Mozambique

When To Go To Mozambique

The best time to go to Mozambique

With a coastline stretching for more than 1,000 miles along the southeast of the African continent, Mozambique has a varied climate, which means the best time to visit the country cannot be narrowed down easily. It all depends on what you want to see, and where you want to go. Our When to Go pages outline the advantages and disadvantages to visiting Mozambique during each month of the year, although bear in mind that it is always best to check the current situation before travel with one of our Destination Specialists.

Despite Mozambique's considerable size - the north and south of the country are separated by over 15 degrees of latitude - the weather patterns here are similar to those in the rest of southern Africa, with rain falling mainly between December and March. However, this rainfall does tend to last a few weeks longer in the north of Mozambique.

Mozambique does have seasons which for some define the time to visit the country. The winter (dry) period lasts between April and November and is considered the best time to visit Mozambique, with the summer (wet) season being between January and March. Although the rains do deter some travellers from visiting during the summer months, this period still has a number of draws for those wishing to experience wildlife events.

When to go

This is a guide for the country as a whole, indicating good times to plan a holiday, taking into account popular places to visit, wildlife encounters and overall weather. Please remember that where in the country will vary depending on month of travel.

Mozambique seasonal overviews

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.

April

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

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.

August

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.

November

With the cooler winter months behind, the humidity in Mozambique increases more and more during November, leading to the possibility of thunderstorms.

December

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.

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