Mozambique is truly the hidden honeymoon gem of Africa. It has 1,550 miles of coastline, tropical islands, world-class diving, and incredible safaris…without the tourists!
As a former Portuguese colony, the southeast African country has a strong European influence with classical architecture and a hint of the Mediterranean in its cuisine. Maputo is the lively capital and the hub for all country’s flights to its various archipelagos, national reserves, and fascinating UNESCO heritage city of Ilha de Mozambique.
A bush and beach honeymoon is the best way to experience Africa, and the best of both worlds is at your doorstep in Mozambique!
- THE QUIRIMBAS ARCHIPELAGO: The 27 islands in turquoise waters off the coast of Northern Mozambique beckon to be explored. With Pemba Beach as your land-based hub, don't miss the Portuguese town lost in time, Ibo Island, and the ultra-chic private islands of Medjumbe or Vanuatu.
- ILHA DE MOZAMBIQUE: This mile-long isle was the hub of the Portuguese spice trade and a cultural crossroads for the Arabs, Indians, Asian, Africans, and Europeans that graced its shores. Though its been over a hundred years since its maritime heyday, this tiny town is having a renaissance of sorts with boutique hotels, gourmet restaurants, and slew of cultural and water activities.
- SCUBA DIVE: Whether in the Barazuto Archipelago or the Quirimbas, Mozambique has pristine coral reef teeming with sea life. Get certified and dive in!
- NIASSA GAME RESERVE: Niassa Game Reserve is about as untouched as safari parks get. In the far north bordering Tanzania, the reserve is 42,000 square kilometers of dramatic mountains and bush teeming with wildlife: lion, zebra, cape buffalo and 12,000 elephants, just to name a few.
Tips and Advice
- WHEN TO VISIT: April to September is optimal time to enjoy the beaches and safaris.
- GETTING THERE: Most international flights to the capital of Maputo arrive from South Africa, although direct international routes also exist between Mozambique and Portugal, Tanzania, Kenya, and Swaziland.
- GETTING AROUND: All modes of transport are available, albeit slow going. Remember the phrase “Africa Time” and go with a sense of adventure. For the nitty-gritty check out the By Train, Plane, Bus, Car, and Boat section of this page: http://wikitravel.org/en/Mozambique
- LANGUAGE: Portuguese and various African dialects. Most people who work in hospitality and in the large towns understand and speak English.
- CLIMATE: Mozambique has a tropical climate with two seasons, a wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September.
- CURRENCY: Meticais or Mozambican Metical. Current exchange rates can be found here.
- ELECTRICITY: Mozambique has a voltage of 220V which is different from North America (120V) but the same as the UK. It's best to bring an adapter.