Northern Mozambique

Adventure into Africa's last great wilderness - hardly disturbed for decades - where huge herds of game roam in ancient forests.


All year around


The Quirimbas islands are just one of the attractions of northern Mozambique. There are also unspoilt coastal lodges both south & north of Pemba.

The lively town of Pemba is a complete contrast to the tranquility of the Quirimbas but has its own unique appeal with its huge natural harbour, Wimbe beach and atmospheric souk market.

Manda Wilderness

On the Eastern side of the Niassa Reserve lies Manda Wilderness Community Trust. This private concession is the base for the charming Nkwichi Lodge. Northern Mozambique, particularly the Niassa Reserve, has become less accessible in recent years. There is virtually no tourism infrastructure and so we cannot arrange road transfers.

However, a Mozambique safari is not about ticking off game sightings. The wildlife is unused to game vehicles and remains skittish. So a safari in Mozambique is more about enjoying this vast and untrammeled wilderness.

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Gloria Darvall

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Why you may love it

  • Hardly disturbed for decades - where huge herds of game roam in ancient forests.
  • More than 200 types of mammals wander on the Mozambique Islands.
  • Of the approximately 900 bird species that have been identified in the Southern Africa region, close to 600 have been recorded in Mozambique.
  • Coastal waters host populations of dolphins, including spinner, bottlenose, humpback and striped dolphins, plus loggerhead, leatherback, green, hawksbill and olive ridley marine turtles.

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When to visit Northern Mozambique

December to March

Summer in Northern Mozambique

In summer, the north-west monsoon prevails, especially in the central-north (around Beira). Rainfall is noticeably higher with maximum rain in February.
MAX TEMP 32 ℃ / 90 ℉
MIN TEMP 24 ℃ / 75 ℉

April & May

Summer in Northern Mozambique

This is a transitional period when the rain tapers off and the dry season starts. However, the daytime temperatures stay hot at 28-29C.
MAX TEMP 31 ℃ / 88 ℉
MIN TEMP 22 ℃ / 72 ℉

June to August

Dry season

This is the dry season and temperatures drop to 26-29C max during the day. However, the evenings stay pleasantly mild.
MAX TEMP 28 ℃ / 82 ℉
MIN TEMP 19 ℃ / 66 ℉

September to November

Start of Summer Rains.

Temperatures rise steadily from mid-August onwards becoming hot in October to November (max 30c with high humidity) just prior to the start of summer rains.
MAX TEMP 31 ℃ / 88 ℉
MIN TEMP 22 ℃ / 72 ℉

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