Mozambique has an enviable climate, and is perfect for a beach holiday in the sunshine.
Azura on Benguerra Island is blessed with hot and sunny weather year round, with little or no rainfall through most of the year. Temperatures are generally in the upper 20′s to low 30′s celsius, and rarely fall below 20 degrees even at night. The water temperature is gloriously warm year round, and ranges from 24-30 degrees plus.
The prevailing trade winds do bring some welcome cooling breezes, the gentle north easterly from December to March, which also brings the chance of some showers, and the slightly stronger but dry south easterly trade wind from May to September. Our villas are positioned to take best advantage of these natural breezes and seasons.
The Islands, with their low-lying offshore locations, are not strongly affected by local weather patterns, and weather on site can be very different from the mainland forecast. Benguerra Island tends to receive on average a quarter of the rainfall that the mainland does, and there can be several months of the year when there is no rain at all. This makes our landscape very arid, and challenges our indigenous gardens and water supply, but usually makes our guests very happy!
April – October are normally hot and dry months with endless blue skies and sunshine. Evenings may be slightly cooler in June and July, and a light sweater or wrap is advised. June to October brings humpback whales on their migration past our shores.
November and December are hotter and more humid, still with lots of sunshine, but also the possibility of some short cooling showers. The warmer waters bring in the possibility of sighting magnificent manta rays on the outer reef, as well as nesting turtles on our shores.
January – March is considered to be the ‘green season’, these are the most hot and humid months, where temperatures often hit 30 degrees+. Days are usually hot and sunny, with tropical rainbursts, most often in the late afternoons or overnight, bringing welcome relief from the heat. These are great deep sea fishing months.
Mozambique, like the whole of the East African Coastline, is highly tidal, with a 5m inter-tidal range possible at the extreme. This can bring stronger ocean currents on spring tides, and cycles of shallower and deeper water at the beach in front of Azura through the day.