HOW LONG SHOULD I SPEND IN MOZAMBIQUE?
Many clients incorporate a luxury Mozambique safari into their itineraries as a coastal reprieve from the drier safari destinations. Indeed, a weekend on an island surrounded by azure waters and bathed in the cooler sea breeze is the perfect complement to a week-long safari through South Africa’s Kruger National Park or similar destinations. For this purpose, a long weekend would suffice. However, there is much to discover in Mozambique and, if you are willing to forego just a little of your absolute luxury and are open to new experiences, a week to 10 days could be happily spent exploring the coastlines, national parks, lakes and archipelagos of Mozambique.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MOZAMBIQUE?
Between May and November, Mozambique offers warm, dry days and a comfortable climate. Your reasons for visiting will determine the prime months to some extent, but from September to November game and whale watching is at its peak. The short rainy season of January to March is best avoided, but it is the oceanic appeal of a Mozambique safari that brings many to the country, for which most of the other months of the year are perfectly suitable.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM ACCOMMODATION IN MOZAMBIQUE?
Decadence and premium luxury are in somewhat short supply in Mozambique, but location frequently makes this a worthy compromise. Numerous private villas and lodges are available, and the warmth of hospitality provides a home-away-from-home comfort to these venues. What is lacking in Ritz-Carlton glitz and luxury is more than compensated in scenery, destination and attentiveness.
Visas are required for most visitors and should be organized prior to arrival from your home country. Inoculations are recommended and we suggest you contact your travel designer or a travel medicine specialist for advice.
International flights are best taken to a neighbouring country, incorporated into a larger itinerary. Internal travel can be a little challenging, but helicopter transfers are easily arranged by your Travel Designer for excursions to national parks or when travelling to the outer islands.
Almost 500 years of history have made Portuguese the predominant language of Mozambique. You can usually convey your wishes in English, but for more guaranteed communication and understanding, a basic understanding of Portuguese is recommended.
Guiding is perfectly adequate through national parks and you will be treated to the best offerings of the region. However, with its long coastline and innumerable islands, it is in the ocean where the best guiding takes place. Conservation has become imperative to Mozambique’s stance on tourism, so guides will provide the very best experience without compromise to the oceanic life.
With the ocean on all sides, seafood features strongly in much of the island and coastal regions, and almost 500 years of Portuguese influence has created gastronomic excellence. Aside from seafood, Mozambique’s culinary offerings can be a little limited, but you will find adequate fare wherever you travel.