Mozambique is the place to go for classic tropical island holidays with many referring to it as the land of many wonders. It has wide mainland beaches that are wrapped by the warm Indian Ocean with many other appealing destinations just offshore.
A border separates Mozambique from the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, and they both share the same atmosphere, subtropical climate and vegetation.
If you have not made up your mind on the holiday destination in Africa, a holiday in Mozambique would be perfect for you to engage in the island life of sunbathing, sailing, swimming and snorkelling. Be ready to take in the beautiful sight of richly coloured coral reefs as you make your scuba diving trips. The clear waters there are known the world over for big game fishing.
Let me share with you the places you should consider visiting when you decide to have a good time in Mozambique.
If you are interested in coral reefs, sandy beaches, surfing and fishing, then Bazaruto archipelago is the ideal place for you. It is a collection of six islands with Magaruque and Santa Carolina Islands, just 10 kilometres away from the mainland town of Vilankulo.
Most visitors like Santa Carolina island – also referred to as the Paradise island – because it has three beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery. Try out the Dhow safaris.
It was in 1971 when the archipelago became a National Park and is now abundant with sea turtles, Moorish idols, parrots, reef fish and devil rays. You also get the unique opportunity to catch sight of the endangered marine life like the whale shark, manta, leatherback turtle, the humpback whale and dugongs.
Combining the visit to Bazaruto archipelago and Kruger National Park can make a perfect and memorable beach and safari holiday for you.
Named after the local tribal chief, Vilankulo is the gateway to the Bazaruto archipelago. It is as well famous for the Govuro River canoe trips that are adventurous and fun.
Vilankulo is known the world over as a fishing destination, so expect to see a variety of fish like barracuda, dorado, giant trevally, king mackerel, the blue and striped marlin, indo-pacific sailfish, wahoo and yellowfin tuna among many.
If it is windy, you can enjoy kiteboarding and windsurfing in the shallow waters with flat waves.
Island of Mozambique
Founded in the fourteenth century, the Island of Mozambique is a chalky coral reef. It forms an archipelago with two small uninhabited islands of Goa and Sena. Situated about 4 kilometres from the mainland coast, the island of Mozambique connected to the mainland by a bridge.
It is the gold, Ivory and slaves trade that this island was known for in the past. Today, it is known for notable buildings like the Palace and Chapel of São Paulo, the Church of Santo António, the Museum of Sacred Art, the Church of the Misericórdia; and the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte.
This urbanised island is also home to several mosques, and a Hindu temple and a 3-kilometre bridge make the connection to the mainland.
Gorongosa National Park
When in Mozambique and you are an animal lover, Gorongosa National park located in Central Mozambique is the place to visit. They have African buffalos, elephants, elands, hartebeests, hippos, impalas, lions, waterbucks, wildebeests, zebras and over 400 bird species.
After Mount Gorongosa was added to the national park in July 2010, there was more space created for wildlife and visitors had more to look out for, especially the mountain climbers.
Quirimbas National Park
This national park started operations in June 2002 covering 110 kilometres along the northeast coast of Mozambique coastline. In it are the Quirimbas islands, the original home of fishing settlements in the 16th Century.
If you like fishing, this national park is the ideal place for you with a variety of marine life, including over 375 fish species. This national park is the home to dolphins, whales and the endangered dugongs.
The convenient time to visit this national park is in the dry season, from May to September with temperatures varying from 25 to 35 degrees centigrade.
Accommodation for tourists is not a problem with many beaches and luxurious cottages available for you.
Other Top Places to Visit in Mozambique
I have shared with you my favourite places in Mozambique, and I am willing to give more. If you have more time on you, check out these places as well.
Maputo is the capital city of Mozambique with beautiful architecture, and its residents are friendly and welcoming. The lovely places to check out in Maputo are the National Museum of art, the statue of Samora Machel – their first president, and the Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens.
Inhaca Island is known as the winter destination for tourists who engage in crabs, fish and oysters harvesting. This island is ideal for fishing.
The port city of Pemba is excellent for a visit on Mozambique’s northeastern coastline. You will like the white sand beach and the palm trees.
Ponta do Ouro is a town famous for dolphins, offshore diving and deep-sea fishing.
Tofo, a small town in southeastern Mozambique, is it curved Tofo beach and beautiful coral reefs with manta rays, dolphins, whale sharks and humpback whales.
I hope you like the places I have shared with you about Mozambique. If you have any comments to share, I will be glad to read them and give feedback where possible.