Thanks to its diverse history, Mozambique offers a fascinating blend of cultures and is home to a mix of North African tribal inhabitants, Arab traders and descendants of Portuguese colonialists. Despite as many as 17 ethnic languages being spoken in Mozambique, Portuguese is the official language. The cuisine of Mozambique centres on seafood – Mozambican prawns, usually served with peri peri sauce and a local beer, are addictive!
Most of the country’s attractions are located along the coastline or tucked away on islands such as those of the unique Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos. There are two major geological factors influencing the subtropical to tropical climate of Mozambique: the warm Indian Ocean current flowing south from the equator, and the altitude of the Mozambiquan Plateau. Temperatures increase as you move north along the coast and the highest rainfall takes place from November to April with August being the driest month.
Over 1 200 species of fish have been identified in the coastal waters off Mozambique, and most of these fish inhabit the extensive coral reefs that line the coast. The snorkelling and diving in the unspoilt, beautiful waters of the Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos are world renowned.
Highlights during any trip to Mozambique’s Islands include:
- Tantalize your taste buds with delicious fresh seafood
- Discover untouched coral reefs and an astounding diversity of marine species; Mozambique offers some of the best diving in the world
- Enjoy a thrilling big game fishing adventure (we recommend tag-and-release)
- Watch out for whales from August to November and enjoy the antics of playful dolphins all year round
Mozambique Islands Accommodation
A tropical paradise tucked into a lush indigenous forest and looking out onto a picturesque crescent of sandy beach, andBeyond Benguerra Island has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment to become the quintessential luxury island retreat. The lodge’s welcoming guest areas offer views of the lush tropical garden and the ocean beyond. Set amid a lush island forest, 10 casinhas and 2 cabanas offer an airy colour scheme that combines tropical chic with a distinct African feel and reminders of the area’s Portuguese heritage. This is an ideal choice for families or groups because the Casa Familia boasts three bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, as well as a private swimming pool set on the sheltered wooden veranda. Large windows with dark wooden shutters gaze out towards the Indian Ocean, while private timber decks and cool rim-flow pools offer a secluded alternative to beach sands and ocean waters.
Azura on Benguerra
Located within a national park on an island, Azura on Benguerra is a secluded island resort with kilometres of deserted beaches. There are only 16 villas and each has been designed to complement the natural surroundings. The villas are located on the beach and have air-conditioning, a bathroom with sea views, an outdoor shower and a butler service. There is a 2 bedroom villa to accommodate families, the Villa Amizade, and a 3 bedroom villa, the President Villa. Guests can snorkel or go diving, whale and dolphin watch or go on picnics, stargaze or enjoy dune walks.
Azura At Quilalea
Azura at Quilalea, a hidden gem on a remote Island in Mozambique, is the perfect getaway for anyone who needs a break from the everyday routine. This resort is designed to keep to the feel of being remote and therefore there are only nine seafront villas. The next incredible option for accommodation is the cliff- top Villa Quilalea, which offers a private pool, bathroom and dressing room, outdoor shower and a separate dining area. This is the perfect getaway for a couple, the best in the whole archipelago. Azura at Quilalea serves incredible food, and bases its menu on the local ingredients, meaning there is a variety of delicious fresh seafood on the menu.
Coral Lodge 15.41
Varanda reserve, Northern Mozambique
Coral Lodge 15.41 is an incredible beach retreat located only a short distance from the historical UNESCO World Heritage Site of IIha de Mocambique (Mozambique Island). This lodge can be found in the Varanda reserve in northern Mozambique and is completely secluded with dunes and unspoiled beaches. It is an exlusive barefoot beach retreat and comprises of 10 villas which have been designed in authentic Mozambique style, providing the latest luxury and comfort to satisfy your needs.
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa
With a very unique setting, including a combination of thick forests of casuarinas, coconut palms and seemingly endless white sandy beaches, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa, set on Bazaruto Island, Mozambique offers luxury accommodation, fun-filled activities, sumptuous spa pampering and an exquisite environment – the ultimate destination to unwind.
Avani Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa
Located on a remote section of unspoilt African coastline, the Avani Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa is the gateway to the warm hospitality of the Quirimbas Archipelago. A modern oasis of delicious cuisine, luxury pampering and spectacular Indian Ocean views; beyond the Africa-meets-Arabia hotel environs waits an exciting world to explore through romantic Dhow cruises or bargaining sessions with local craftsmen.
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa
Set like a jewel within the glittering Quirimbas Archipelago, Medjumbe is a small private island only 1km long and 500m wide. Your own exclusive island getaway, Medjumbe’s 12 luxury Sea View Pool Villas blend into the natural environment and front onto dazzlingly white sands and a translucent sea. Ensconced here in your private haven is as close as you will get to a personal heaven.
Breathtakingly beautiful and original, Matemo Island is the quintessential tropical island paradise, with its perfect vista of white sand and endless translucent sea, mesmerizing those who visit. A world of activity awaits – whether exploring the palm-studded island’s natural treasures on land or underwater. Ideal for families, honeymooners, or those simply jaded by everyday life, Matemo offers an unhurried and carefree escape.