Weather and Climate
A: Quirimbas B: BazarutoC: Maputo
Mozambique's coastline and Indian Ocean islands offer unspoilt beaches and protected reefs and are perfect for scuba diving or snorkelling.
Just 30 km off the coast of the mainland from Vilanculos, the Bazaruto Archipelago is one of the most beautiful places on the African continent, complete with azure waters, sandy beaches, palm trees and pristine coral reefs with tropical fish. There are a handful of beautiful lodges spread over the 4 main islands, and this really does feel like a remote tropical paradise, although all the lodges are quite expensive as everything has to be flown over from the mainland.
Quirimbas Archipelago is a chain of 32 islands that stretch for 250 km along the northern Mozambican coastline, and which are accessed from the town of Pemba on the mainland. Again, the fact that everything needs to be flown over from the mainland means that prices here are quite high.
There are daily flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos and Pemba, and from these points you can transfer over to the lodges on the Bazaruto Archipelago or Quirimbas Archipelago, making Mozambique an easy beach destination to get to after a safari anywhere in Southern Africa. There are also flights from Johannesburg to Maputo, as well as a road transfer service from the Southern Kruger Park to Maputo.
The Maputo area has warm and wet summers with the highest rainfall in January and February, although it should be noted that these months are still far drier than the wettest months further north in Kenya, Zanzibar, Mauritius or Seychelles. The winters that run from May to September are a few degrees cooler than the summer, and rain become far less frequent, making this a favourite time for many visitors.
Maputo Average Max and Min Temperature
Maputo Average Rainfall (mm)
Vilancoulos and The Bazaruto Archipelago
Vilanculos and Bazaruto have a similar weather pattern to Maputo although the summer rains start in December rather than January. The weather patterns here are very similar to those that we see in South Africa's Kruger Park, and combining these two destinations is very popular, especially for people visiting in the cooler, drier winter months from April to October.
For people doing their safari in the Southern Kruger Park or one of the nearby reserves such as the Sabi Sands, there are 6 flights a week from Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to Vilanculos.
Vilanculos / Bazaruto Average Max and Min Temperature
Vilanculos / Bazaruto Average Rainfall (mm)
Pemba and Quirimbas
The temperatures in Pemba and Quirimbas vary less than those further south, and the weather patterns are more simlar to those of Tanzania than those of South Africa. Average highs are around 29°C to 32°C year around, and even in the winter months of June to August, average lows are still very mild at around 19°C. This part of the coast does get a little more rain than Vilanculos or Maputo, and the rains here start in December and run through to April. There is usually very little rain from May to November.