Mozambique

Swaying palm trees and crystal clear, aqua blue waters are what attract tourists to Mozambique. It offers visitors the perfect beach getaway with bustling markets, scrumptious seafood restaurants and vibrant nightlife completing the picture.

The coral reefs teem with sea life making Mozambique one of the best places for scuba diving or snorkelling.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Mozambique is between April and October as this is when the average daytime temperature is the most comfortable, and there is also very little rain. The rainy season is between November and March and the daytime temperatures during this time can become uncomfortably hot and humid.

What to do

  • Fishing
  • Game Viewing
  • Explore the Okavango Delta on a mokoro ( dug-out canoe )
  • Visit the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Visit Chobe National Park
  • Tsodilo Hills World Heritage site
Climate and Weather

Mozambique experiences a tropical climate all year round, but the weather can vary depending on which region you are visiting. Rainfall is most prevalent between November and March and the average daytime temperatures in the summer months ( October to March ) is 31ºC while during the winter months ( April to September ) they average 27ºC.

Essential Travel Information

Passport and Visa Information
Passport Information

  • Passports must be valid for no less than six months beyond the period of intended stay.
  • Visitors must ensure they have a minimum of three blank pages in their passport ( for entry and exit stamps ).
  • Tourists must hold proof of a valid onward The travel date of this ticket may not exceed three months from the first date of entry.
  • Tourists must be able to prove they have sufficient funds for the duration of their stay in the country

Visa Information

South African citizens require a passport that is valid for at least 30 days after their arrival in Mozambique.

South African passport holders do not require a visa

Foreign citizens requiring a visa must apply before arriving Mozambique. Visas on arrival are no longer issued.

Health Information
  • Visitors who are coming from yellow fever area must have a valid yellow fever certificate.
  • Malaria is a risk throughout the year across the country, and prophylactics are recommended
  • Recommended vaccinations include hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid and rabies.
  • Tap water is not safe to drink

Hospital facilities are generally poor and limited, especially in the rural areas.  Comprehensive medical insurance which covers helivac is essential, and it is advisable to carry a supply of personal medical supplies.

Important: All medication must be in its original packaging and accompanied by a signed and dated letter from your practitioner detailing what the medication is and why it is needed

Safety and Security

Tourists should remain vigilant at all times with muggings, bag snatching, and pick-pocketing being reasonably common. Keep valuables out of sight and do not walk alone at night. Remain vigilant when driving, as the roads can be in poor condition with many of them becoming impassable during the wet season (November to March.) Driving at night is not recommended. Police roadblocks are common, and there have been reports of police attempting to solicit bribes, but travellers should insist on a written fine that can be paid at a police station. Some form of identification should be carried at all times

Customs and Dress Code
Portuguese is the most widely spoken language in Mozambique although most educated Mozambicans also speak English. The country has a rich and diverse cultural heritage and the traditions of Islam, Swahili and Bantu speakers co-exist harmoniously in the country. It is illegal to take photographs of public buildings, and drug offences are taken very seriously with offenders receiving heavy fines and long jail sentences.  
Time Zone
GMT +2
Electricity
The rounded three-pin plug, as well as the two-pronged, round- and flat-pin plugs.

Getting Around

By air
International flights to Mozambique land at Maputo International Airport.
Driving

You will need an International driving license. If you are taking your own vehicle across the border, you will need to have the vehicles original registration papers or a letter from the bank through which it is financed permitting you to take it across the border. You will also need to prove that you have third-party insurance before immigration allows you to cross the border.

If you are driving a rental car, across the border, you will need a letter of authorisation from the rental company giving permission. Always carry original as well as certified copies of your driver’s licence and passports with you.

You must have the following in your vehicle at all times:

  • Yellow and Blue Triangle stickers – You need to display this sticker if you are going to tow a trailer, boat or caravan.
  • Reflective vests – one per person in the vehicle
  • Two Red Triangles — All vehicles must have two red hazard triangles. Triangles should be placed 50 meters in front and behind the vehicle in the event of a breakdown.
  • If possible carry a few spares such as a fan belt, fuses and a basic tool kit and jack. Do not forget to ensure that the spare tire is in good working order.

Important Information
If pulled over by a traffic cop (official uniform is a white shirt and navy blue trousers) either for a traffic offence or at a roadblock and you are given a spot fine always insist on a written ticket, and an official numbered receipt containing the officer’s name. Traffic police are the only people who are allowed to issue fines. Any other police officers, generally dressed in a grey uniform, are not authorised to issue traffic fines. They are only allowed to request to see your drivers license or search your car for weapons. Never hand over your passport or drivers license to an officer as you are only required to show your documents to officials. If you are asked for a bribe by any traffic or police officer, contact the Anti-Corruption Hotline (see number below.)

Currency
Mozambique’s official currency is the Mozambican Metical (MZN), which is divided into 100 centavos. In the main tourist regions South African Rands, US Dollars and British Pounds Sterling are often also accepted to pay for accommodation. Credit cards facilities are limited, so it is advisable to carry cash. ATMs are scarce and often out of order.
Communication
International dialling code is +258

Mobile phone service and networks are widespread with mCel being the leading local service provider.  Vodacom is also available in most parts of the country.

Public Holidays

New Year’s Day – 1 January 2018
Heroes Day – 3 February 2018
Women’s Day –  7 April 2018
Worker’s Day – 1 May 2018
Independence Day – 25 June 2018
Victory Day – 7 September 2018
Armed Forces Day – 25 September 2018
Peace Day – 4 October 2018
Christmas Day – 25 December 2018

Important Contact Numbers

Department of Tourismwww.visitmozambique.net

General Emergency: 197

Fire: 198

Police: 199

Anti-Corruption Hotline: +258 82 965 7804