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
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.
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
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.