There was a time when Mozambique brought in more tourists than South Africa and Zimbabwe combined. Home to some of the most iconic national parks in Africa, its coastline also offers a fantastic variety of underwater wildlife.
In the past few years, Mozambique has regained much of its former glory, and is quickly becoming one of the finest safari destinations in Africa. Gorongosa underwent a hugely successful 20 year restoration, and diving spots like Ponta do Ouro are quickly becoming more popular. From the charming Mediterranean-style capital city of Maputo, to diverse landscapes and wildlife, a Mozambique safari is the trip of a lifetime.
Mozambique Safari Attractions
- Learn of one of Africa’s greatest nature conservation stories in Gorongosa National Park. After as much as 90% of some species was wiped out by war between the 1970s and 90s, the Gorongosa Restoration Project was eventually set up. The results have been phenomenal, and makes a great addition to a Mozambique safari.
- Explore the wonderful Limpopo National Park, part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park connected with South Africa’s Kruger. While not as densely populated as its neighbour, the natural beauty of the park itself is worth a trip.
- Track some of the 12,000 elephants wandering through Niassa National Park. This is one of the biggest parks in Africa, and is home to plenty buffalo, African wild dog and monkeys, including predators like lion and hyena.
- To combine a land and sea safari, Quirimbas National Park has both a wealth of wildlife, and a beautifully untouched landscape. Whether you want to do scuba-diving, snorkelling, or simply just enjoy this wonderful area, it is an unforgettable place.
Best time to visit
The wet season is from January to March, with the dry season from April to December. To see everything a Mozambique safari has to offer, travelling between September and November is the ideal time. These months are fantastic for game-viewing, and they also offer the chance to see the spectacular humpback whale migration along the coast.
Another good time to visit Mozambique would be from March to April, as after the wet season begins to ease the landscape becomes lush and green. This would be a great time to explore Mozambique’s underwater life, as the clear weather allows for great visibility.