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Mozambique with Greenlife Safaris offers romantic beach lodges and great family accommodation on pristine Indian Ocean beaches.

Mozambique is the definitive African beach escape location with experiences for all traveller types. The weather is great most of the time and the ocean is warm.

There is a great variety of luxury beach lodges, resorts and hotels to choose from. Dive, Fish or relax on wilderness pristine beaches. This is a seafood paradise.

Description

With the sparkling crystal waters of the Indian Ocean washing across the white sand of palm fringed seashores, Mozambique is rapidly becoming renowned as Africa’s premier tropical beach destinations. The countries coastline stretches across 2500 km, with fishing towns and villages settled in its pristine banks.

Mozambique has much to offer its visitors. The deep shades of blue, turquoise and azure colours the clear waters of Africa’s largest bay, known as Pemba Bay. Sail the seas and journey to the remote islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago. Visit the islands of Ibo, Quisiva and Matemo and allow yourself to be transported to a time which predates Portuguese rule. These islands, which have been deemed a Natural and Cultural World Heritage Site by UNESCO, hold the history and culture of the ancient Swahili people in the ruins of the ancient stone villages.

The Inhambane Coast is an idyllic beach destination for all ocean lovers. The alluring beaches of Tofinho, Tofo, Jangamo, and Barra are excellent sites for seaside thrills such as snorkeling, surfing, diving, jet skiing, sailing and of course, fishing.

Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo, is a fast growing beacon of prosperity. Although still plagued by the scars of war, the city embodies the richness of its many cultures and its avenues are littered with the landmarks of historical intrigue.

Known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, the Bazarato Archipelago and its islands are swarming with majestic sea creatures. Swim with dolphins or explore the underwater coral gardens which surround Mozambique. These diving sites have been rated amongst the top in the world.

The quaint town of Vilanculos bustles with local village street markets and it is here where you can barter for souvenirs and memorabilia. What’s a visit to Mozambique without indulging in the local cuisine? Mozambique’s is renowned for their succulent seafood infused with the flavours of Portugal, India and Africa; so be sure to get a taste of the countries scrumptiously mouth-watering cuisine.

Access Details

Mozambique may be accessed by international flights to Maputo from Lisbon. Regional Flights may be chartered from: Johannesburg, Durban and Manzini (Swaziland) to Maputo.

Flights from Johannesburg may be chartered from the city of Pemba, Vilanculos or Inhambane, and domestic flights connect from Maputo to and from Beira and Vilanculos.

Suggested Stay Details

Mozambique is an ideal quick beach getaway or great place to spend a longer summer holiday. We recommend between 3 nights to 2 weeks depending how much time you have to explore or relax.

Type of Experience

From island life to local culture and ancient history, Mozambique has it all. Whether you are curious about the local culture or interested in the country’s many historical landmarks, Mozambique is sure to keep you intrigued.

The dilapidated and deserted buildings bear the scars of its civil war. Art and architecture are infused with the influences of Portuguese and African, and many colonial buildings fill the city skylines.

Infrastructure

A rapidly growing country, Mozambique is developing largely to cater for an increasing influx of tourist. Accommodation ranges from beach lodges to resorts and luxury hotels which are spacious and eloquently positioned to offer views of the oceanic splendor.

Geography

The country’s topography ranges from mountainous landscapes and swamplands, to evergreen forests, mangroves and plain covered dune forests.

The coastal areas with its multi-colour coral reefs and floating sea grass beds surround the powder-white sanded beaches.

History

"The country of Mozambique was under the rule of the Portuguese for almost five centuries. The existing town of Maputo, initially sharing a name with the Portuguese navigator, Lourenço Marques, existed as far back as the 1850’s.

The city was largely developed and became a cosmopolitan hub from 1871 to the early 1900s with hospitals, churches, a railroad and seaport. Thanks to the economic growth of the bustling seaport, the Portuguese expanded the city to include educational structure, causing large communities of Portuguese, Islamic, Indian and Chinese to flourish.

After the country was proclaimed independent from Portugal in 1975, the capital city received its name as Mozambique. Since its dependence, the country was thrown into a state of despair due to Marxism and civil war plaguing the country for 17 years, which directly caused the country to be the world’s poorest region. In 1992, peace was declared and the nation is currently a hopeful democracy.

Today, due to investors, the capital city is being redeveloped through various phases in the aim to achieve a sense of its former glory days.


Mozambique Travel Destinations

Bazaruto and Vilanculos

Bazaruto and Benguerra with Greenlife Safaris offers romantic beach lodges and good family accommodation along pristine Indian Ocean beaches.

Pearl of the Indian Ocean; formally known as the Bazaruto Archipelago. Comprising of six islands, the archipelago is one of Mozambique's marine protected national parks.

Inhaca Island and Maputo

Inhaca Island and Maputo with Greenlife Safaris offers good value beach lodges and excellent hotels in Mozambique's capital city.

Maputo capital of Mozambiuqe and within easy access from Johanensburg via road or air. Inhaca Island off the coast with resort hotel options.

Inhambane Coast

Imhambane with Greenlife Safaris offers good value beach lodges and family accommodation along beautiful Indian Ocean beaches.

Inhambane Coastal resorts with easy access to Johannesburg via air or not far from Maputo via road. Activities - scuba diving, swimming, sailing; or just relaxing on the beach.

Quirimbas Archipelago and Pemba

Quirimbas Archipelago with Greenlife Safaris offers beautiful beach lodges and romantic getaways on pristine sub tropical islands.

The Quirimbas Archipelago is a remote area off Mozambique with unbelievable coral reefs, pristine beaches and intimate small private lodges. Pemba on the mainland is an ideal tropical beach holiday destination.

Activities & Highlights

"WATER WONDERLAND: If you are seeking seaside thrills then Mozambique is the ideal destination. The waters surrounding the eastern coastline are world renowned for their unbleached coral reefs, marine life and clear waters with a visibility of over 40 metres. These conditions are perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. Other water activities include surfing, kayaking and kiteboarding.

RELAXATION: Enjoying a leisurely stroll or better yet, saddling up and take a horse ride along the romantic island scenery. Let go of the urban hustle and bustle and allow the unbothered relaxed atmosphere that embodies island life to take control.



Season Travel Details

The tropical climate of Mozambique results in the wet season during October to March and the dry season during the months of April to September. Precipitation is between 500 to 900 mm (19.7 to 35.4 in); with an average annual rainfall of 590 mm (23.2 in). Expect average temperatures of 13 to 24 °C (55.4 to 75.2 °F) in July and 22 to 31 °C (71.6 to 87.8 °F) in February.

Multiple Countries

For the hardened traveler you can explore great destinations in multiple countries. An example for this is at Kazungula where Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet. To the east of South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe are in close proximity of each other. Each country has a unique character and they are all very different from each other in landscape and culture. Regional travel is relatively okay if you remain on the main routes, however distances are vast and the conditions can at times be challenging due to some badly maintained roads and poor local driving etiquette. The best way to travel regionally is by air charter which is not only convenient scheduled but it gets you directly to your destinations without extra stops and wasted time. Let us plan your itinerary to most efficiently use the best travel options available to make your journey more comfortable and cost efficient.

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Do I need a visa to enter Mozambique?
South African passport holders do not need a visa to enter the country if the stay is less than 30 days. Other passport holders do require a visa. Please consult the nearest consulate for costs and processing time.
Do I require a fishing license in Mozambique?
A fishing sport license is required for all water sports and fishing competitions and can be obtained from the Maritime Administrator in each provincial capital. Boats are only allowed to be launched from access roads.
What is the weather and climate like in Mozambique?
Mozambique boasts a tropical climate with two seasons, the wet season from October to March, and the dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions vary depending on the altitude.
What type of Government does Mozambique have?
The Republic of Mozambique, as it is officially known, has a republic government leaded by the chief of state, President Armando Guebuza and head of government, Prime Minister Luisa Dioga. The President is elected by popular vote for a five year term. The prime minister is appointed by the president.
Where is Mozambique located?
Mozambique is located in southeastern Africa and is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest.

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