Because of Mozambique's proximity to South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and even Victoria Falls, it is often used as the beach element of a two-centre “Safari & Beach” holiday. It is also perfect for a purely beach based holiday, island hopping up and down the coast.
In recent years there has been an increased interest in ‘ocean safaris’, where the most sought-after sighting is the elusive whale shark! These migratory gentle giants are hot property in the Indian Ocean, with many travellers scrambling to board a dive boat in the hope of their very own encounter. Here our Africa specialist Annie gives her rundown of the best places to go to catch a glimpse of one of these elusive creatures…
Azura at Quilalea is the archetypal Robinson Crusoe castaway retreat in northern Mozambique’s untouched Quirimbas islands. Small, chic, low key and full of lovely personal touches, Azura at Quilalea makes for the perfect chilled honeymoon escape.
Off the beaten track, with deserted beaches and romantic island lodges – Mozambique is an exciting and original destination for your luxury honeymoon.
The ultimate in luxury safari and beach, combining dramatic Big Five game viewing in Zambia with the high end paradise of Northern Mozambique’s exclusive beaches. A superb itinerary allowing you to experience the best of these incredible countries.
When to go to Mozambique
With a warm tropical climate, this wonderful holiday destination has a dry season considered to be the best time to visit Mozambique and a wet season with high humidity and occasional downpours in the afternoon.
The Dry Season - April to November
The Dry season brings clear skies, plenty of sun and almost no rain. This is high season, the best time to visit Mozambique.
Although still tropical, June, July and August are Mozambique's coolest months, so you might need a jersey and long trousers at night. During September and October it remains dry as daytime temperatures climb, though it cools down a lot at night.
The Wet Season - December to March
Even if the weather in Mozambique during the wet season is characterised by high humidity, summer can still be a fantastic time to go to Mozambique. The country is fairly protected from tropical storms and cyclones as it lies in the shadow of Madagascar. It often rains in the afternoons during summer. Rainy season can bring washed-out roads and occasional flooding in the south and centre.