January - March
Mozambique’s rainy season occurs between January and March, with cyclones occasionally affecting the coastal areas. Although it is not ideal to travel in these months, the summer also offers a number of benefits, such as turtles coming ashore to nest and lay their eggs - a rare and wonderful experience to witness.
Following on from the rainy season, the month of April is one of transition, as Mozambique's winter begins to arrive. Visiting the country at this time presents a landscape lush with vegetation from the months of rainfall, with the days clear and sunny with a cooling breeze. Average temperatures range between around 17°C at night to 32°C during the day. This month is fantastic for diving and snorkeling as the water is calm and clear, allowing divers to get close to the incredible and varied marine life.
May is often considered one of the best times to visit Mozambique as it is when the temperature drops to a more bearable level - around 28°C - making it ideal for visiting the country’s national parks and many stunning beaches.
June - July
The months of June through to October are considered the best time to visit Mozambique for wildlife safaris. During these months the weather is warm with clear skies, allowing for fantastic inland game viewing at the many national parks and protected areas. During these months the air is clear in many of the cities, making it an ideal time for sightseeing and exploring urban cultural sites.
With temperatures around 25°C, August is one of the best times to visit the country for a relaxing beach holiday. August does coincide with the school holidays however, which means that areas can be very busy, especially in the southern regions. This month is also a fantastic time to experience wildlife as the temperature is bearable and the skies are clear, giving you perfect visibility.
September - October
The months of September and October are best known for the fantastic game viewing, as animals will be gathering around the waterholes as well as introducing their young to the world. The weather is sunny and dry, although as October draws on it does begin to become more humid.
With the cooler winter months behind, the humidity in Mozambique increases more and more during November, leading to the possibility of thunderstorms.
December is the beginning of the Mozambican summer, with temperatures and humidity steadily rising. Despite this, the country still remains a popular destination at this time, with Christmas holiday-makers filling up hotels and lodges. Although technically the start of the rainy season, the coast remains reasonably dry apart from the odd thunderstorm.