This lesser-traveled country in East Africa is big on natural beauty: game parks, marine wildlife, coral reefs and endless stretches of pristine coastline.
Beaches, wildlife reserves and colonial history make Mozambique one of Africa’s most captivating destinations. Spot white lions and buffalo on a safari, swim with whale sharks, snorkel around offshore islands or investigate lively Mediterranean-styled cities. Mozambique stretches along Africa’s east coast between Tanzania and South Africa.
Portuguese colonialists loosely controlled Mozambique for almost 500 years and left their influence on the country’s culture, cuisine and language. Infamous for guerrilla war during the 1970s and 1980s, today Mozambique presents peace and stability.
Mozambique’s southern coast is geared toward tourism. For many visitors, the capital city of Maputo is the first port of call. Stroll along tree-lined avenues to discover sidewalk cafés overlooked by fading art deco buildings. Visit colonial-era forts, explore bustling handicraft and fruit markets or sample delicious seafood at beachside restaurants.
Herds of elephant and white rhino inhabit the Maputo Elephant Reserve, nestled between the Maputo River and Indian Ocean. Ride big waves at Ponta do Ouro, a bohemian beach village south of Maputo. Relax on the famed beaches of the Inhambane region. Swim with majestic whale sharks and manta rays at Tofo Beach or dive at coral reefs around the Bazaruto Archipelago.
Cross the Zambezi River to explore Mozambique’s wild, untamed savannahs and isolated coastline. Search for white lions and abundant birdlife amid Gorongosa National Park’s forests and woodland. Gaze up at a thousand stars from the shores of Lake Niassa. Find crumbling colonial-era landmarks along the cobblestone streets of Ilha de Moçambique. Escape to the secluded beaches of the Quirimbas, an archipelago of more than 20 islands.
Mozambique’s climate varies from north to south, with the northern region slightly hotter. The southern region experiences almost ideal year-round conditions; however, expect sweltering heat and possible cyclones from January to February.
Reach Mozambique by flying to Maputo International Airport or taking the train from Durban and Johannesburg. Getting around via local buses, organized tours and rental car reveals ever-changing scenery and adventure, making for memorable journeys.