Overview – 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.

Mozambique’s main attractions are its islands and its endless, largely undeveloped coastline. The Quirimbas and Bazaruto archipelagos are great to relax on the beach, and to see some amazing marine life. Maputo Special Reserve is an excellent spot for ocean safaris, as well as for seeing elephants and other terrestrial wildlife in a coastal setting. Niassa and Gorongosa both have enormous potential to become top wildlife destinations with four of the Big Five present, though tourist facilities are limited at present.

Rates (USD) $155 to $873 pp/day
Best Time to Go July to October (It's dry and animals are easy to find)
High Season Never (Most parks never get busy)
Size 801,590km² / 309,500mi²

Pros & Cons

  • Great ocean safaris
  • Beautiful island resorts
  • Off-the-beaten-track safari destinations
  • Big conservation efforts, many parks recovering from poaching
  • Direct flights to Bazaruto and the Quirimbas make them perfect add-on beach destinations
  • Wildlife densities and variety not as good as in other countries
  • Tourist facilities are very limited in most parks
  • Logistics to travel around the country are difficult

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Wildlife

Mozambique isn’t a Big Five wildlife destination, but elephants are quite common in several parks. Rhino and cheetah are extinct in the country but lions can sometimes be seen. Although civil war and neglect has taken its toll on the land ecosystems, the Mozambican coast has an incredibly rich coral ecosystem. Whales, dolphins, turtles and even dugongs can be spotted in the Mozambican waters.

Weather & Climate

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

Best Time to Visit

Mozambique is primarily a beach destination and can be visited at any time. However, 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, which is from July to October. The sea water conditions are best for snorkeling and diving from April to June and from September to November.

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Most Helpful Expert Review
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 and snorkelling, and sunset sailing on traditional white-sailed dhows....

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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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