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Mantarays, Zavora, Maputo, Mozambique

The best time to visit Mozambique

The best time to visit Mozambique from September to November. A combination of warmer temperatures, fewer rains and iconic wildlife, particularly the game viewing and humpback whale migration, make for a unique experience.

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Visiting Mozambique in January

January is the start of the rainy season in Mozambique. Cyclones do at times affect the coastlines which pass rather quickly.  Temperatures can reach into the 30s and sea temperatures are in the mid-20s

Visiting Mozambique in February

Still falling within the rainy season, expect afternoon showers or the occasional cyclone.

Visiting Mozambique in March

March is the end of the rains and although the temperatures are still high the humidity is easing off.

Visiting Mozambique in April

Heading into April it becomes one of the better times to visit Mozambique.  Day time temperatures are still high, with at times a wonderful sea breeze.

Visiting Mozambique in May

In May temperatures start to drop slightly but still a fabulous time to visit.  The skies are clear and the waters are calm which will make it the perfect time to enjoy snorkelling and diving.

Visiting Mozambique in June

June brings warm sunny days.  The waters along the coastline are much calmer and will be a great time for diving and snorkelling.  The annual Humpback Whale migration starts in June along the coast with the whales making their way up from the waters of Antarctica up north along the Mozambique coastline.  This time of year will be the perfect time to visit the national parks for Gorongosa and Niassa.

Visiting Mozambique in July

During July it is the mid-winter and the middle of the dry season.  Days will be beautifully warm and mild with a cool ocean breeze in the evenings. Along with great weather for diving and snorkelling, it will be the perfect time to explore the lively capital, Maputo or the World Heritage Site of Ilha de Mozambique.

Visiting Mozambique in August

August is another beautiful month in Mozambique. Days are still mild and sunny which is just perfect for spending time on the beach or set out exploring the smaller islands by dhow or catamaran from Ibo Island.

Visiting Mozambique in September

September is the start of Spring and temperatures start to rise. With the higher temperatures, September is one of the best times to dive or snorkel. The migration of the humpback whales continues as they start to head back down to Antarctica over the next few months. In the reserves of Niassa and Gorongosa the animals are giving birth and due to the lack of rain tend to keep close to the waterholes.

Visiting Mozambique in October

Alone the coast the temperatures continue to climb and the humidity starts to increase. Day time temperatures are hot and dry but in the evenings it will cool down. October will be one of the last opportunities to see the humpback whales before they head off.

Visiting Mozambique in November

The temperature continues to climb, as does the humidity. With the increase in humidity expect thundershowers and rainstorms during the day and early evening.

Visiting Mozambique in December

During the course of the month, temperatures start to reach their peak and although your days will be beautifully sunny you can expect the odd thunderstorm. Keep a lookout along the shoreline as it is the perfect time of year to see turtles come ashore to nest.

Mozambique climate guide

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Maximum Temperature (°C)Monthly Rainfall (mm)
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Lots of information; and the trip was very well planned and easy to book.


This was a first-class trip in every way, meeting all that we hoped for. At Vamizi, we had outstandingly comfortable accommodation, terrific in-house service, and great diving and snorkelling.


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