Mozambique Holiday Ideas – the land of smiles
The ‘land of smiles’ is synonymous with long sandy beaches, warm tropical water, a relaxed atmosphere and delicious Portuguese cuisine. With its white, palm-fringed beaches and coral reefs, the easy vibe of this country appeals to all, especially honeymoon couples. A Mozambique holiday offers the ultimate in ‘barefoot luxury’ beach retreats.
To holiday in Mozambique is to enjoy an exotic mix of different cultures. Along with Tanzania and Kenya to the north, Mozambique has long been an important staging post on the Arab trade routes. So it offers the same Swahili cultural and historical influences. But its period of Portuguese administration has left Mozambique with a very different flavour from former British and German colonies. It’s more relaxed and unhurried.
Of course the best known asset of Mozambique is its fabulous beaches. The mix of unspoilt beaches, turquoise waters, world class scuba diving and delicious Portuguese seafood cuisine is an unbeatable combination. Top Mozambique destinations include tropical island retreats on Bazaruto and Benguerra islands and the Quirimbas Archipelago . These provide luxurious and tranquil surroundings, with great diving and snorkelling. The mainland resorts near Inhambane, Vilanculos are also popular with keen divers and sports fishermen.
Mozambique Honeymoon Ideas
- Combine a safari in the Kruger National Park with a few days at a Mozambique beach resort
- Or opt for the Selous Game Reserve with the Quirimbas?
- If you’re on more of a budget, consider an adventurous self-drive in Southern Mozambique combining the Kruger National Park with a Southern resort such White Pearl Resorts or Machangulo Beach Lodge…
What is the best time to visit Mozambique?
Mozambique is almost a year-round destination. But January to February are typhoon season with strong winds. The winter temperatures (from June to August) are pleasantly warm but not scorching hot. This suits some people but if you know you like to be roasting, then we suggest heading to Mozambique in the spring or autumn months. There are daily flights from Johannesburg or thrice-weekly flights from the Kruger Park to Vilanculos (for the Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands), daily flights to Pemba (for the Qurimbas islands) as well as to Inhambane. Most of our clients combine time on a Kruger safari with a few days relaxing on the beach in Mozambique.
Our more intrepid clients can also enjoy a self drive combining the Kruger National Park with some of Southern Mozambique such as Maputo and Inhambane. However this is not for the faint-hearted as the roads are not in great condition. See Adventurous self-drive…
Our Favourite Mozambique Resorts
Check out the Where to Stay tab at the bottom of this page (far down!). It summarises our favourite Mozambique resort lodges such as
Benguerra Lodge on Benguerra Island (not unsurprisingly)
Azura Benguerra (again no prizes there)
White Pearl Resorts – which can be easily accessed from South Africa
Azura Quilalea on the Quirimbas Archipelago
Ibo Island Lodge