​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 to visit Mozambique is between April and November. 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 are at their best from April to June and from September to November. During these months the water is clear and calm, and visibility is very good.

Wildlife viewing is best from the middle to the end of the Dry season. This is from July to October, as the bush has thinned out and animals congregate around the few remaining water sources.

Best Time April to November (Lots of sunshine and little rain)
High Season May to October (It never gets very busy)
Low Season November to April (There are few visitors around)
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

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

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
  • Very hot, humid and rainy
  • Some dirt roads become impassable
  • Wildlife is more difficult to see
  • Malaria is a bigger concern than in the Dry season

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 NP, 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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