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Mozambique: Weather & climate

The best time to visit Mozambique

We're often asked "When is the best time to go to Mozambique?", and the answer is sometimes complex. It depends on many things including your interests, exactly where you want to visit and why you're going. One person's best time can be another's worst!

However, often a concern about the weather underlies the question of 'the best time to go'.

So below is a broad guide to the climate of Mozambique. Please remember that this comes from records and our experience, not from a crystal ball. Weather patterns across Africa are becoming increasingly unpredictable, probably due to global warming; we're seeing downpours in the middle of deserts and damaging droughts when rains should be falling.

The Mozambique coastline stretches for almost 2,000km, covering latitudes from about 11° to 27° South, and has a tropical ocean current running north to south along its length for the whole year.

Despite this range of latitudes, the whole country broadly follows a southern African weather pattern, with the rains falling largely between December and March.

This does vary a little between the north and south of the country, with the rains lasting a few weeks longer in the north than the south, but the pattern is the same. Humidity can be uncomfortably high during this period.

Most of Mozambique's rain arrives on moist southeast trade winds, but glance at a map to see that it lies in the rainshadow of Madagascar. This gives Mozambique a relatively low annual rainfall – and a great deal of protection from the tropical storms and the occasional cyclone which head towards it during this period.

By around April or May the rains subside, the sun comes out and the humidity drops – better weather spreads gradually from the south to the north.

June to October is the dry season, with often perfect tropical weather: clear skies, plenty of sun and almost no rain. This is the best time for most people to visit Mozambique. Although still tropical, June, July and August are Mozambique's coolest months; you'll need a light duvet at night, even though the temperature reaches over 30°C by day. During September and October it remains dry as daytime temperatures climb, though it cools down a lot at night.

November is a less predictable month of transition. Sometimes the rains start, although many days remain sunny and hot. The rains generally start earlier in the north of the country.

Weather in other African countries

For comparison, see similar climate charts and information for our other African destinations:

Botswana climate – Similar weather pattern to that shown, but with a more clearly defined wet and dry seasons.
Kenya climate – Different from Mozambique’s climate, dry season from December to March and lower temperatures.
Malawi climate – Very similar weather pattern, but a more clearly defined seasons.
Namibia climate – Much drier than Mozambique, and more clearly defined wet and dry seasons.
Rwanda climate – Very different from Mozambique’s climate.
Seychelles climate – Completely different from Mozambique's climate.
Cape of South Africa climate – Almost completely ‘opposite’ weather pattern to Mozambique’s.
Tanzania climate –Different weather pattern to Southern Mozambique, shown here.
Zambia climate – Slightly different to Mozambique's weather pattern, with more clearly defined rains.
Zanzibar climate – Slightly different weather pattern from Mozambique's climate.
Zimbabwe climate – Similar pattern to Mozambique's weather, but with a shorter, clearer rainy season.

<b>January</b>: the wet season. Rain and humidity levels are very high.
<b>February</b>: the peak of the wet season; the wettest and hottest month of the year.
<b>March</b>: the last month of the rainy season.
<b>April</b>: the rain subsides gradually, and the temperatures fall a little.
<b>May</b>: clear air and warm temperatures at the start of the dry season.
<b>June</b>: a dry, lovely month and the main season for visitors has already started.
<b>July</b>: lovely warm days, cooler nights and normally very little rain.
<b>August</b>: like July, the days can be hot, but the nights cool down.
<b>September</b>: the driest month of the year, with increasingly warm days and lovely evenings.
<b>October</b>: the hottest of the dry months, with balmy evenings & with common rain at the end.
 <b>November</b>: an unpredictable month during the transition from the dry to the rainy season.
<b>December</b>: a wet, humid month as the rainy season has started.

January: the wet season. Rain and humidity levels are very high.

February: the peak of the wet season; the wettest and hottest month of the year.

March: the last month of the rainy season.

April: the rain subsides gradually, and the temperatures fall a little.

May: clear air and warm temperatures at the start of the dry season.

June: a dry, lovely month and the main season for visitors has already started.

July: lovely warm days, cooler nights and normally very little rain.

August: like July, the days can be hot, but the nights cool down.

September: the driest month of the year, with increasingly warm days and lovely evenings.

October: the hottest of the dry months, with balmy evenings & with common rain at the end.

November: an unpredictable month during the transition from the dry to the rainy season.

December: a wet, humid month as the rainy season has started.

Our top picks for holidays to Mozambique

We'll always tailor-make your holiday for you. Here are some of our favourites to inspire you.


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Azura Beach Holiday

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Stay in a stunning location on the western coastline of Benguerra Island. Elegant accommodation, a highly personalised level of care and a wide range of land and water-based activities make Azura a fantastic destination for travellers.

US$5,250 - US$6,880 per person

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Anantara Beach Holiday

6 days • 1 locations
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Enjoy a range of land and water-based activities from Anantara Bazaruto Beach Resort and Spa. A great destination for families, it offers something to keep all ages entertained as well as ample opportunity for utter relaxation.

US$2,670 - US$5,660 per person

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Benguerra Beach Holiday

6 days • 1 locations
VILANCULOS AIRPORT TO VILANCULOS AIRPORT

This luxurious lodge offers a fantastic blend of total relaxation and more active pursuits. Explore your idyllic surroundings with a range of land and water-based activities before unwinding with a massage and sundowner drinks on the beach.

US$6,280 - US$8,380 per person

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