Quirimbas National Park is a newer park, established in June of 2002 and located along the northeast coast of Mozambique in the Cabo Delgado Province. It encompasses 11 of the southernmost islands of the Quirimbas archipelago. The park incorporates an estimated 7,500 km² (2,896 m²) of coastal forest, woodland and marine habitats, including exceptional examples of coral reefs, seagrass beds and savannah. The islands are well known for their white sand beaches, clear warm waters and rich history.
Fauna in Quirimbas National Park is abundant in both marine and land species, including whales, turtles, elephants, lions, spotted hyenas and 375 kinds of fish. Quirimbas National Park is uniquely located on a bird migration route between eastern and southern Africa, making it a popular bird-watching destination.
Quirimbas National Park can be accessed by air from all provincial capital cities by way of regional flights. Activities in the park vary from game drives, elephant trekking and bird watching to snorkeling, sailing and kayaking, making the park a perfect destination for travelers who aren’t necessarily intrepid explorers and would prefer to just enjoy the beauty of the park and the islands.
The best time to visit Quirimbas National Park is during the winter months, which run from April to October, when rainfall and temperatures are at their lowest. Year-round, the climate is very tropical, averaging around 30 C (86 F), so there will be some sunshine regardless of when you visit. The rainiest months tend to be January and February.