The Undiscovered Jewel
Mozambique is a quite untouched southern African country on the east coast bordering Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe and South Africa. Its 2500km Indian Ocean coastline is speckled with hundreds of prestine beaches as well as offshore marine parks. In the North, the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago further south, which is since 1971 a national marine park, comprises five main islands Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina (Paradise Island), Bangué, and additionally, Pansy Shell Island. Its reefs protect thousands of species of tropical and rare marine life like the Dugong .
A number of pristine and secluded luxury lodge coastal destinatios exist alng the coast with sport activities like scuba diving, deepsea fishing, water skiing, sunset cruises and scenic flights.
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Its interior is home to vast tracts of untamed wilderness, including a handful of National wildlife Parks. The Selous-Niassa Wildlife Corridor in southern Tanzania connects the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania to the Niassa Reserve in Mozambique. Together, they have the potential to be one of the largest trans-frontier wildlife areas left on the African continent. But the beautiful 42,000 square km Granite hill landscape of Niassa National Reserve in the Cabo Delgado and Niassa Provinces is under threat. Sadly, Niassa and the Gorangosa wilderness areas need well-funded international support and balanced management to address poaching and illegal agricultural settlements, before these wilderness frontiers are restored. For now both are destinations suitable only for specialist expeditions. Also, Mozambique’s infrastructure still poses challenges for travellers who want to journey across the country independently. The distances in Mozambique are vast and difficult to cover by road, so travellers tend to stick to where the international and regional flights take them. However, the recently introduced direct flight between South Africa’s Kruger National Park - Mpumalanga Airport and Vilanculos Airport - allows for a seamless connection from the greater Kruger National Park area to the Bazaruto archipelago and is therefore a good combination of South Africa’s wildlife and a relaxing luxury coastal holiday in Mozambique.
Best time to visit
Mozambique has a tropical climate, and remains relatively hot all year round.
Summer: November to March – rainy season.
- This is also the hottest and most humid time of the year.
- Cyclones can be a problem, although the offshore island of Madagascar acts as a protective barrier for most of the Mozambique mainland.
Winter: June to September - is usually warm, clear and dry.
Best time to visit Mozambique is during the dry season (May to October) when rainfall and temperatures are at its lowest. At this time, you can expect almost uninterrupted sunshine, with hot daytime temperatures and cool nights. This is a good time for scuba diving, too, as visibility is at its best.
How to get there
International: Most visitors from overseas will enter Mozambique either via Maputo International Airport (usually on a connecting flight from Johannesburg), or direct shuttle flights from Johannesburg to either Beira, Inhambane and Vilanculos by SA Airlink or Federal Air, which is shorter. Connecting the Mozambique islands to the mainland is usually by helicopter.
Nationals from key source markets for Mozambique, such as the US, UK, Brazil and China, travelling for holiday purposes, do not require visas prior to travel. Visas can normally be issued on arrival. However, to avoid any delays and confusion that may arise from language issues at border posts it is advisable that international travellers should apply for a visa beforehand.
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