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When to visit

When to visit Botswana?
Month Rating
Jan Good 'Green Season' with rain but beautiful landscapes
Feb Good 'Green Season' with rain but beautiful landscapes
Mar Good 'Green Season' with rain but beautiful landscapes
Apr Best Generally dry days and cool nights. Large wildlife concentrations
May Best Generally dry days and cool nights. Large wildlife concentrations
Jun Best Warm, dry days but cool nights
Jul Best Great game viewing in Okavango, Chobe and Linyanti and warm, dry days but cool nights
Aug Best Elephant herds in Chobe and warm, dry days but cool nights
Sep Best Great game viewing in Okavango, Chobe and Linyanti. Warm, dry days
Oct Best Hottest of the 'dry' season and animals gather around watering holes
Nov Best Warm, dry weather with animals gathering around watering holes
Dec Good High day time temperatures but regular rainfall
Best Good Mixed

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A country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. It is separated from Madagascar by the Mozambique Channel to the east. The capital and largest city is Maputo. Mozambique is endowed with rich and extensive natural resources. The country’s economy is based largely on agriculture, but industry is growing, mainly food and beverages, chemical manufacturing, and aluminium and petroleum production. The tourism sector is also expanding. South Africa is Mozambique’s main trading partner and source of foreign direct investment, while Belgium, Brazil, Portugal, and Spain are also among the country’s most important economic partners. Whether you are the adventurous type or a person who is after pure relaxation, your interests will be met, and you will experience a perfect holiday.

Iconic Attractions

Bazaruto National Park

One of the most famous Mozambique holiday destinations, Bazaruto National Park is for swimming and snorkeling. Why not go out into the sea world, see various species of fishes and even dugong. The people who are not interested in water sports can go for a boat trip and see different Islands. It is a great place to explore the sea life. Located in the protected area of Inhambane Province of Mozambique, the beauty of this place is extraordinary and jaw-dropping. It is one of the most recommended places to visit in Mozambique.

The Quirimbas Archipelago

It is a set of islands located in the Indian Ocean known for its coral reefs, whales, dolphins and endangered sea cows. It has plenty of forts, beautiful beaches, mangrove covered Islands and popular dive sites. There are total of 32 Islands that constitutes the Quirimbas islands. Some of the major islands here are: Vamizi, Ibo, Matemo and Quisiva islands.

Machilla Magic

Various local handicrafts and art is sold here. It brings out and cultural site of Africa. Many local people from the village of Vilanculos come together to sell their work, it is also a source of livelihood for these people. It is a famous tourist destination for all the international tourists and is a must-visit. Most of the things here are made of recycled materials.

Inhaca Islands

The Inhaca islands have amazing and tranquil beaches. People can reach here by ferry while enjoying the view. You can also go swimming here, relax on the beach while enjoying the view or even take a walk along the seashore. There are also restaurants on the island where you can indulge and have delicious food. Seafood here is a must-try. It is one of the best places to visit in Mozambique, Maputo.

Niassa Reserve

The Niassa reserve is the largest conservation reserve in Mozambique. Safaris are conducted so that the visitors can witness the enriching wilderness of the place. There are various animals including lion, leopard and hyenas that are found here. Camping expeditions are also held here regularly. You can also go for boat safaris and canoeing.

National Money Museum

This museum is one of the main attractions of Maputo and touted to be one of the top places to visit in Mozambique. It houses an authentic collection of money including historic and modern ones. Even though the building is small, the collection is huge. It has various types of coins and currency of Mozambique from the early ages. It is considered as of the best places to visit in Mozambique, Maputo for history buffs and finance aficionados. Make sure to stop by here to learn about how money has evolved over the years. You will have the time of your life.

Nampula

Located 4 km from the coastline, Nampula is home to several Portuguese architectural buildings in Stone Town. Some of these structures are Fort of São Sebastião, Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte, Palace of São Paulo and so on. The Palace of São Paulo also comprises a museum. The southern portion of the island is lined with Macuti houses that have thatched roofs. In 1991 the island was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island also has several Hindu temples and mosques since it has now become an urban area.

Benguerra Island

Benguerra Island is the second largest among the four main islands that comprise the Bazaruto Archipelago. It is popular for snorkeling, rich marine life, fishing, horseback riding, posh resorts and pristine beaches with white sand. As a result of accommodating more than 140 species of birds, in 1971, this island was also turned into a National Park. The three lakes situated in the Benguerra Island are populated by freshwater crocodiles. So, it would be safe to keep your distance.

Cahora Bassa Lake

Situated in the Tete Province of Mozambique, Cahora Bassa is one of Africa’s largest artificial lakes. One of three major dams on the Zambezi river system, along with Kariba and Itezhi-Tezhi, it powers the largest hydroelectric scheme in southern Africa. Songo is the nearest town, established in 1969 to house workers for the construction of the dam. There is a number of lodges and camps where tourists can stay, including Ugezi Tiger Lodge which has an à la carte restaurant and a campsite with floodlights and security. Fishing is the dam’s biggest drawcard and fishing trips are very popular, as the vast stretch of water contains a huge variety of fish, including tigerfish, sharptooth catfish, vundu, bream, longfin eels, and Zambezi parrotfish. Other attractions in the area include boat cruises and waterskiing. The lake and surrounding landscapes are very picturesque, replete with lush vegetation, dramatic mountain scenery, and a large population of hippos. Majestic baobab trees grow on the southern shores, while the area’s rich birdlife will enthral bird enthusiasts. Sunset cruises and boat tours down the beautiful gorges of the dam are a must for travellers in the region.

Ilha de Mozambique

Ilha de Mozambique is an island in the Nampula Province of northern Mozambique, up the coast from Beira. Home to a fascinating heritage, it was an ancient trading port and the capital for nearly four centuries while under Portuguese rule before the move to Lourenco Marques, now Maputo. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Island of Mozambique is an exquisite mix of Portuguese and Muslim architecture. These divide old Stone Town in the north and Reed Town in the south. There’s a great museum found inside the Palacio Govierno, a big red building in Stone Town. Also worth seeing is the fort at the eastern tip of the island, home to the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte. It is possibly the oldest surviving European building in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1522. On a beach on the northern end of the island, there is a dive centre where visitors can take boat trips or just laze on the sand. The more adventurous should travel by dhow to Chaga or Mossuril on the mainland to explore the coast.

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