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Mozambique Overland Travel

The African equivalent of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Mozambique and the Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos stretch up Africa’s southern-east coast like an undiscovered playground for divers.

Once just a destination for travel-restricted South Africans, Mozambique is now a staple on an African overland tour, with easy drives to the coast from Johannesburg and a number of airports. The 2500km coastline is a tropical paradise of sandy beaches and colourful markets, with a diverse array of marine life and coral reefs just offshore.

From bustling Maputo down south to remote Vilanculos up north, Mozambique is perfect for a beach and island holiday or overland adventure: the diving is incredible, the islands remote and the chill factor top notch. Browse our Mozambique overland tours for more inspiration!

Overlanders are sure to get caught up in the Portuguese flavour down south and the more exotic Arab influences up north, but wherever you are, Mozambique is an African beach paradise.

Mozambique Overland Travel Guide


• Mozambique is a vast 800 000km² landscape comprising of dense forest, open woodland and savannah areas, with only around 10% of the land used for cultivation.
• Mozambique borders South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania, with about half the country a coastal plain, the other half a combination of savannah plateau, mountainous regions and even mangrove swamps!
• The 2500km coastline is finged by idyllic white sandy beaches, interspersed with lagoons, coral reefs and strings of islands.
• The Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos are made up of tiny, remote and often uninhabited coral islands - a must visit on an overland tour of Mozambique.
• Portuguese is the official language, based on Mozambique’s colonial heritage, but only about 2% of the population call it their primary language.

Travel Tips:

  • All foreign visitors to Mozambique need a valid passport and visa
  • The currency is the Meticais, but ZAR, US dollars and GBP is accepted in the south
  • If you need to change money, try Maputo where exchange bureau’s offer better rates
  • Some land mines from its 17 year civil war still remain in the remote areas
  • If you see a red & white sign with skull & crossbones, it’s usually a mined area - avoid!
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Dont forget to:

  • Sail in a traditional dhow
  • Dive the colourful tropical reefs
  • Eat platefuls of fresh seafood
  • Bargain for curios in Lilongwe’s market
  • Look for otters on a fresh water dive or snorkel
  • Relax in a hammock beneath a palm tree
  • Collect pansy shells from the sand
  • Enjoy a cold Manica beer

Quick Facts:

  • Mozambique is a vast 800 000sqkm, most of it uninhabited
  • It borders South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania
  • The 2500km coastline is fringed with sandy beaches, lagoons, coral reefs & islands
  • The Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos are made up of tiny coral islands - worth a visit!
  • Portuguese is the official language, but only 2% call it their primary tongue
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