Menu
long-arrow.svg
MenuPreviousNext
1 of 4
Subscribe to our newsletter
2 of 4
 
 
3 of 4
 
 
4 of 4
 
 
Use the sliders to select your approximate budget per person
 
£8000 - £25000+
 
 
 
Submit enquiry
Thanks
MenuPreviousNext
1 of 2
Subscribe to our newsletter
2 of 2
 
 
Let us know your approximate budget per person
 
£8000 - £25000+
 
 
 
Submit enquiry
Thanks
Please select
Travelled before
Recommended by a friend
Online Search
Social Media
Publication/magazine
Travel show
Event
Other
MenuPreviousNext
1 of 2
2 of 2
 
 
Submit enquiry
Thanks
Menu
Subscribe
Thanks
Menu
Click here to upload your brief
Submit brief
MenuSearchicon
slider-spacerslider-spacer
 
Mozambique, Eastern Africa
 
Looking out the window as you fly down the thousand-mile-long Mozambican coastline you see dozens of idyllic little islands strung in long archipelagos, surrounded by pristine reefs and beaches. They have beguiling names like the Quirimbas, the Bazaruto Archipelago, Azura and Benguerra. If you are seeking a real “civilised desert island” experience, perhaps seeing yourself as a pampered Robinson Crusoe, these islands will fulfil your dream.
Like all remote islands they are not easy to reach – that is part of their appeal. Once you’re there however, you can look forward to superb snorkelling and diving on the thriving reefs where an astonishing variety of coral gardens flourish, home to iridescent coral fish, moray eels and sometimes whales. Should you find yourself marooned on the tiny Vamizi Island, you and a few fellow survivors will have to endure cordon bleu cuisine, lazy rides at sunset in an old dhow, the occasional massage, perhaps a spot of deep sea fishing, or snorkelling over glorious reefs. If the lapping of the waves yards from your bed wakes you early, you might sit on the deserted beach outside your villa and watch a big sun emerge from the immense Indian Ocean heralding the start of another day in “paradise”.

Mozambique is also becoming one of Africa’s most exciting “new” safari destinations as the remote Gorongosa and Nyassa National Parks are reopened. Between April and December, Africa Exclusive can arrange superb walking, open vehicle and river boat safaris. Staying in small remote camps you have one of Southern Africa’s most beautiful national parks literally to yourselves. Explore the beautiful rivers, floodplains and palm forests seeing elephant herds, sable and lion. Then it’s just a hop in a small plane to one of those delightful islands.

Choosing the right island and the right lodge at the right time of year is not straightforward and you should call Africa Exclusive to discuss which would combine best with your safari and whether you should go to the coast first or after your safari. The larger more southerly islands like Benguerra have several large beach lodges and a different weather pattern from the smaller exclusive islands of the more northerly Quirimbas Archipelago such as Vamizi.
Read more
Mozambique
CALENDAR : JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
 
Soak up the sunshine in Mozambique, treating yourself to a stay on one of the glorious tropical islands at the start of the year. Northern islands around the Quirimbas will be hot and dry, and the archipelago boasts some of the finest diving in the Indian Ocean. Explore the Quirimbas National Park and you will see a wealth of marine life as well as lion, leopard, elephant and wild dog.
CALENDAR: MARCH TO JULY
 
There’s no bad place to be in Mozambique from March until July: all islands enjoy excellent weather. The warm, calm conditions are particularly good if you want to dive, snorkel or go deep sea fishing. Fishermen at St. Lazarus Banks can reel in marlin, dogtooth tuna, mantis shrimp and giant trevally, though there’s a strict catch and release policy in the marine reserves to preserve the biodiversity and sustainability.
CALENDAR: NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
 
Temperatures begin to rise, so you’ll want to relax and stay close to the water. Diving is superb and you’ll be able to see the whale migration. Turtle come ashore to nest and lay their eggs. Take a night walk with a guide to see hatchlings break out and journey to the ocean. Mozambique has five species of turtle, all threatened worldwide, but have protected status here and are thriving.
CALENDAR: AUGUST TO OCTOBER
 
From August to October, the islands remain delightful. It’s the season when the humpback and southern right whale arrive, migrating along the East African coast. Inhambane and the Bazaruto Archipelago are considered to be the best spots for whale watching. It’s possible to spot as many as 30 whales in a single day, and you’ll hear their whale song from many kilometers away. Divers will adore swimming amongst these gentle giants.