Some resorts in the Indian Ocean are polished to the point of losing their personality. Not Mozambique. It’s every bit as exotic as its near neighbours, but it’s managed to hang onto the rawness and fusion of African charm and Portuguese influences that makes it so very special.
There are no large resorts, just a small collection of well-run boutique properties. Despite the fluttering palm trees and turquoise waters of its beaches the majority of the coastline is empty: there are very few tourists and it’s highly likely you’ll be able to have a beach all to yourself. After a day lazing on the hot sands, we heartily recommend tucking to some peri peri prawns or crayfish, cooked Mozambique style – we think the seafood here is incredible.
There are two amazing archipelagos off its coast. The coral Quirimbas archipelago to the north has excellent marine life and diving. You can combine your watersports with a dash of culture at the UNESCO World Heritage Ibo Island or Ilha de Mozmabique, a tiny island paradise frozen in time.
To the south, there’s the Benguerra archipelago. It also has great spots for diving and you can fly here quite easily from Kruger National Park in South Africa for the perfect bush and beach combination.
It isn’t on most traveller’s itineraries, but we strongly suggest you consider adding it to yours.
When to go
Mozambique is a good year-round destination with the exception of the rainy season during January and February.