​Overview – Mozambique

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Mozambique.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Mozambique is southern Africa’s most alluring beach destination. Its endless dune-fringed coastline and pristine tropical islands are the main attractions. Idyllic five-star resorts and an abundance of marine life await those visiting the Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos. Maputo National Park is the perfect beach and bush combo, while Gorongosa and Zinave National Parks offer rewarding off-the-beaten-track classic safaris.

Rates (USD) $153 to $940 pp/day
Best Time To Go April to November (Lots of sunshine and little rain)
High Season May to October (Most parks never get busy)
Size 801,590km² / 309,495mi²

Pros & Cons

  • Fantastic ocean safaris
  • Beautiful island resorts
  • Off-the-beaten-track safari destinations
  • Big conservation efforts, with intensive rewilding of several reserves
  • Direct flights to Bazaruto and the Quirimbas make them perfect add-on beach destinations
  • Wildlife densities and variety are not as good as in other countries
  • Tourist facilities are very limited in most reserves
  • Logistics to travel around the country are difficult

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Wildlife

Successful rewilding of several Mozambican reserves through major wildlife translocations is re-establishing the country as a safari destination. Zinave is home to all of the Big Five, but Gorongosa offers better chances of spotting iconic animals such as elephant, lion and even wild dog.

Offshore, the rich coral ecosystem supports incredible biodiversity. Whales, dolphins, turtles and even dugongs can be seen in the Mozambican waters.

Activities

Mozambique’s beautiful beaches are great for a relaxing holiday, but there are lots of activities on offer. Snorkeling and diving opportunities are plentiful throughout the year, but bucket-list experiences such as swimming with whale sharks and turtle tracking are seasonal highlights. Inland, several classic reserves offer game drives and walking safaris as far away from the crowds as you could hope for.

Weather & Climate

Mozambique has a hot, tropical climate. Although temperatures don’t vary greatly throughout the year, the Dry season (May to October) is cooler than the Wet season (November to April). This is less noticeable in northern Mozambique as it is closer to the equator. Daytime temperatures range from about 25°C/77°F in the Dry season months to 30°C/86°F in the Wet season months.

Best Time To Visit

Mozambique is primarily a beach destination and can be visited at any time. However, December, January and February tend to be very wet and this can be a spoiler on any kind of holiday. Wildlife viewing is best at the middle and end of the Dry season, during the months from July to October. The seawater conditions are best for snorkeling and diving from April to June and September to November.

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Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Bordered by the Indian Ocean Which Is Dotted With Tropical Islands Offering Beach Holidays and Burgeoning Game-Viewing
4/5

Mozambique’s 2,500-km-long sunny coastline features stunning white-sand beaches backed by swaying palms, and world-class coral reefs primed for swimming, diving, snorkelling and sunset sailing on traditional white-sailed dhows. It’s...

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john v  –  
Ivory Coast CI
Reviewed: Feb 2, 2020
an easy and rewarding trip to Maputo Special Reserve
4/5

The Maputo Special Reserve is an important link in the regional wildlife conservation efforts and great efforts have been made to re-establish wildlife, virtually extinct after the civil war, and infrastructure. The combination of the shore...

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