Mozambique

The Journey Begins Here

Coast, Cashews, and Culture

Water adventures, golden beaches, palm trees

With long beaches bordered by sweeping dunes, deep blue and turquoise waters, coral reefs, surf along the south, stunning palm trees, and vast expanses of wilderness, Mozambique is more remote than other countries we visit, but the experience is worth the journey. Instead of the usual land safaris, ocean safaris provide a different view of the world. The food reflects the country’s Portuguese past, and piri piri shrimp, matapa, cashews, and chicken liver are common items on the menus, as well as a variety of fresh seafood and fish. The beaches, diving, and the remote beauty of Gorongosa top the list of things to do. We feature scuba diving safaris along the Mozambique coast. Note, we do not currently provide service to Northeast Mozambique (specifically Pemba and Cabo Delgado province).

Recommended Destimations
There’s much to see and do, but these are a few of the highlights:

Bazaruto National Park, Vilankulo (Vilanculos), Ponta do Ouro, Tofo, Gorongosa National Park

  • Bazaruto National Park

  • Vilankulo (Vilanculos)

  • Ponta do Ouro

  • Tofo

  • Gorongosa National Park

Safari Essentials

What to see

Bazaruto National Park

This park protects the five islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago and the waters surrounding them.
Dozens of bird species, red duikers, bushbucks, and Nile crocodiles. Dolphins swim in the waters and over 2000 types of fish, and leatherback, loggerhead, and green turtles can be found.

Vilankulo (Vilanculos)

Situated along the coast and the access point for Bazaruto.
Lovely beach, and excellent local food, Vilankulo is known for sailing, including in local Dhows and sunset water safaris, canoe trips and snorkeling are also excellent here. Accommodation here is simple and affordable, ranging from bungalows and rustic huts.

Ponta do Ouro

Located on sand dunes in extreme South Mozambique, almost on the border of South Africa, Ponta do Ouro is only accessible by 4x4 given the potholes and thick sand.
But don’t let this deter you – it’s a beautiful town! Try your hand at deep sea fishing, ocean safaris to see dolphins and sharks, day trips to go scuba diving, and a wide array of excellent restaurants including some beach bars. Of course, you can always have a nice relaxing day on the beach too.

Tofo

A small town nestled on the coast in the south, Tofo is known for its food and nightlife with excellent local music.
Grab some fresh seafood directly off a fisher returning from a day’s work for a fresh meal, lounge on the beach, or catch the waves.

Tofo is especially known for diving and snorkeling as mantas and whale sharks are present year-round. Humpback whales winter in the area (June to October) and can be seen from an ocean safari. A variety of waves are a delight for beginners to advanced point break surfers. So much to do here, it’s hard to list it all!

Gorongosa National Park

Different from the typical savannah-type parks in the other Southern Africa countries, Gorongosa offers an experience like no other, listed on National Geographic’s list of Best Places to Visit 2019.
The road to Gorongosa is dirt road littered with many potholes, but the drive is worth it. With a focus on sustainable tourism, Gorongosa offers guided safari drives, boat and walking safaris, and a restaurant and bar that is matched by no other in Mozambique. The park is closed December to the end of March for rainy season. The park is heavily involved in local education and research.

What to do

  • Swim with whale sharks
  • Surfing (beginner to advanced)
  • Diving
  • Horseback riding
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach
  • Local cuisine
  • Safaris (ocean and land)
  • Sailing
  • Paddle boarding, kayaking, waveskiing
  • Quad biking

The Stats

  • Official name
    Republic of Mozambique
  • Population
    Almost 29,000,000
  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Mozambican metical (MZN), though USD, the rand, and euro are widely accepted.
  • Area
    801,590 km2
  • People
    97.8% Bantu, with remainder White Africans, Euro-Africans, and Indians.
  • Established
    March 1, 1498 as Portuguese East Africa, independence June 25, 1975 as the People’s Republic of Mozambique.
  • Capital
    Maputo
  • Part of
    UN, Commonwealth of Nations, South African Development Community (SADC), African Union (AU), amongst others.
  • Economy
    Intense civil war from 1977 to 1992 severely impacted the economy, collapsed infrastructure, prevented investment, and caused widespread famine which killed over 1 million citizens. Since 2001, annual average GDP growth amongst the world’s highest, refugees returned and repatriation occurred. RENAMO still has a stronghold in the north.
  • Banking
    Cash available at ATMs, less available in the north outside of major city centers.
  • Transportation
    Excellent paved roads in the south, paved roads in poor condition in the north, many unpaved and poor condition roads. 22 paved airports, over 100 unpaved airstrips, large seaports, and rail both internal and linking with neighbouring countries
  • Government
    Unitary dominant-party semi-presidential constitutional republic, relatively stable since 1994.
  • Main industries
    Rich and intensive natural resources, agriculture, food and beverages, manufacturing, tourism
  • Rainy season
    October to March, but varies depending on altitude with more rain along the coast, and less in the north and south.
  • Borders
    Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Eswatini (Swaziland) and South Africa to the southwest.
  • Sport
    Football (soccer), roller hockey
  • Religion
    Christian 56.1%, Atheist 18.7%, Muslim 17.9%, Other 7.3% (mainly animism)

Our Offices

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Happy Valley Farm
Humansdrop,
South Africa 6300

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