If you have never been to Ilha de Mozambique, then now is the time to go – book a Mozambique special package that will include a visit to this small island which today still bustles with street markets and offers delicious food. Visitors love the long white beaches, excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities in the nearby Indian Ocean.
A visit to Stone Town (Fort São Sebastião) is captivating as the town is still filled with ancient fortifications and interesting architecture. Ilha de Mozambique was initially the capital of Mozambique for nearly 400 years before the Portuguese moved it to Lourenco Marques (now Maputo). Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a museum of cultural wonders and natural sites.
Getting to Ilha de Mozambique is not hard to do. The island is close to the Mozambique mainland at Nacala. It is easier if you fly into Nampula and travel via road to ‘Mozambique Island’, taking the picturesque three-kilometre bridge that connects it to the main coastline.
Flights to Nampula go via Maputo from Johannesburg and Mozambique’s national LAM airlines use this airstrip regularly.
For adventurous visitors who like to self-drive, it will take you up to three hours to drive from Nampula or Nacala to Ilha de Mozambique – local minibus taxis are another option. Contact one of our consultants to tailor make your trip to the island.
When to go:
Most of the time, Mozambique Island is warm, the sand clean and white, the sea clear and blue – a diver’s paradise. It is best to visit this region between May and November when the weather is drier and cooler. The early wet season from November to January is also fine but remember that the beaches will be filled with South Africans on their December holidays and the humidity is high.
While South Africans do not require a tourist visa to Mozambique, other visitors can either get theirs from the Mozambican embassy and consulate, or on arrival at the border post.
What to take:
Remember to take waterproof bags for boat transfers and water sports and keep bags light. Beach gear, flat shoes, cool clothing and snorkelling gear, some basic medical supplies plus your malaria medication, just in case. Camera, hats, sun cream, rain coat and sunglasses. That’s it!
There is malaria in Mozambique so take anti-malaria medication and use plenty of insect repellents.