For over 500 years, travellers have marvelled at the beauty of the Mozambican Southern Coast. For early explorers its white sands served as convenient paradisiacal staging points on the long sea journey to the Orient, and today holiday-makers are still lured to its sandy beaches and heaped platters of fresh seafood.
The southern coast generally refers to the stretch of coastline south of Maputo. It is a more developed part of Mozambique and from Ponta d’Ouro through to Ponta Mucombo, it boasts some of the most beautiful stretches of beach on the continent. In addition to the coastline, southern Mozambique has a wealth of culture for those wishing to seek it out. Some of our favourites include the marimba orchestras of the Chopi people and the fables from the old kingdom of Gaza.
The coast of southern Mozambique is a diving and surfing hot spot, as well as a place for swimming with dolphins and even whale sharks. In the summer months, generally from October to December, turtles lay their eggs on the beaches and in the winter months from July to October, whale watching is a popular attraction. The best time to travel to Mozambique is from April to September, when the rainfall is low and the temperatures milder.
Warm summer days are cooled by the gentle Indian Ocean breeze and tropical evenings are enlivened by local music and grilled seafood. The tourism infrastructure of southern Mozambique has expanded in recent years and caters to all tastes and budgets, and transports links with South Africa are getting better and better.
For the quintessential experience of a safari in Mozambique, we like White Pearl Resort for its prime location on the shores of the Indian Ocean in Ponta d’Ouro.