Mozambique

Mozambique with its undeniable beauty and charm, offers a haven of untouched wilderness and natural beauty, topped with a lively, fascinating culture influenced by Portugal, Africa and India. Endless deserted white beaches on the Indian Ocean fringed with coconut palms and warm blue seas are the main draw card to the country.
The bountiful marine life and breathtakingly beautiful coral reefs make Mozambique an ideal destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. Turquoise waters abound in shoals of colorful fish, dolphins and manta rays.

Attractions / highlights

Ponta do Ouro

Ponta offers one of the best locations in the world for scuba diving. Divers can expect to encounter many species of marine life, including dolphins, manta rays and even the occasional shark. It is also the ultimate destination for travellers seeking a close encounter with dolphins.

Quirimbas Archipelago

The magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago in Cabo Delgado Province is a captivating chain of 32 coral islands. It is the ideal destination for those looking for complete privacy and exclusivity. For the truly romantic at heart, there are a few “private” islands in the archipelago.

Bazaruto Archipelago

The Bazaruto Archipelago features five idyllic tropical islands with no roads or stores; only pure, barefoot, postcard luxury in one of the world’s most beautiful beach locations. Picture magical sunsets, crystal-clear waters and palm-fringed sandy beaches. Bazaruto is paradise found.

Maputo

The capital of Mozambique is a modern and bustling port city with beautiful Portuguese colonial architecture, flowering tree-lined streets, and unique historical and cultural attractions. The city’s Portuguese heritage is reflective in its cafe culture, vibrant street life and delicious Afro-Portuguese cuisine.

Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa National Park has recently undergone a hugely ambitious and successful rehabilitation program and has been entirely rejuvenated. For travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-track escape with diverse game, rich birdlife and a real sense of untamed Africa, Gorongosa is the perfect destination.

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Fast Facts

Languages

Portuguese is the official language of the country, however, there are more than 60 languages spoken throughout the country. English is spoken in major cities as the business language.

Visas/ Passport requirements

Visas are required by all nationals and are usually issued for one month. Visas for a stay of up to 30 days are issued on arrival, however it is highly advisable to rather arrange a visa before travel. Visas are issued at either the Mozambican embassy, high commission or consulate.

Health

It is advisable to visit your GP or a travel clinic 4-8 weeks prior to departure.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required if you have travelled via a yellow fever area.

Malaria
Malaria, including cerebral malaria, is common in northern Botswana, in the Okavango and Chobe areas, particularly during and immediately following the rainy season, from November to April. As the strains of malaria, and the drugs used to combat them, frequently change, and as certain strains can become drug resistant, it is best to seek medical advice before your departure and take any medication prescribed. Pregnant or very young children are not advised to travel to malarial areas. Other precautions are: to wear long sleeves, socks, closed shoes, and generally keep the body covered, to sleep with a mosquito net and to use mosquito coils and repellent.

Exposure to sun and heat
Always take preventive measures that include wearing a wide-brimmed sunhat and sunglasses, liberally applying sunscreen every three or four hours, regularly taking rehydration mixes, drinking plenty of water and fruit juices (at least three litres of liquid daily), avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun, and avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol, which causes dehydration.

Drinking water
It is advisable to stick to drinking bottled water. Tap water in Mozambique is safe to shower with and brush teeth.

Money

Mozambique’s official currency is the Metical. However, U.S. currency is widely accepted and is the best to bring along for exchange at banks and foreign exchange bureaus. Credit cards are not widely used. A 10% tip for service in most Mozambique restaurants is standard.

Flights

Maputo Airport is the main gateway into Mozambique with direct flights from Portugal and from Johannesburg and Cape Town in neighboring South Africa. For those wanting to combine a wildlife safari and beach holiday, there are flights from Kruger National Park to Vilanculos Airport, the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago.

Best time to visit

Mozambique has a warm tropical climate with the average temperature throughout the year being a balmy 28C (82F). The coastal areas tend to be sunny year-round. The best time to visit Mozambique is between June and October, when the weather is hot and relatively dry.

Winter is from April to October and is characterised by dry ‘beach’ weather with average daytime temperatures of 27C (80F).

Summers, from November to April, tend to be hot and humid, summer is the rainy season with short and brief downpours. Average daytime temperature is 32C (90F).

The cyclone season is in January and February.

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