To travel to Mozambique you will need a valid passport and an entry visa. Visas can be obtained from Mozambican embassies and consulates, as well as from Mozambique border posts. To obtain a visa, you will require your passport and two passport-size photographs.
Best Time to travel
Mozambique is the ideal beach, island and diving getaway. In the winter months from April to October the temperatures are cool and the weather is dry. The summer months are from November to March with hot temperatures and afternoon rain showers. Diving in Mozambique has to be one of the world’s best kept secrets. Garth Jenman, who has dived in many areas around the world including Australia’s barrier reef, South East Asia and even the Cayman islands says that the diving in Mozambique is far superior, simply because it has more big game fish than all these other places combined! You can view humpbacked whales from April to October, whale sharks from October to April and Manta Rays and turtles throughout the year. Conditions for diving are as follows: June to August the weather is warm and dry and the sea is calm, September to November can be windy and the sea choppy, December to February can be rainy and the sea can be choppy or even calm at times and then March to May the air temperatures are cooler with little wind and thus the sea conditions are usually calm. If you want to view game in the Mozambique parks the best time is from April through to October.
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. Immunization 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, especially when traveling the rural areas. Health insurance is essential.
Food and drinks
Bread in Mozambique is excellent, Mozambique bread is made in the Portuguese style, visit a bakery in the mid morning and get some great Portuguese buns straight from the oven. Prego rolls or steak sandwiches in Mozambique are delicious and available almost every where, especially from the stalls within towns and cities. Seafood is abundant along the warm coastal waters and is huge in Mozambique, you can get all sorts and every restaurant serves a selection – a seafood platter is always a good option, this will include fresh fish, prawns, calamari, crab, lobster, and crayfish, served with rice or chips. Fresh fruit and vegetables are sold everywhere, as you travel along the roads you will be encountered by locals selling bags of cashew nuts and some fresh pineapple.
The local currency in Mozambique is the Metical. However, the American dollar and the South African Rand (ZAR) are accepted in many places, in addition to VISA, AMEX and MASTERCARD credit cards and Travelers Cheques. 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 the country. In all towns you will find cash dispensers (ATMs) which accept all major credit cards.
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 major cities.
January 1 New Year's Day
February 3 Heroes' Day
April 7 Women's Day
May 1 Workers' Day
June 25 Independence Day
September 7 Victory Day
September 25 Revolution Day
October 4 Day of Peace and Reconciliation
December 25 Christmas
When driving in Mozambique, you will probably be stopped at a police checkpoint at some time or another. Following these basic guidelines, the stops should not be problematic:
No guns / firearms are to be brought into Mozambique, if the authorities find you with one; you will be in trouble.
Wear safety belts all the time.
If you do get stopped the police will normally want to see your driver’s license, 3rd party insurance and road tax which can all be purchased at the border. Make sure you get all of these documents back from the officials.
Obey the speed limit –40 / 50 km per hour in towns and 120 km per hour on the open road
Blue and yellow signs are required to be displayed on the front of the vehicle and back of trailer if you are towing.
* Ressano Garcia to South Africa - 120 kms from Maputo
* Namaacha to Swaziland - 80 kms from Maputo
* Machipanga to Zimbawe - Beira via Mutare
* Nyamponda to Zimbawe - Tete to Harare
* Chanida to Zambia
When traveling in Mozambique you should not take photographs of any armed forces, airports, bridges or government buildings, as it is illegal to do so. However in all tourist attractions, beaches and bars you can be as snap happy as you want.
Banking & Business Hours
Banks: Monday to Friday: 0730-1115 and 1500-1630
Shops: Monday to Friday: 0900-1300 and 1500-1830. Saturday: 0900-1300
Government offices: Monday to Friday: 0900-1200 and 1400-1730
220 / 230 V AC 50 Hz. Round pin wall sockets are used - it is recommend to bring adaptors which suit your plugs.
What to bring on a safari
* Shorts, T-shirts, Sarongs, summer dresses etc - the dress code in Mozambique is very relaxed. Sandals, shoes, long sleeved shirts, long pants (light) for the evenings (it is important to cover most of your body for protection against mosquitoes - including wearing socks and shoes).
* Small medical kit with basic items - Hydrogen peroxide is very effective for insect bites and scratches. Also an ointment for insect bites and other basic supplies
* Lavender Oil and pure alcohol to disinfect wounds or scratches
* Malaria precautions
* Hat and sunglasses.
* Swimming costume and towel.
* Light jacket / Sweatshirt - the evenings can occasionally be slightly chilly.
* Mosquito repellent (Tabard, Peaceful Sleep, citronella etc.)
* For campers - a gazebo makes a great shaded area for you to cook and eat under - it also helps to have a piece of shade cloth for the ground, as many of the campsites can be sandy
* Torch & candles (citronella candles are good for the mozzies too!)
* Snorkel, mask and fins if you have – most places that have a scuba operation offer these for hire
* Camera and film
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