When To Go To Mozambique

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.


NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 31313029225252627272930
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 222222191613131517182021
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 888888888778
Hours of Daylight Hrs 141312111111111112131314
Number Rainy Days 111011105444581011
Rainfall (mm) 15913898563018181541577784

Bazaruto Archipelago

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 313131292826252627282930
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 242323201715151618202223
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 989988899998
Hours of Daylight Hrs 131312121111111112131313
Number Rainy Days 101210777653467
Rainfall (mm) 175169944841292025133764156

Quirimbas Archipelago

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 313131313029282930313131
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 242323222119191920212324
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 777899891010108
Hours of Daylight Hrs 131312121211111212121313
Number Rainy Days 15141612433212511
Rainfall (mm) 231208229151372018961045148




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