an unforgettable Mozambique hunting safari waiting for you. 

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    Bazaruto Archipelago National Park spans a vast 1,260km² (126,000 hectares) off the coastline of Mozambique, encompassing five islands, diverse coral reefs and critical marine habitats. Declared a protected area in 1971, Bazaruto (meaning 'island of the mist') is the country's oldest marine park. Three of the five islands are home to a ...

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    Why. Mozambique nestles in the south-eastern corner of Africa and boasts a gorgeous stretch of pristine coastline and the warm Indian Ocean. Dotted with white sand beaches, coral islands, and protected marine parks; Mozambique is perfect for a tropical beach vacation and is easily combined with a big five safari experience in South Africa.

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    The Bazaruto Archipelago and Gorongosa National Park Beach Bush Combo Safari is the perfect way to experience the best of Mozambique's beaches, wildlife, and culture. You can choose from a range of accommodation options that offer camping out in nature and a blend of luxury chalet amenities. Enjoy a range of activities that suit every preference.

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    Mozambique Safari Tours promises much more, but life is based on elections, and yours is to fly first to Lichinga, capital of the Niassa province, where Lake Niassa (also known as Lake Malawi) has a unique tropical fish ecosystem in the world. You want to snorkel and feel one more within those waters.

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