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Mozambique Safaris

The coast of Mozambique is renowned for its idyllic, palm-fringed beaches, sloping down to meet the azure waters of the Indian Ocean where colourful fish, sea turtles and whale sharks abound and dhows sail gracefully across the horizon. From the bustling city of Maputo, with its characteristic Mediterranean-style architecture, to the secluded tropical islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique is an incredible yet relatively undiscovered destination.

Mozambique also boasts its fair share of distinctive African wildlife, with big game species such as elephant, lion and rhino roaming freely across the border between South Africa’s Kruger and Limpopo National Park. Reopened in 1998, the famed Gorongosa National Park is well on the way to recovery following the conflict of the Civil War and is now considered a biodiversity ‘hotspot’, offering an off-the-beaten track safari experience for the more intrepid traveller.

Measuring longer than the east coast of the USA and stretching from the characterful capital city of Maputo in the south to the paradise islands of the Quirimbas archipelago in the north, the coastline of Mozambique is one of Africa’s best kept secrets. Luxury beach resorts and traditional safari camps, coral reefs and savannah grasslands; a safari to Mozambique perfectly combines adventure and relaxation.

Why NWS for your Mozambique Safari?

Here at Natural World Safaris, our team of specialists can create tailor-made itineraries that are designed to meet your specific needs and interests. Whether you want to go on a wildlife safari, explore the country's culture, or simply relax on the beach, we can create an itinerary that is perfect for you. We are committed to responsible travel and sustainable tourism. Working closely with local communities and conservation organizations, we ensure that our trips have a positive impact on the environment and local people of Mozambique. Unlike other safari operators, we can offer you exclusive experiences that you might not be able to find elsewhere. For example, private game drives or a guided tour of a local villages are just the beginning of some of the special experiences we can include in your Mozambique itinerary.

How much does Mozambique cost?

For an 8-day safari in Mozambique, we recommend a starting price of £4000 per person. This safari, travelling by dhow, will generally include food and beverages, private guides and transfers. If you are looking to stay across Mozambique and South Africa, you’ll need to increase the budget to £8300 person including top quality guides, private villas and incredible excursions.

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The Mozambique Safari Experience

You may wish to include the following in your Mozambique itinerary:

Beach Relaxation - Relax alongside the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean in Zanzibar.

  • The pristine beaches surrounding the small fishing village of Tofo have long attracted backpackers seeking the incredible diving opportunities and laid-back atmosphere. Manta rays, dolphins and whale sharks are permanent residents of the warm coastal waters, and there are a number of diving and snorkelling expeditions available for you to swim alongside them.
  • Further north, the more peaceful islands of the Bazaruto archipelago are among the few remaining places to see the rare and elusive dugong, with colourful coral reefs also hosting an extraordinary diversity of marine life.
  • In the north, the stunning palm-fringed coastline of Cabo Delgado province gives way to the Quirimbas archipelago, a collection of tropical islands dotted with sumptuous but unimposing resorts. Ibo, the most-well known island, was a former trading post and is a melting pot of Portuguese, Swahili and African cultures, its streets lined with faded colonial villas that provide a glimpse into the islands turbulent history.

Where to stay in Mozambique?

The beaches in Mozambique are some of the best in the world, so it’s no wonder that the best accommodation options here are found along the country’s coasts. For travellers seeking beachside relaxation and a picturesque location in which to soak up some sun, there are few better destinations available in Africa; or the world, for that matter. But the proximity to the sea also makes the lodges and hotels in Mozambique a perfect starting-off point for excursions over or into the water. Guests can enjoy the uniformly stunning ocean views while indulging in truly opulent surroundings, or opt for eco-friendly lodges that benefit the local environment and community.

When to go to Mozambique?

The best time to go to Mozambique depends on what you want to see, and where you want to go. With a coastline stretching for more than 1,000 miles along the southeast of the African continent, Mozambique has a varied climate, which means the best time to visit the country cannot be narrowed down easily. Mozambique does have seasons which for some define the time to visit the country. The winter (dry) period lasts between April and November and is considered the best time to visit Mozambique, with the summer (wet) season being between January and March. Although the rains do deter some travellers from visiting during the summer months, this period still has a number of draws for those wishing to experience wildlife events.

Mozambique Safaris FAQs

Is Mozambique good for safari?

Mozambique offers unique and diverse safari experiences, particularly along its coastline and in some of its national parks and reserves. While the country is more renowned for its stunning beaches and marine life, it also provides opportunities for wildlife viewing and safari adventures. Gorongosa National Park, for example, is known for its conservation efforts and offers opportunities to spot elephants, lions, hippos, and a variety of bird species. The Niassa Reserve is another option, providing a more off-the-beaten-path safari experience with its rugged landscapes and diverse ecosystems. Although not as established as certain other African safari destinations, Mozambique's safari offerings can complement a beach-centric vacation or provide a distinct wildlife experience.

Is Mozambique safe for tourism?

Mozambique is generally safe for tourism, having made progress in terms of stability. Tourists should exercise caution, be mindful of local conditions, adhere to safety guidelines, and protect their belongings. While tourist areas are generally secure, checking travel advisories and practicing standard safety measures is recommended. With sensible travel practices, Mozambique offers an enjoyable and fulfilling destination for beach holidays, water sports, and cultural experiences.

What vaccinations are required for Mozambique?

For travel to Mozambique, it is advisable to ensure routine vaccinations such as MMR and Tdap are up to date. Additionally, recommended and potentially required vaccinations include yellow fever (if coming from a risk area), typhoid, hepatitis A and B, and rabies if close animal contact is anticipated. Malaria is prevalent, so taking appropriate antimalarial medication is essential. Consult a healthcare professional for personalised advice based on your health history, travel plans, and the latest health advisories

What to do in Mozambique

Mozambique offers a variety of activities for travellers. Its stunning coastline is a highlight, providing opportunities for beach relaxation, water sports such as diving and snorkelling to explore vibrant coral reefs, and enjoying fresh seafood. The Bazaruto Archipelago is renowned for its idyllic islands and marine life. Explore cultural heritage in cities like Maputo, with its markets, architecture, and museums. Nature lovers can visit Gorongosa National Park for wildlife spotting and ecotourism. Enjoy local cuisine, music, and art, and immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture.

What do I need to know before going to Mozambique?

Before travelling to Mozambique, ensure you have the necessary visa and vaccinations, and carry local currency. Familiarise yourself with the official language, Portuguese, and respect local customs. Stay informed about safety conditions, especially in areas with past security concerns, and be prepared for Mozambique's tropical climate. Plan transportation and accommodation in advance, respect cultural etiquette, and practise responsible tourism. Stay updated on weather conditions and potential natural hazards, and bring appropriate electrical adapters. Research and preparation will contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable experience in Mozambique. If you need assistance in planning accommodation then be sure to check out our guide on where to stay in Mozambique.