Mozambique

Known for its paradise islands and tropical climate; sun seekers, water sports lovers and island-hoppers will find many reasons to love this country and never want to leave. Many of its towns such as Vilankulo and Tofo offer white-sand beaches, snorkeling, surfing, yoga retreats, deep-sea fishing expeditions and sunny relaxation time. Islands such as a Bazaruto, Benguerra and smaller Magaruque are strand-yourself-worthy culminating dunes, palm trees, world-class diving reefs with luxury resorts and the promise of romantic beach dinners, deserted bays and sunset dhow boat trips. All situated between 35 km off the coast, they are all accessible via Vilankulo via boat or small aircraft.

The wet summer season runs from October to March (although the sun tends to show itself after a thorough downpour) whilst the dry winter season is from April to September.  The dry season is best if you’re searching for cooler temperatures and least amount of rain. Plus, game viewing is best in August and September when wildlife will gather around waterholes and rivers. January and February welcome cyclone season in the south, so best skip the Bazaruto Archipelago during this time.