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Take yourself on one of our Mozambique tours to visit this country that is situated in south east Africa enclosed by Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the warm Indian Ocean.

With 2500km of coastlines, Mozambique is scattered with endless coral reefs, tropical beaches and a must see for scuba and snorkel divers.

Portuguese is the official language, however, English is commonly spoken along with Swahili, Makhuwa and Sena in the outlying rural areas.

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  • Cape Town to Victoria Falls & Mozambique Tour Camping (36 Day)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAS0436
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    Why book this tour?

    If you’re travelling on a budget and don’t have a lot of travel time to do an extensive tour in, but you want to see the best of Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls, the Kruger National Park and want to dive in the Indian ocean with the hope of seeing our diverse coral reefs and still have unique cultural experiences throughout your journey, whilst camping under the stars and enjoying comfortable camping facilities, this is the perfect tour for you so let us help you plan your adventure!

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    Price from R42,370

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  • Cape Town to Victoria Falls and Mozambique Beaches Tour (Comfort) (36 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique,Swaziland
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACM0437
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    Why book this tour?

    If you don’t have a lot of travel time to do an extensive tour in, but you want to see the best of Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls, the Kruger National Park this tour offers a great alternative. Dive into the Indian Ocean and see the diverse coral reefs and have unique cultural experiences throughout your journey, whilst travelling in comfort accommodation, this is the perfect tour for you – let us help you plan your adventure!

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    Price from R60,270

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  • Explore Southern Africa Tour (Inclusive) (24 Days)

    Countries Visited Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 17
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0309
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    Why book this trip? 

    This is a convenient trip that covers Southern Africa, while flying you in and out of Johannesburg. With a combination of camping and comfortable lodges you can get the best of both worlds. Highlights include a boat cruise on the Chobe River and an upmarket stay at the Victoria Falls Lodge, bungee jumping and white river rafting (own expense) and one of the finest canoe adventures in the world on the Zambezi!

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    Price from R34,100

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    Kruger, Mozambique & Vic Falls Overland (16 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size Max 17
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAS0306
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    Why book this tour?

    This inclusive overland trip is a combination of expeditions into the famous Kruger National Park, Mozambique and Victoria Falls National Park, where wildlife roam freely around their natural habitat, as well as the recently opened Transfrontier Peace Park and Maputo. The Transfrontier Park includes parts of the Greater Kruger National Park combined with sections of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. We end the tour with a visit to Victoria Falls where you can partake in adventure activities.

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    Price from R30,850

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    Mozambique & Kruger Safari Accommodated (14 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACS0473
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    Why book this tour?

    White sandy beaches, warm ocean, dolphins in the surf, manta rays and whale sharks, are just a few of the sightings you can expect on this Mozambique adventure. Experience it all in the comfort of traditional chalets and bungalows. Enjoy the great tasting local cuisine: giant prawns, crabs, lobster and fish which are in abundance – washed down with excellent local beers. We hope you join other travellers for this perfect vacation!

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    Price from R22,750 R20,475

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    Mozambique and Kruger Camping Tour (14 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAS0433
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    Why book this tour?

    White sandy beaches, warm ocean, dolphins in the surf, manta rays and whale sharks, are just a few of the sightings you can expect on this Mozambique adventure. Enjoy the great tasting local cuisine: giant prawns, crabs, lobster and fish which are in abundance – washed down with excellent local beers. You can't afford to miss out :)

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    Price from R18,350 R16,515

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  • (Comfort/Inclusive) Beach & Wildlife Safari (14 Days)

    Countries Visited Mozambique, South Africa
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 12
    Age Range 12 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACS0601
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    Why book this tour?

    This small group (max 12 pax) Beach and Wildlife Safari offers you unforgettable wildlife and the splendid wetlands of Zululand. Experience the culture of the Zulu nation and top it off with Arab influences from the Portuguese and Arab people. Travel by day in the uniquely custom-built trucks perfect for excellent game viewing and stay in suitable en-suite chalets and casitas at night.

    You can fly out of Johannesburg airport on the last day of tour, we do a free drop off at OR Tambo / Johannesburg airport at +/-17:00.

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    Price from R29,830

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Mozambique Tours, Trip Packages and Budget Safaris

Located off from Mozambique is the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, located on the east coast of Africa. This has been described as one of the most spectacular destinations on earth. The waters of the Indian Ocean are a paradise for marine life, where you will find the best chances for snorkelling and scuba diving, swim close to dolphins, manta rays and whale sharks.

There are tiny villages in Mozambique where ngalawas are moored to mangrove trees, locals sew dhow sails on old Singer sewing machines and children freely play football on sandy fields. Offshore, there are small islands where turtles come ashore to nest.

Pemba lies on the coast and is renowned for water sport and diving. The coral reefs are close to the shore, providing a feast for the eyes. In the centre of Pemba there is an authentic local market where local art, crafts and silverware can be purchased.

There is a range of different types of Mozambique Tours to choose from. These safari tours and packages do not solely cover Mozambique. These include:

Why go to Mozambique on an Budget safari Tour?

  • * Sail on a traditional white-sailed dhow
  • * Diving
  • * Snorkel in the colourful tropical reefs
  • * Walk along the beach
  • * Relax in a hammock beneath a palm tree
  • * Collect pansy shells from the shore at low tide
  • * Watch the sun rise over the Indian Ocean
  • * Swim with dolphins
  • * Spot a whale shark
  • * Deep sea game fishing
  • * Delicious seafood dining

The beautiful country of Mozambique is one of those places that’s still free from tourist suffocation. It’s inspiring to see how the Mozambicans are putting their shattering past behind them and rebuilding their country at quite a remarkable pace. There is loads to see, such as stunning beaches and islands, a World Heritage site, colourful local cultures, and charming colonial architecture. Admire the world renown coast line and beautiful islands such as Vilanculos, Ebo, Bazaruto, Benguerra, Pemba & Quirimbas Archipelago. If you are looking to simply relax on the beach or dive into the clear warm Indian Ocean then Mozambique is the place to visit.

Mozambique’s main attraction are the beaches and islands that dot the coastline, add to that friendly locals and delicious food and you have a perfect destination for your next escape. Some areas may be very rustic with poor road conditions, but there are hidden gems just waiting for you to uncover. For instance the Quirimbas Archipelago in the north of Mozambique is a beachy paradise. Wade through warms waters and hike through mangroves during low tide. Brace yourself for bounding, exuberant local children who are dying to meet and play with you!

Bazaruto Island

Bazaruto, or in Portuguese Ilha do Bazaruto from Ushurutswa meaning ‘island of the mist’, is a sandy island situated around 80 kilometres southeast of the mouth of the Save River in Mozambique. It is the biggest island in the entire Bazaruto Archipelago, as well as in the Bazaruto National Park. The shores seem to build up slowly but surely, due to the warm, southward-running Mozambique Current. Because of the crystal clear water along this shoreline region, much of the channel patterns below water around the island are distinctive. Bazaruto Island is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in the whole of Mozambique, originally named Santa Antonio by Portuguese explorers. It was later named Benguerra after a local Tribal chief.

Numerous thin lines of plankton flourish parallel to the coastline. The coastal plains have various lakes and a swampy habitat that appears to be karst topography. Underlying the area is limestone rock that has worn into a pockmarked landscape, forming water-filled sinkholes. Rainfall throughout this humid, tropical climate amounts to about 850 millimetres yearly, mostly concentrated from December through to March. The nearest mainland town to the island of Bazaruto is Inhassoro, though administratively it belongs to the Vilankulo District and the Inhambane Province.

Located off Mozambique on Africa’s east coast, the Bazaruto Islands are one of the most incredible travelling destinations in the world. The islands offer a wide range of private accommodation selections, giving you a paradise getaway. Sunsets, tranquillity and solitude are what to be expected on the Bazaruto islands, allowing travellers to choose what or what not to partake in. Guests are free to relax on the pristine, sparsely populated beaches, but if you seek something more thrilling, feel free to participate in some of the more exciting activities. These include superb bird watching, excellent diving and snorkelling, as well as fantastic fishing.

snorkelling-in-africa

An almost completely unspoilt oasis, the archipelago has earned its reputation as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’. Between the islands, boats are the only means of travel, whilst on land walking is the more popular choice. The coastal region surrounding the Bazaruto Archipelago is world-famous for its excellent selection of white sand, dramatic and vivid sunsets, and tall palm trees that sway gently in the breeze. There are gorgeous stretches of unspoiled sun-kissed beaches that treat you to marvellous views.

The Archipelago’s coral reefs and sparkling waters offer some of the finest diving in the world. Dive sites are not crowded, and sea life is diverse and plentiful. With sites that reach up to 30 metres deep, and visibility for up to 40 metres, you will discover sheltered reefs brimming with dolphin, humpback whales, whale sharks, sharks, manta rays and turtles – an incredible underwater experience.

scuba diving
The surrounding region is classified as the finest fishing destination for Marlin in the whole of the Eastern Indian Ocean. The season begins from early October and runs through until the end of January every year. The Bazaruto Archipelago offers saltwater fly-fishing for those who would like to try their hand at catching a sought-after bonefish. Experience a traditional sailing dhow around the Archipelago. The islands of Benguerra, Bazaruto, Magaruque and Santa Caroline offer gorgeous azure waters, bronzed beaches, palm trees and untouched coral reefs. With so much to do and see here, Bazaruto Island is most certainly an area to pay a visit to during your travels through the area.

Praia do Tofo

Praia do Tofo, or just ‘Tofo’, is a tiny town and huge tourist attraction located in south-eastern Mozambique. The town is situated on the coast of the Indian Ocean, on Ponto do Barra peninsula in the Inhambane Province of Jangamo. It is just 22 kilometres from the city of Inhambane and contains plenty of beach villas, diving retreats and stunning scenery. The long stretch of Indian Ocean shore draws in tourists, as well as the beautiful reefs close by which attract a variety of marine life.

Tofo Beach has been referred to as ‘the next Goa’, and has become a massive traveller’s focus on Africa’s Eastern coast. This is largely due to the gorgeous coastlines, friendly and hospitable atmosphere, vibrant night life, fantastic diving and snorkelling, and a couple of great restaurants.

There are numerous reasons as to why Praia do Tofo is popular, but the primary reason is the incredible sea life that is available for you to observe and have remarkable experiences with. Along with Manta Rays and Sea Turtles, Tofo is one of the finest travelling destinations for divers in order to spot Whale Sharks.

Also known as ‘Terre de Boa Gente’ meaning ‘Land of Good People’, the city of Inhambane is situated in southern Mozambique on Imhambane Bay, 470 kilometres northeast of Maputo. It is the Inhambane Province’s capital and as of 2008, had a recorded population of almost 66,000 – quite a significant rise from the 1997 censes of 54,157. The city spreads over 68,615 square kilometres, with a tropical climate that gets more humid along the coast and more arid inland.

The town is quiet and rich in history. It is renowned for its rusting colonial architecture and has been well-loved amongst tourists over the past few years. Inhambane was formed due to a deep inlet into which the small river, the Matamba, runs. Two guardian sandbanks look over the harbour to create one big protective sandbank. The town of Maxixe lies across the bay.

Inhambane was in existence in the 10th century, and was the southernmost port utilised by Arabs for the slave trading industry. Vasco da Gama visited the area in 1498 and claimed Inhambane Bay for Portugal. This led to the Portuguese setting up a trading post in the city in 1534. Inhambane was then selected as the first Jesuit mission to East Africa in 1560.

The post slowly developed as an ivory and slave trading hub, especially in the 18th century when the region was mostly under Indian control. The area was wrecked in 1834 by Shoshangane, but grew swiftly in the second half of the century as a Portuguese East African town. The old cathedral and mosque were constructed during this period. However, in the 20th century the town’s status weakened and the economic issues worsened as Maputo became the primary centre.

The city now contains a museum and market, and is well-known for its stunning beaches (Tofo and Barra). The main market, ‘Mercado Central’, is situated along the central avenue and supplies various foods, ranging from a vibrant selection of spices and vegetables to prawns, fish and cashew nuts.

Mozambique Inhambane Market

The province is the second biggest cashew producer after Nampula, and also grows coconut and citrus fruits, which were the inspiration for Mozambique’s famous poet, Craveirinha’s piece ‘The Tasty Tangerines of Inhambane’. The long coastline of the area includes numerous mangrove swamps and supports much fishing. The Inhambane Bay region is a popular tourist destination with its various beaches, as well as its housing of one of the last remaining populations of dugong in Mozambique.

A popular sport to partake in when visiting Inhambane is scuba diving, which is amongst the finest in the world in this region. This is largely due to the fact that the reefs are so close to each beach in the area, including the world-renowned Manta Reef and Galleria. Frequent sightings of Giant Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Turtles and other thriving aquatic life are common here. There are plenty of professional scuba diving establishments throughout the province, as well as various snorkelling operations – another well-loved sport of the town.

Weather in Mozambique

Mozambique has a tropical climate with lovely sunshine throughout the year. Average temperatures are around 28°C to 32°C making it a perfect holiday destination if you are looking for outdoor activities. There is a rainy season which happens from November to April, but it is still hot and humid during these showers, particularly during December and February.You will find inland to be cooler and the rainfall is heavier, with most showers occurring during January and March.

The regions can vary quite significantly in their climatic conditions. The north-east coast can become very hot and humid. The areas that have higher altitude (Nampula and Niassa) tend to be cooler. Along the coast you will find soaring temperatures that are oppressively hot and humid. Inland the nights are cooler giving you some reprieve.

Please take note though that January and February is cyclone season in Southern Mozambique and one will experience sudden torrential downpours. The Bazaruto Archipelago is best avoided at this time.

Best time to go on a tour to Mozambique

Due to the fact that the weather is ideal most time of the year – anytime is a good time to visit, there are only a few variables which you need to consider. May to November is the Winter season and you may prefer the cooler temperatures of 15 to 21 degrees celcius. There is less rain during this time and you will avoid the heavy downpours during the Summer season of December to April (27 to 32 degrees celcius).

You most probably would love to see the game of Mozambique and the dry season from August to September is best for safaris. The vegetation has thinned out so you will have greater visibility of the animals and they congregate around the rivers and waterholes.

Weather in Mozambique

Mozambique has a tropical climate with lovely sunshine throughout the year. Average temperatures are around 28°C to 32°C making it a perfect holiday destination if you are looking for outdoor activities. There is a rainy season which happens from November to April, but it is still hot and humid during these showers, particularly during December and February.You will find inland to be cooler and the rainfall is heavier, with most showers occurring during January and March.

The regions can vary quite significantly in their climatic conditions. The north-east coast can become very hot and humid. The areas that have higher altitude (Nampula and Niassa) tend to be cooler. Along the coast you will find soaring temperatures that are oppressively hot and humid. Inland the nights are cooler giving you some reprieve.

Please take note though that January and February is cyclone season in Southern Mozambique and one will experience sudden torrential downpours. The Bazaruto Archipelago is best avoided at this time.

Best time to Visit Mozambique

Due to the fact that the weather is ideal most time of the year – anytime is a good time to visit, there are only a few variables which you need to consider. May to November is the Winter season and you may prefer the cooler temperatures of 15 to 21 degrees celcius. There is less rain during this time and you will avoid the heavy downpours during the Summer season of December to April (27 to 32 degrees celcius).

You most probably would love to see the game of Mozambique and the dry season from August to September is best for safaris. The vegetation has thinned out so you will have greater visibility of the animals and they congregate around the rivers and waterholes.

How to get to Mozambique (By plane)

There are international flights that will arrive from South Africa to take you to Mozambique. However, there are also international routes between Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Portugal and Qatar.

South African Airways have several flights a day that leave from Johannesburg and fly to Maputo. Federal Air will take you directly to Vilanculos International Airport if you are holidaying there. Other airlines that fly from Durban are Kenya Airways, Swazi Express Airways, Qatar Airways and TAP Portugal. South African Airlink, LAM and Kernya Airways will take you to regional airstrips in Mozambique.

Facts on Mozambique

  • Full name: Republic of Mozambique
  • Population: 17 million people
  • Capital city: Maputo Area: 801,600 sq km; 309,498 sq miles
  • Population: 19,000,000 Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 2 ()
  • Languages: Portuguese (official)
  • Religion: Indigenous beliefs (30%); Christian (40%); Muslim (30%)
  • Electricity: 220V; 50HzHz Electric Plug Details: European plug: 2 circular metal pins South African/Indian-style plug: 2 circular metal pins above large circular grounding pin Plug configuration
  • Country Dialling Code: 258
  • Money matters Currency: Metical (Mtn) Medical matters: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Schistosomiasis (bilharzia), Hepatitis, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Meningococcal meningitis

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