Mozambique is Africa’s undiscovered jewel – a melting pot of cultures and exotic influences, from early North African and Arab traders to Portuguese colonists who have all left their mark. With a splendid array of flora and fauna interspersed with traditional villages and flanked by a coral-fringed coastline of translucent tropical waters, it is truly an unforgettable honeymoon destination.
The pristine coral reefs which line the Bazaruto Archipelago in the south and Quirimbas Archipelago in the far north, boast some of the world’s most impressive marine life. The five islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago – Bazaruto itself, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangué – all have their own unique charm and character, offering everything from diving and snorkelling to dhow sailing and deep sea fishing. These islands are best accessed via Vilanculos, Mozambique's mainland hopping-off point.
North of Bazaruto lies a largely undeveloped Swahili-flavoured shoreline, studded with historic treasures from Portugal’s colonial days. Pemba is typical of many of Africa’s original colonial towns and represents the gateway to Ibo Island and the Quirimbas Archipelago, which stretches for 150 miles north and consists of 32 offshore islands dotted with innumerable castaway beaches. Nestling in a corner of Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago, Quilálea is a private island of unparalleled natural beauty, completely removed from civilisation. A diverse marine sanctuary fringed with unspoilt beaches and surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean.
Mozambique’s tropical climate varies with altitude and latitude, the north-east coastal regions generally being hotter and more humid than the south. The cooler dry season from April – September is considered the best time to visit Mozambique when water visibility is good and the weather ideal.
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