|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 17% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||February||Best time to find cheap flights, 7% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 1,640||Average for round-trip flights in January 2022|
|Round-trip from||C$ 1,521||From Toronto to Mozambique|
|One-way from||C$ 13||One-way flight from Toronto to Mozambique|
Mozambique is a wonderful, under-discovered tourist destination. Discovered by Vasco da Gama in 1498, it was a Portuguese colony for almost 500 years, becoming independent in 1975. Now, with civil strife a thing of the past, more and more travellers are seeking cheap flights to Mozambique to take in all of its bounty.
With 2,500km of coastline on the Indian Ocean, the turquoise waters are just heaven for diving, snorkelling, fishing and sailing.
Bustling Maputo, the capital, has a Mediterranean/African vibe with colonial-era buildings, botanical gardens, and an art museum. The colonial era capital was Ilha de Mozambique, a tiny island and Unesco World Heritage site. Reached by bridge from the mainland, it has a mix of Portuguese and Muslim architecture, and fort that dates back to 1522.
For barefoot luxury, head to the Quirimbas archipelago in Northern Mozambique. A string of 32 coral islands teeming with marine life, the southernmost 11 are included in the Quirimbas National Park. Quirimba Island with its sugar-soft and palm-fringed beaches is the place to go for a secluded and exclusive holiday.
To the south, the Bazaruto Archipelago is a protected national park; five islands with no tourist infrastructure, just as nature intended.
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During the rainy season, which lasts from October to March, coastal Mozambique is warmer and less humid than the inland areas. The more popular, and more expensive, time to visit Mozambique is in the dry April to September months, when temperatures average 31 C.
May to October is the dry season. The weather is cooler and drier with temperatures in the mid-20s. Our summer – June, July and August – are Mozambique’s coolest months. This is the most popular time for travellers to seek Mozambique flights to go on safari as the animals gather around the water holes then.
The rainy season lasts from November to April. The weather during this time is hot (temperatures in the mid-30s) and it is humid.
LAM – Linhas aéreas de Moçambique and Air Corridor fly domestically. There are several private minibus companies offering good connections throughout the central and southern regions of Mozambique.
There is only one airport in Mozambique that receives flights from Canada—Maputo International Airport (MPM). While there is only one destination airport, Canadian travellers have numerous departure options. Many Canadian flights to Mozambique depart from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), for example. Toronto routes normally take between 20h 25min and 62h 35min. From western Canada, you can find cheap flights to Mozambique that depart from Vancouver International Airport (YVR). These routes can be as short as approx. 28h 40min or as long as around 62h 10min.
Unfortunately, non-stop flights from Canada to Mozambique are unavailable at present, but there are some options that include a single layover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Typically, these flights depart from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Other airports from which flights to Mozambique depart will have routes with two or three layovers. Usually, these flights will make a first stop in Toronto, Doha, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Newark, or London; the second stop is most often in Johannesburg or Addis Ababa. Airports that offer multi-stop flights include Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Edmonton International Airport (YEG), Montréal Trudeau International Airport (YUL), and Calgary International Airport (YYC).
The most popular and desirable destinations in Mozambique include seaside escapes and rugged inland terrains. To travel around the large country, which extends up to a couple thousand kilometres at its longest part, you’ll find the most effective modes of transportation to be small, domestic planes and 4x4s. Travellers wanting to journey from the capital city, Maputo, to the Bazaruto Archipelago can take a regional flight to Vilankulu. These flights are operated by LAM and take about 1h 15min. From Vilankulu, the Bazaruto Archipelago is just a short boat trip or small-plane flight away. To get to Gorongosa National Park from Maputo, travellers can take a flight on Ethiopian Airlines or LAM, which will take roughly around 1h 20min. These flights will land in Chimoio, so you’ll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to complete the journey. If you’re hoping to travel between Gorongosa National Park and the Bazaruto Archipelago, you’ll need a domestic flight that stops in Maputo along the way.
The natural ecosystem in Mozambique is the primary attraction for travellers seeking to explore the country. If you’ve secured a Mozambique flight deal, then you’ll likely do so in the hopes that you can visit Gorongosa National Park. Located in the Great Rift Valley, this preservation area is home to many of Africa’s Big Five safari animals, including elephants and lions. Lake Urema, which sits at the heart of the preserve, is a bird-lover’s paradise; here, you can spot exotic species such as the African openbill, the white-breasted cormorant, and the African darter. If you’re travelling to Mozambique in search of an aquatic adventure, you’ll want to head to the Bazaruto Archipelago. This group of six islands is located on the southern part of Mozambique’s coastline and boasts pristine beaches and exciting scuba opportunities. Marine life includes leopard sharks, manatees, sea turtles, and sunfish.
All Canadians travelling to Mozambique will need to secure a travel visa before departing on their trip; the typical cost of a visa is roughly C$ 200. Travellers must also have a passport that’s valid for at least six months past the departure date, with blank pages available for immigration stamps.