Mozambique Travel Destinations & Suggested Accommodation


Mozambique, the Jewel of Africa - with its very privileged geographical location and the charm and hospitality of its people it has much to offer the visitor.   The country is bordered by six countries including Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland, with large distances to be covered from north to south especially if travelling by road - it is an understatement to say that the country is vast.  It is a country diverse in its heritage, raw in its beauty and still undiscovered in many ways.

The main attraction has to be the countries splendid coastline, approximately 2580km - unsurpassed in the world. For the most part the coast and coastline have remained a pristine wilderness, untouched by anyone except the local fishermen who have bartered and plied their trade for hundreds of years.  See our suggested island offers now.

Two of Mozambique's greatest hidden treasures have to be the Gorongosa National Park in the central region and the Niassa Reserve in the North.  For a true wilderness experience these two reserves have to be experienced and are the perfect add-on to your Mozambique island stay. See our suggested safari options now.

Mozambique is one of the most culturally colorful countries in Africa derived from the marriage of African, Arab, Indian and European influences and nowhere is this more evident than in places like Ilha De Moçambique, a world heritage site and IBO Island where visitors have the opportunity to step back in time and immerse themselves in the culture and history of the past.  See our suggested cultural and historical options now.

Mozambique has a tropical climate with year round sunny weather with an average temperature around 28degrees.  The summer months are from September to April and are traditionally very hot, rainy and humid.  The winter months are temperate and run from May to August with temperatures milder, less humidity and drier.   Best time for game-viewing is from August and September towards the end of the dry season and for the avid birders best time is from December to April.

So, if islands and long stretches of white sandy beaches, azure and crystal clear waters, magnificent diving and fishing, adventure, water-sports, amazing wildlife, incredible scenery, delicious cuisine and a multi-faceted history and culture, is your desire - then you need look no further than Mozambique as your destination of choice.

Maputo


The capital of Mozambique evokes much of the atmosphere of its Portuguese colonial past and blending African, Arab and Portuguese influences - it is considered 'The' place to visit for a good time - offering amazing restaurants, seafood, history and culture, a bustling nightlife, and a selection of top class hotels.   The city vibrates with energy and excitement and a cafĂ© society atmosphere and offers a rich history and culture.  Perfect for a weekend getaway or as a stop-over as part of your bush and beach itinerary.
Maputo

Inhambane


Inhambane is a province of Mozambique located on the coast in the Southern part of Mozambique. The climate here is tropical throughout with a number of mangrove swamps.  The town of Inhambane existed in the 10th century and was the southernmost port used by Arabs for slave trading.  The Inhambane bay area is most famous for its beaches and the last remaining populations of dugong.
Inhambane

Bazaruto Archipelago


The Bazaruto archipelago is composed of Bazaruto Island, Benguerra Island, Magaruque Island and the small island of Santa Carolina (also popularly known as Paradise Island).  The archipelago was declared a National park in 2000 and presents a wide diversity of fauna and flora which includes forest, savanna and swamp eco-systems.  The area is also known for its spectacular marine life and is renowned for its diving and fishing and pristine private white sandy beaches.  The archipelago is deservedly called the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean". 
Bazaruto Archipelago

Quirimbas Archipelago


The magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago in Cabo Delgado Province, Northern Mozambique, is a captivating chain of 32 coral islands, including IBO, Matemo, Rolas, Quilalea, Quirimba, Medjumbe, Quisanga and Vamizi.  These islands provide breath-taking views of the abundant array of the marine life that the archipelago has to offer.   Originally home to fishing settlements, the islands' population grew around Arab and Indian trading posts and later under the Portuguese slave trade.   Today, many of the islands are uninhabited.   The islands are known for their high quality diving sites, including phenomenal vertical drop-offs, some over 400 meters. 
Quirimbas Archipelago

Nampula Province


The Nampula province presents contrasting scenery and an expansive shoreline.   Nampula, the capital is an inland town surrounded by flat plains.  Attractions in the area include the world heritage site of Ilha de Mocambique - imagine Zanzibar 20years ago - this is Ilha de Mocambique, a tiny island just off the coast of Nacala Province, with a diverse and thriving population of about 60 000 people and a history dating back more than 500 years. Until 1898 this was the capital of Mozambique and the focal point of their trade and industry.
Nampula Province

Pemba


Pemba, the center of the Cabo Delgado Province, is the world’s third largest port and has a long tradition of fishing and commerce inherited by the Arabs as far back as 800 years ago.  Today Pemba is a beautiful, crumbling town of 200 000 residents and it continues to develop its tourism potential, forming a natural gateway to the wildlife-rich interior of the Niassa Reserve and the Quirimbas archipelago offshore. 
Pemba

Gorongosa


Gorongosa National Park is situated in the Southern end of the Great East Africa rift valley covering 40 000 square km and offering a diversity of species and ecological characteristics that are unique to this area.  This truly magnificent reserve is home to over 400 species of birds, a large selection of mammals including elephant, lion, leopard, antelope, hippo, crocodile, warthog, baboon and buffalo.  Guests will be interested to know that when they visit Gorongosa they are participating directly in the rehabilitation of this amazing reserve.
Gorongosa

Niassa Reserve


The Niassa Reserve is an enormous area of wilderness, 42 000 square kilometers, twice the size of Kruger and one of the largest reserves in Southern Africa.   The Niassa Reserve supports the largest wildlife populations in Mozambique and is particularly well known for its elephants and buffaloes.  Access is generally by private charter plane from Pemba to as there are few roads.  This is for the true safari enthusiast with a desire to experience the true wilderness.
Niassa Reserve



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