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Mozambique Holidays

Mozambique holidays are one of the best-kept secrets of Southern Africa, beckoning those with a romantic heart and an adventurous soul to explore its vibrant culture, rustic beaches and unspoilt land. Secluded, yet only 45 minutes from Johannesburg, it draws a stark contrast to city life, as roads meander off to become sandy dirt tracks lined with native wildlife.

Mozambique holidays take you to a land of smiles and sunshine. Located on the southeast coast of the African continent, you’ll venture to an enthralling new world of adventures and surprises. With its vast mainland beaches, graced with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and two clusters of picture-perfect islands just off the coast, you can set sail upon a dhow to deserted islands, explore multicoloured reefs that line the ocean floor, hike through breathtaking nature reserves and venture to palm-fringed beaches where you can spend your days swimming, sunbathing, drinking fresh coconuts and feasting on grilled seafood platters.

Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Once one of Africa’s premier game locations, the wildlife, flora and fauna of this region is slowly becoming recognised as one of the best safari holiday and beach destinations in Africa. The beauty of Gorongosa National Park will take your breath away and is a must-see whilst on holiday in Mozambique. Home to a profusion of wildlife, prepare to create your very own storybook tales as you witness large flocks of pelicans, herds of impala, waterbuck and many more fascinating creatures hunting, feeding and playing in their natural habitat as the sun sets over the floodplain.

For more game viewing and nature treks, Mozambique pairs perfectly with a trip to the under-rated KwaZulu-Natal province where you can also spend some time in Durban enjoying the city sights.To create a tailor made dream holiday, give our Destination Specialists a call and they will help make it a reality.

Destination Highlights
  • Take a snorkelling trip to Two Mile Reef off the coast of Bazaruto island and admire colourful corals, rock formations and a huge diversity of marine life.
  • Relax and soak up the rays on the beautiful beaches of the Quirimbas Islands.
  • Spend a day bird spotting in Gorongosa National Park, home to over 400 species of bird including the African Spoonbill and the Black Sparrowhawk.
  • Visit Lake Malawi and enjoy surfing, kayaking and paddleboarding upon crystal clear waters surrounded with natural beauty

Our favourite hotels

There are a wide variety of Mozambique hotels and all-inclusive resorts. Here are some of our favourite places to stay in Mozambique. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like then we'd be more than happy to help.

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort


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Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort

White Pearl Resorts


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White Pearl Resorts

Azura Benguerra Island


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Azura Benguerra Island
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Machangulo Beach Lodge


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Machangulo Beach Lodge

Time Zone

GMT +2

Flight Time

13–15 hours; indirect flights are available from London Heathrow via Johannesburg.


Mozambican metical (MZN)

Visa Information

British citizens are required to obtain a visa for travel to Mozambique before travel.



Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Mozambique.

The secret’s out now, Mozambique is one of Southern Africa’s most beautiful countries, so hurry before anyone else gets here first. This former Portuguese colony teems with unique wildlife and many people flock here to see some of the planets greatest predators in their natural habitat. You’ll also find marvelous whale watching opportunities off its stunning coast.

  • Mozambique Birds

    Gorongosa National Park

    Some people call the Gorongosa National Park the ‘Serengeti of the South’ and rightly so. But bigger doesn’t always mean better – yes, you’re going to spot the Big Five, but some of the most fascinating creatures you’ll spot here are members of the insect world, including dung beetles, ants, katydids, and praying mantis.

  • Scuba diving Mozambique


    Whether you’re an avid diver or a curious novice, you’ll want to know this: The pocket of Indian Ocean off the Mozambique coastline plays home to the Quirimbas Archipelago – a 155-mile necklace of coral islands – which means one thing, it’s one of the best diving destinations on Earth.

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    For life-changing diving opportunities, swimming alongside whale sharks, turtles and manta rays, head to Tofo. Tofo is also well known as a place full of atmosphere and a popular spot to visit for evening cocktails

  • Claire, Destination Specialist


    Destination Specialist

    Mozambique is a fantastic place for deep sea fishing. The warm water and strong currents attract a plethora of fish such as tuna, trevallies, sailfish and more. Book a day trip out to sea for your chance to get your catch of the day, in time for dinner.”

  • “Believe it or not, the famous peri peri sauce originated from Mozambique. So, make sure to try the local peri peri chicken for an explosion of flavour in your mouth.”

The city of Mozambique offers a huge selection of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here’s a couple of our top suggestions.

  • Azgo Festival

    An international music festival based in Maputo, which takes place over 3 days during May. Enjoy live music and workshops as well as lots of tasty food and drink options, fashion, arts and crafts.

  • Chopi Music Festival

    This traditional festival is held every year from July to August in Quissico, is held to celebrate the unique musical heritage of the Chopi people from southern Mozambique. Watch on as they play a wide range of traditional instruments such as whistles, animal horns, panpipes, drums and rattles.

Greatly influenced by the Portuguese and combined with local African culture, the food in Mozambique is incredibly popular with foodies around the world.

  • Chamussas

    Chamussas are similar to Indian samosas but created with a unique blend of Mozambican spices. Fillings range from meat and fish to potatoes or cheese. Chamussas are a popular street food or can be eaten as a delicious snack.

  • Matapa

    Unique to Mozambique, matapa is made from stewed cassava leaves blended with ground peanuts, garlic and coconut milk. Enjoyed as a simple dish on its own or it can be served as a main meal with seafood added to the stew.

  • Piri-Piri chicken

    You may be surprised to discover the world-famous Piri-Piri was invented in Mozambique. Piri-Piri which translates as ‘pepper-pepper’ in Swahili, it is a spicy sauce which can be used as a baste on everything from chicken to seafood, vegetables and steak. Its ingredients vary from region to region and include chilli, lime, onions and green peppers.

Types of Mozambique holidays

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Mozambique Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Mozambique has around 1,550 miles of Indian Ocean coastline and its beaches are made up of spectacular sand dunes, palm trees, and beautiful clear water. Many are accessed via sandy paths and are dotted with rustic beach shacks, giving them a secluded and off-grid feel. 

Mozambique follows Central Africa Time Zone (GMT +2).

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