Best Time to Visit – Mozambique

Philip Briggs
Expert
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.

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The best time for wildlife viewing in Mozambique is from July to October, the middle to the end of the Dry season. The bush has thinned out and animals congregate around the few remaining water sources.

Mozambique is mostly visited as a beach destination. The coastal resorts can be visited throughout the year, but January and February tend to be very wet which might spoil a beach holiday. Diving and snorkeling is at its best from April to June and from September to November. During these months the water is clear and calm, and visibility is very good.

Best Time July to October (The bush is dry and animals are easy to find)
High Season Never (Most parks never get busy)
Low Season Never (Most parks never get busy)
Best Weather May to October (It is cooler, less humid and it rarely rains)
Worst Weather December to March (Hot and wet weather)

May to October Dry Season – Winter

  • Wildlife viewing is at its best
  • Little rain, and the skies are blue
  • Less chance of malaria, with fewer mosquitoes around
  • Diving and snorkeling conditions are best for parts of this season
  • Humpback whales migrate from June to November
  • Mornings game drives will be cool, particularly in June, July and August
  • July and August can be windy on the coast

November to April Wet Season – Summer

  • Scenery is green and lush
  • Sea breezes on the coast make the heat bearable
  • Newborn animals can be seen
  • Turtle nesting season
  • Best time for bird watching
  • Rains are mostly afternoon showers
  • Wildlife is more difficult to see
  • Some dirt roads become impassable
  • Malaria is a bigger concern than in the Dry season
  • Very hot, humid and rainy

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to Go to Mozambique by Major Park

Gorongosa, Limpopo and Niassa are classic safari destinations, but with limited wildlife and bad roads. The best months to visit these parks are from the middle to the end of the Dry season (July to October). This is when water is scarce and animals gather around predictable water sources. The bush is also thinner and animals are easier to spot as well. May, June and November are also fine.

Coastal area such as Maputo SR, and the Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos are more about the beach and the sea as well as activities such as snorkeling, diving and ocean safaris. These parks can be visited throughout the year, although the wettest months of January and February are best avoided. The best time for water activities is from April to June and from September to November as the sea tends to be very clear, giving great visibility.

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