Mozambique is Paradise on Earth where scuba-diving opportunities rival the worlds best. Whether you find yourself on one of the endless deserted beaches or diving off the coral isles, you will discover a country filled with the enchanting sights and soothing sounds of Africa.
Mozambique is renown for its coastline and beautiful islands such as Vilanculos, Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra Island, Inhaca Island, Inhambane, Penda and Quuirimbas Archipelago. A tropical haven that offers incredible surfing, fishing and diving opportunities. The capital Maputo offers great resorts and bars, as well as an excellent night life. The streets are lined with amazing markets and colourful colonial buildings and it is still the best place to tuck into a huge plate of their famous LM prawns.
Luxurious lodges on exclusive Benguerra Islands where the new Azura Lodge - which sprung onto Conde Nast’s 2008 hot list - is the perfect place to relax. Add to this for more luxury when visiting the Quirimbas Archipelago. Travelers to the South of Mozambique will enjoy the splendid beaches of Ponto do Ouro which is known as one of the best locations for diving in the world. The water are alive with many species of marine life including dolphins and the occasional shark. The shoals of tropical fish fill the coral reefs with an ever changing spectrum of colour.
To the north of Maputo in the province of Gaza, are the famous beaches of Bilene and Xai Xai. These well equipped resorts offer you a choice of fishing, water sport and relaxation in luxurious settings.
To the South you will enjoy splendid beaches of Ponta do Ouro. This area is one of the best locations for scuba diving in the world and its waters are alive with many species of marine life including dolphins, Manta ray and the occasional shark for the more adventurous. The shoals of tropical fish fill the coral reefs with an ever-changing spectrum of colour.
Further on up the Coast, around the city of Inhambane, are Tofoand many other secluded beaches, some of which are accessible only by four wheel drive vehicle. Gorongosa Park is on the way up North where you will be able to see wildlfe. Travelers to Vilanculos will be tempted to Linger a while at the self-contained luxury resorts of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Many of these resorts can arrange boat hire for those who enjoy a spot of deep-sea fishing.
Out of range of most travelers by road are unexplored to the North of Beira, Quelimane and Nampula. On the way you will find the historic town of Angache, which bears the influences of the Arab and Swahili peoples who have trade along this coast for centuries. The Ilha of Mozambique is a fascinating place to visit with much to offer tourists interested in learning about the history and culture of our country.
Last, but not least, are the sandy beaches of Pemba and the remote Quirimbas Archipelago. The many small Islands in this area are true treasures isle, with their wealth of marine life and unspoilt beaches. There are a few stunning new resorts in this Archipelago were you will find the perfect beach. Dotted along the shoreline are the silhouettes of the dhows, which have been fishing along this coast for centuries. This peaceful way of life creates an atmosphere of calm relaxation for the weary traveler.
Combine your relaxing Mozambique beach vacation with a safari experience to neighbouring South Africa. Direct flights are available from Kruger National Park to Vilanculos.
Two major factors influencing Mozambique’s climate are the warm Indian Ocean current moving south from the equator and the altitude of the Mozambican Plateau. Temperatures along the coast and in the lower-lying areas of the plain and the Zambezi valley increase as one moves further north. Mozambique experiences rain mainly during November-April, while August is the driest month in most areas. The wettest provinces are Niassa and Cabo Delgado during December and February. Mozambique experiences tropical cyclones every few years.
Maputo International Airport: the main gateway into Mozambique with direct flights from Portugal, Johannesburg or Cape Town, holiday-makers are usually on their way to one of the country's smaller airports to access the Indian Ocean coast.
Vilanculos International Airport: Fly from Maputo, Johannesburg, Cape Town or Kruger International for the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. The Kruger connection means a great logistics solution for a Big 5 safari and beach holiday.
Pemba International Airport: Gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago, Pemba is accessed via Maputo, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam - the latter two making for a great East Africa safari and beach holiday combination.
Once you've arrived on the coast, travelling onwards to the islands themselves means a boat, light aircraft or helicopter transfer. The islands are small enough to get around on foot though there will be plenty of opportunities for sailing and boating trips.
Mozambique is not a self-drive destination and travellers who want to explore its inland regions should arrange a guided safari.
All visitors to Mozambique must possess a passport valid for at least six months after their departure from the country. Visas are required by everyone except citizens of South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Swaziland and can be bought at most borders for between US $35 and US $80 depending on your nationality. However, due to recent reports of visitors being refused this service, we strongly advise you obtain your visas in advance from your nearest Mozambican Embassy.
Mozambique borders on South Africa and Swaziland to the south, Zimbabwe to the west and Zambia and Malawi in the northwest. Both Malawi and Mozambique share the large beauty of water known as Lake Malawi (in Malawi) or Lake Nyasa (in Mozambique). Tanzania is Mozambique’s northernmost neighbour. Situated on the east coast of Africa the warm Indian Ocean’s Mozambique Channel flanks a splendid coastline which is over 2 500kms long - from Ponto do Quro in the south to the cluster island of the Quirimbas Archipelago in the north.
The pearl of the Indian Ocean, Mozambique boasts 2 500 km (1 550 miles) of pristine beachfront on the mainland, with a string of beautiful and idyllic tropical islands, glittering like jewels in the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Soft, white sand beaches lined with coconut palms stretch as far as the eye can see. Mozambique has remained an exclusive destination, as many of its islands and mainland beaches are isolated and secluded, offering travellers the ultimate escape.Health & Safety
Generally, Mozambique is very safe, though in the cities and tourist areas there is always a chance of being targeted by muggers or con-artists. As always, you can reduce the risk considerably by being sensible.
Consult your doctor or an immunisation centre about the relevant vaccination requirements for the countries to which you will be travelling. We do suggest you get a Yellow Fever vaccination, because it’s compulsory for most African countries. For extra safety while travelling African countries, we recommend vaccinations for typhoid, polio, tetanus, hepatitis, meningitis and cholera. Also with your passport, make a certified copy of your certificate. Refer to www.travelclinics.co.za for more medical advise.