Mozambique holidays are one of the best-kept secrets of Southern Africa, beckoning those with a romantic heart and an adventurous soul to explore its vibrant culture, rustic beaches and unspoilt land. Secluded, yet only 45 minutes from Johannesburg, it draws a stark contrast to city life, as roads meander off to become sandy dirt tracks lined with native wildlife.
Mozambique holidays take you to a land of smiles and sunshine. Located on the southeast coast of the African continent, you’ll venture to an enthralling new world of adventures and surprises. With its vast mainland beaches, graced with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and two clusters of picture-perfect islands just off the coast, you can set sail upon a dhow to deserted islands, explore multicoloured reefs that line the ocean floor, hike through breathtaking nature reserves and venture to palm-fringed beaches where you can spend your days swimming, sunbathing, drinking fresh coconuts and feasting on grilled seafood platters.
Pearl of the Indian Ocean
Once one of Africa’s premier game locations, the wildlife, flora and fauna of this region is slowly becoming recognised as one of the best safari holiday and beach destinations in Africa. The beauty of Gorongosa National Park will take your breath away and is a must-see whilst on holiday in Mozambique. Home to a profusion of wildlife, prepare to create your very own storybook tales as you witness large flocks of pelicans, herds of impala, waterbuck and many more fascinating creatures hunting, feeding and playing in their natural habitat as the sun sets over the floodplain.
For more game viewing and nature treks, Mozambique pairs perfectly with a trip to the under-rated KwaZulu-Natal province where you can also spend some time in Durban enjoying the city sights.To create a tailor made dream holiday, give our Destination Specialists a call and they will help make it a reality.
Great sample itineraries
We’ve created an inspiring selection of itineraries that can be included in your Mozambique holiday package. We have a huge range of Mozambique tours available, give us a call to discuss all your options.
Our favorite hotels
There are a wide variety of Mozambique hotels and all-inclusive resorts. Here are some of our favourite places to stay in Mozambique. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like then we'd be more than happy to help.
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort
White Pearl Resorts
Azura Benguerra Island
The secret’s out now, Mozambique is one of Southern Africa’s most beautiful countries, so hurry before anyone else gets here first. This former Portuguese colony teems with unique wildlife and many people flock here to see some of the planets greatest predators in their natural habitat. You’ll also find marvelous whale watching opportunities off its stunning coast.
Gorongosa National Park
Going on safari is almost a rite of passage when you are visiting Africa. If the potential opportunity of seeing the Big 5 is simply too good to pass up, you are in luck. The forests and savannahs of Gorongosa National Park are home to lions, elephants and hippopotamuses. The wetlands surrounding Lake Urema see flocks of opportunist water birds fishing for their next meal. Venture into the limestone caves and gorges of Cheringoma Plateau, where bats have made their home.
Diving in Mozambique
It’s no wonder that these crystalline waters are a firm favourite among divers. You won’t have to venture much deeper than the water’s surface to be transported to a jewel coloured underwater world. Turtles are ancient inhabitants of these waters, so take your time and you might just happen upon one floating by.
“For life-changing diving opportunities, swimming alongside whale sharks, turtles and manta rays, head to Tofo. Tofo is also well known as a place full of atmosphere and a popular spot to visit for evening cocktails.”
“Mozambique is a fantastic place for deep sea fishing. The warm water and strong currents attract a plethora of fish such as tuna, trevallies, sailfish and more. Book a day trip out to sea for your chance to get your catch of the day, in time for dinner.”
“Believe it or not, the famous piri piri sauce originated in Mozambique. So, make sure to try the local piri piri chicken for an explosion of flavour in your mouth.”
Events & Festivals
The city of Mozambique offers a huge selection of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here’s a couple of our top suggestions.
An international music festival based in Maputo, which takes place over 3 days during May. Enjoy live music and workshops as well as lots of tasty food and drink options, fashion, arts and crafts.
Chopi Music Festival
This traditional festival is held every year from July to August in Quissico, is held to celebrate the unique musical heritage of the Chopi people from southern Mozambique. Watch on as they play a wide range of traditional instruments such as whistles, animal horns, panpipes, drums and rattles.
Greatly influenced by the Portuguese and combined with local African culture, the food in Mozambique is incredibly popular with foodies around the world.
Chamussas are similar to Indian samosas but created with a unique blend of Mozambican spices. Fillings range from meat and fish to potatoes or cheese. Chamussas are a popular street food or can be eaten as a delicious snack.
Unique to Mozambique, matapa is made from stewed cassava leaves blended with ground peanuts, garlic and coconut milk. Enjoyed as a simple dish on its own or it can be served as a main meal with seafood added to the stew.
You may be surprised to discover the world-famous Piri-Piri was invented in Mozambique. Piri-Piri which translates as ‘pepper-pepper’ in Swahili, it is a spicy sauce which can be used as a baste on everything from chicken to seafood, vegetables and steak. Its ingredients vary from region to region and include chilli, lime, onions and green peppers.
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