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The Jewel of Luxury
Do you want a refreshing experience? It’s time to enjoy one of our Mozambique vacations!
An incredible unspoilt island paradise off the coast of East Africa, Mozambique boasts a beautiful coastline bordering the Indian Ocean. Whilst its islands have started to receive small numbers of visitors, its interior remain an adventure! With three national parks offering various wilderness experiences, it’s no wonder Mozambique safaris are so popular! Our favorite hidden jewel is Gorongosa National Park, which has recovered amazingly well after years of civil war and boasts raw wildlife.
Mozambique’s pristine islands of the Quirimbas and Bazaruto archipelagos offer endless white beaches and small boutique lodges. Unspoiled coral reefs are havens for snorkeling and diving in crystal clear waters. The World Heritage site of Ilha de Mozambique offers rich cultural experiences with its slave trade history and charming colonial architecture. If you want to explore a country before others discover it, Mozambique vacations are just what you need.
The climate in Mozambique is tropical but differs in the following three climate zones: the northern coast, the southern coast and the inland.
Rainy season: October – March
Dry time: April – September
The climate on the north coast is subject to slight temperature fluctuations. During the rainy season it is warm up to 32°C, while in the dry season it is only a few degrees cooler. The climate on the southern coast is more moderate and is subject to greater fluctuations, both in temperature and in precipitation. During the rainy season, it is very humid and hot, around 24°C a day and about 15°C at night.
It is the hottest in Mozambique during the rainy months, with temperatures around 37°C not uncommon. The dry season is significantly more pleasant, with temperatures up to 28°C, making it the best travel time for your Mozambique tour.
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Top 10 Attractions, Activities and Highlights in Mozambique
1. After the end of the Civil War, it was possible to resettle many of the native species in Gorongosa National Park. In 2008, the park was reopened and now boasts an impressive variety of species, including lion herds.
2. Experience a magnificent wildlife world on a Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park safari, with a wide variety of species (in the truest sense of the word): the park combines wild animal protection areas from Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe into a transnational ecosystem.
3. On a safari in the Niassa Game Reserve you will meet gigantic buffalo and elephant herds, as well as hungry predators, who look for unsuspecting antelopes. This scenic conservation area is still very underdeveloped and offers wild and untouched Africa!
4. The historic Ilha de Mozambique is not only one of the world’s cultural heritage sites, but also one of the most beautiful islands in Africa. Only a few visitors find their way here – so you can have the wide beaches and the shady avenues lined with magnificent colonial buildings (almost) to yourself.
5. The fabulous Maputodesigned by Gustav Eiffel is the landmark of the city, but by no means the only highlight of the metropolis! Stroll over shaded boulevards or colorful markets and you will understand why Maputo is one of the most interesting African cities.
6. Mozambique is a true Eldorado for divers and friends of maritime adventure trips. Get up close to friendly mammals when you take a Mozambique diving vacation and swim with dolphins in Ponta de Ouro.
7. The Quirimbas archipelago offers the largest marine park in Africa! Plunge into the azure waters and meet funny-faced dugongs, sea turtles, dolphins and humpback whales.
9. Memba Bay was until recently absolutely undeveloped and therefore offers untouched nature. Luminous coral reefs and a diverse underwater world makes this place a highlight for snorkelers and divers.
10. Wish to relax after your exciting Mozambique adventure? The paradise Zongoene offers secluded beaches and romantic sailing trips – the perfect end to your Mozambique tour.
Diving, animals, culture, relaxation – do not miss one of the highlights of Mozambique. Our Africa specialists plan the ideal travel route for your individual Mozambique round trip.
Ancestors of the Khoisan people, the San group of hunter and gatherers, were the first people that inhabited Mozambique. Around 4th century AD, Bantu people migrated through the valley of Zambezi River into the country.
Arab traders settled along the coast in the earlier centuries, before Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama arrived and colonized the country in 1498. The native Mozambican people started a war for independence with its colonial rulers that lasted for 11 years. In 1975, independence was achieved and a socialist government was established.
Unfortunately, a military uprising led to a 17 year civil war, which caused over a million Mozambicans to flee their lands, whilst hundreds of thousands were killed. The country spiraled into an economic depression. The war had interrupted the country’s agriculture so throughout the 1980s many people went hungry. This was worsened by El Niño, which caused a famine in 1992. Support came from overseas and the country recovered and has begun to develop, despite recent severe floods and a drought earlier in this decade.
A Mozambique tour plays an important role in boosting the country’s economy.
Portuguese is the official language of Mozambique and is spoken mainly in the urban centers. About 40 different languages are spoken throughout the country, including dialects of the various groups of Bantu ethnic people, such as Makua, Shona/Ndau, Sena, Tonga, Yao and Nyungwe.
There are both patrilineal and matrilineal groups in Mozambique, so tracing family history can be through the mother or the father depending on the region. Half the nation still hold traditional animist beliefs, often in addition to conventional religion. One-third of Mozambicans are Christian, and a quarter are Muslims.
During our Mozambique vacations, you will find that music and dance are an important part of the culture and are integrated into many local customs. Mozambican music is akin to reggae and West Indian calypso, but you can also enjoy other styles like samba, marrabenta and bossa nova.
There are many unique dance styles including:
Chopi: a hunting dance with the performers adorned in lion skins.
Mapiko: a dance of Northern Mozambique where the men wear carved wooden masks to frighten away spirits.
Makua: a hopping dance, conducted on tall stilt
Nyanga: where Tete performers simultaneously dance whilst singing and playing the panpipes!
Mozambique’s dance styles inspired pop star Beyonce, who flew a troupe of tofu (body-shaking) dancers to the USA to teach her team a few moves! Art has been used as a symbol of resistance against colonial rule in Mozambique. Wood sculpting is a very popular craft of the Makonde people, usually depicting evil spirits and totem-type family history. Futebol (football) is Mozambique’s favorite sport.
he cuisine of Mozambique is usually flavorful and spicy. There are delicious tropical fruits to be enjoyed during one of our Mozambique vacations – and some of the best fish and shellfish in the world. Mozambican dishes are prepared in their own unique flavors and ways, including open grills.
Madeira, the Portuguese table wine and Agua Ardente, red port wine, are frequently used in sauces. Agriculture is part of the culture and most families grown their own corn.
Try some of these delicious dishes on your Mozambique tour:
Xima / Nsima: a staple maize porridge dish that is eaten with most meals.
Paõ: Portuguese wood-fired white bread rolls.
Couve: collard greens.
Prego: a steak roll.
Rissois: battered shrimp.
Piripiri: chicken in piripi sauce.
Matata: a delicious seafood and peanut stew.
Sandes de queijo: a baked cheese sandwich.
Bolo Polana: cashew and potato cake.
Top Mozambican Travel Tips – Cuisine:
Quench your thirst with Laurentina and 2M, two popular Mozambican beers. Or Tipo Tinto, the national rum, which is usually mixed with berry soda.
Are you an adventurous foodie? You can eat some unusual local delicacies in Mozambique, including green bugs that are boiled and fried, and dried bush mice, served on a stick.
The Enchanting Travels team is happy to help you plan memorable Mozambique vacations.