Fort, Ibo Island, Mozambique

Mozambique Holidays

With a coastline stretching more than 2,000 kilometres, most of which lies between the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, Mozambique benefits from some of the best beaches on the Indian Ocean.

Quiet, relaxed and largely overlooked, the underdeveloped interior is sparsely populated and linked by crumbling infrastructure. This adds a backwards charm to much of the country. The coastline is more accessible, but still home to little more than a smattering of rustic fishing villages.

What to expect on your Mozambique Holiday

Mozambique’s tropical beaches benefit from this forgotten, desert-island ambience, with vast tranches of coastline remaining almost untouched by modern tourism. These stretches are interspersed with idyllic archipelagos, fantastic diving and handful of high-end retreats that offer total seclusion.

Amongst these ocean escapes, it is the landscapes of the Quirimbas and Bazaruto archipelagos that stand out. The former lies in the northern part of the country, close to Pemba, whilst the latter is positioned more centrally, accessible via the quiet town of Vilanculos.

Both offer a scattering of sand-ringed tropical islands, with occasional mangroves tangled amongst ocean waters. They lie in coral-rich seas that shimmer turquoise under the Mozambican sun – perfect for diving, snorkelling and fishing. Secluded and unspoilt, these islands are timeless tropical gems where escape and exploration are the only distractions.

Some ideas for a Mozambique holiday

Beyond the Ordinary

Freedive with dolphins off the southern beaches, accompanied by champion freediver Hanli Prinsloo

Both Bridget and Illona grew up in South Africa and have watched Mozambique develop with great enthusiasm. For both, a Mozambique holiday was a family favourite whilst growing up, in particular the southern coastline. And both have since spent time staying in some gorgeous resorts and exploring all that this little-visited country has to offer.

Mozambique FAQs

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When is the best time to go to Mozambique?

Mozambique can be considered a year-round destination, with the temperature remaining hot throughout the year. However, there is a short rainy season between December and March, when afternoon showers are common. Storms are far less likely, but when they arrive, bring a couple of days of heavy rain.

How long are the flights to Mozambique?

Flight time from London is around 13 ½ hours.

The easiest way to the Bazaruto Archipelago is to fly via Johannesburg, in South Africa – which is served by South African Airways or British Airways.

The easiest route to Pemba and the Quirimbas Archipelago is to fly from Tanzania with Coastal Airlines or from Kenya via Nairobi with Kenya Airways and LAM.

What is travel like in Mozambique?

Mozambique’s infrastructure suffers from years of neglect, meaning that long road journeys are rarely advisable. The exception to this is the road into Maputo from South Africa, which is in a relative good condition and offers easy access to the south of the country. Aside from this, flying is the best way to explore Mozambique, with airstrips dotted throughout the country.

Can I use my mobile phone in Mozambique?

All major urban areas are covered by the mobile network; the local mobile phone operators use GSM networks that have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone operators. At a surprising number of lodges and camps you can get good mobile reception too. 

Can I charge my camera/phone in Mozambique?

Almost all lodges in Mozambique have either a generator or solar power. This will provide electricity to the camp, but you may not have plug points in your room. There will be somewhere that you can charge your camera or phone but this maybe in the managers office.

Holidays

Mozambique - Freediving, Yoga and Dolphins

wildlife group tour

Mozambique - Freediving, Yoga and Dolphins

“With dolphins, you almost want to be in your happiest, most joyful mood ever. And the dolphins a...

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Mozambique - Ibo Island Yacht Charter

Mozambique - Ibo Island Yacht Charter

Dive and fish the rich waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago, in northern Mozambique. Setting off f...

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Mozambique - Mozambique Island Hopping Dhow Safari

Mozambique Island Hopping Dhow Safari

Snorkel off deserted white sandbanks, swim in clear warm waters and sleep in mobile fly camps on ...

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Mozambique - Azura Benguerra Island Retreat

Mozambique - Azura Benguerra Island Retreat

Miles of white sandy beach stretch out along Mozambique’s idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. On Bengue...

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South Africa Safari and Mozambique Island Escape

South Africa Safari and Mozambique Island Escape

The perfect blend of safari and beach, this holiday takes you to the heart of the Kruger and the ...

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Inspiration

Beach Mozambique

New: Visa on Arrival

As of April, 2017, travellers can obtain a visa on arrival at all border points when entering Mozambique, greatly simplifying travel to the country. This dual-entry visa is valid for 30 days and will cost $50.

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Blog: Mermaid in the Making

"Beth, one of Hanli’s team and, in my mind, a professional mermaid, starts to explain the techniques required for a rope dive, as well as the importance of equalisation. Holding onto the rope, she slowly pulls herself down in a sloth like motion. Sinking deeper into the water, she equalises after each movement. Upon reaching the bottom of the rope – today set at five metres – she slowly makes her way back to the top."

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Yacht charter, Ibo Island, Mozambique

INSPIRATION: Ibo Island Yacht Charter

This charter offers the chance to explore the waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago, both above and below the surface. With a fully staffed 12-metre catamaran at your disposal, cruise between the white-sand islands that make up this beautiful coastal reserve. The freedom to dive far offshore allows for total flexibility.

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Client Reviews

Beach picnic, Azura Benguerra Island, Benguerra Island, Mozambique
"This was one of the loveliest locations... 
...We did not want for anything. Very comfortable, they had thought of everything - charming people, excellent service."
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Mary Morrison

Mozambique
Aerial View, White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli, Mozambique
"Again, Jackie organized an individual and perfect trip for us!"

Annika Stern

Mozambique
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