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Discover Mozambique

Discover Mozambique

10 nights A Mobile Safari, Ibo Island Lodge & Nuarro Lodge
10 Night Adventure

10 Night Adventure

10 nights Mchenja, Nsolo, Chinzombo & Kaya Mawa

Our lodges in Mozambique

Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge

Lake Niassa
White Pearl Resorts

White Pearl Resorts

Ponta Mamoli
Machangulo Beach Lodge

Machangulo Beach Lodge

Machangulo Peninsula
Benguerra Island Lodge

Benguerra Island Lodge

Benguerra Island
Azura Benguerra

Azura Benguerra

Benguerra
Vamizi Private Villas

Vamizi Private Villas

Vamizi Island

Why we recommend Mozambique

  • Relax on some of the last remaining unspoiled tropical islands off Africa
  • Snorkel off white sand beaches and into a world of unrivalled coral reefs
  • Explore the untouched safari regions of Lake Niassa & Gorongosa
Map of Mozambique
About Mozambique

Mozambique is a much more complex holiday destination than you may at first think. A country with 2000km of white sand beaches and glorious, marine rich Indian Ocean should be awash with high-end resorts. However, with a post-independence characterized by political instability, along-side the sheer distances and logistical complexity involved with operating in such an under-developed country, most of the coastline remains pristine, beautiful and deserted. This is one of the reasons that for the team at True Luxury Travel, there is truly no better beach destination on Earth, especially when combined with a safari in East or Southern Africa.

From the southern edge to the northern tip the coastline changes dramatically. Much of the southern half of the country from Ponta do Ouro through Maputo, Tofo Beach and up to Vilanculos are regular holiday destinations for South African tourists who drive up the coast for the laidback atmosphere, fantastic beaches, excellent fishing and some of the world’s best scuba diving sites. For international tourists the preferred route is to fly north from Johannesburg to a number of different international airports along the coast.

At the luxury end of the market visitor numbers are relatively low and the options for them are fairly limited. However, Mozambique is home to some of the most beautiful beach lodges in the Indian Ocean. Whether white sand, turquoise water and relaxation is what you are after, or if interesting culture and a wealth of activities are more for you, there are fantastic and exclusive options to choose from.

While historically Mozambique has been a popular safari destination – you may have seen the iconic photographs of families on safari in Gorongosa National Park in their VW camper vans! – instability in the country over the second half of the 20th century caused a poaching crisis which is sadly still a challenge today. A number of fantastic conservation programs have helped build wildlife numbers over the past decade and we hope this good work will help re-build options for international safari tourists to Mozambique.

Mozambique is a year-round destination, but again there are seasons to consider. It can be cooler in the south over the winter months from May through to July when the humidity drops with the trade winds. In the early part of the year the coast can receive tropical storms but these generally pass quickly over the low-lying islands and coastline.

It’s important to say that the lodges in Mozambique offer the pinnacle of bare-foot luxury – no dress-codes for dinner, very little reason to be wearing shoes. Truly relaxing with a focus on the quality of the destination and well-managed, small high-quality lodges. This is not a low value destination, with the logistics involved and the remote location of many of these lodges, they can almost be viewed in a similar way to a collection of safari lodges, just on the beach not in the bush.

Snapshot of Mozambique

Capital city: Maputo
Flight time: 14.5hrs from UK
Language: Portuguese
Population: 25.8 million
Religions: Christianity, Islam
Sun hours / day: 8
Max. temperature: 28
Min. temperature: 31

Seasons in Mozambique

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Peak Mid Low
Where to go

Bazaruto and Benguerra

The Bazaruto Archipelago is a group of six islands in Mozambique, near the mainland city of Vilankulo. It includes the islands of Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque, Santa Carolina and Shell. The islands are very popular destinations, with their white-sand beaches and jewel-bright waters, not to mention the excellent diving the islands have to offer, with the warm seas teaming with fish. The Bazaruto Archipelago is a quintessential Indian Ocean getaway.

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. It is the third largest lake in Africa, and is Mozambique's hidden gem, boasting a phenomenally beautiful and unspoiled countryside and shoreline. Picture crystal clear water combined with pristine woodland, interspersed with sheltered bays, remote sandy beaches and rocky pools. The lodges in this area has been carefully designed to blend into the local scenery, giving you a chance to discover this lost world in complete tranquility.

Mozambique South Coast

Indian Ocean sunrises, turquoise waters, fantastic snorkelling, and some of the best whale watching in Africa is waiting for you on Mozambique's vast sweep of unspoiled coastline. Yet it is still an undiscovered gem, waiting to be explored. The coast is renowned for a sea that’s rich in coral and fish, an ideal location for both scuba diving and big game fishing. It is home to beautiful and remote lodges, perfect for a beach escape with that something extra. Mozambique's South Coast is a unique escape to explore a beautiful and secluded part of Africa.

The Quirimbas and Vamizi

A collection of jewel like coral and sand islands in the far north of the country, running right up to the Tanzanian border. Access to almost all of these islands is via Pemba and out to the individual islands by light aircraft or helicopter. For those after culture and history Ibo Island has it in spades, Quilalea gives access to some of the best diving and fishing on the African coast and the private villas at Vamizi are the pinnacle of luxury living on the beach.

Practical info

Currency

Mozambique’s currency is the metical (plural – meticais).
All major towns have ATMs, often operated by Banco Internacional de Moambique (BIM), and all accepting Visa, but not MasterCard.
You can change US dollars cash at most banks (though not at most BIM branches) without paying commission, and South African rands are widely accepted in southern Mozambique. Travellers cheques can be changed only at Standard Bank (minimum US$35 commission per transaction, original purchase receipt required).

Travelling with Children

Lodge specific

Passports and Visas

Passports:
A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the intended date of departure from Mozambique is required by everyone. A minimum of three blank pages is required.

Visas:
Visas for Mozambique are required by everyone except citizens of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Botswana. It is recommended that you obtain your visa in advance from the Mozambique High Commission/Embassy. You may be able to obtain a single-entry 30-day visa on arrival although this is not a guarantee.
Visa note: When applying for a visa via the embassy, you must supply a copy of your return tickets or a copy of your flight confirmation, your hotel/hostel booking confirmation and one recent bank statement.

Vaccinations

We recommend that you consult with your doctor 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. Make sure that your routine vaccinations are up to date including, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), chicken pox (varicella), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), influenza and Polio vaccinations.

Courses or boosters usually advised: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid.

Other vaccines to consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Rabies.

Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

High risk malaria area, therefore anti-malarial medication is strongly advised. Speak to your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets such as Malarone or Doxycycline and avoid mosquito bites by covering up and using insect repellent.

Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also highly recommend trip cancellation cover.
You are 100% financially protected through our membership of the Travel Trust Association.

Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
A 30 31 29 28 27 25 24 26 27 28 28 29
B 22 22 21 19 16 13 13 14 16 18 19 21
C 130 125 125 53 28 20 13 13 28 48 81 97

A = Maximum average temperature (C)
B = Minimum average temperature (C)
C = Average rainfall (mm)

The May to November winter season is when to go to Mozambique for cooler temperatures and the least chance of rain; December to April is the wet summer season although it generally rains in brief but vigorous downpours after which the sun comes out again. Note that January and February is cyclone season in southern Mozambique and there's every chance of a great deal of torrential rain - we'd advise avoiding the Bazaruto Archipelago at this time.

Weather

Mozambique JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
min. temperature ( ℃ ) 22 22 21 19 16 13 13 14 16 18 19 21
Max. temperature ( ℃ ) 30 31 29 28 27 25 24 26 27 28 28 29
Rainfall ( mm ) 130 125 125 53 28 20 13 13 28 48 81 97

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Unlike other tour operators, we do not charge you a premium for our services and as such, our prices are often better than booking direct because we can negotiate deals with our long standing relationships.

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Our operations team are on call 24 hours a day to support you while you are travelling and to ensure that if something does go wrong, you are never left in the lurch. We are here to help so you can relax throughout your holiday. 

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We do not have any 'off the shelf itineraries'. Instead, we begin your booking with a blank piece of paper, to ensure that we only propose lodges that will fit your specific requirements and guides who will suit your personality.

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We are proud of our unrivalled network of guides on the ground who will turn your trips from a memorable one into a spectacular experience.

Hand Picked Lodges

Every single lodge that we propose to you has been recently visited by one of our team and meets the high standards that we set. Surprisingly, this is a rarity within the industry.

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