A former Portuguese colony, Mozambique is renowned for the magnificence of its white sand and pristine beaches which edge the Indian Ocean.
A true Robinson Crusoe hideaway, it is the ideal holiday combination with a safari. Hedonists will simply enjoy soaking up the sun on the beaches while the more active will snorkel or dive – indeed head for the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park for some of the best snorkelling and diving. It is also the ideal place for big game fishing, whilst the Quirimbas Archipelago in the north of the country now boasts some of the world’s finest island hideaways. For a different perspective on the country head for the Lugenda Wildlife Reserve, a vast untouched expanse bursting with wildlife, while those looking for fun should explore Maputo and Pemba. Maputo is a great mix of European architecture with all the vividness of Africa, with its wide boulevards, colourful markets, pavement cafes and vibrant nightlife, whilst Pemba is a slightly raffish coastal town with some good cafes, bars and markets. The almost-deserted Ibo Island is also fascinating, conjuring images of Zanzibar’s Stone Town or Kenya’s Lamu.
- Island hop amongst the Bazaruto Archipelago
- Spot the elusive dugong (sea elephant)
- Take a sunset cruise on a dhow
- Enjoy a lobster supper in Maputo
- Marvel at world-class dive sites
- If staying in Maputo order peri-peri chicken- the inspiration for Nando’s!
- Get your visa in advance as it is no longer possible to obtain it on arrival
- When staying in the Quirimbas Archipelago, try to include a day trip to Ibo Island
- For a completely different experience, travel by road from the Kruger National Park to Maputo
- When waiting at Vilanculos airport, try the rooftop café for great views and plane-spotting
- Green: December through to March is the green season, with rain clinging on a little longer in the North
- April to May: Rain forecasts improve and the wet weather subsides
- Dry: June to October sees the sun come out, with warm days a cool-ish nights
- November : Can swing either way, and varies more whether you are North or South.
- Marine life (diving is fantastic here), Proboscidea – African Bush Elephant, Chlorocebus Monkey, Manatees and Dugongs