Mozambique is Africa’s undiscovered jewel. Following civil war and a decade of peace, travellers have now begun to return to its shores. They are greeted by a palm fringed coastline with mile upon mile of exquisite white sands, broken only by tiny villages inhabited by local fishermen.
Mozambique’s tropical waters conceal the most glorious diving sites of endless coral reefs brimming with marine life. Imagine swimming alongside a vast but harmless whale shark or looking to the surface to see a 7 metre long manta ray gliding above you. After your dive, relax with a picnic on a sand dune, watching humpback whales in the azure waters below, the mothers teaching their calves how to breach and slap their tails.
Small lodges on otherwise deserted islands make Mozambique the ideal post-safari beach destination – it’s certainly less visited than neighbouring Zanzibar or the Seychelles. The main attraction are the archipelagos of Bazaruto and Quirimbas. The two clusters of beautiful islands offer luxurious beaches and some of the best preserved reefs in the world. Stay in a boutique resort or a newly built eco-lodge and enjoy the 5 star service for which Mozambique has become renowned.
For a while the mainland was considered suitable for only the most adventurous explorers. However times are changing. More and more establishments and safari lodges are opening up. The savannah and wetlands are rich in wildlife and offer fantastic game viewing particularly in the Niassa Reserve.
The country is still deliciously wild and relatively undeveloped. So if you’re looking to escape the crowds and want to explore the next paradise hotspot before the hoards arrive, then book a holiday to Mozambique.
When to go
The best time to visit Mozambique is from June to October when the weather is perfectly tropical with clear skies, plenty of sun and almost no rain. December to March is the wet season, so avoid travelling at this time.