Dugong in Mozambique

Mozambique holiday – great beach holidays for honeymooners or families. Fishing and diving holidays are also very popular in Mozambique.

Why not combine a Mozambique beach break with a safari in the world-famous Kruger National Park for a perfect African Honeymoon or beach and safari family holiday.

Mozambique is on the southeastern coast of Africa and bordered by Tanzania in the north, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in the west, and Eswatini (Swaziland), and South Africa in the south.

The capital of Mozambique is Maputo (formerly Lourenzo Marques); which still bears the scars of the civil war that ravaged the country several years back. The city is slowly restoring its old Portuguese-style colonial buildings and it seems there are only good things to come.

This sprawling city has a population of about 2 million people and has a large bustling harbor. You will not be short of things to do in Maputo; with many museums, and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima; plus lots of bars and nightclubs. Maputo is a lively mix of people with lots of markets, street vendors, vibey cafe culture, and; a more relaxed way of life than most cities.

Maputo is the gateway to the beaches of the north and south. There are many beaches in Southern Mozambique that are easily accessible from Maputo. Else; travel further north; to either Bazaruto Archipelago or Quirimbas Archipelago for exclusive island holidays.

When to holiday in Mozambique

June to October is the dry season. This is the best time to visit Mozambique; if you are looking for a beach holiday; as there is little to no rain and daytime temperatures reach over 30°C by day. June to August are Mozambique’s coolest months; you’ll need warmer clothes at night. During September and October; it remains dry as daytime temperatures climb, though it still cools down a lot at night.

November is less predictable when sometimes the rains start (usually from the northern parts of Mozambique first).

Mozambique has a similar climate to South Africa with the rains falling mainly between December and March. February sometimes experiences cyclones; especially further north.

By April/May the rains subside and the humidity drops.

Maputo Special Reserve

The Maputo Elephant Reserve was established in 1960; to protect the elephant population in the region. In 1969; it was changed to Reserva Especial do Maputo (Maputo Special Reserve); so as to include the conservation status beyond just the elephants.

The naturally occurring elephant populations of KwaZulu-Natal and southern Mozambique historically moved freely across the border. However; during the Mozambican war (1975 to 1992); these elephants suffered greatly; due to landmines and snares set for smaller game. In 1989; the northern border of Tembe Elephant Park was fenced; in order to safeguard the elephants on the South African side. Unfortunately, this move cut the elephant population in half.

The remainder of the resident elephant population in Maputo Special Reserve; managed to survive the civil war and are now flourishing; with the last count; revealing a population of over 400 elephants that graze in large herds; on the open floodplains or explore the thick dune forests.

A plan is in place to open these fences again and therefore; old movement corridors. In doing so; the area available for elephants would dramatically increase; thereby; allowing access to the fertile Maputo River floodplain; re-establishing traditional seasonal migrations between this area and the infertile sand forests.

Vilanculos

Vilanculos is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique and a popular destination with its own beautiful beaches and attractions plus a vibrant nightlife.

Enjoy the spectacle of the turquoise warm Indian Ocean waters; while relaxing on the beach, snorkeling, fishing, and of course scuba diving. Other day trips from Vilanculos include horse safaris or beach rides and traditional dhow trips.

Many people who are wanting to explore the Bazaruto Archipelago; stay in Vilanculos; as it is far more affordable and most of the activities available in the archipelago; are available from Vilanculos.

Vilanculos is a bustling village with many quaint restaurants serving the finest seafood. There is also a fresh produce market and several small shops.

Pemba

Pemba is the capital of the Cabo Delgado Province; in the north of Mozambique. It is a quaint but cosmopolitan port town; with banks, supermarkets, restaurants, and an authentic local market that is nearly 2km’s long and sells everything imaginable.

Built over rolling hills and amongst thick baobab trees; Pemba is now a mix of old and new; with potholed streets and modern buildings next to wooden huts.

Pemba is the gateway to Niassa Game Reserve and the Quirimbas Archipelago (Ibo; Matemo; Medjumbe; Quirimba; Metundo; Quisiva; Vamizi Island; Rolas Island). Surrounded by spectacular coral reefs; the remote Mozambique islands around Pemba; are teeming with exotic marine life. Most people use it as a stop-over; rather than a final destination.

Pemba Bay is a large natural harbor with vivid turquoise waters. This contrasts with the plentiful Baobab trees and rolling hills. The best way to explore this bay (which is the third-largest natural bay in the world); is on a dhow.

Why holiday in Mozambique?

The islands of Mozambique; literally; feel untouched and offer the most incredible diving and fishing. It is cheaper than Seychelles and; similar in a way; to Zanzibar; but is definitely not as busy. In Seychelles; it is almost impossible to get all-inclusive accommodation; whereas; all the top resorts in Mozambique offer it; so you know upfront; the cost of your trip. If you are looking for an exclusive holiday; especially if it is your honeymoon; then Mozambique is just the right destination; without all the crowds.