Safari Holidays in Mozambique

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Walk and swim around the best beaches in Africa in Mozambique’s Archipelagoes

Mozambique lies along the east coast of Africa, beneath Tanzania and above South Africa and has a huge 1,500 mile coastline. The countries Bazaruto Archipelago is one of the most beautiful coastal destinations of the entire African continent with wonderful, white, sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and pristine coral reefs inhabited by multi-colored tropical fish.

 

The archipelago was once part of the Mozambique mainland but over hundreds of years the lower lying areas were slowly reclaimed by the ocean leaving a series of islands behind, the main ones being Bazaruto, Benguerra and Magarque. The coastal eco-system here is characterised by tidal flats with marine grass meadows, mangrove swamps, freshwater lakes and swamp forests, playing host to a plethora of interesting fish and birdlife.

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Great Places You Can Visit

We recommend two different regions of Mozambique as must-visit locations and they couldn’t be more different from each other.

Bazaruto Archipelago

The beautiful coastal town of Vilanculous is the entry point to Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago – a chain of islands on Mozambique’s stunning waterways. Their names are Bazaruto, Benguerra, Santa Isobel and Santa Carolina.

 

These islands are strung out in the Indian Ocean. Two of them are completely uninhabited, whilst the others have a few small villages scattered amongst the tropical forests.

 

These are places to admire for their purity and their tranquility. These islands are the perfect places to go to relax, escape and to explore. A Marine National Park covers most of the archipelago, protecting these crystal blue waters and the extraordinary marine life that lives here.

Quirimbas Archipelago

The Quirimbas Archipelago is a string of islands in the Indian Ocean, fringed by gorgeous white sand beaches. This an isolated and remote area and one of the last stretches of East African coastline where the marine environments and beaches are still unexplored.

 

Lying offshore and stretching for 200km, the Quirimbas Archipelago consists of 12 major islands; about 20 smaller, coralline outcrops; and endless sand-bar beaches . As a safeguard for the future, The Quirimbas National Park protects a large part of the archipelago’s southern side.

Amazing Experiences You Can Have

There’s so much to explore in Mozambique and we are full of ideas to suit you. In the meantime, here are a few of our favourites.

Mozambique Island Hopping – By Traditional Dhow

The Ibo Island Hopping Dhow Safari, is a mobile island-hopping safari, offering comfortable fly-camping on uninhabited island beaches. A rare authentic experience which is hard to find these days – this is a truly unique way to explore Mozambique’s most remote coastline.

 

On this fun fuelled trip guests will travel between islands using a mix of sea kayaks and sailing on the dhow. During the day you will explore up wide coastal river mouths, teeming with birds and mangrove forest, snorkel off deserted white sandbanks in crystal clear seas, and sleep in mobile fly-camps on uninhabited tropical islands. It doesn’t get much better!

 

The dhow is captained by an experienced Mozambican skipper, crew and a chef on board to whip up seafood feasts around the campfire! The crew will handle all the camp duties, leaving you free to enjoy yourself.

 

These safaris look perfect for families or groups of friends. They can be tailored to suit various budgets, length of safari and any special interests or needs.

Scuba diving – enjoy the vast marine life here

Mozambique’s islands are untouched, so the scuba-diving in Mozambique is generally super. The Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelago alone have over 354 species of reef fish, five species of turtle and 30 different types of coral. It is no surprise that such a large amount of fish reside here, the corals are so pure and generally stunning – some of the best in Africa if not the world.

 

All the lodges we use have dive centres where you find qualified diving instructors and quality equipment. Novices can take short ‘resort courses’, or complete courses started at home, learning in amazing shallow reef areas with first-class marine life.

 

One of Mozambique’s pristine islands can make a magical destination for a week’s beach holiday or the perfect way to finish a safari.

When You Should Visit

Timing is everything, and when you choose to visit will play a huge part in the experience you have. Here’s some advice to help.

JANUARY

The wet season. Rain and humidity levels are very high.

Average Temperature: 31°C

Average Rainfall: 202mm

FEBRUARY

The peak of the wet season; the wettest and hottest month of the year.

Average Temperature: 31°C

Average Rainfall: 190mm

MARCH

The last month of the rainy season.

Average Temperature: 30°C

Average Rainfall: 196mm

APRIL

The last month of the rainy season.

Average Temperature: 29°C

Average Rainfall: 75mm

MAY

Clear air and warm temperatures at the start of the dry season.

Average Temperature: 27°C

Average Rainfall: 27mm

JUNE

A dry, lovely month and the main season for visitors has already started.

Average Temperature: 26°C

Average Rainfall: 18mm

JULY

Lovely warm days, cooler nights and normally very little rain.

Average Temperature: 26°C

Average Rainfall: 15mm

AUGUST

Like July, the days can be hot, but the nights cool down.

Average Temperature: 27°C

Average Rainfall: 10mm

SEPTEMBER

The driest month of the year, with increasingly warm days and lovely evenings.

Average Temperature: 28°C

Average Rainfall: 9mm

OCTOBER

The hottest of the dry months, with balmy evenings & with common rain at the end.

Average Temperature: 28°C

Average Rainfall: 22mm

NOVEMBER

An unpredictable month during the transition from the dry to the rainy season.

Average Temperature: 29°C

Average Rainfall: 70mm

DECEMBER

A wet, humid month as the rainy season has started.

Average Temperature: 30°C

Average Rainfall: 166mm

Did You Know?

 

The famous French pirate, Olivier LeVasseur (known as La Buse or The Buzzard) is reputed to have deposited a vast hoard of treasure somewhere on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles.

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THE SEYCHELLES TREASURE

 

A French privateer during the War of the Spanish Succession, he is well known for his extraordinary show of bravado on the gallows, where he was executed in 1730.

 

He allegedly threw a scrap of paper into the crowd and shouted, ‘Find my treasure, he who can.’ It still remains to be found.

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