Popular Routes – Mozambique
Popular Routes Where Wildlife Viewing Is a Major Part of the Tour
Mozambique is not much of a package-holiday destination at present. Due to a lack of infrastructure and limited facilities, very few people do a tour of the country. It has three distinct parts: southern, central and northern Mozambique. Southern Mozambique has historically been a popular 4WD road-trip destination for many South Africans. And even now, this area is well set-up for the self-sufficient, self-drive tourist. Not much is going on in Central Mozambique (aside from Gorongosa National Park), but this vast area creates a barrier between the south and the north. Because of this, Northern Mozambique, which is mostly remote and undeveloped, feels almost like a different country.
So, at the moment, there are two types of tourism going on in Mozambique: self-drive in the south; and fly-in beach holidays to Bazaruto and the Quirimbas archipelagos. Bazaruto can also be visited as a day trip from Vilankulo and Inhassoro, which makes it accessible to the self-drive visitor as well as fly-in package tourists.
Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park & the Coast (1.5 to 2 weeks)
This self-drive itinerary can be an add-on to a South African holiday. Once you cross the border, you’ll get a different flavor and way of life. After spending a few days in the world-famous Kruger National Park, you can cross from Letaba rest camp into Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Border formalities between the two parks are straightforward.
Maputo to Beira (1 to 2.5 weeks)
After arriving in Maputo at Maputo International Airport (MPM), head north in your rental car to Inhambane.
This same itinerary could be done with a rental car from Johannesburg. In this case you drive to Maputo, follow the same route and leave Mozambique via Chimoio. You can skip Beira or make a small detour to include it.