Mozambique travel is by no means easy, but it is extremely rewarding. In this budget guide to backpacking Mozambique, you’ll learn everything you need to know about travelling Mozambique on a budget, including things you won’t find in your guidebook. The snow-white, powdery sands ...
About Mozambique Travel
Welcome to our Mozambique Travel Guide. On this page you'll find all of our posts about Mozambique travel as well as some useful travel tips about the best time to visit, where to go, things to do, a Mozambique travel budget and much more.
Mozambique is likely far less-developed than you envision. When you think of the stunning beach and spectacular diving in Tofo and the Portuguese capital of Maputo, you're likely going to have images of a tourism hot spot, but that simply isn't the case.
Mozambique is still delightfully off-track and while a lot of people do come here, you only have to take a couple of small steps away from the main tourist trail to find yourself happily in the middle of nowhere.
While I did mention that Mozambique is undeveloped, in many ways this does come to the detriment of the local people. This is one of the poorest countries on Earth so travelling here ethically could have a very positive impact on the economy and the local people.
Meet the locals of Mozambique and find a friendly, welcoming group of mostly Portuguese and Swahili speaking Africans who are learning to adapt to the growing tourism market in the country.
The northern neighbour of the more developed South Africa, with a population of over 29 million people and an area of 801,590 square kilometres (309,500 square miles), Mozambique appears on the map to be a pretty easy country to explore.
But in reality, a haphazard public transportation system and poor (but improving) roads means that travel here isn't really easy at all. Expect long wait times for small minibuses and arduous long journeys, particularly if you're heading to the north (recommended).
But for ever pothole in the road and flat tire along the way, Mozambique rewards visitors with stunning white-sand beaches, pristine national parks, friendly people and (thanks to Portuguese influence) some of the most flavourful food on the continent.
Give yourself plenty of time to explore Mozambique. You won't regret it.
Mozambique Travel Blog Posts
Below you will find all of our latest Mozambique travel blog posts which include not only our personal travel stories and experiences from travelling Mozambique for more than four weeks, but also some useful travel information to help you plan your own trip to the region.
If you're planning on visiting Mozambique, don't just stick to the southern areas and Mozambique Island. Instead, venture north to the Quirimbas Archipelago. It's not an easy journey, but believe me, the deserted white sand beaches, incredible old towns, exciting wildlife and friendly local people will make the journey worthwhile.
Nick and I were up early the next morning (of course) and were on our way to Mozambique Island. It was a very long, very bumpy ride in the back of a bus which played kung fu movies at an ear piercing level. The ...
Day 4 and 5 in the Quirimbas Archipelago were even more of an adventure than the previous days. We had hired ourselves a captain, a crew and a boat and were setting off to explore two of the nearby islands of Matemo and Rolas. ...
We were so excited to have reached the Quirimbas Archipelago! The first couple of days on Ibo Island were spent enjoying the very old, very beautiful village. In the main part of the old town was a broad, dusty, tree lined promenade with 400 ...
We all woke up at 3:45 am and headed down to the bus station to catch the 4:30 bus North to Pemba. Each morning became harder to wake up as our bodies were slowly running out of fuel. We slept for most of the ...
We all got up at 6:00am (which would soon become known as “sleeping in”), had a quick breakfast, hoisted our backpacks over our shoulders and took off walking down the dusty roads and through the villages towards town. We were heading to Beira and ...
From Pretoria in South Africa, it was about an 11 hour bus ride to the Capital City of Maputo in Mozambique. We were told before that if we didn’t have our Mozambican Visas prior to arriving at the border, then the bus would leave ...
THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT
When To Travel To Mozambique
The Best Time To Visit: May-November
- High Season: December-January
- Low Season: July-August
- March - May (spring), July - August (summer), September - October (fall), November - March (winter)
The best time to visit Mozambique is from May - November, during the cool, dry season. Temperatures hover around a balmy 25-30˚C and the ocean is blissfully warm.
Around Christmas, New Year's and Easter, the southern towns and resorts fill up with vacationing South Africans but outside of these places, you won't notice much of a peak season crunch. Prices will go up around Tofo and Vilanculos during these times but nothing too crazy.
The rainy season sees A LOT of rain but it is still possible to travel at this time. With "new" roads linking the south to the north, it's less likely that rain will halt your travel across the country.
Check out Holiday-Weather.com for current weather conditions as well as annual averages that can help you plan your trip to Mozambique dependent on the weather.
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