Welcome to Mozambique

Once the darling holiday destination of Southern Africa, Mozambique has suffered turbulence and tragedy in its recent past. It’s perhaps too much to say it was the ‘Algarve of East Africa’, but it’s unique, vibrant blend of sun, sea and Afro-Portuguese heritage attracted hundreds of thousands in the years before the war. Although the struggle for independence from Portugal began in the early 1960s, it was not until civil war broke out in ‘75 that all tourism effectively ceased. Lodges closed, resorts fell to ruin and millions of people were killed or displaced.

benguerra island mozambique holiday

When the war ended in 1992, there was little infrastructure and no tourism to speak of. But as stability returned, so did an adventurous few, braving the rough roads and uncertain, often dilapidated lodgings. What the war could not destroy was arguably the most beautiful stretch of golden coastline in Africa. The lack of development simply added to the charm. Those who came found a country looking forward to the future, a laid-back seaside paradise of sun, surf and phenomenal seafood.

In the years since the war Mozambique’s shores have been battered by storms, but the upbeat outlook and easy-going charm remains. The roads are now much better and the quality and variety of lodges and resorts have vastly improved, but this magnificent coastline still feels wonderfully new and untamed. Mozambique’s two main island archipelagos, Bazaruto and the Quirimbas, are among the best in the world for ‘barefoot luxury’ breaks. Scattered up and down the mainland beaches, you’ll find high-quality, affordable lodges, secluded villas and attractive family hotels.

dolphins marine life mozambique holiday

Though development is ongoing, the pace is slow and measured, and one of Mozambique’s major draws remains its wide-open views and lack of crowds. Although the far south can get busy over Christmas and Easter, for the rest of the year you’ll likely have entire beaches to yourself. The north of the country is harder to reach and quieter still, and inland the wildlife parks see only a trickle of adventurous guests. Most visitors still come specifically for the beaches and with over 2,500km of stunning coastline to choose from, there’s no shortage of room to stretch your legs.

travessia beach lodge mozambique holiday inhambane Credit: Travessia Beach Lodge

In a sense, it’s Mozambique’s troubled past that makes it such a unique destination today. It’s been over 25 years since the end of the war, yet it remains relatively undeveloped and in many places, pristine. With its unique cultural blend, great food and sublime seas, Mozambique has a strong claim on the best beach holiday in Africa.


Our Recommended Itinerary

South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)

day 1 to 2 to 3

Welcome to the Kruger National Park
  • South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)
  • South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)
  • South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)
  • South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)
  • South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)
  • South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)

day 4 to 5 to 6 to 7

Off to Vilanculos, Mozambique
  • South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)
  • South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)
  • South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)
  • South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)
  • South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)
  • South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)

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Popular Mozambique Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Relax on the hammock  | Magical Mozambique Honeymoon Holiday (6 days)

Magical Mozambique Honeymoon Holiday (6 days)

White sandy beaches and the warm waters of an Indian Ocean island make a perfect setting for the most romantic getaway of your life...

 | Mozambique Island Honeymoon Getaway (6 days)

Mozambique Island Honeymoon Getaway (6 days)

Spend 5 romantic nights at Ibo Island Lodge, situated in the magical Quirimbas Archipelago in Northern Mozambique. ...

 | Luxury Mozambique Honeymoon Holiday (7 days)

Luxury Mozambique Honeymoon Holiday (7 days)

Powder white beaches and crystal clear, warm ocean water is what honeymoons are made of - and this is the perfect honeymoon option for you if this is what you are looking for. ...

 | Kruger to the Mozambican Coast (7 days)

Kruger to the Mozambican Coast (7 days)

Combining the bush and the wildlife found in the famous Sabi Sand in the Kruger National Park with a tropical stay in one of the sublime lodges of Mozambique's Ponta Mamoli...

Dhow at andBeyond Benguerra Island | Luxury Land and Sea Safari in Botswana and Mozambique (10 days)

Luxury Land and Sea Safari in Botswana and Mozambique (10 days)

Experience the Okavango Delta and the tropical Indian Ocean island of Benguerra for the best of both the bush and the beach...

The beach deck at Anantara Bazaruto | Bazaruto Private Island Holiday (8 days)

Bazaruto Private Island Holiday (8 days)

Enjoy sandy beaches and scenic lakes on Bazaruto private island in Mozambique, try your hand at water sports or simply laze the days away at the pool...

 | South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)

South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)

In this exciting safari holiday, you'll get to experience both Southern Africa's bush and beach beauty...

 | Blissful Mozambique Honeymoon Holiday (6 days)

Blissful Mozambique Honeymoon Holiday (6 days)

Romance, exclusivity and barefoot luxury are the themes of this honeymoon...



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