Fantastic beaches, idyllic islands and wildlife roaming its national parks- It’s time for Mozambique to step into the light as one of Africa’s must see travel destinations.
Mozambique has always been in the shadow of its more famous neighbours thanks to an unsettled political climate. With the country at peace, tourism is fast becoming the biggest industry in Mozambique as visitors flock to explore the picturesque, enjoy the beaches and of course see the African wildlife in all their glory. Here’s a run down as to why you should visit Mozambique during August.
Mozambique lies on Africa’s Southeastern coast and is bordered by a number of popular tourist destinations including South Africa and Zambia. Its coastline looks out to the Indian Ocean whilst inland, the country is filled with lush highlands, plains, woodland and mountains. Visiting in August, you will find the country in the midst of the dry season. Temperatures during August are noticeably cooler than the rest of the year, especially at night, but day temperatures still average highs of 26C (79F). With the weather so favourable, August is a very popular time to visit Mozambique so I would advise booking well in advance of your trip to ensure not only the best deal but also the best accommodation.
The obvious type of holiday most travellers associate with Africa is a safari break but the countries along the coastline are in prime location to enjoy a beach holiday on. Like the African island of Mauritius, Mozambique’s beaches sit on the Indian Ocean and provide an idyllic beach experience which is second to none.
Along the mainland, top places to visit to enjoy the beaches are the village of Xai Xai where you can fish the seas and enjoy the coral reefs, the lagoons of Bilene which are lined with palm trees and Tofo, which is perfect for surfers and those who are visiting on a budget. In the north, you’ll have your pick of hotels situated on the edge of the beach in Pemba which is also a great destination to travel from across to the Mozambique islands.
These islands provide arguably some of the most picturesque beaches and truly sum up the word paradise. I would recommend visiting the Quirimbas Islands, which are surrounded by coral reefs in seas filled marine life and home to many luxury and private lodges. Alternatively, visit the Bazaruto Archipelago to experience the tropical islands that are scattered around including the beautiful Benguerra Island.
Visiting Africa is a unique experience and by far the best way to explore the landscape and take in the wide range of wildlife is to book a safari as part of your holiday. There is one place over them all when it comes to wildlife in Mozambique and that’s the Gorongosa National Park. Much conservation work has gone into regenerating the park as a haven for wildlife and with every year, more and more animals appear within the park. A safari here will see herds of hippos, lions, elephants and monkeys across a landscape that takes in floodplains, wetlands, grasslands, rainforest and even a mountain.
Of course there is a wide range of other great places to enjoy the wildlife in Mozambique. These include the Niassa National Reserve and Limpopo National Park which are great alternatives to Gorongosa. The Quirimbas Islands also have a wide range of animals to see, both on land and beneath the waves.
- For more information on Mozambique safaris, visit go2africa.com
Of course, you may want to fill your holiday with a few cultural sites and Mozambique certainly has its fair share. Begin in the capital city of Maputo where Mozambique’s cultural heritage is plain for all to see. Here the city is a perfect mix of African and Portuguese architecture and influence with shades of Asian culture. The city has such an architectural importance that there are many sites you must visit including the fortress, the cathedral and the Art museum, Associacao Nucleao de Arte. From Maputo, head for the former Mozambique capital, Ilha de Mozambique which is home to a plethora of historic buildings and is a UNESCO protected area.