Barefoot luxury beach hideaway Mozambique

On the eastern shores of Southern Africa, where the Zambezi river takes its final bow, lies Mozambique. Once a Portuguese colony, this embattled nation is often underestimated as a travel destination.

In the south of the Mozambique channel, a short hop from Vilanculos, Bazaruto’s islands offer up some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. Its turquoise waters teem with whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and humpback whales, as well as rare dugongs while its beaches promise bikini-busting seafood feasts on endless white sands.

Further north lie the private beaches of Ilha Caldeira and the remote Quirimbas archipelago. Amid a blend of Portuguese, Arabian and African influences, the coral reefs of these pristine, largely unexplored islands are strung together by deserted sand bars and nodding coconut palms. Getting here is no easy feat. But man, is it worth it.

Mozambique Fast Facts

  • Mozambique’s coastline stretches roughly 1,535 miles along the Indian Ocean.
  • The Mozambican is home to some of the world’s best coral reefs, with over 1,200 species of fish.
  • Mozambique is also home to Africa’s largest marine reserve.
  • The Bazaruto Archipelago comprises of six islands and some of the best coral reefs for snorkelling or scuba diving. The archipelago is a protected marine park.
  • Benguerra Island forms part of the Bazaruto Archipelago and is situated 14km from mainland Mozambique.
  • Mozambique has the world’s largest population of dugongs.
  • Gorongosa National Park is one of the world’s most natural, and is the site of many conservation projects.
  • Of all the one-word countries, Mozambique would earn the highest score of 34 on a scrabble board.
  • The country’s economy is largely agricultural and crops include sugar cane, cashew nuts, cotton, coconuts, tobacco and fruit.


The population of Mozambique is around 33 million.

When to go

The best time to visit is during the dry season from April to November. During this time, you can expect temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees celcius. Whale migration occurs from July to December.

Destinations within Mozambique

Mozambique Itineraries

7 nights Custom Safari Luxury bush and beach safari Beyond luxury

Starts: Johannesburg Ends: Johannesburg

Price from USD $12,050 per person

Lodges in Mozambique

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