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.
The capital of Mozambique and an Indian Ocean port with preserved Portuguese colonial architecture.
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).
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.
My Mozambique experience made up part of a fabulous four-week honeymoon in Africa …… and what a way to honeymoon it was! Upon arrival in Vilanculos we were escorted across the tarmac to our helicopter and whisked across the impossibly turquoise waters to beautiful Benguerra Island. In true andBeyond style we were greeted with a refreshing drink before being escorted to our cabana where lunch was served on the patio by our private pool looking out to sea.
The next few days were spent relaxing by the pool, being completely wowed by the incredible marine life as we snorkelled the warm waters and strolled the beach at sunset as dhows sailed past. Sundowners were served on the beach as we relaxed in comfy deck chairs surrounded by pretty lanterns before enjoying dinner under the starry skies. A true highlight was being taken to a private beach where a ‘castaway’ style picnic was set up complete with our favourite drinks and beautiful picnic lunch.
The relaxed barefoot luxury of andBeyond Benguerra Island was welcomed after a busy few weeks on safari . When planning your African safari I would highly recommend a few days to flop and drop on a beach before the long journey home. Until next time Mozambique – I will be back!
Davina Bennetto, Sales Executive
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.
We had the most amazing trip and the arrangements made by you were flawless. The Singita Boulders Lodge was fabulous and a great way to begin our African experience. The game viewing was excellent there. Our time on Benguerra Island was lovely despite almost melting in the 40 degree heat. Amelia loved our time at Elephant Camp in Zimbabwe as they have a resident rescue cheetah called Sylvester and we were able to walk with him for an hour.
Our time in the Samburu region of Kenya was an absolute highlight due to the rich cultural experience of meeting the local villagers and enjoying the fantastic hospitality of Nicki and Scott at Sasaab Camp. I would highly recommend this place to anyone and would return here for a repeat visit in preference to the Masai Mara.
In Tanzania the andBeyond Under Canvas Camp was great. Unfortunately our balloon safari was cancelled on the morning due to high winds and we were told to get you to apply for a refund on our behalf.
The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge was stunning with amazing food. The highlight of Tanzania would have to be Sand Rivers in Selous though, which is brilliantly run by Natasha and Evan. What an interesting area and so different to any other part of the trip.
In Zanzibar we did enjoy the Stone Town visit but found that the Baraza Resort was just lacking in atmosphere, maybe a little 'sterile'. They also had a very limited range of water sports available and we had to visit a neighbouring resort for these.
Our night at Giraffe Manor was truly amazing. It is no wonder that this place is so popular. Amelia was in her element!
Finishing off the trip in Mauritius was perfect and Le Touessrok resort was the best beach resort that we have stayed in. Great restaurants and plenty of water activities. I could have stayed there another week!
Thank you for organising such a fabulous trip for us. We certainly have some incredible memories.