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The pearl of the Indian Ocean, Mozambique boasts 2,500 km of pristine beachfront on the mainland, with a string of beautiful and idyllic tropical islands, glittering like jewels in the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

Soft, white sand beaches lined with coconut palms stretch as far as the eye can see. Mozambique has remained an exclusive destination as many of its islands and mainland beaches are isolated and secluded, offering travellers the ultimate escape. There are no golf courses or shopping malls here, but the unspoiled natural beauty and rich marine life has pushed the country to the top of the list for honeymooners, scuba divers and water sport fanatics.

Maputo
The capital of Mozambique and an Indian Ocean port with preserved Portuguese colonial architecture.

Bazaruto Island
Located in Bazaruto National Park, off the coast of southern Mozambique. Pretty resorts scatter the islands sparkling beaches with the island known for marine life like turtles and dugong.

Quirimba Archipelago
The Quirimbas Archipelago is located off the northern coast of Mozambique with many of its islands part of a national park famous for spectacular coral reefs and waters home to dolphins, whales and endangered dugongs (sea cows).

Pemba
A port town on Mozambique’s northeastern coast located on a peninsula sitting into the wide Pemba Bay, with coral reefs close to shore.

Niassa Wildlife Reserve
Located in northern Mozambique, Niassa is home to prolific wildlife and one of the last true wilderness areas left undeveloped in Africa.

You will enjoy the cooler dry weather during May – November. December – March is their rainy season which means you need to plan ahead to make sure you don’t arrive when it’s pouring with rain. Mozambique is most popular during Christmas, Easter and August holidays.

I spent a little R&R time at Benguerra Island in Mozambique and it was simply BEAUTIFUL! I absolutely loved it. I spent so much time sunbathing on the silky white pristine beaches and snorkelling off the coral reefs, if you’re lucky you may see the rare and endangered dugong, it really is one of the most pristine reefs in the world!  A highlight was cruising on a traditional dhow around the calm waters of the bay as the sun set over the islands.

The accommodation is stunning, my casinha was set in tropical forest and I could see great views of the beach. The décor and space of the rooms, private decks, pools, views, location is INCREDIBLE! It is very WOW and I absolutely loved it, you might be feeling that by now!

With a distinct nod to both Africa and the Mozambican coastline’s Portuguese heritage, &Beyond Benguerra Island is undoubtedly the most exclusive destination in the Bazaruto Archipelago.

– Ange

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Language Portuguese is the official language. English is spoken in most main cities and tourist areas.

Why we love it A magical beach destination within easy reach of Southern Africa, and particularly from Johannesburg and Kruger. There are daily flights on commercial airlines into Vilanculos or Maputo and then boat/helicopter connections to the beautiful islands. This is definitely a “stop and drop” holiday which you may need after a busy African itinerary. A fantastic combination after being on safari.

Weather
The climate of Mozambique, influenced by the monsoons from the Indian Ocean and the hot current of the Mozambique Canal, is generally tropical and humid. The dry season, in the Centre/North lasts for about four to six months, where as in the South, the dry tropical climate lasts between six and nine months.

When to go You will enjoy the cooler dry weather during May – November. December – March is their rainy season which means you need to plan ahead to make sure you don’t arrive when it’s pouring with rain. Mozambique is most popular during Christmas, Easter and August holidays.

Social customs and quirks Mozambique is a country with a diverse and rich cultural heritage. The cultures and traditions of Islam, Swahili and Bantu live harmoniously in the country. Despite this,  they all share a love and expression of song, poetry, dynamic dance and performance, not to mention their love of football.

Festivals and events Compared to many other African nations, Mozambique isn’t awash with festivals. A wonderful time to be in Mozambique is New Year’s Eve, welcomed with sparkling lights, decorated buildings, street parties, and fireworks at midnight. Everyone joins in the fun!

Health* Please contact your General Practitioner for advice regarding the recommended vaccination programme for travellers to this region. Malaria precautions should be taken if visiting wildlife areas.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Anantara Bazaruto
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Mozambique 4 Days / 3 Nights

Relax in a boutique villa on the paradise private island of Bazaruto, in a jewel-like archipelago off the coast of Mozambique. Beach, sea-view or...

Azura Benguerra Island
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Mozambique 4 Days / 3 Nights

The exceptional Azura resort rests on the idyllic shoreline of Benguerra Island. Built entirely by hand by the local community, Azura offers 20 splendid...

Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Mozambique 4 Days / 3 Nights

For an exotic conclusion to your African sojourn, or as an ideal luxury getaway, spend a little R&R time at Benguerra Island, Mozambique. andBeyond...

The Shongololo Express

Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe 12 Days / 11 Nights
A rail journey through Southern Africa

The Shongololo Express provides a high quality, yet affordable, rail safari experience for visitors to Southern Africa. The three journeys of 12 or 15...

Villa Santorini, Mozambique

Mozambique 4 Days / 3 Nights

Perched amongst lush coastal vegetation, the dramatic Villa Santorini stuns with majestic views of the Indian Ocean. With five magnificent ensuite bedrooms that feature...