What can we say? It was without doubt the best holiday either of us have ever had, and we have been on some good ones in the past. We would like to thank Paul for all his hard work, great patience and his very good advice.
Karen & Martin
Mozambique is located on the southeastern coast of Africa and is bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland. The country has stunning natural attractions including some beautiful beaches and a string of sub-tropical Indian Ocean islands dotted along its 2,500 kilometre coastline. The warm tropical climate makes this beautiful coastline a year-round destination, although the best time to travel to Mozambique is during the cooler winter months (from May to October), as these experience the least rainfall.
Mozambique also boasts some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in Africa, many of the reefs only recently discovered. There are miles of colourful, untouched coral and a multitude of tropical fish species. Dive sites range from six metre beginner spots to vast coral walls for advanced divers to explore.
It is the perfect destination for 'barefoot' luxury with some great boutique properties offering excellent cuisine and a high standard of accommodation. On the coast, accommodation ranges from exclusive private islands such as Vamizi with large, secluded villas and great diving and snorkelling to the award winning ecolodge Guludo where you can get involved with any of their worthy community or conservation projects.
The beaches around the Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archepelagos are some of the most pristine to be found anywhere. Quirimbas Archepelago at the far northern extreme of Mozambique is a collection of thirty-odd islands and coral heads is less developed than its southern counterpart, Bazaruto.
For those wanting to combine safari and beach it is possible to fly between the coast and the Niassa Reserve and Gorongosa National Park. During the post colonial civil war that affected Mozambique in the 1970,s and 80,s many of the once outstanding game reserves were plundered and neglected. The wildlife is now recovering strongly but game viewing in Mozambique is still challenging although there are lion, leopard, elephant , wild dog and antelope. At present Mozambique should be considered as a genuine taste of authentic Africa that can be explored on foot or by vehicle but not really big 5 destination. The two reserves of Niassa and Gorongosa currently have only one tented camp each.
Southern Mozambique combines well with a safari in Botswana, South Africa, Zambia or Namibia. You can spend a week or longer in the large game reserves in any of these countries before flying to Mozambique. A night in Johannesburg is required in between, and we minimise your time here, flying you into Jo’burg at dusk and out to Mozambique at dawn.
The Quirimbas are closer to Tanzania and a safari in Tanzania's excellent southern reserves of Selous and Ruaha is a good combination with the idyllic beaches of Mozambique. Direct flights are available from Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania to Mocimboa Da Praia in Mozambique, which arrive in time to connect with flights to and from the Quirimbas. This makes a Tanzania Safari combined with a Mozambique beach holiday a superb option.