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. FUEL: Nothing to report at the moment …..
. EMERGENCIES : Nothing to report at present ….
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General Traveler Information
Idyllic Mozambique with its picturesque landscapes, spectacular coral reefs, warm Indian ocean and tropical white beaches, is a beautiful country that is located in South East Africa bordered by Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland and the Indian Ocean. Mozambique offers historical heritage and culture, wildlife, natural beauty, rich architecture and beautiful small desolated islands making it a superb tourist destination. Mozambique is divided into two topographical regions by the majestic Zambezi River. Various rivers and lakes add to the natural beauty of the country complimenting the inland hills, plateaus, rugged highlands, miombo woodlands and the beautiful Lebombo mountains. Marine life in Mozambique consists out of over 1200 fish species including Marlin, Sail Fish, Whale Sharks, Dolphins, Turtles, beautiful coral reefs and one of the largest marine reserves in the world. Wildlife in Mozambique includes approximately 740 bird species including 20 globally threatened species, two introduced species and over 200 mammal species endemic to Mozambique that includes the endangered Vincent’s Bush Squirrel, Selous’Zebra and 13 other vulnerable and endangered species. There are thirteen forest reserves, six nature reserves, three frontier conservation areas, seven national parks and three wildlife/game reserves in Mozambique. Spectacular features of Mozambique will include the breath-taking Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelago tropical islands, the unspoilt Gorongosa National Park, Over 2500km white and golden sandy Beaches along the Indian Ocean and the historic Ilha de Mozambique and Ibo Island. Tourist attractions for Mozambique will include the beautiful national parks, reserves, conservation areas, the Bazaruto Archipelago marine reserve, Mozambique Island (World Heritage Site) and resort towns like Vilanculos and Inhambane. Activities to do in Mozambique will include Diving, Surfing, Swimming, Walking on the Beaches, Big Game Fishing, Game Viewing, Game Drives, Safari Tours, Exploring the Islands, Yoga Retreats and much more.
The Mozambique flag consists of green, black and yellow horizontal stripes that are separated by white fimbriations with a red triangle in the hoist of the flag. The red triangle consists of the star of Marxism that is overlaid with an AK-47 rifle with a bayonet/hoe attached to the barrel and a book. The green colour signifies the riches of the land, the black colour represents the African Continent, the yellow colour symbolises the country’s minerals, the red triangle represents the struggle for independence and the white fimbriations signify peace. The rifle stands for vigilance and defence, the bayonet/hoe represents the country’s agriculture, the open book symbolises the importance of education while the star symbolises Marxism and Internationalism. Maputo is the capital and largest city of Mozambique and hosts most of the country’s population. Mozambique’s official language is Portuguese, but there are more than 40 languages spoken across the country including English, Cisena, Xichangana, Elomwe, Makhuwa, Sena and Swahili. The people in Mozambique are affectionate, easy-going folk that are friendly and receptive to being approached by foreigners who treat them with respect and exchange social pleasantries like enquiring about the health of each other’s family before trying to extract information from them. The Mozambique is considered to be a safe destination to visit in general, however crimes like robberies, muggings, rape, murder and bribery is present and tourists are advised to always be aware of their surroundings and take the normal and usual travel precautions when travelling to any destination. According to the law in Mozambique, tourists are required to carry identification at all times and present it upon request.
Majority of Mozambique religion is Christian. Mozambican culture is mainly derived from its Portuguese rule and the main ethnic groups in Mozambique are Makhuwa, Tsonga, Makonde, Shangaan, Shona, Sena, Ndau, Swahili and many other indigenous groups. Respect for elders and those in positions of authority are very important to the Mozambican people. Traditional clothes for women is a Capulana (thick cloth printed with beautiful art) on the upper part of their body, with wraps from the waist downwards and scarves on their hair which they also use for pillow cases and transporting goods. The men’s traditional wear is printed casual dresses or robes in bright colours. Mozambique has a strong foothold in arts and crafts, but music and dance is a prominent feature in the Mozambican culture. Mozambique is famous for their traditional music with their amazing Marimba Bands. Mozambican music incorporates a Calypso and Reggae style, and musical instruments are mostly handmade from wood, fruits and animal skins such as lupembe, timbila and marimba. Drums, wind instruments and marimbas are the most prominent instruments used when playing traditional music and the Mozambican people regularly have local dance ceremonies where men wear masks and stilts and dance in the streets. Another famous dance ceremony is called the “Hunting Dance of Chopi” where men and women wear clothes made from lion skin while dancing to the traditional music. There are various music festivals in Mozambique that tourists all over the world love to attend including the AZGO festival, the STRAB festival, the Mozamboogy and the FORR festival. Having the strong foothold in arts and crafts, Mozambique offers fantastic artwork that includes sculptures, wood carvings, elaborate masks and other amazing art work that incorporates the people’s traditional beliefs, the civil war and the struggle for independence.
When you are packing your clothes for your holiday in Mozambique, remember that it’s a warm climate so the dress code is relaxed, and casual, comfortable clothing should be suitable throughout the year. Pack light cotton tops, skirts, summer dresses, T-shirts and shorts to wear during the day and pack light long-sleeved clothing with socks and shoes to wear in the evenings (or if you are going on safari) for protection against the mosquitoes. When going on safari, its best to wear colours like beige and brown instead of bright or light colours. The standard Mozambique time is GMT+2.
There are a variety of Hotels, Resorts, Guesthouses, Camp Sites and backpacker orientated accommodation available in Mozambique that caters for all budgets but travel and accommodation costs can be quite high. Many hotels require the tourist’s passport when checking in, so have it handy to save yourself some time. Some resorts run off generators, so be careful when using hairdryers, kettles and any appliance with an element etc as the power surge causes the system to trip. Many resorts turn their generators off at night, so be careful and take torches and candles with you, but its best to enquire at the reception if you are in doubt. Overall, Mozambique is a great destination to go on holiday and there are many things to see and do.
To view all types of available accommodation in Mozambique such as Backpackers, Bed and Breakfast, Cabins/Chalets, Camp Sites, Caravan/RV Sites, Cottages, Dormitories, Gameparks/Reserves, Hotels, Lodges, Motels, Tented Accommodation, Villa and to make booking reservations, use our mobile app or visit our booking page on the following link https://www.chilikutiafrica.com/bookings/
BANKING & CURRENCY
The currency used in Mozambique is the Metical (plural: meticais). You can click on the link for the current rate check www.xe.com. Meticais can be divided into 100 centavos. Banks and foreign exchange bureaus in Mozambique can exchange all major currencies into metical and South African Rand and US Dollars are widely accepted throughout Mozambique. There are banks (Banco Standard Totta de Moçambique, Banco de Fomento, Banco Austral, ABSA, Banco Internacional de Moçambique, BNP/Nedbank, BCI, BDC, BMI, Novo Banco and BIC) with branches in most cities in Mozambique which are open from Monday to Friday between 08h00 and 15h00 (banks are closed daily between 12H00 – 14H00 for siesta), and there are ATM’s available in cities throughout Mozambique. Travelers will be required to declare all types of foreign currency when entering/exiting Mozambique and most international airports, reputable resorts and lodges have facilities where money can be changed. Travellers Cheques and Credit cards are usually accepted only at upmarket establishments, thus it’s advisable to take cash with you when you are going to the markets, shops or gas stations.
Mozambique cuisine has a Portuguese influence which resulted in delicious spicy Mediterranean-style food. Mozambican traditional culture food without any Portuguese influence will include staple foods such as Ncima (thick porridge made from maize/corn flour), Cassava, Rice, Matapa (a seafood stew made using clams/crab/prawn, stewed cassava leaves, coconut milk, shredded garlic and ground peanuts) served with rice and Zambézian chicken grilled with palm oil and served with rice. Due to Mozambique’s coastal location, seafood is a popular food on many menu’s and will include delicious shrimp, marine fish, fish and prawns with peri-peri sauce served with rice or chips (fries). Other tasty Mediterranean style foods in Mozambique will include prego steak rolls, spicy chicken, spicy curry, bread rolls, coconut rice, delicious deserts, amarula ice-cream and various tropical fruits like avocados, papayas, bananas, oranges, mangoes and grapefruits.
The local Mozambican drink is called Cashu (made from the peel of the cashew nut) and baobab juice, cha (local tea), sura (palm wine) and popular local Mozambican beer like Laurentina Clara, Manica, Laurentina Preta and 2M are available everywhere. There are various soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and local African beers such as Castle and Windhoek available in Mozambique. It is advised to rather drink bottled water than tap water in Mozambique.
EMBASSIES & CONSULATES
|Embassy of Algeria |
121/123 Rua de Mukumbura, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 492 070
(+258) 21 492 203
(F) (+258) 21 485 067
|Embassy of Angola
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda, nº 783, C.P. 2954, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 491 883
(+258) 21 483 691
(F) (+258) 21 493 930
|Embassy of Argentina|
Building JAT V, Rua dos Desportistas 833, 9th floor, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 421 242 / 3 / 6
|Botswana High Commission
3812 Julius Nyerere, Sommershield, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 243 800
(F) (+258) 21 494 917
|Embassy of Brazil|
Av. Kenneth Kaunda, 296, C.P. 1167, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 2148 4800
(F) (+258) 2148 4806
(+258) 2149 1339
|Canadian High Commission
1591 Avenida do Zimbabwé, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 244 200
(F) (+258) 21 244 253
|Embassy of China|
Av. Julius Nyerere No. 3142, Maputo, Mozambique
P.O. Box 4668, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21-491 560
(+258) 21-491 560/203
(F) (+258) 21-491 196
|Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Av. Kenneth Kaunda, 127, C.P. 2407, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 490 206
(+258) 82 313 3820
(F) (+258) 21 494 929
|Embassy of Cuba|
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda No. 492, Maputo, Mozambique
P.O. Box 387, Maputo, Mozambique,
(T) (+258) 21 492 444
|Embassy of Egypt
Avenida Mao Tse Tung, 851, Maputo, Mozambique
P.O. Box 4662, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 491 118
(+258) 21 491 287
(F) (+258) 21 491 489
|High Commission of Eswatini |
Rua Luis Pasteur, 1271/63, Caixa Postal 4711, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 491 601
(+258) 21 492 451
(F) (+258) 21 492 117
|Embassy of Finland
Avenida Julius Nyerere 1128, Maputo, Mozambique
P.O. Box 1663, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 214 824 00
(F) (+258) 214 916 62
|Embassy of France|
Avenida Julius Nyéréré 2361, C.P. 4781, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 484 600
(F) (+258) 21 491 727
|Embassy of Germany
Rua Damião de Góis 506, C.P. 1595, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 48 27 00
(F) (+258) 21 49 28 88
|Holy See Apostolic Nunciature |
Av. Kwame Nkrumah 224, C.P. 2738, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) (21) 491 144
(F) (+258) (21) 492 217
|Indian High Commission
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda No. 167, Maputo, Mozambique
P. O. Box 4751, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21-492 437
(+258) 21-490 717
(F) (+258) 21-492 364
|Embassy of Indonesia|
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda No. 788, C.P. 4154, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 494 227 to 30
(F) (+258) 21 487 021
|Embassy of Ireland
Avenida Julius Nyerere 3332, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 491 440
(F) (+258) 21 493 023
|Embassy of Italy|
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda, 387, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 492 229 / 7
(F) (+258) 21 490 503
|Embassy of Japan
Av. Julius Nyerere 2832, C.P. 2494, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) (21) 499 819 / 820
(F) (+258) (21) 498 957
|Embassy of Korea|
138, Rua D. Maria II, Maputo, Mozambique,
(T) (+258) 21 495 625
(F) (+258) 21 495 638
|Embassy of Libya
Rua Pereira Marinho, 274, Caixa Postal 4434, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 490 662
(F) (+258) 21 492 450
|Malawian High Commission |
Av. Kenneth Kaunda, 75, Caixa Postal 4148, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 492 676
(F) (+258) 21 490 224
|Mauritian High Commission
Nwamatibyane Street 42, Sommerschield, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 2149 4624
(+258) 2149 4182
(F) (+258) 2101 7189
(+258) 2149 4729
|Embassy of Netherlands|
Av. Kwame Nkrumah 324, C.P. 1163, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 484 200
(F) (+258) 21 484 248
|Nigerian High Commission
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda, 821, Caixa Postal 4621, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 496 955
(+258) 21 492 457
(F) (+258) 21 490 991
|Embassy of Norway|
Av. Julius Nyerere, 1162, Caixa Postal 828, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 480 100
(+258) 21 480 101
(F) (+258) 21 480 107
(+258) 21 485 076
|Embassy of Palestine
Rua António Bocarro, 202, Caixa Postal 1160, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 486 057
(F) (+258) 21 486 084
|Embassy of Portugal|
Av. Julius Nyerere 720, C.P. 4696, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 490 316 / 19
(+258) 21 490 322
(F) (+258) 21 491 172
|Embassy of Russia
Av. V. Lenine 2445, C.P. 46 66, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) (21) 417-372
(F) (+258) (21) 417-515
|Embassy of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic|
Rua João de Barros, 124, Caixa Postal 1634, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 490 098
(F) (+258) 21 494 705
|South African High Commission
Avenida Eduardo Mondlane 41, Caixa Postal 1120, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 243 000
(F) (+258) 21 488 897
(+258) 21 49 2533
|Embassy of Spain|
Rua Damiâo de Gois, 347, Caixa Postal 1331, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 49 20 25 / 27 / 30
(F) (+258) 21 49 20 55
(+258) 21 49 47 69
|Embassy of Sudan
Kenneth Kauanda Avenue, Plot No. 842, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 485 590
(F) (+258) 21 485 584
|Embassy of Sweden|
Avenida Julius Nyerere 1128, Caixa Postal 338, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) (21) 480 300
(F) (+258) (21) 480 390
|Embassy of Switzerland
Avenida Ahmed Sekou Touré 637, Caixa postal 135, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 36 05 00
(+258) 21 32 13 37 / 8
(F) (+258) 21 31 52 76
|Tanzanian High Commission |
Ujamaa House, Avenida dos Martires da machava 852, Maputo, Mozambique
P.O. Box 4515, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) (21) 490 110 / 2
(F) (+258) (21) 491 228
|Embassy of Timor-Leste
Av. do Zimbabwe, 1586, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 49 36 44
(+258) 82 72 02 38
(F) (+258) 21 49 35 44
|Embassy of Turkey|
Avenida Marginal, 3901, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 494 122 / 3
(+258) 21 483 686
(F) (+258) 21 494 124
|High Commission of the United Kingdom
Avenida Vladimir I Lenine 310, Caixa Postal 55, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 356 000
(+258) 84 341 3620 /1 (Mobile)
(F) (+258) 21 356 060
|Embassy of the United States|
Av. Kenneth Kaunda, 193, Maputo, Mozambique
P.O. Box 783, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 4927 97
(F) (+258) 21 4901 14
|Embassy of Venezuela
Rua das Bougainvilea Flora (3350) Nº 57, Sommerchield II, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 49 49 60
(F) (+258) 21 49 49 60
|Embassy of Vietnam|
Av. Francisco Orlando Magumbwe, No 1026/1048, Caixa Postal 4501, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 49 7912
(+258) 21 49 1989
(F) (+258) 21 49 1992
|Zambian High Commission
Av. Kenneth Kaunda, 1286, Caixa Postal 4655, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 492 452
(+258) 21 491 307
(F) (+258) 21 491 893
|Embassy of Zimbabwe|
Avenida Mártires da Machava, 1657, Caixa Postal 743, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 490 404
(+258) 21 488 877
(F) (+258) 21 492 237
|Consulate of Australia|
Av. Kamba Simango, 71, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 2149 8778
|Consulate of Austria
Rua Mateus Sansao Muhemba, 316, Maputo,
(T) (+258) 84 363 860
(F) (+258) 21 492 266
|Consulate of Bangladesh|
258 Rua De Franca, Coop Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 300 105
(+258) 82 309 5940
|Consulate of Belgium
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda 470, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 492 029
(+258) 21 492 009
(+258) 21 492 033
(F) (+258) 21 491 987
|Consulate of Chile |
Av. Eduardo Mondlane 1008, 5th floor, Office 521, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 828-779 400
(+258) 84 954 2784
|Consulate of Cyprus
Avenida Mao Tsé Tung 928-930, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21-492 115
(+258) 21-492 120 / 1
(F) (+258) 21-492 491
|Czech Consulate |
Avenida Tomas Nduda 1156, Office 7, Maputo,
(T) (+258) 84 300 5599
(F) (+258) 21 300 595
Rua Dona Maria II, Nr. 27 in Sommerschield,
(T) (+258) 21 483 102
|French Consulate |
c/o Companhia de Sena S.A,
Marromeu Rua Costa Serâo n°239, Caixa Postal 1903,
(T) (+258) 23 64.50.00
(+258) 82 64 85 803
(F) (+258) 23 64 00 84
Avenida Mao Tsé Tung no. 930, Maputo, Mozambique
P.O. Box 90, Maputo,
(T) (+258) 21 492 115 / 20
(F) (+258) (21) 492 491
|Consulate of Iceland|
3412, Julius Nyerere Street, Maputo,
(T) (+258) 21 241 400
|Consulate of Israel
Av. 25 Setembro, 1016/1020 - 2/3° Esq,
(T) (+258) 21-323 695
(+258) 82-307 8220
|Consulate of Madagascar|
Rua de Mukumbura 387, 1st Floor, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21 478 230
(+258) 82 589 1122
(F) (+258) 21 477 163
Rua Fernao Lopes, 106
(+258) 84 398 8524
|Monaco Consulate |
Julius Nyerere, 760, 1° Esq, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 21.486.532
(F) (+258) 21.486.533
c/o Cornelder de Moçambique, Largo dos CFM, Beira, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 23 32 27 35
(F) (+258) 23 32 27 36
|Consulate of Philippines |
Maputo Shopping 6, Office 601, Maputo,
(T) (+258) 82 000 2121
|Consulate of Poland
Rua Sambene Ousmane, 39, Maputo, Mozambique
P. O. Box 4478,
(T) (+258) 21 32 91 11
(F) (+258) 21 32 91 11
|Consulate of Portugal|
Rua António Enes, 148 / 149- 2°, Caixa Postal 1996, Beira, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 23 326 066 / 76
(+258) 23 322 296
(F) (+258) 23 324 688
|Consulate of Romania
Kenneth Kaunda Avenue 352, Maputo, Mozambique,
P.O. Box 2927, Maputo
(T) (+258) 88 2300 7360
|Consulate of Sao Tome and Principe|
Rua Fernão Lopes, nº 225, OR
Av Tomas Nduda nº 1040,
(T) (+258) 21 485 528
(F) (+258) 21 485 528
|Consulate of Serbia
Avenida Mao Tse Tung, 19, Maputo, Mozambique
(T) (+258) 82 302 8500
|Consulate of Seychelles|
Rua da Mesquita No. 213, Maputo, Mozambique
P.O. Box 4264, Maputo,
(T) (+258) (21) 31 37 44
(+258) (21) 31 30 32
(F) (+258) (21) 32 64 70
(+258) (21) 31 30 32
|Consulate of Slovakia
Rua Estevao de Ataíde 198, Maputo, Mozambique
P.O. Box 2663, Maputo,
(T) (+258) 21 488 731
(F) (+258) 21 488 731
|Consulate of Spain|
Largo Manuel Antonio de Sousa, nº 6, Beira,
(T) (+258) 23 32 50 58
(+258) 821 594 830
(F) (+258) 23 32 50 54
|Consulate of Sri Lanka
Kenneth Kaunda Av, No. 352 R/C, Maputo, Mozambique
P.O. Box 2927, Maputo,
(T) (+258) 21 245 980
(F) (+258) 21 010 550
|Consulate of United Kingdom|
SAL & Cadeira Lda
Predio de AMI - 5th Floor, Avenida Poder Popular, Beira,
(T) (+258) 23 325 997
(F) (+258) 23 325 997
617 Rua Francisco Dechange, Almeida Ponde Geo, Beira, Mozambique
P. O. Box 649, Beira,
(T) (+258) 23 372 950
(+258) 23 327 942
(F) (+258) 23 328 942
There are various protected (conservation) areas in Mozambique that is grouped into national parks, forest reserves, national reserves and wildlife utilisation areas. Currently Mozambique has 7 National Parks namely the Banhine National Park, the Bazaruto National Park, the Gorongosa National park, the Limpopo National Park, the Magoe National Park, the Quirimbas National Park and the Zinave National Park. There are currently 6 National Reserves in Mozambique namely the Chimanimani National Reserve, the Gilé National Reserve, the Maputo Special Reserve, the Niassa National Reserve and the Pomene National Reserve. Game Viewing is at its best during the winter season (May to November) as most of the animals will be near rivers, pools and waterholes. Game drives are recommended in the early mornings and late afternoons. For your own safety it is always advised to approach big game with caution and don’t make any unnecessary movement or noise and be prepared to drive on quickly if warning signs appear for example if an elephant turns head-on to you and flaps its ears. Always try to keep down-wind and remember any wild animal can be dangerous if startled, irritated or cornered. Never cut off a wild animal’s line of retreat, no matter what the circumstances.
The Gorongosa National Park
The famous and spectacular Gorongosa National Park is over 42,000 square kilometres big, is one of the best-known protected areas of wildlife and is located in the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley in the heart of Mozambique. The Gorongosa National Park is a magical wonderland infused with natural beauty from montane forests, rainforests, savannah, grasslands, miombo woodlands, limestone gorges, rivers and the majestic Mount Gorongosa. The Gorongosa National park is home to a huge diversity of plants, animals and insects and some of the wildlife present in the park includes Sable, Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalos, Servals, Bushbuck, Hartebeest, Kudus, Impalas, Rhinos, Hippos, Genet, Zebras and many more. Accommodation at the Gorongosa National Park includes various Villas, Safari lodges, Bungalows and Camp Sites. Activities to do at the Gorongosa National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Boat Safaris, Canoeing, Walking Safaris, Hiking and many more. The best time to visit the Gorongosa National Park is during the winter season of April to November. The park is closed to tourists during mid-December to early March as it’s the heaviest wet season and the roads are impassable.
The Limpopo National Park
The beautiful Limpopo National Park with its mountains, woodland savanna and rivers is over 7500 square kilometres big and forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park which also contains the Gonarezhou National Park located in Zimbabwe and the Kruger National Park located in South Africa. The park boasts wildlife such as the big 5 (Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard), Elands, Sables, Wild Dog, Jackals, Hyenas, Mongoose, Zebras, Kudus, Blue Wildebeest, Hippos and many more. Accommodation at the Limpopo National Park will include various Lodges, Camp sites and Tented Accommodation. Activities to do at the Limpopo National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Canoeing, Hiking, Guided Safaris and many more. The best time to visit the Limpopo Nation Park is from April – September as it’s Mozambique’s cool, dry months which are best for spotting animals.
The Niassa Nature Reserve
The spectacular 42,000 square kilometre Niassa Nature Reserve (named after Lake Niassa/Lake Malawi) with its 1,441m high Mecula Mountain in the middle of the park, beautiful miombo woodlands, forests, open savannah, wetlands, shrubs and trees is one of the biggest protected areas in Mozambique. Located in the north west part of the country in the Niassa province, the reserve boasts with wildlife such as the endangered African wild dog, Sable Antelopes, Elephants, Cape Buffalos, Impalas, Wildebeests, Zebras, African Lions, Leopards, Boehm’s Zebras, Niassa Wildebeests, Johnston’s Impalas, over 400 bird species and many more. Accommodation at the Niassa Nature Reserve includes various Lodges and Bush camps. Activities to do at the Niassa Nature Reserve will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Lounging on the sandy beach of Lake Niassa, Hiking, Rock Climbing and many more. The best time to visit the Niassa Nature Reserve is in the months of April to October as the temperatures are much cooler.
Mozambique has state-owned and private hospitals, practises and facilities available. It is highly recommended to get medical evacuation insurance if you don’t already have a policy covering the area of Mozambique. Mozambique has one of the highest incidences of AIDS in the world, thus it’s important to exercise regular universal precautions when dealing with any bodily fluid and wear rubber gloves when dressing other adults and children’s cuts. Mozambique is a malaria zone thus it’s advisable to take the relevant precautions, prophylactics and to seek medical advice before traveling to Mozambique. Don’t drink water straight from the tap or any other water source, boil it first or rather drink bottled water. There is a variety of infectious diseases present in Mozambique such as Diarrhea, Hepatitis A, Typhoid fever, Cholera, Hepatitis B, Malaria and Rabies. It is extremely important to visit your doctor ideally 4-6 weeks before your trip to get your vaccines or medicines you may need. These health tips are just a guideline; thus, we recommend that you always seek up to date advice from your doctor before traveling to any destination.
For your own health and safety, it is best to check the vaccines and medicines list for the country you are traveling to and visit your doctor (ideally 4-6 weeks) before your planned vacation or trip to get the vaccines or medicines you may require. It is best to ensure that you are up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. You can ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from any country other than the U.S. Some vaccines like Yellow Fever is a compulsory vaccine and also a legal requirement in many African countries, and you will be refused entry if you don’t have proof of the vaccine with you, thus it is always good practice to check with the embassy of your chosen destination to find out what vaccines are compulsory. Some vaccines may also be required for your travel, for a full list of medical requirements, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Mozambique, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria. See more detailed information about malaria in Mozambique.
You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Mozambique. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
CDC recommends this vaccine for adults who are traveling to areas of active cholera transmission. Areas of active cholera transmission include the provinces of Cabo Delgado (last case reported June 2018) and Nampula (last case reported June 2018) of Mozambique (see map). Cholera is rare in travelers but can be severe. Certain factors may increase the risk of getting cholera or having severe disease (more information). Avoiding unsafe food and water and washing your hands can also prevent cholera.
You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Mozambique, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:
- Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
- People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
- People who are taking long trips or moving to Botswana
- Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
There is no risk of yellow fever in Mozambique. The government of Mozambique requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.
For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Mozambique. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.
Note: Yellow fever vaccine availability in the United States is currently limited. If you need to be vaccinated before your trip, you may need to travel some distance and schedule your appointment well in advance. Find the clinic nearest you.
Stay Healthy and Safe during your Travels
Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Mozambique, so your behaviors are important. Eat and drink safely:
Unclean food and water can cause travelers’ diarrhea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.
Food that is cooked and served hot
Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
Pasteurized dairy products
Food served at room temperature
Food from street vendors
Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
Unpasteurized dairy products
”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)
Bottled water that is sealed
Water that has been disinfected
Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
Hot coffee or tea
Tap or well water
Ice made with tap or well water
Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
Talk with your doctor about taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs with you on your trip in case you get sick.
Prevent bug bites:
Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Mozambique. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.
What can I do to prevent bug bites?
Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.
For more information on how to stay safe during your travel to Mozambique, please see the following page: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/mozambique
Healthy Travel Packing List for Mozambique
Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Mozambique for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.
Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?
It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.
Travel Health Notices
There are no notices currently in effect for Mozambique.
After Your Trip
If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic. Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling. If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.
Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.
For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel.
The Key to staying safe and healthy while visiting Mozambique is to: Get Vaccinated, Take Antimalarial Medication, Eat and Drink Safely, Prevent Bug Bites, Keep away from animals, Reduce your exposure to germs, Avoid sharing body fluids and Avoid non-sterile medical or cosmetic equipment.
You can travel to Mozambique by commercial flight or by road. Mozambique has various airports with paved and unpaved runways and the International Airports in Mozambique is the Maputo International Airport, The Vilanculos International Airport and the Pemba International Airport. International Airlines that operate in Mozambique is LAM – Linhas aéreas de Moçambique and South African Airways. Mozambique has Seaports, Waterways, Gauge Railways and Roadways that are in various conditions (paved and unpaved). Major tourist centres, airports and hotels offer Car and four-wheel drive rental services. The modes of transport in Mozambique includes rail, road, water and air and public transport in Mozambique is available via taxis, buses and public minibuses (Chapas) that will travel almost anywhere in Mozambique.
The Mozambique communication infrastructure caters for cell phones, landline/public telephones, fax, internet connections, international roaming, radio, television and postal services. Cellphone reception and coverage is widespread and local lines can be purchased relatively cheaply. The main mobile phone networks in Mozambique is mCel and South African service provider Vodacom, and tourists can buy sim cards in most supermarkets and service stations if they do not wish to enable their own international roaming on their phone. The international dialling code for Mozambique is +258. There are various internet cafes in Maputo and many of the hotels and resorts will have internet access. Data rates are reasonable, but it is always best to do downloads and updates when Wi-Fi is available to save on data costs. Mozambique has T.V stations such as STV, TIM, TVM (Televisao Mocambique) and Multichoice DSTV based in South Africa, broadcasts to the whole of Africa. Mozambique’s favourite radio station is the state-owned radio station called Radio Mocambique. There are postal services and courier companies operational in Mozambique.
Electricity supply in Mozambique is between 220 – 240 volts running at 50Hz and the plug types used are Type – C, F and South African Type – M plugs. Tourists can use their electric appliances in Mozambique if the standard voltage in their country is in between 220 – 220V. It is advisable to bring a travel adapter/multi-outlet adapter and a power converter along when travelling to Mozambique to cater for instances where your device is unable to use 220V and isn’t dual voltage either. There are supermarkets, regional chain stores, shopping centres and various markets available in Mozambique and all basic commodities can be easily purchased. Business hours are normally between 08h00 to 12h00 and 12h00 – 17h30 on Monday to Friday and there are 24-hour convenience shops at most of the fuel service stations. There are local arts and crafts such as masks, baskets, woodcarvings, pottery, tapestries, fabrics, clothing, grass mats and many more for sale to tourists at craft markets in Mozambique. There are opportunities for bargaining/haggling in Mozambique at the markets for the best deals, but keep in mind that many of the people make their living by selling their wares. It is customary to tip hotel and lodge staff and you can add a standard 10% onto your bill at a restaurant for a tip for the waiter, but it’s advisable to use your own discretion when tipping based on the service you received.
Please note that when traveling on Mozambique Roads, driving is on the left-hand lane of the road. Most of the traffic signs in Mozambique are in English. Majority of the major and main roads in Mozambique have been resurfaced and offer a smooth ride, however potholes remain a road hazard so be careful when driving and watch out for potholes. If you are planning a route to Mozambique where you will not drive on the EN1 most of the time, Four-wheel drive is required especially in the rainy season as gravel roads can easily degenerate in to sandy paths that is muddy and difficult to negotiate. Major tourist centres, airports and hotels in Mozambique offer Car and four-wheel drive rental services. The speed limits for Mozambique are listed as: 60km/h in built-up areas, 80km/h outside built up areas and 120 km/h on national roads. Drivers and passengers are all required to wear seat belts at all times while driving in Mozambique. There are various checkpoints throughout Mozambique and foreign drivers must have a passport, valid drivers license, international driving permit (South African citizens don’t need one), vehicle registration documents, valid temporary vehicle import papers (obtained at the border) and third party liability insurance certificate (compulsory) present, to produce to the police if stopped at one of the checkpoints. Drive carefully and when in doubt, obey any law that may apply. One should have 2 warning triangles, a high visibility reflective vest and at least one fire extinguisher present per vehicle. Driving on beaches in Mozambique is not permitted and if a driver is not the owner of the vehicle, he must have a letter of permission from the owner (car rental agencies are required by law to provide a letter of authorization to the client). Please note that no firearms are to be brought into Mozambique. It is very important to not drive in areas where there are no demarcated roads, as there is still land mines present in Mozambique.
Fuel is available at Maputo, Macia, Xai-Xai, Quissico, Inhambane, Maxixe, Massinga, Vilanculos and Inhassoro, but rather fill up your vehicle before the border, or when you get the chance to prevent getting stranded without fuel as fuel availability isn’t guaranteed at all the fuel stations in Mozambique. It is advisable to fill your vehicle up at Kosi Bay if you are travelling to resorts south of Maputo as fuel isn’t always available at Ponta Do Ouro. It is advised to use toilets that are available at fuel stations when you stop to fill up your vehicle, as the next toilet might be very far from your current stop. Remember to take toilet paper with you as some toilets might not have toilet paper available. Driving at night in Mozambique is not advised as there are no streetlights and sometimes other vehicles on the road have inadequate lighting. Be careful of wildlife and domestic animals, unlicensed and unroadworthy vehicles and local people walking on the roads especially when driving at night in Mozambique. Stay on the established tracks in the national parks and stay below the 40km/h speed limit for the safety of wildlife and yourselves.
Mozambique is a fabulous African holiday destination that offers spectacular beaches, game reserves, diving escapes and much more. While on vacation in Mozambique you can visit the beautiful National Parks, Reserves and Concessions, the fabulous markets, beautiful postcard-perfect islands, Maputo, Iglesia de San Antonio de la Polana (Maputo), Praia do Tofo (Tofo), Pemba, Vilankulo, Bilene (Xai-Xai), Lake Cahora Bassa, Chinhamapere Hill and many more. Activities to do in Mozambique include Swimming, Beach Relaxation, Diving excursions, Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Game Viewing and Game Drives, Dolphin Tours, Bird Watching, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Fishing, 4×4 off-road Adventures and much more.
Must see attractions in Mozambique would include:
The Bazaruto Archipelago
Located just off the coast of Vilanculos in Mozambique, is one of the biggest tourist attractions, the spectacular Bazaruto Archipelago which is a combination of 5 beautiful islands namely the Bazaruto (the largest island), the Benguerra, the Magarugue, Santa Carolina (the paradise island) and the Bangue that form the Bazaruto Marine Reserve. The Archipelago consists of enormous sand dunes (formed by the white sandy beaches), freshwater lakes, beautiful forests, savannah, wetlands, coral reefs, various water birds, over 2000 fish species, Indian Ocean Turltes and a very diverse marine life. The largest of the islands in the archipelago is the Bazaruto Island that is 37km long and 7km wide. There is a natural pool referred to as the Aquarium at the archipelago and it boasts marine life such as Hump Back Whales, Manta Rays, Dolphins, Dugong and many more. The Bazaruto Marine Reserve is a must see with its beautiful coral reefs, crystal clear waters and many marine life such as Reef Sharks, Sailfish, Marlin, Whale Sharks and many more. The Bazaruto Archipelago is an all year-round destination accessible by boat or plane from Vilanculos, and there are various accommodation types such as upmarket lodges and exclusive resorts available. Activities to do at the archipelago will include Swimming, Big Game Fishing, Boat Rides, Scuba Diving, Surfing, Dhow Safaris, Diving, Kayaking, Parasailing and much more.
The mystifying and captivating Ponta d’Ouro is located south of Maputo in Mozambique and is home to some of the most perfect waves in Africa as described by surfers, divers and underwater enthusiasts. There are various rock pools filled with colourful shells and corals and the local fishing town beats with the energy of local bamboo beach shacks and local tavernas. In town tourists can tickle their taste buds with the locally produced Tipo Tinto Rum while taking tours of the local pubs and shebeens. There are various accommodation types available in Ponta d’Ouro such as exquisite resorts, lodges and amazing campsites right on the beach. Ponta d’Oura is a perfect holiday destination offering a breath of fresh ocean air, dolphins playing and dancing in the crystal-clear waters, spectacular dive sites, a wealth of sea creatures, perfect surfing waves, long white beaches and the amazing opportunity to swim with dolphins.
The Mozambique Island (Ilha de Mozambique)
Named as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the island of Mozambique also known as Ilha de Mozambique is an island full of history, heritage and culture dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The island is located in the Nampula Province of northern Mozambique where it was an ancient trading port and the capital city for nearly four centuries while under the Portuguese rule. The island boasts an exquisite mix of Portuguese and Muslim architecture that divides the old Stone Town in the north and Reed town in the south and the remnants of Portuguese occupation in the 16th century can be found in many parts of the island. The island is connected to the mainland by the 3.8km Mozambique Island Bridge and since the island is small, tourists can walk around the island or hire bicycles to explore the island. Besides the stunning promenade, one of the highlighted features of the island is the Fort Sao Sebastian which is the oldest landmark of its kind in the Southern part of Africa. Taking more than 50 years to construct, the fort is possibly the oldest surviving European building in the southern hemisphere dating back to 1522, that still retains its original structure today. The ancient Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte is located close to the Fort Sao Sebastian and is a must see for tourists. Other must-see attractions on the island includes the great museum found inside the Palacio Govierno, the Palace and Chapel of São Paulo, Ilha Blue, the Church of Santo Antonio and the Museum of Sacred Art in the Church of the Misericórdia. Accommodation on the island ranges from resorts, lodges and a beautiful campsite on the mainland. Other activities to do on the island will include boat trips, swimming, dhow travel, exploring the coast and much more.
TRAVEL ADVISORIES & ALERTS
U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office
US Department of State Travel Advisories
UK Government Site
Current News within Mozambique
Regional Botswana news provided by allAfrica.com
Mozambique online news
Driving In Mozambique
Mozambique radio station providing news and information on what’s happening in and around Mozambique.
Useful Environmental and Nature Links
USEFUL PHRASES IN MOZAMBIQUE
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Useful Phrases in Portuguese
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Please be aware that the information noted below is applicable to tourist visas only. If you’re planning on working, studying, volunteering or living in Mozambique, you’ll need a different type of visa altogether that requires additional documentation and must be applied for in advance. You can contact your embassy/high commission for more information. Please ensure that there is enough space in your passport for the inclusion of the visa and please ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond your intended date of departure in order to get a visa. Visas are required by everyone except citizens of South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Visas can be bought at most Mozambican borders but due to reports of tourists being refused this service, we strongly advise you to obtain your visas in advance from your nearest Mozambican Embassy or High Commission. It is also advisable for tourists to please contact their nearest Mozambican embassy/high commission to find out which documents you may need to enter into the country.
NB! If you are traveling with minor children to or from South Africa or even if your travels are just “in transit” through South Africa, then please read the following guidelines on the link below.
Mozambique has a tropical climate with plenty of sunshine, warm winters and hot summers and is therefore a fabulous all-year-round destination. There are two seasons in Mozambique, a wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Cyclones are common in the coastal areas of Mozambique during the rainy season. The average temperatures in Mozambique ranges from 21°C to 31°C in the summer, and from 15°C to 26°C in the winter and temperatures and rainfall varies between the different regions of the country where the inland is cooler than the coast and the rainfall higher. The average hours of sunshine daily throughout the year is 8 to 9 hours. For tourists, the best visiting times for Game Viewing in Mozambique is in the dry season from May to November as temperatures are cooler.
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