Mozambique safari and beach trips
Beckoning to the seasoned traveler, Mozambique’s palm-lined beaches, remote islands, and untamed
national parks offer the perfect combination for a beach and bush safari.
Beckoning to the seasoned traveler, Mozambique’s palm-lined beaches, remote islands, and untamed national parks offer the perfect combination for a beach and bush safari. Flourishing from its tainted history of civil war, this southeast African country is one of most underrated African beach destinations which has much to offer in terms of barefoot luxury experiences. From the secluded Quiriumbas Archipelagos in the north of Mozambique to the Bazaruto Archipelagos further south, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are a paradise for marine life, making Mozambique one of the best scuba-diving destinations in the world. Spend your days diving with enchanting whale sharks and humpback whales, sailing around remote archipelago on a private dhow safari and watching wildlife at one of the most ‘biodiverse’ places on earth, Gorongosa National Park.
With a coastline stretching from South Africa to Tanzania, the southeast African country of Mozambique covers an expansive area of 800,000 square kilometers. A combination of bush and beach, this vastly unexplored country’s shoreline meets the warm Indian Ocean with islands and archipelagos dotting its coast. Hidden off the north coast of Mozambique is the Quirimbas Archipelago. This stretch of 32 coral islands is home to an array of marine wildlife from whales to the rare and elusive dugong. Mangrove covered Ibo Island is the best known of the archipelago, hosting traditional architectural villas from a bygone era. Further south, you’ll find the protected Bazaruto archipelago. Consisting of 5 islands, including Benguerra and Bazaruto, the archipelago is popular for diving and snorkeling and promises an array of wildlife from leatherback turtles to Nile crocodiles. Moving to the central inlands you’ll find Gorongosa National Park, considered the most biologically diverse of Mozambique’s conservation areas, this national park covers an area of 5370 square kilometers.
What type of wildlife will we see?
Mozambique is home to an array of wildlife from land to shore. The country is home to 740 species of bird, 200 mammals, 170 reptiles and 40 amphibians. With wildlife making a thriving comeback from the ravages of Mozambique’s civil war, Gorongosa National Park boasts lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard and rhino as well as antelope, hyena, hippo, buffalo and over 300 species of birdlife. The Bazaruto Archipelago is a marine reserve home to over 2,000 species of fish. Take to the waters to discover an array of marine life from humpback whales, whale sharks, manta rays, sharks, turtles and dolphins, to the largest east African dugong population.
Best time to visit
Best time to go and why?
No stranger to tropical heat, the best time to visit Mozambique is over the dry winter season from May to November. The warm temperatures of both the air and water call out to all beach lovers and are ideal for an island getaway. The winter months invite whales to the coastline of Mozambique and the unrivalled water visibility during the dry months makes for epic scuba diving.
When is high season?
Peak season in Mozambique falls over the school holiday periods of Christmas, Easter and August. The influx of travelers from South Africa rapidly fill the southern resorts, so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The best time for game viewing is over August and September when the bush has thinned out and wildlife is concentrated around the park’s waterholes.
When is low season?
The country’s wet season falls between January and March. Expect steamy thunderstorms paired with high humidity as well as occasional flooding and washed-out roads.
Top activities in Mozambique
Diving and snorkeling
One of the best scuba-diving destinations in the world, discover the protected coral reefs along Mozambique’s coastline and surrounding islands on diving and snorkeling excursions. The waters here are home to whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and an array of tropical fish. Between the months of June and December, you can witness the migration of Southern Right and Humpback Whales to Mozambique’s warm coastal waters. Spot the whales and their calves off the coast of The Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelago as well as Tofo, Pemba and Inhambane or grab your tanks and masks to spot them up close.
After years of civil war and mass poaching, Gorongosa National Park is quickly returning to its former glory as a premier wildlife-watching destination in Mozambique. Voted as National Geographic’s Best Places to Visit in 2019, the park’s diverse landscapes are like no other. From vast flood plains to fever tree and palm forest, the park has been declared as one of the most ‘biodiverse’ places on earth and scientists flock to the park each year to research ways to protect its delicate ecosystem. The 5370 square km park is home to lions, large herds of elephant, buffalo, hippo, monstrous crocodiles and an array of antelope. Traverse Gorongosa’s diverse landscapes on guided 4×4 safaris as well as walking, canoe and boat safaris.
From sunset cruises to multi-day safaris, you can sail over the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean on a traditional Mozambican dhow. For the adventurous traveler, join your personal chef and crew on a 1, 4 or 7-day dhow safari from Ibo Island to the Quirimbas. Choose which secluded islands to circle and anchor each night and spend your days snorkeling or diving off your private dhow to discover an array of marine life.
Swimming with whale sharks
Home to one of the largest concentrations of whale sharks in the world, the opportunity to swim alongside the largest fish in the ocean is inevitable. A bucket list experience, whale sharks can be spotted year round, however during the months of October to March groups of up to 50 whale sharks have been sighted in Mozambican waters. The top spots for spotting the elusive whale sharks are Praia do Togo and the Bazaruto Archipelago.