Extend any safari with three to seven days enjoying the waters and lands around Ilha de Moçambique, or the Island of Mozambique. Situated between the Mozambique Channel and Mossuril Bay, this coral island has a rich history as the country’s former capital and home to 14,000 of the Makua people—and it holds an equal wealth of natural attractions.
Whale watching hits its peak each August through November, while snorkeling and scuba diving bring delightful discoveries year-round. Both hard and soft corals abound here, as well as a plethora of dolphins and polychromatic fish. Canoeing at high tide is an ideal way to encounter mangrove crabs, birds—Mozambique boasts 740 species—and a plenitude of other small shore animals.
Tour the centuries-old Portuguese buildings of Ilha de Moçambique and remnants of Arab settlements. Learn how to sail the Mozambican dhow or prepare traditional dishes. Visit a Makua community and, if you dare, sample the local specialty: sea urchin.