It’s whale season in Mozambique! Come and experience these ethereal mammals in all their glory while you indulge mind and body on some of the best beaches on the African continent! Mozambique not only offers you the whales, but also world class holiday accommodation in luxury island villas, slick city hotels and elegant beach lodges. We have what it takes to get you there in style and we guarantee you attractive and affordable package deals where you get to see the whales up close on ocean cruises and diving expeditions and you also get all three meals a day, drinks and select activities!
Mozambique is a whale watching destination second to none – from the south at Ponto do Ouro, up past Maputo to Inhambane and then north to Pemba, you can see these majestic marine giants between June and October as they travel to the warmth of the Indian Ocean to mate and have their calves.
Southern Right and Humpback beauties
You will be introduced to the magnificent migratory Southern Right whales and the Humpback whales as they swim past the East African coastline. Both species are baleen whales which use their baleen or filter-feeder system inside their mouths to feed on krill and plankton. The baleen system works when a whale opens its mouth underwater and the whale takes in water. The whale then pushes the water out, and animals such as krill are filtered by the baleen and remain as food source for the whale. Baleen is similar to bristles and is made of keratin, the same substance found in human fingernails and hair.
The humpback whales sing spine-chilling songs – the male makes the long, loud, complex “songs” for which the species is famous and which can last up to 20 minutes long. Humpbacks may sing continuously for more than 24 hours but because they have no vocal cords, these whales sing by forcing air through their massive nasal cavities!
While scientists still don’t know the real reason why Humpback whales sing, it is interesting to note that all North Atlantic Humpbacks sing the same song, and those of the North Pacific sing a different song.
A Whale of a Deal at Massinga Beach Lodge
In Mozambique, you may hear their song if you decide to go whale watching from Massinga Beach Lodge in Inhambane. The special deal this whale season is for five nights until end of September. This incredible special package offers you great value for money and the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate Mozambique beach holiday. Your offer includes complimentary transfers from the airport to the lodge, accommodation for 5 nights in an Ocean Front Deluxe Room, all three meals daily and teas and coffees.
We suggest that you blend your once in a lifetime break at Massinga with some whale watching along the coast so why not visit Tofo and Barra while you are here too? You could see up to 30 whales in one day! You will know a Humpback whale when you see one thanks to its exciting acrobatic displays when they throw their huge bodies around, hitting the water with huge slaps and crashes. They love to breach and sail and sky hop and they get their name from the way their body arches as they emerge out of the water to prepare to dive back down again!
The Southern Right Whale, on the other hand, has a hairier head than most other whales and is recognised for its huge callosities or horny growths on its head behind the blowhole, on the chin and around the eyes and lower lip. These whales have two blowholes so when they blow, the water makes a particular shape in the air above them. Right whales were hunted by whalers who knew they were rich in blubber, therefore the “right” whales to hunt. Females can be more than 15 metres long and 54 tons in weight!
Pestana Bazaruto Lodge for Ocean Cruises to Spot Whales
We urge you to come to the Bazaruto Archipelago during whale season to witness this once in a lifetime spectacle. If you stay at the Pestana Bazaruto Lodge, we can offer you an attractive five night package deal where you pay only US$1225 per person which includes all your meals daily, some drinks, select activities, transfers between the lodge and the landing strip, and non-motorised water sports.
We rate the Pestana as one of the best hotels in the Bazaruto Archipelago because it is an intimate, family-friendly holiday destination with a distinct Mediterranean flair and a relaxed ambience. The hotel boasts a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor, a testament to its competence in the hospitality industry in Mozambique. Stay in 40 A-frame thatched chalets boasting air conditioning, TVs, fans and coffee/tea making facilities.
Dive at Casa Babi to find Whales
Another great place to stay to see the whale migration is Casa Babi in Vilanculos, a deluxe beach hotel offering comfy self-catering and full board accommodation. Come and enjoy the spring, the ocean cruises to see the marine giants of the deep and the fantastic Mozambique scenery. We can offer you a great special deal: book the five night diving package at only R11 230 per person sharing and you get all accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, return airport transfers, four dives and your entrance fees into the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park!
Did you know that the Humpback whale uses a very clever technique to catch its food known as bubble net feeding? What happens is a group of whales swims in a circle, getting closer and closer in as they keep blowing bubbles below a school of prey. The prey (krill or plankton) is encircled in the shrinking ring of bubbles and is then trapped in a cylinder shape that keeps getting smaller. This ring can begin at up to 30 metres wide and several Humpbacks can be involved. The whales then suddenly swim upward through the “net”, mouths agape, swallowing thousands of fish in one gulp.
Wow! Come and see this happen when you book your bed at the charming Casa Babi,beautifully perched on a lovely stretch of beach in Vilanculos town. This quaint, little seaside Mozambique boutique hotel is perfectly placed to take in the views across the blue blanket of sea to the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Owner-run and managed, you get nothing short of personalized service in a home-away-from-home atmosphere. At Casa Babi, you can choose to stroll on the beach in the company of furry friends, the 6 dogs that make up some of the Casa Babi family.
All the rooms offers spectacular sea views and feature private terraces from where you can gaze at the Bazaruto Islands. Perfect for families or groups traveling together, the self-contained 2-bedroom cottage sleeps 5 guests comfortably and is equipped with a fully-appointed kitchen and cozy living room. You can spend a lazy afternoon lounging on the veranda catching the refreshing, salty sea breezes.
The social hub of the hotel includes a swimming pool, dining room and bar area. There is also a PADI dive centre that offers diving excursion for both novice and seasoned divers.
Come to Mozambique to see the whales! Maybe you will feel so tuned into these giant sea mammals that you will want to contribute to their ongoing survival? Climate change is currently impacting on whales as sea levels rise and temperatures change. The Arctic and Antarctic habitats are facing threats right now which could affect whales sooner than we realise. If the krill and plankton populations decrease, whales will really be in trouble.
We will host you at some of the top Mozambique holiday destinations so contact us today for your special package ideas and make sure you travel before October!