With its 1,200 mile coastline, Mozambique has a tropical climate that is fantastic to visit for most of the year. September and October are great months for snorkelling and diving, however there is usually light rain starting shortly after in December. This can continue all the way through to the beginning of April with the heaviest rainfall occurring in February and March.
The Best Time to Visit Mozambique
The Bazaruto Archipelago (Southern Mozambique) is hot and sunny for the majority of the year. There is however, a rainy season which runs from December through until March when temperatures and humidity levels also peak. This area, over the last five years, has experienced serious storms at the beginning of December and we generally advise against visiting at this time.
The Quirimbas Archipelago (Northern Mozambique) is similar to East Africa in terms of its climate. Being closer to the equator the area is hotter throughout the year in comparison to the south of the country but the single rainy season comes a bit later and lasts a few weeks more. The heaviest rainfall comes in the months of January, February and March.
Generally, May to November is when there is the least chance of rain and although it is warm, humidity levels are not as high. This is the reason why we would recommend a visit to Mozambique, but even if you do decide to visit during the rainy season, the rain tends to be vigorous, yet brief and the sun tends to shine shortly after a downpour. If your trip to Mozambique is for game viewing, the best time to visit is during the drier months, mainly August and September. By this time, the vegetation will be sparse and the game will be concentrated around the limited water supplies, providing great viewing opportunities.