Wild Mozambique

Why Mozambique? Remote & wild. Exclusive. Stunning beaches. Awesome diving.

Here is a selection of our best-selling Mozambique Wildlife & Remote Wilderness Adventures. Of course, there are lots of options & permutations... so contact us to tailor-make a safari just for you.
Why a Mozambique Safari? 

Gorongosa - 'Africa's Lost Eden' (featured on National Geographic).

 

Bazaruto Archipelago - Azure blue waters, 6 white sand islands, excellent scuba diving. Benguerra & Bazaruto Islands.

 

Quirimbas Archipelago - Remote & tropical north. 32 coral islands & atolls. Matemo, Medjumbe, Ibo, Vamizi, Quilalea Islands.

 

Ibo Island History & Culture - Former Arab trading post & old Portuguese fort.

 

Niassa Reserve & Lugenda - Remote & exclusive wilderness in the far north.

Mozambique Bush & Beach

Highlights: Mozambique's best wildlife & remote white sand beaches.
Is this for me? For the first-timer or connoisseur who wants an undiscovered, unspoilt destination & loves tropical beaches.

Detailed Mozambique Safari Itinerary
  Day Location   Safari Highlights
  1 Gorongosa   Gorongosa: A true wilderness experience in this, 'Africa's Lost Eden' (as seen on National Geographic). Unique & varied ecosystems; the lake, grassy floodplains, woodlands, palm thickets, gorges, waterfalls. Game drives, bush walks, sundowner drives, fly-camping. 
  2 Gorongosa  
  3 Gorongosa  
  4 Gorongosa   Bazaruto Archipelago: Relax on a beautiful white sand island & enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving... or simply doing nothing!
  5 Bazaruto/Quirimbas    
  6 Bazaruto   Quirimbas Archipelago option: For an even more remote & exclusive beach experience, swap Bazaruto & instead head to one of the islands of the tropical Quirimbas archipelago.
  7 Bazaruto    
  8 Bazaruto   Nampula province, Nuarro eco-lodge option: if you're interested in seeing a true responsible tourism eco-lodge, head to Nuarro for a taste of real Mozambique on the Indian Ocean, with a chance to interact with the local community.
  9 Bazaruto  
  10 Bazaruto  
           
Detailed Mozambique Safari Itinerary
         
  Day   Mozambique Activities & Highlights  
  1   International arrival into Johannesburg airport. (if you arrive late morning or afternoon, you will need to overnight in Johannesburg).
Morning connect for your flight to Beira in Mozambique. On arrival into Beira, meet & transfer to your shared charter flight into Gorongosa's airstrip - a scenic 30min flight over the southern end of the park. (D)
 
 
  2   Game drive and explore Gorongosa, an incredible success story of conservation & ongoing rehabilitation. See African wildlife - plenty of warthogs & antelope such as waterbucks. Search for lions, elephants, & maybe even spot one of their newly released cheetahs. (B L D)  
 
  3   Explore the park on game drives & bush walks. Relax in your bush camp by the river. Enjoy sundowners out in the bush or perhaps by the Lion House. (B L D)  
 
  4   Another day to explore the national park on game drives, on foot, or simply relax in camp. (B L D)  
 
  5   This morning, transfer to Gorongosa's airstrip for your shared charter flight to Bazaruto Island. Enjoy the 1.5hr scenic flight over the park & beautiful coastline. Road transfer to your lodge on the island. (B L D)  
 
  6-9   Enjoy the beautiful beaches & go for a swim in the ocean. Or go snorkelling or scuba diving. Or simply relax and do nothing at all! (B L D)  
 
  10   FLY on a shared or private charter to Vilanculo airport. Connect with a scheduled flight back to Johannesburg international airport to catch your flight back home. (B)  
 
 
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Luxury Mozambique Bush & Beach Safari from only $5,985
Want more Luxury or Exclusivity? from $7,985 to $10,000+
Mozambique Diving Safari

Highlights: Pristine coral reefs, steep wall drops, turtles, rays, reef sharks, pelagics.
Is this for me? If you're an avid scuba diver & want to explore an undiscovered diving destination, yes! 

Quick Look Mozambique Safari Itinerary
  Day Location   Safari Highlights
  1 Pemba   Guludo, Quirimbas National Park:  Eco-lodge with a difference. Excellent dive sites visited by no one else but Guludo guests.
  2 Guludo, Quirimbas National Park  
  3 Guludo    
  4 Guludo   Quirimbas Archipelago: Remote & exclusive islands with outstanding diving. Brightly coloured coral, plentiful reef fish, rays, sharks, plentiful pelagics.
  5 Guludo  
  6 Quirimbas Archipelago  
  7 Quirimbas    
  8 Quirimbas   Bazaruto Archipelago option: Explore a different region further south. Devil rays, manta rays, wahoo, turtles, dolphins, even whale sharks.
  9 Quirimbas  
  10 Quirimbas  
           
Detailed Diving Safari Itinerary
         
  Day   Activities & Highlights  
  1   Arrive into Pemba (Mozambique) airport on your international flight from Kenya, Tanzania or South Africa.
Transfer to your hotel & relax this evening.
 
 
  2   Morning pick up for your 4hr road transfer to Guludo Eco-Lodge. You will travel through Quirimbas National Park, so keep your eyes peeled for widlife!
Arrive at Guludo lodge for lunch. Relax, & visit the dive centre to discuss your coming days of diving. (B L D)
 
 
  3-5   Guludo - up to 6 dives total, as per local weather and tidal conditions. 
Guludo has a range of different dive sites to suit various diving levels & interests. 
Rolas Islands' coral gardens offer easy, relaxed diving for beginners, or just your first day of shake-down dives. Matemo Channel & Zala Bank offer exciting diving for intermediate to advanced divers, with steep wall drop offs, reef sharks & plenty of pelagics.
For your time off, or for non-diving partner/ family, there are lots of options:
Snorkelling, Tour of Historic Ibo Island, visit the local village, go sailing on a traditional dhow, watch for wildlife including antelopes, monkeys & elephants from the Bush Lookout. (B L D)
 
 
  6   This morning road transfer back to Pemba for your flight to one of the beautiful Qurimbas Archipelago islands. Choose from Medjumbe Private Island, Vamizi Island & Quilalea Island. (From Guludo, you will already have had the chance to dive around Matemo & Ibo Islands). (B L D)  
 
  7-9   Quirimbas Archipelago - up to 6 dives total, as per local weather and tidal conditions. 
Diving on Day 9 restricted to morning, depending on the following day's flight timings. 
You will dive different sites, depending on which Island you choose to stay on in the Quirimbas Archipelago. The diving from all these islands is excellent, with a variety of marine life ranging from small reef fish to turtles, barracuda, huge rays... & even occasional sightings of hammerheads!
For your time off, or non-diving partner/ family, there are lots of options:
Snorkelling, go sailing on a traditional dhow, walks along the seashore, various non-motorised sports where available. (B L D)
 
 
  10   FLY back to Pemba, where you will catch your international flight back home.  
 
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Luxury Mozambique Diving Safari from only $5,695
Want more Luxury or Exclusivity? from $7,568 to $10,000+
Extend your Holiday 

Want even more?
Go to the most remote wilderness areas in Mozambique. Relax by the beach, go on an extended scuba diving holiday, explore local culture... it's your choice.
Here are some ideas:

  Nkwichi, Manda Wilderness, Lake Niassa/ Malawi - min 4 nights
Want to laze on remote lake beaches & swim in crystal clear waters?
Head to the remote northern end of one of Africa's Great Rift Valley Lakes & enjoy the picturesque freshwater lake. Be as active or sedentary as you want - go snorkelling, swimming, sailing or canoeing on the water, or go walking, bird watching or simply relax on the beach.
From $1,990pp incl flights, transfers, accommodation, non-motorised sport, breakfast, lunch & dinner.
   
  Niassa National Reserve - min 3 nights
Want to feel like an adventurer & explorer of old Africa? 
Revel in being one of privileged few that have ever been to this remote national reserve, staying at Lugenda Camp. It is a vast wilderness, bordering Tanzania's Niassa region which joins it to the huge Selous Game Reserve. It is one of the great elephant corridors left in Africa, and the reserve is home to a range of antelope, including Sable antelope, as well as predators such as leopard, lion & even African Wild Dogs. Safari to this reserve is about adventure & discovery rather than a tick-list as the animals in this reserve are not habituated to humans, and therefore more skittish than in well known reserves.
From $2,285pp incl flights, transfers, accommodation, park fees, safari activities (game drives & walking safaris), breakfast, lunch, dinner, house drinks & laundry.
   
  Ibo Island, Quirimbas - min 3 nights
Want to explore the coast and experience the culture & history?
Head to Ibo Island, listed as a World Heritage site. It has a rich history as a former Arab trading post pre 1500s, and later a Portuguese fortification. Explore the island, meet the people, go birding, go snorkelling, relax on a sand bank, enjoy sailing on a traditional wooden dhow. 
From $1,398pp incl flights from Pemba, transfers, accommodation non-motorised sport, boat to sandbank, breakfast, lunch & dinner.
   
  Vilanculo/ Bazaruto Archipelago - min 4 nights
Want to complete your Mozambique Diving experience? 
If you're going on our diving safari, and have a bit more time, why not add in a few days to dive the Bazaruto Archipelago. The diving can be a little more challenging, but also rewarding with devil rays, manta rays, wahoo, turtles, dolphins, and even whale sharks. If the weather's right & you can get out to Sao Sebastio, you even have a chance of seeing Hammerhead sharks. What a treat!
From $1,480pp incl flights, transfers, accommodation, 2 days diving (4 dives) & breakfast.
   
 
   
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Prices

Q: How much does it cost?    The short answer: It depends....

The long answer:  The World's Wild Places are often expensive destinations because of strict government controls, high park fees & complex logistics.  Amongst other things, it also depends on accommodation quality, location & exclusivity; what type of vehicles are used; whether you're flying around lots; and how many days you spend in country. 

 

Whatever your budget, we will recommend the best possible adventure to suit you.

 

  Bush & Beach Safari  
  Luxury from:  US$ 5,985
  More Luxury from: US$ 7,985
 
  Mozambique Diving Safari
  Luxury from: US$ 5,695
  More Luxury from: US$ 7,568
 
  Extensions  
  Luxury from:  US$ 1,398
  More Luxury from: US$ 2,874
  Season  
 
J F M A M J J A S O N D
 
 
  Season   Low   High   Peak  
 
    Seasons shown here are based on accommodation pricing, which is based on holiday seasons.  For wildlife, beach & diving seasons & the best time to go, see our "Seasons" tab.
NOTE: Gorongosa & Niassa are closed Dec - Mar 
   
   

 

No hidden costs - Guaranteed!  
We include everything possible to make your adventure as easy as possible.

 

So what's the difference between a luxury vacation and an even more luxurious or exclusive one?

       
  Luxury   More Luxury & Exclusivity
  High quality lodges &/or tented camps,
in a classic or adventurer style. 
Food is of a high standard.
Set in somewhat more accessible areas. 
May be serviced by scheduled flights.
  Small and intimate, lodge or camp.
House drinks, &/or extra activity inclusive basis. 
High standards of guiding, food & service. 
Often in the best locations for wildlife viewing.
Usually on very remote, exclusive islands. 
Serviced by shared or private charter flights.
       

We clearly explain what's included & what's not:

 

Inclusions: All your accommodation, most meals, wildlife viewing activities in safari vehicle with Driver/Guide, scuba diving for our diving safaris, all internal flights, all airport transfers.

 

All these fees are included in our prices: Internal flights include government taxes & fuel surcharges which are correct as at date of quote. All Park entrance fees and taxes are included, although they are subject to government imposed changes, often without notice and therefore beyond our control.

 

Additional things to consider: Busy times of the year normally have a supplement added by the accommodation providers - Easter, Xmas & New Year holidays.

 

Exclusions: International airfares to & from your chosen destination. Visa fees, personal & travel insurance, excursions not specified, drinks unless specified, laundry, telephone or internet costs, gratuities, and all other personal expenses. Some airports now charge safety fees, which are payable directly at each airport upon departure.

 

Seasons

Q:  When is the best time to go?     
A: It depends on what you want to see & experience, what part of the country you are going to, and whether your main interest is the bush, the beach, or the diving. 

We recommend travel to Mozambique from April to November. It is possible to travel to Mozambique's beach destinations throughout the year, although we recommend avoiding the long rains from December to March - unless you want to go to the far south. The safari destinations are closed during the long rains due to inaccessibility; December to March for Gorongosa National Park, December to May for Niassa Reserve.

 

If you're constrained to travelling at a particular time, don't worry: we'll recommend the best beaches, islands & parks to visit at that time. 

 

If you have specific interests - such as going diving, or seeing wildlife in the bush - then you do need to travel at the right time of year, AND to the right destination.

 

Guide to the safari seasons, dive seasons, & the best time to go to Mozambique


  Dec - March
This is the rainy season throughout Mozambique, and also the hottest & most humid. National Parks & Reserves are closed as their roads become inaccessible & impassable at this time of year. This is also the most likely time for a cyclone to hit the lower coast, with the highest risk normally in Jan-Feb.
   
  April - May
This is the 'shoulder season' in terms of weather, with reduced rainfall & increasing sunshine. There is also normally less wind during the seasonal changeover period, and in May the diving can be excellent in the Bazaruto & Quirimbas Archipelagos with calm seas, little wind & good visibility. 
Gorongosa National Park opens in April, with lush green vegetation; excellent for birding.
   
  June - October
This is the dry season, with June - early September being the cooler winter months. This is an excellent time for going on safari to Gorongosa National Park & Niassa Game Reserve, although it can get quite hot & muggy by October in the low-lying parks.
Diving in the Bazaruto Archipelago is often at its best during June, with excellent visibility.
July - October can be windier due to the trade winds, which can affect diving due to choppier seas & reduced visibility.
   
  November
Shoulder season with increased chance of rain. It can get hot & humid on the coast & Gorongosa as the heat builds ahead of the rains.
   

 

Whenever you choose to travel, rest assured that when you choose to travel with us, we will advise you of the best safari & diving locations, safari & diving seasons and safari & diving dates for your particular interests.

 

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