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5 reasons to go on safari to Mozambique

Mozambique is usually not at the top of travellers’ itineraries when they plan an African safari, but this Southern African country has a lot to offer visitors. With fantastic palm-fringed beaches along a coastline stretching 2500 kilometres, idyllic island archipelagos, abundant marine life and well preserved corals, and up and coming wildlife reserves Mozambique is a great choice for travellers who love a bit of adventure.


Here are our five reasons to go on safari to Mozambique:

 

Beach paradise

Tofo beach, Mozambique

Mozambique is one of Africa’s best beach destinations, and it’s easy to see why, with spectacular stretches of sand dotted all along the coastline. Some spots on the coast are developed, with resorts and villas and beach bars, but many are deserted, completely unspoiled beaches where you’ll have the entire expanse of sand to yourself. Bilene, with its soft white sand beach and tranquil lagoon offering lots of watersports, is a popular choice for weekend breaks for South African holidaymakers because it’s close to the border, while further north up the coast is Tofo, a longtime backpacker favourite. With a lovely beach and a good surf break, lots of surf schools, backpackers, hotels, restaurants and beach bars, it’s got something for everyone. It’s also a good diving spot and you can go snorkelling with whale sharks.

Island hopping

Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Mozambique is home to two archipelagos of islands, full of atolls to live out your ultimate deserted tropical island fantasies. The Bazaruto Archipelago, which lies offshore from Vilanculos, is made up of five idyllic islands of palm trees, long stretches of icing sugar sand, coral reefs full of fish where you can go snorkeling and diving and traditional dhow boats for sunset sails. To the north, the Quirimbas Archipelago is said to be one of Africa’s best-kept secrets, with 32 coral islands and islets – most of which are uninhabited – surrounded by turquoise sea.

Marine wildlife

Mozambique draws scuba divers and snorkellers with its abundant and rich marine life. The Indian Ocean that flanks the country is home to dugongs, turtles, manta rays, whale sharks, humpback whales and shoals of tropical fish.

Wildlife without the crowds

Mozambique is not famed for its wildlife but as its National Parks are being rehabilitated to their former state before the country’s civil war, it’s an up and coming wildlife safari destination. There’s Gorongosa National Park, which is praised as one of the most biodiverse places in the world and is known as the “Serengeti of the South” for its lions stalking the savannas, the Maputo Elephant Reserve near the capital of Maputo, which is home to around 300 elephants, and Limpopo National Park, which forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (which straddles Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe) – one of Africa’s largest wilderness areas. Because Mozambique is not as famous as other Southern African countries for wildlife safaris, you don’t get the crowds and traffic jams that you find in the more well known parks.

Our Top Tours to Mozambique

  • Tour Length 22 days
    Group Size Max 12
    Starts & Ends Starts: Livingstone Ends: Johannesburg
    Countries Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa
    Overview This Bush and Lakes Tour takes you into the heart of the African wilderness, from Zambia through Malawi and down through Mozambique to South Africa. A charming journey along the old trade routes. The tour provides all equipment such as sleeping mats (5cm thick) and chairs with backrests. Tents are large, spacious (2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 metre with built-in insect nets) and easy to erect. It is a limited participation tour which involves putting up your tent (very easy) and packing luggage into the truck. The tour leaders prepare all meals but we ask for help in washing up (on rotation). The tour involves some long travel days on bumpy roads which means early mornings , ideal for an adventurous traveller. On your safari you will stay in designated camping sites within national parks, private reserves, private campsites and towns. Facilities are good with hot showers, electricity (for charging cameras), clothes washing facilities, bars and restaurants. A few of our camps are basic and have limited facilities with simple reed enclosures for showers but do have flush toilets.

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  • Tour Length 14 days
    Group Size Max 20
    Starts & Ends Starts: Johannesburg Ends: Johannesburg
    Countries South Africa, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Mozambique
    Overview Bush breaks and beach escapes are at the front-and-centre on this 14-day trip across three countries - South Africa, SwazilandMozambique. The adventure kicks off with the chance to get your boots dirty on a three day Big Five escapade in the Kruger Park followed by a scenic drive through the legendary Panorama Route. From then on, it’s all dense coconut plantations, ocean safaris, and bustling seaside villages in the Portuguese-influenced cities of Mozambique.  

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Food

fruit-in-mozambique

The delicious food is a highlight of any trip to Mozambique. One of Africa’s most flavourful cuisines, Mozambique has delicious seafood – try prawns covered in spicy piri-piri sauce – as well as traditional dishes such as crab matapa (a tasty stew made from cassava leaves, coconut and peanuts). Browse the food markets to buy sweet, juicy mangoes and other tropical fruit, head to Maputo’s bakeries for pasteis de nata (baked egg custard tarts) and when you’re road tripping, stop off on the side of the road to buy home made jars of piri-piri sauce and spicy roast cashews.

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About Sarah Duff

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Article by: Sarah Duff
on January 3, 2017
Filed under  Africa Blog • Mozambique • Travel Articles 
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