Top 14 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Mozambique

With sublime beaches, incredible coastline, swaying palm trees and a laid-back lifestyle Mozambique sure is one enviable travel destination. It’s definitely bucket list stuff but maybe more for more discerning travellers who appreciate more off-the-beaten-track beauty spots.

Located southern African nation with a gorgeous and long Indian Ocean coastline, highlights include its incredibly rich cultural heritage, the stunning national parks, its diverse and highly photogenic wildlife, its remote archipelagos and its turquoise waters teeming with shoals of fish and corals – it’s not named the best diving destination in the world for nothing!

Here are my favourite most beautiful places to visit in Mozambique, Africa…

1. Ponta do Ouro – a gorgeous laid-back coastal village

Ponta do Ouro Mozambique

Ponta de Ouro is a hidden gem offering an authentic African beach experience, and is a must-visit destination for any discerning traveller.

Set in the southernmost region of Mozambique, this tranquil and picturesque coastal village greets guests with unspoiled beaches of powdery white sand, turquoise waters, and an abundance of marine life.

Its peaceful setting and laid-back vibe beckon visitors to unwind and connect with nature. The nearby nature reserve offers the chance to observe the stunning flora and fauna of the region, and other experiences include a boat trip to see dolphins and whales, and epic snorkelling and diving excursions. 

My must-do highlights of Ponta do Ouro

  • Laze around on the beautiful beach and just soak up the wonderful scenery and atmosphere.
  • Join one of the diving tours based here and explore the incredible watery underworld.

2. Lake Malawi – one of the most incredible places to visit in the country

Lake Malawi Mozambique

Lake Malawi is a shimmering jewel bordered by Mozambique, Tanzania, and Malawi. As the third largest lake in Africa, it’s famed for its crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches.

The lake is home to over 1000 species of fish, many of which are found nowhere else in the world, making it a prime destination for snorkelling.

Surrounding the tranquil waters are lush forests and soaring cliffs, as well as many quaint lakeside villages. Visitors flock to this stretch of paradise to indulge in a wide variety of water sports, soak up the majestic scenery, and experience the local customs and traditions.

My must-do highlights of Lake Malawi

  • Take a kayaking or a boat trip.
  • Go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. 
  • Hike the beautiful surrounding coastal mountains and islands.

Watch why beautiful Lake Malawi is so popular… 


3. Benguerra Island – is a luxury beach holiday destination 

Benguerra Island

The second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra Island is a paradisiacal retreat that boasts reveals untamed natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage.

A variety of marine life, including dolphins, whales, and turtles, can be seen in the surrounding waters. The pristine beaches are fringed by tropical forests and rolling sand dunes, making it just as much of a haven for hikers as it is for underwater adventurists.

Beyond its natural majesty, visitors flock here to immerse themselves in the island’s culture by exploring its vibrant communities, which are steeped in a fascinating mix of Portuguese, Arab, and Bantu influences.

My must-do highlights of Benguerra Island 

  • Go on an incredible laid-back picnic and soak up the scenery. 
  • Go island hopping by speedboat. 

4. Tofo Beach – one of the most beautiful and popular places to explore in Mozambique

Tofo Beach Mozambique

Tofo Beach is a breathtaking utopia located on the south-eastern coast of Mozambique, nestled along the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean.

The beach is renowned for its stunning scenery, including palm-fringed white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a coral reef that teems with marine life.

Visitors can enjoy a range of activities, from swimming and snorkelling in the warm waters to surfing and diving amidst the coral reefs.

Tofo Beach is also famous for its vibrant local culture, owing to its bustling markets, delicious seafood restaurants, and lively nightlife. It’s a perfect destination for anyone seeking a quintessential beachfront vacation.

My must-do highlights of Tofo Beach

  • Head out on a very cool ocean safari.
  • Hire a quad bike for a few hours and have a lot of fun! 

5. Ponta Mamoli – a stunning  beach resort 

Ponta Mamoli

Nestled along the southern tip of Mozambique, Ponta Mamoli is a secluded beach resort that offers an idyllic escape from the world.

Surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty, guests can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean from the balcony of their villa, mere meters away from the surf breaking on the shore. With pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and abundant marine life, Ponta Mamoli is a snorkeller’s and diver’s paradise.

The town’s lush vegetation and wildlife reserves also provide ample opportunities for nature enthusiasts. The resort boasts over 2 km of pristine sandy beaches, and is enclosed within vast tracts of coastal bush.

My must-do highlights on Ponta Mamoli

  • You must go diving or snorkelling and see the coral reefs. 
  • Hang out at one of the many bars and experience the vibrant nightlife. 

6. Chimanimani National Park – a beautiful under-the-radar reverse to explore

Chimanimani National Park

Set in the rugged mountainous landscape of West Mozambique, bordering Zimbabwe, Chimanimani National Park is a place of rare beauty and tranquillity.

Its crystal-clear rivers and cascading waterfalls are backdropped by the towering peaks of the Chimanimani Mountains, inviting visitors to immerse in a peaceful serenity like no other. Over 130 species of birds, numerous antelope species, and leopards, among many more exotic animals, roam freely here.

Whether you choose to hike through the park’s winding trails or explore the indigenous communities that call it home, Chimanimani’s rugged beauty presents an otherworldly haven completely detached from the stresses of modern life.

My must-do highlights of Chimanimani National Park

  • Take photos and get up close to the incredible falls. 
  • Go wildlife spotting, just remember to keep safe at the same time.

7. Magaruque Island – a must-see island with gorgeous laid back scenery 

Magaruque Island

Magaruque Island is an unspoiled and secluded paradise located off the coast of Mozambique in the Bazaruto Archipelago, just ten minutes by plane from the mainland.

Nestled within the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean, this tropical gem boasts pristine sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and vibrant marine life typical to the region.

Snorkelling and diving in the island’s kaleidoscopic coral reefs are among the top activities, allowing visitors to explore the diverse underwater world.

Additionally, Magaruque Island offers ample opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation, from lounging on the beach to indulging in spa treatments, making it the perfect destination for those seeking a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

My must-do highlights of Magaruque Island

  • Explore the small island on foot (it won’t take you too long)! 
  • Hire a luxury holiday villa and make the most of your time here! 

8. Wimbe Beach – a stunning and popular beach with a fun atmosphere

Wimbe Beach Mozambique

The pristine expanse of Wimbe Beach is set just 4 kilometres to the east of downtown Pemba. This gorgeous arc of sand is complemented by a diverse range of beach bars, dining establishments, and lodgings, which coalesce to create an upbeat yet unobtrusive ambiance.

Wimbe beach is perfect for leisurely swims, and the invigorating sea breezes provide a respite from the sun’s sweltering heat. The surrounding colourful marine life and coral reefs offer a captivating underwater world to explore.

Whether you’re seeking to bask in the sun, take a dip in the Indian Ocean azure, or sample a whole host of local delicacies, Wimbe Beach is a destination that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.

My must-do highlights of Wimbe Beach

  • Find one of the many awesome eateries and go for a beachside feast!
  • Soak up the lively and fun atmosphere in one of the many cool bars.

9. Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort – among the finest Mozambique hotels

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

Located on its own private island, the Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort is a luxurious tropical haven surrounded by azure waters, pristine white beaches, and lush tropical greenery.

The resort’s villas feature elegant décor, lavish amenities, and private verandas that offer panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Guests can enjoy a range of world-class activities, from snorkelling and diving to sunset cruises and indulgent spa treatments, all amidst a stunning ocean backdrop.

With its unmatched blend of natural splendour, world-class luxury, and warm hospitality, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort is a tropical paradise that is sure to exceed your expectations.

My must-do highlights of Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

  • Immerse yourself in the world-class luxury – this place is gorgeous! 
  • Go diving and snorkelling.

10. Parque Nacional Da Gorongosa – a reverse home to big game

Parque Nacional Da Gorongosa

Nestled within the heart of Mozambique, the Parque Nacional de Gorongosa is a celebrated natural wonder that embodies the enchantment and untamed beauty of the African wilderness.

This awe-inspiring conservation area spans over 4,000 square kilometres and is a true haven of sustainable tourism, celebrated for its unspoiled vistas and stunning biodiversity.

Home to an impressive array of flora and fauna, including iconic species like towering giraffes, majestic elephants, and exotic birds, the park offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to witness the captivating splendour of the natural world.

Guests can embark on guided safaris, explore the rugged terrain on foot, or indulge in the picturesque birdwatching that the park is renowned for.

My must-do highlights of Parque Nacional Da Gorongosa

  • Take your camera and photograph the wildlife of course! 
  • Go on a guided safari. 

11. Tunduru Botanical Gardens – a beautiful must-see

Tunduru Botanical Gardens

Nestled in the heart of Maputo, the Tunduru Botanical Gardens are celebrated as the largest in Mozambique. They were designed by Thomas Honney, a renowned landscape architect who created gardens for illustrious figures such as the King of Greece and the Turkish Sultan.

First established in 1885, the gardens are a true testament to the rich history and vibrant culture of the region. Among the highlights is the impressive statue of the first Mozambican President, Samora Machel.

Visitors flock here to stroll along the winding paths flanked by manicured lawns and tranquil ponds, and soak up the symphony of fragrances and colours which are heightened by the gentle rustling of plants.

My must-do highlights of Tunduru Botanical Gardens

  • Spot exotic blooms.
  • Visit the statue of Mozambique’s 1st president. 

12. Banhine National Park – a sprawling and awe-inspiring protected area

Banhine National Park

Sandwiched between the game-rich Pafuri region and the spectacular coastal haven of Vilanculos is the 7250 km2 Banhine National Park, a vast expanse famed for its iridescent sunsets and star-filled skies at night.

Its serene landscapes are characterised by huge inland wetlands, extensive floodplains, and grass-like lagoons. The area attracts thousands of migratory birds during the wet season, while pans dotted throughout the drier areas are home to an array of game, from zebra to hyena.

The park’s wildlife and natural beauty are a testament to Mozambique’s conservation efforts, and visitors can relish its unspoilt beauty on epic 4WD excursions.

My must-do highlights of Banhine National Park

  • Go on a thrilling 4WD excursion. 
  • Stay and watch the stunning sunsets.

13. Bazaruto Archipelago National Marine Park – the oldest marine park in Mozambique 

Bazaruto Archipelago National Marine Park

Set in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique in the Bazaruto Archipelago, this breath-taking natural wonder consists of sparkling turquoise waters, coral reefs teeming with marine life, and white-sand beaches fringed by swaying palms.

The archipelago boasts five idyllic islands, each beckoning visitors into a realm of captivating beauty and ecological richness. Venture beneath the surface and a symphony of aquatic life unfolds, with dolphins, turtles, and tropical fish gliding through the waters.

On land, the archipelago reveals an exquisite blend of adventure and tranquillity, where galloping horseback rides along the coast can be followed by a moment of pure bliss as you soak up the sun on the sand.

My must-do highlights of Bazaruto Archipelago National Marine Park

  • Go on a thrilling 4 x 4 safari.
  • Go bird watching. 

14. Ilha de Mozambique – a wonderful place full of preserved history

Ilha de Mozambique

Here we have a tiny, rather unexplored island off the north coast of Mozambique, surrounded by a stunning coastline of warm waters, rustling palm trees, and world-class seafood.

Often termed ‘Africa’s version of Cuba’, the island stands as a time capsule of the nation’s rich and complex history. The architecture, from striking fortresses to churches and government buildings, is an enchanting blend of African, Arab, and Portuguese influences, and a stunning testament to its colonial past.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island affords visitors an immersive journey through Mozambique’s cultural heritage, heightened by its effervescent energy, bustling streets, and vibrant markets

My must-do highlights of Ilha de Mozambique

  • Learn about and take photos of the incredible Portuguese colonial buildings. 

How to get to Mozambique 

Not far from the capital is the Maputo International Airport (MPM) which serves a good number of popular airlines including Qatar Airways, TAP Portugal and Turkish Airlines. 

What are the best times to visit Mozambique?

I’d recommend visiting between September and November as this is when it’s best to view wildlife and also the whale migration.

What is the weather in Mozambique like?

The weather is known to be warm and hovers between 27°C to 32°C. 

How safe is Mozambique? 

Like many places in Africa, it would be wise to stay as alert as you can.

Is  Mozambique a popular country to visit? 

Around 2 million people visit a year.

Is Mozambique easy to travel around?

Mozambique isn’t the easiest of countries to travel around. Expect long bus rides (or long self-drives) and a strong sense of adventure and a bit of travel savviness is needed. Enjoy though it’s worth it!