Mozambique Holidays - Land of Smiles
Mozambique is a country of spectacular beauty with pristine palm-fringed beaches and the crystal clear Indian Ocean. Laze under the palms or go snorkelling around the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago, sail on a dhow in the Quirimbas Archipelago or stroll along the seaside Avenida Marginal where fishermen hawk their day's catch while banana vendors loll on their carts.
Mozambique is generally warm all year round. Sunshine, blue skies and temperatures range between 24°C to 27°C along the coast except during the wet season (December/January to April) when the heavy rains come. Termperatures are also higher during the rainy season, averaging 30°C and above in some areas. The best time to visit is from May/June to November during the drier, cooler season.
Malaria medication is recommended for all travellers to Mozambique. Please contact your nearest Travel Clinic or physician for more information.
Mozambique's greatest attraction is its magnificent 2500km long unspoilt coastline and idyllic offshore islands. To help you choose the area best suited to you we have divided the accommodation according to the area the properties are located in.
Maputo, with its Mediterranean-style architecture, wide avenues lined by jacarandas and flame trees and waterside setting, is easily one of Africa's most attractive capitals. Its best to capture the true magic of this interesting old city, with its buzzing street life, on foot. After breakfast at your hotel, head to the Praca da Independencia and get an early start on some of the sights. Take a stroll to the Municipal market andd shop for some textiles along the way. Hire a laranjinha (brightly coloured taxis) to take you on a ride along Avenida Marginal to the Costa do Sol restaurant for an unforgettable seafood lunch or dinner. Other highlights are the Casa Amarela, the Franco-Moçambicano Cultural Centre and the Mozambique Natural History Museum and for those with a strong stomach, the local fish market!
Extend your stay with an extension to Inhaca Island. The island is located about 40km east of Maputo and is accessed by an air shuttle. The island, a popular weekend destination, is great for anyone who wants to enjoy the relaxed rhythms of a small, semitropical, Indian Ocean island. Day trips can be arrange to nearby Portuguese Island and Cabo Santa Maria.
Inhambane, one of its oldest settlements, is one of Mozambique's most charming towns. From as far back as the 18th century it was an important trading port but during the 20th century focus shifted southwards and trade declined. Today Inhambane is a popular holiday destination and its reefs, popular with divers, are among the best in the world.
The Bazaruto Archipelago is your quintessential tropical island destination. Clear turquoise waters filled with an abundance and variety of marine life make this a perfect destination to enjoy diving and snorkelling. Of the 5 islands that make up the Bazaruto Archipelago, idyllic island accommodation can be found on Benguerra and Bazaruto islands. These islands are accessed by air shuttle transfers from Vilanculos on the mainland. Much of this area is protected as a National Park and all visitors will be charged a mandatory National Park fee.
Benguerra Island was originally named Santa Antonio by Portuguese explorers and was later named Benguerra after a local Tribal chief. The island is approximately 11km in length and 5.5km wide and lays 14km offshore from the mainland and the town of Vilanculos. It offers privacy as an island destination, and is protected by the lush surroundings.
Pemba, the capital of the Cabo Delgado province, sits on a scenic peninsula jutting out into the large Pemba Bay. The town is the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago and visitors can enjoy a night at the Pemba Beach Hotel before travelling on to one or more of the islands. The Quirimbas Archipelago, consisting of 32 small islands, is totally underdeveloped and a nature lovers paradise. Patches of white soft sand and turquoise waters alternate with green, vegetated islands fringed by mangroves. Many of the properties in the archipelago are part of a National Park and mandatory fees apply.
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