Mozambique Holidays: An Overview

Mozambique is a destination on the up, thanks to a wealth of natural attractions, in particular vast stretches of unspoilt coastline and picture perfect desert islands.

Eleanor and Isabel are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • The waters off Mozambique are one of the world's hidden gems and the Quirimbas Archipelago has, in our opinion, the best diving on the East African coast
  • From July to November, southern right and humpback whales arrive in the warm coastal waters of the Mozambique Channel to mate and calve
  • Few islands are as unspoilt as those off the coast of Mozambique, often with just one lodge and miles of deserted white sand to make your own while on a luxury holiday
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Luxury Holidays in Mozambique: The Detail

Perhaps lesser known on the luxury holiday circuit than some of its African contemporaries, Mozambique is nevertheless home to a wondrous coastline. With their palm-fringed beaches and pristine coral reefs, the beautiful islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago in the south or the Quirimbas Archipelago in the north make the perfect luxury holiday destination.

Did you know

  • The country gained independence from Portugal in 1975
  • The official language spoken in Mozambique is Portuguese
  • Mozambique's coastal waters boast some of the richest coral reefs with over 1,200 species of fish
  • Mozambique Island is a World Heritage Site
  • The Zambezi River is the longest river in the country
  • Lake Niassa is one of the largest lakes in Africa

But there's more than spectacular beachfront lodges to a luxury holiday in Mozambique. Many of the towns on the mainland and on the islands have attractive Portuguese colonial-era architecture, and a colourful local culture. A case in point is Ibo Island, whose strategic position has meant it's been conquered by everyone from the Omanis to the Chinese and eventually the Portuguese. The atmospheric, if dilapidated, town is a fascinating place to potter around if you can drag yourself away from the sunlounger.

Another major reason for leaving the lounger is the spectacular snorkelling and diving available along the coastline and around the islands. The water is crystal clear and the marine life on offer something truly special. Mozambique has several marine national parks in the Indian Ocean and several of the Original Travel team have dived here and are in general agreement that this is one of the best dive spots anywhere on the planet.

Best of all, the country aims to take on its neighbours (South Africa and Tanzania) at the 'bush and beach' game. Gorongosa game reserve has all the potential to be a genuine alternative to the Kruger and Serengeti national parks, and when the luxury lodges open, we think this might be a perfect 'bush and beach' combination.

More 'bush' options are also in development, but for the time being, the prime attraction remains the 'beach' element, and particularly the immaculate beach lodges on the islands off the Mozambique coast, all of which we have visited and can strongly recommend for a luxury holiday.


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The thrill of big game fishing was a real surprise and delight, and catching my own lunch while staying on the island of Vamizi was a definite high point in my African travels.

Isabel, Original Traveller

A note on price

Luxury holidays in Mozambique can be combined with a safari elsewhere in Africa, but a straightforward week at one of the country’s beautiful and unspoilt beach hotels would cost between £2,700 to £6,250 per person including flights. Learn more about our pricing

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Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
  • Rainfall — 17cm / 6.7 inches
  • Water Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
Language

Portuguese

Currency

Mozambique Metical

Visa Requirements

required-30 day visa available on arrival

Religion

Christian

Food & Drink

Peri peri chicken, seafood, tinto tinto (the national rum)

What to pack

comfortable light clothing and lots of sunscreen

Flight from London

11:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs


Top picks for Mozambique

Benguerra Lodge

Benguerra Lodge

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Benguerra Lodge is a luxurious beach retreat situated on the protected north-western side of Benguerra Island, part of the Bazaruto Archipelago that lies just off the coast of southern Mozambique.

Where to stay

Benguerra Lodge
Azura Benguerra

Azura Benguerra

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Azura is a boutique beach lodge located on Benguerra Island, part of the Bazaruto Archipelago that lies just off the coast of southern Mozambique.

Where to stay

Azura Benguerra
Pambele

Pambele

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

An exclusive private retreat on the white sand shores of southern Mozambique.

Where to stay

Pambele
Dugong Beach Lodge

Dugong Beach Lodge

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Located on a golden sand beach on the fringe of the Vilanculos coastal wildlife sanctuary, the 14 chalets of the Dugong Beach Lodge provide guests with that castaway feeling without having left mainland Mozambique.

Where to stay

Dugong Beach Lodge
Azura at Quilálea

Azura at Quilálea

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Azura at Quilálea is an idyllic Mozambique island resort situated in a forgotten corner of Mozambique's Quirimbas Archipelago.

Where to stay

Azura at Quilálea
Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Mozambique

The most striking feature of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Southern Mozambique is its remote untouched beauty.

Where to go

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago
Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Mozambique

The remote Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the last untouched wilderness areas on Africa’s Indian Ocean coast.

Where to go

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago
Dhow and Kayak Safaris

Dhow and Kayak Safaris

Mozambique

We can arrange private or set departure traditional dhow safaris and kayak safaris between some of the country’s most remote islands, accessible only by boat.

What to do

Dhow and Kayak Safaris
Villa Santorini

Villa Santorini

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Villa Santorini overlooks Vilanculos Bay, just a few miles from the coastal town of Vilanculos on its own stretch of beach. There are five double bedrooms in the main house and the place can be taken in its entirety as a private villa taking a total of ten adults or eight adults and six children or as individual hotel rooms. The separate Chapel is basically a private villa designed for a couple and ideal for honeymooners, with a private plunge pool and lovely views across the beach and ocean.

Where to stay

Villa Santorini
Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Vamizi is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.

Where to stay

Vamizi Island
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa is located on the western side of Bazaruto Island, the largest of the five principle islands in the stunning archipelago off the coast of Mozambique. It’s part of Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in the Indian Ocean. You’re sure to be astounded by its rich culture, a convergence of Portuguese colonial heritage and colourful African influences.

Where to stay

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa
Coral Lodge

Coral Lodge

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Set on a peninsula overlooking one of Mozambique’s most beautiful beaches, Coral Lodge is renowned for both its location and accommodation.

Where to stay

Coral Lodge

I just want you to know how pleased we were with the organization of our trip. It really was seamless from start to finish and exactly what I was looking for: no stress, no worry, perfect execution, wonderfully beautiful hotels and exotic locales.

Alastair & Wing

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