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Kristen Lanskail-Morris

I’d love to create your perfect destination experience to Mozambique . Give me a call and I’ll share my first-hand expertise so you get the most from your trip.

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Mozambique is a beautiful beach destination offering a rustic bare-foot experience in a tropical setting. The warm Indian Ocean make it a perfect place for swimming and chilling on the beach. The islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago offer some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. The Humpback whales migrate along the coast from July to November. As a beach destination, it’s more affordable than the Seychelles and less built up and ‘resorty’ than Mauritius. The best time to visit is during the winter season when the temperatures are cooler, less humid and the least chance of rain (June to October), although August has been known to be windy!

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  1. Combine a beach stay in Mozambique with a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park.
  2. Enjoy an excursion on a traditional dhow at sunset or to a neighbouring island.
  3. It's also a destintion for the history buffs and culture vultures, with Portuguese and traditional colonial influences clear.

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Why visit Mozambique

Two for the price of one, this region essentially contains two countries, the north and south of Mozambique, which display a clear divide in their population density, and depth of exploration.

With its sweeping beaches, Mozambique’s southern coastline is frequently populated by African holidaymakers. It’s a hotspot for snorkelling, diving and game fishing, and the beaches aren’t too far from Johannesburg, accessible in less than a day’s drive. Similarly, Mozambique’s famous national parks are within reach, and well worth a visit.

Meanwhile the north of Mozambique is the region’s road less travelled, with much still to be uncovered. This is good news if you’re a courageous traveller, keen to pave your own way through the wilderness. With limited industry and pollution, the untouched waters and sands are pure, pristine, and enveloped in absolute peace, ready and waiting for your discovery.

Kristen Lanskail-Morris

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

The southerly Bazaruto Archipelago has been the main focus for Mozambique holidays in recent times, and rightly so. It is relatively easy to reach via Vilanculos airport on the mainland and then a short boat ride or flight. However the more remote Quirimbas Islands, in the far north, are growing in popularity, appealing to eco-tourists, divers and adventurous souls in search of unspoilt places. 

Ibo Town, on Ibo Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago, was the administrative capital of the Portuguese colony and an important East African trading post for over 500 years. Ibo’s swift decline during the 20th century has made it a surreal place, a tiny island with imposing ruins of villas, forts and administrative buildings in the middle of nowhere. We highly recommend Ibo Island Lodge, which is made up from three converted waterfront mansions set in lovely gardens with a pool.

From the mainland beach lodges to the south of Pemba, a trip to the World Heritage site of Ilha de Mocambique should not be missed. This fortified former Portuguese trading post is a remarkable example of 16th century colonial architecture influenced by Indian and Arab traditions. Coral Lodge is a favourite here.

Alternatively, new beach lodges south of Matputo, on the Lagoon Coast, just north of the border with South Africa, offer visitors to South Africa's Kruger National Park easy access to a boutique beach experience. The ease of access makes this a very attractive safari and beach combination. 

Mozambique is also an emerging safari destination, so holidays to Mozambique can include both game viewing and time on a superb beach. Some of the last true wilderness areas can be found here and intrepid safari operators are working to make them accessible. In the far north, the truly vast Niassa National Reserve is one the largest protected areas in Africa, and Gorongosa in Central Mozambique is a conservation success story. These are safaris for ‘Africaphiles’ seeking real wilderness experiences - ask us which areas are currently the most suitable for a safari experience.

Mozambique Holiday types

Whether you want to explore the natural world with the whole family or encounter rare species with just a few other travellers.

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