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About Mozambique – Tropical Paradise of Africa

The beautiful and wild country of Mozambique is a true jewel for those travellers who wish to get away from it all. With its pristine beautiful beaches, clear warm water and abundant sea life Mozambique is the perfect beach holiday destination. The warm Indian Ocean laps onto the shores of Mozambique making this a favourite destination for divers and anglers.

Mozambique Wildlife

The country has recently, together with South Africa, opened up the Transfrontier National Park a major step towards the re-introduction of wildlife whose herd's where decimated as a result of the long civil war in Mozambique. 

History of Mozambique

The history of Mozambique is one characterised by Portuguese colonial rule and a resulting civil war that kept this part of Africa out of the reach of most travellers. With peace having come to the country Mozambique is opening up to the world as an exciting and untouched travel destination.

Mozambique Weather

There are two distinct climatic seasons in this tropical country; the first is the wet season between October and March and the second is the dry season between April and September. Mozambique is best explored during the dry season when getting around is easier and the weather is more ideal for beach lovers.

A pristine country unspoilt by mass tourism together with a stable government make Mozambique the new frontier for adventurous travellers.

Travel Highlights of Mozambique – Unspoilt Beaches & Bush

Maputo – Mozambique's Bustling Capital

The bustling capital of Mozambique, Maputo is worth visiting for its lively streets, interesting architecture and exotic cuisine. Highlights include the fresh food market, the landmark Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceição and the Central Railway Station, as well as its fascinating museums and street-side cafes. The culturally diverse city of Maputo is a good place to sample fresh seafood at one of its excellent restaurants or to enjoy the vibrant nightlife in one of its many bars and clubs. The nearby town of Salamanga also features an impressive Hindu temple.

Maputo Elephant Reserve – Wilderness and Wildlife

The Maputo Elephant Reserve is conveniently located two hours south of Maputo along the coast. This rugged wildlife park forms part of the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area, a joint initiative between Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique. 

The unspoilt Maputo Elephant Reserve is home to around 200 elephants, a wide variety of bird species, sea turtles and various other wild animals such as zebra, antelope, hippo and crocodiles. A visit to this wild coastal reserve offers an authentic African bush experience.

Ponta Mamoli – Secluded Beach Getaway

The secluded Ponta Mamoli boasts beautiful, unspoilt beaches and a laid-back atmosphere making it an ideal beach escape. There are plenty of activities available in this magnificent coastal area of southern Mozambique, including fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and surfing. There are ten reefs situated under 8 km’s from the dive centre in Ponta Mamoli, offering some of the best diving in the world with untouched corals and an abundance of fish life. The tranquil inland lakes are great for hippo and bird watching and canoeing trips. You can also enjoy whale watching and swim with dolphins, in season, or go horse riding in Ponta Mamoli. This beach paradise is a great destination for both active travelers looking for adventure and travelers wanting to kickback and relax, sipping sunset cocktails and soaking up the sunshine. 

Praia Do Tofo – Scuba Diving Paradise

Tofo is a top scuba diving destination, boasting over 17 dive sites it is famous for its abundance of whale sharks and manta rays. The small beach town of Praia Do Tofo is a water lovers delight with excellent snorkeling and fishing on its reefs, as well as surfing, swimming and kayaking. Tofo is also an ideal place to relax on the beach, experience the rich culture of Mozambique and sample fresh seafood.

Vilanculos - Capital of Water Sports

The popular coastal town of Vilanculos is considered Mozambique’s capital of water sports, serving as the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. The lively beach resort area of Vilanculos is situated about 720km’s north of Maputo and offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars and amenities. Activities in Vilanculos include horse riding, snorkeling, scuba diving and enjoying the beautiful white sand beaches along this palm fringed stretch of coast. From Vilanculos you can sail on a traditional dhow to the famous islands of the Bazaruto National Park.

Bazaruto Islands – Tropical Getaway 

The Bazaruto Archipelago consists of five tropical islands – Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Bangue and Santa Carolina, also known as Paradise Island. The untouched tropical paradise of Bazaruto is best known for its beautiful sandy beaches and world-class scuba diving. The coral reefs of Bazaruto support thousands of fish, marine species and corals. The abundance of sea life coupled with clear warm waters and unspoilt dive sites make Bazaruto one of the best diving destinations in the world. Snorkeling or diving here one can expect to encounter dolphins, whale sharks, hump back whales, turtles, sharks and manta rays, and even dugong. This laid-back cluster of islands also offers excellent big game fishing and attracts a wide variety of birds.

Inhambane – Historic European Town

Inhambane is a historic port town in southern Mozambique where remnants of old European architecture can be seen, such as the Cathedral of our Lady of Conception in the old quarter of the city. Various spices and fresh foods can be bought at the central market and the old buildings and monuments are well worth visiting to get a glimpse of Mozambique’s colonial past.

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14 Day Swaziland, Mozambique & Kruger Lodge Safari

Duration 14 Days, Travel Style Lodge Safaris
Priced from pps R30285 $2097 £1611 €1867 A$2977 C$2814 NZ$3082 Full pricing info
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Bazaruto Archipelago This Swaziland, Mozambique & Kruger Budget Tour travels to unspoilt wilderness areas, tropical beaches, an idyllic island and the game-rich Kruger National Park in just two weeks!

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Kruger, Mozambique & Swaziland Accommodated Overland Safari

Duration 14 Days, Travel Style Accommodated Overland Tours
Priced from pps R24650 $1707 £1311 €1519 A$2423 C$2290 NZ$2509 Full pricing info
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Bush walk in Swaziland An affordable two-week wildlife and beach tour to Mozambique, Swaziland & Kruger Park in South Africa. Relax on Mozambique's tropical beaches, including the idyllic Bazaruto Islands, visit scenic Swaziland and see Africa's Big Five in Kruger Park.

Trip Style Mozambique Overland Safaris

Mozambique Coastal Explorer Accommodated Overland Tour

Duration 07 Days, Travel Style Accommodated Overland Tours
Priced from pps R12950 $897 £689 €798 A$1273 C$1203 NZ$1318 Full pricing info
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Moz bazaruto island Explore Mozambique's Idyllic Beaches on this Accommodated Mozambique Coastal Explorer Tour. Visit Inhambane, Barra, Tofo, Vilanculos and Bazaruto Islands for superb scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, surfing & swimming.

Trip Style Mozambique Overland Safaris