Mozambique is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. The capital city is Maputo. Mozambique is known for its unspoilt beautiful sandy beaches, azure coloured seas, friendly people and amazing seafood.
Must see destinations in Mozambique:
Bazaruto Islands - The coastal town of Vilanculos is the gateway to Mozambique's Bazaruto Islands which form a chain of four large islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Santa Isobel and Santa Carolina. The Bazaruto Islands boast unspoilt, pristine beaches and coral reefs with fishing, surfing, snorkelling and diving opportunities in clear turquoise water for the tourist. The entire archipelago became a National Park in 1971.
Pemba and the Quirimbas - The town of Pemba in the north of Mozambique is situated on the third largest bay in the world. Pemba is a relatively modern town with stunning beaches to the north and south of it. In the waters around Pemba there are 27 coral islands known as the the Quirimbas provide breeding grounds for turtles and are home to many marine bird species. The Quirimbas are collectively protected within the Quirimbas National Park - one of six in the country.
Mozambique has a tropical climate with two seasons, a wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions, however, vary depending on altitude. Rainfall is heavy along the coast and decreases in the north and south. Mozambique broadly follows a southern African weather pattern with most of the rains falling largely between December and March. The rainfall does vary a little between the north and south of the country, with the rains lasting a few weeks longer in the north than the south, but the pattern is the same. Humidity can be uncomfortably high during this period.
By April or May the rains subside and better weather spreads gradually from the south to the north with less humidity.
June, July and August are Mozambique's coolest months although the days are still warm and tropical with the temperature still reaching over 30°C by day, but the evenings can be cool.
During September and October it remains dry as daytime temperatures climb, though it cools down a lot at night.
November is a less predictable and the rains can start, although the days are mostly sunny and hot. The rains generally start earlier in the north of the country.
The best time of the year to visit Mozambique - June to October is the dry season, with often perfect tropical weather: clear skies, plenty of sun and almost no rain. This is the best time for most people to visit Mozambique.
Population of Mozambique - Bantu people comprise 97.8% of the population, with the rest including White Africans mostly of Portuguese ancestry), people of mixed Bantu and Portuguese heritage and Indians
Languages of Mozambique - The only official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, with roughly half of the population speaking it as a second language and few as a first language. Languages widely spoken natively include Swahili, Makhuwa, and Sena.
Visa & Passport requirements for Mozambique – UK and US citizens need visas for Mozambique. They can often be obtained on arrival. Please check the latest information for your trip with your closest Mozambican Embassy or High Commission before travelling.
Currency of Mozambique - Mozambique's currency is the metical (MZM). With an estimated exchange of about US$1 = 26,600MZM – check for current exchange rates to get the correct rates before departure. Exchange your currency for Mozambique Metical, Dollars, Euros, Pounds or South African Rand in the bigger centres or at the airport in Johannesburg before going to Mozambique as the more remote regions in Mozambique do not have much in the way of banks or forex exchange facilities.
Most hotels and lodges in Mozambique accept US$ and credit cards.
ATMs - Banks are mostly only found in the larger towns and airports. The ATMs accept all major credit cards.
Credit/Debit cards-Credit cards aren't always accepted. Most upmarket lodges have credit and debit card facilities.
Internet access - Internet access is available in Mozambique, but is limited to the major cities. However most of the private resorts have access to the internet.
Vaccination & health requirements for Mozambique - Mozambique is a Malaria area, but the islands are generally lower risk areas for diseases. You are required to have had the yellow fever vaccine. You are also required to take malaria prophylactics. Buy mineral water. Tap water can safely be used for showering and brushing your teeth. All resorts provide guests with bottled water. Hospitals & Medical -There are hospitals and clinics in all major cities, but we suggest you take out medical insurance that will allow you to be evacuated to South Africa in case of a serious medical emergency..
Getting there - There are regular flights from South Africa to Maputo as well as flights from Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. There are direct flights to Vilanculos airport at the Bazaruto Archipelago from Johannesburg and Nelspruit in South Africa. Once in Vilanculos you are transferred by boat or helicopter to your lodge on the Benguerra Islands. The Quirimbas Archipelago (in the far north) is also accessible by direct flights from Johannesburg in South Africa. You can also self-drive from South Africa if you are more adventurous. The road from Johannesburg, via Nelspruit, to Mozambique is quite good and you can enter Mozambique via the border post at Komatipoort.