Map for planning your Mozambique Tour
Offering an unique historical and
cultural heritage, tropical beaches, coral reefs, spectacular
landscapes, intriguingly rich architecture and small desolated islands
close to the coast, Mozambique is one of the most enticing tourist
destinations in Southern African.
Although the country is opening up to tourism, it does not yet have the
developed infrastructure for self-drives and 4x4 vehicles are often
required. Joining a tour is advisable.
It borders the Indian Ocean with a coastline of nearly 2500km dotted
with beaches bordered by lagoons, coral reefs and strings of islands.
Amongst the numerous beaches in Mozambique are Inhaca Island (near Maputo), Inhambane with its beach
resorts, Xai-Xai and Vilankulo.
Maputo, the capital, is an interesting city and worth visiting is the
museum, the gallery in the Ministry of Labour building and the market.
The Bazaruto Archipelago
(780km north of Maputo) consisting of four islands plus surrounding
islets and reefs. This beautiful area features inviting sandy beaches
and offers excellent opportunities for game fishing and is a popular
Ilha de Moçambique (Mozambique Island), near Nampula in the north, is a
fascinating place, dotted with 17th- and 18th-century buildings, many of
them from the colonial Portuguese period.
Portuguese is the official language. Many local African languages, such
as Tsonga, Sena Nyanja, Makonde and Macua, are also spoken.
GMT + 2.
220/240 volts AC, 50Hz.
Telephone: IDD is available. Country code: 258. Outgoing international
calls must go through the operator, although direct dialling is
available to South Africa and Swaziland.
Mobile telephone: GSM 900/1800 networks with limited roaming agreements.
Coverage is expanding to all main cities in most provinces.
Required by all.
Inland is cooler than the coast and rainfall higher as the land rises,
with most rain between January and March. Hottest and wettest season is
October to March. From April to September the coast has warm, mainly dry
weather tempered by sea breezes.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required of travelers over 1
year of age arriving from countries with infected areas.
A cholera vaccination certificate is not a condition of entry to
Mozambique. However, cholera is a serious risk in this country and
precautions are essential.
Immunisation against typhoid and poliomyelitis is often advised.
Malaria risk exists throughout the year, particularly in the north. The
predominant falciparum strain is reported to be highly resistant to
chloroquine and resistant to sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine.
Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water; swimming pools which are
well chlorinated and maintained are safe.
Full health insurance is essential. Medical facilities are scarce and it
is advisable to carry basic medical supplies including medications and
sterile syringes - specially when traveling the rural areas.
Health insurance is essential.
The currency of Mozambique is the Metical (plural: Meticais). Many
businesses in the tourist centers are run by South Africans and prices
are often quoted in Rand ( ZAR).
US$, ZAR, British pounds and Euros are freely convertible at commercial
rates at any bank or exchange. You cannot exchange meticais outside
Mozambique, but you can convert them back at exchanges prior to leaving
In all towns you will find cash dispensers (ATMs) which accept all major
Mozambique is huge and getting between major destinations can take days
not hours. Roads are generally in poor condition, although significant
improvements are underway.
Buses and chapas (minibuses) leave early in Mozambique - 4am is not
unusual, particularly as you go further north. Connections away from the
main cities may not be in the best condition, and breakdowns cannot be
ruled out - it's wise to carry a decent supply of water.
Domestic flights are the fastest and most sane way to get around the
country. Linhas Aereas de Moçambique and Air Corridor fly between the