When to Travel

The climate of Mozambique is typically tropical, with a wet season during the long summer, between October and March, and a dry season in the winter, from April to September. There is little variation of temperatures between the seasons, differences in climate being dependent mainly on altitude. The wet season brings the heaviest rain along the coast, and cyclones may be experienced during this period.

Mozambique’s climate varies in different regions of the country, but generally the inland areas are slightly cooler and more humid than the coastal areas during the rainy season. Rainfall is generally heaviest between December and March. The southern parts of the country are generally drier and less tropical than the north, with temperatures along the coast averaging 80ºF (27ºC) during winter. The rainy season can get swelteringly hot and humid with average coastal temperatures of 88ºF (31ºC).

The best time to visit Mozambique is in the cooler, dry winter season between April and September, when it is sunny and the water is still pleasantly warm. The country is also a popular New Year’s destination, particularly for South Africans, but those traveling in December and January should be prepared for rain.