Are you looking for the top things to do in Mozambique? Wild Safari Guide has got you covered.
Tropical Mozambique sits in southern Africa and is a stunning beach holiday destination along the Indian Ocean coast. Its incredible beaches have attracted many tourists over the years. However, Mozambique is so much more than that. With an abundance of wildlife, a rich history, and diverse landscapes, this hidden gem is a fascinating part of Africa and worth a mention on any traveller’s bucket list. Here are some of the top things to do in Mozambique.
Go on safari in Gorongosa National Park
Located at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley, Gorongosa National Park boasts impressive biodiversity, and four of the Big Five are present. Safari-goers can encounter the likes of lions, elephants, buffalo, zebras, and a variety of antelope such as nyala, impala, and waterbuck. For the bird watchers, there are over 400 species of birds, so visitors should bring along their binoculars for a fantastic show in the sky. Additionally, the resident elephants in Gorongosa survived the Mozambique civil war in the 80s, a time when numbers dropped dramatically, making the national park a very special place to visit and one of the top things to do in Mozambique.
Explore the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park
Experience a magnificent wildlife haven when you visit the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park. With a wide variety of species, the park combines wild animal protection areas from Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe into a transnational ecosystem. The main safari tourism area in Mozambique is located in the picturesque Shingwedzi River Valley which surrounds the mighty Shingwedzi River. Visitors to the park are often rewarded with sightings of elephants and buffalo while enjoying activities such as canoeing and guided 4WD eco-trails. The sheer Shingwedzi Cliffs stand tall over the valley, offering visitors spectacular vantage points of landscapes and wildlife.
Visit the Quirimbas National Park
Quirimbas National Park is a UNESCO biosphere covering an impressive 7,500 square kilometres of living coral reef, mangrove forests, woodlands, savannah and sugar-white sandy beaches. The national park is best known for its sky-blue waters hugging the islands, which are widely recognised as being one of the top diving destinations in Africa. The magnificent coral reefs are home to diverse marine life, including sea turtles, dugongs, dolphins, sea horses and more. However, there are also lush coastal forests, mangroves, and mountains brimming with wildlife such as leopards, elephants, lions, crocodiles, and wild dogs.
Join an ocean safari in Tofo
One of the most recommended things to do in Mozambique is to go on an ocean safari in the idyllic fishing village of Tofo. Known for its bustling bars and restaurants, diving retreats, and beach villas, Tofo has fast become an international tourist destination. People from all over come to Tofo to explore the coral reefs and spot both manta rays and whale sharks—fantastic sights to behold in this underwater paradise. The many dive centres offer snorkelling and diving excursions that allow visitors to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures.
Take a traditional dhow boat trip
One of the best things to do in Mozambique is to explore the turquoise waters on a dhow boat. Visitors can enjoy a dhow safari adventure which includes hopping from one island paradise to the next and will allow you access to the more remote areas. Whether you’re aboard the boat, swimming in the dazzling ocean or relaxing on a secluded island, a dhow safari is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the Mozambican way of life.
Climb Monte Binga
For the intrepid at heart, Monte Binga is the highest mountain in the country, standing at over 2,400 metres above sea level, and is one of the top things to do in Mozambique. The ascent is quite challenging and takes about a day. However, the unrivalled views across Mozambique make it all worth the effort.
Immerse yourself in culture and history
A port city lying in Pemba Bay, Pemba town is well-known for its diving, snorkelling and other watersports, thanks to a coral reef that lies close to its shore. More than that though, Pemba is renowned for its stunning Portuguese colonial architecture and the vibrant market in the central square. Another popular place to visit is the historic Ilha de Mozambique—considered one of the best cultural heritage sites in the world and also one of the most beautiful islands in Africa. The untouched, wide-open beaches and the shady avenues lined with colonial buildings are a sight to behold and pretty much uncrowded.
We’d be more than happy to help you plan an unforgettable trip to Mozambique that includes as many or as few of these suggestions as you’d like. Get in touch with our experienced safari specialists for more information.