Capital City: Maputo
Visa Required for US Citizen: Yes
Highlights: stunning beaches and islands, great diving & snorkeling, a World Heritage site, and colorful local culture.
Great destination for honeymooners, couples and families looking for a pristine beach holiday with opportunities to interact with local culture.
Mozambique is one of Africa’s up-and-coming hot-spots, with stunning beaches, excellent diving and magical offshore islands. Go snorkeling around the Bazaruto Archipelago, sail on a dhow through mangrove channels or laze under the palms in the Quirimbas Archipelago, take an off-beat safari in the wilds of Gorongosa National Park, wander along cobbled streets past stately colonial-era buildings on Ilha de Moçambique, sip a café espresso at one of Maputo’s lively sidewalk cafés (or maybe a caipirinha at one of its jazz bars), watch the silversmiths at work on Ibo Island or dance to the country’s trademark marrabenta music. Mozambique is one of Africa’s rising stars, with an upbeat atmosphere, overflowing markets and a 1500 mile coastline waiting to be discovered. If you’re inclined to something tamer, stick to Southern Mozambique, where roads and transport links (especially with neighboring South Africa) are good and accommodation options abound. For more adventure, head across the Zambezi into the wilds of Northern Mozambique, one of Africa’s last frontiers. Getting around here takes time, but the paradisiacal coastal panoramas and sense of space, the sheer adventure of travel and – for those with a healthy budget – some of the continent’s most idyllic island lodges make the journey well worthwhile.
EASILY combinable extensions might be: South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya
Mozambique’s climate varies in the different regions of the country, but generally, the inland areas are slightly cooler but more humid than the coastal areas during the rainy season. Winter is the dry season, lasting from April to September, and is the best time to visit Mozambique. The southern parts of the country are generally drier and less tropical than the north, with temperatures along the coast averaging 80ºF. The rainy season coincides with the heat and humidity from October to March, with average coastal temperatures of 88ºF.