After a number of turbulent years, the country is now again being recognised as a great place for a beach holiday and a number of quality lodges have opened, mainly on the offshore islands.
Accommodation is still limited and in high season demand certainly exceeds the capacity - so early booking is essential.
Access to the islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago and Bazaruto is by direct daily air service from Johannesburg to Vilanculos on the mainland coast and then by boat or float plane to your resort. A twice weekly service also operates from Johannesburg via Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit) which allows the perfect combination of a safari with a relaxing break on the beach. It is also possible to transfer by road from the Nelspruit area to Maputo and then to one of the island resorts. This is a fascinating drive through rural African scenery and you will see en route the restructuring of the country.
Above all, the islands are a place to relax. There is tranquillity combined with good accommodation, fine food with an emphasis on locally caught sea food and water sports including some excellent diving. Finish off the day with sundowners on a dhow as it sails through the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean.
Mozambique has much more to offer with the interior of the country having several safari options. These are, however, at the fledgling stages and are perhaps best suited to ‘old hands’ who are experienced and looking for something new. Gorongosa National Park and Niassa Reserve offer a real wilderness experience for those looking for adventure off the tourist track...