Mozambique

With cities of colonial splendour, a golden coast scattered with balmy beaches and cuisine packed with sizzle and spice, Mozambique is a magical part of mother Africa. Raw, real and with plenty of space to roam, stop by Mozambique and be warmed by the sun, smiles and sea.

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Beach, Mozambique

Southern Africa Unplugged

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USD $3,395.00
CAD $3,460.00
AUD $3,595.00
EUR €2,495.00
GBP £2,150.00
NZD $4,260.00
ZAR R32,720.00
CHF FR3,085.00

Visit highlights of South Africa and Zimbabwe and uncover the mystique of Mozambique on this adventure holiday. See Vic...

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Our Mozambique trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.

Southern Africa Unplugged, April 2014

Southern Africa Unplugged, April 2014

About Mozambique

At a glance

Trips Available: 3
Capital city: Maputo (population 1.1 million)
Population: 22 million
Language: Portuguese
Currency: MZN
Time zone: (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code: +258

Best time to visit Mozambique

June to August is considered the best period to visit as the weather is cooler and drier. Later in the dry season (in late August and September) the temperatures start to climb, but this is the best time to see big game and enjoy the sunshine on the coast. The best time for bird watching is early in the rainy season, which usually runs from November to December.

Mozambique weather chart

Geography and environment

Seaside palm trees and lounges of Wimbe Beach, Mozambique
Located in Southern Africa, Mozambique shares land borders with Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. The eastern side of the country runs along the Indian Ocean, giving Mozambique plenty of coast line crucial for recreation, trade, tourism and the fishing industry. Inland, mountainous terrain extends along the western and northern borders with the Limpopo and the Zambezi Rivers running through the country into the sea.

Top Picks

Children of Mozambique playing football in the streets

Top 5 Coastal Pursuits in Mozambique

1. Scuba Diving

Home to perennially warm waters, pristine coral reefs and a wide variety of marine life, Mozambique is one of Africa's best spots to dive. Explore the archipelago and find exquisite tropical fish, graceful rays, rare dugongs and (if you're lucky), colossal whale sharks.

2. Snorkelling

Travellers not into diving don't have to miss out on the underwater wonders, as snorkelling opens an exhilarating (and often cheaper) window into the colourful creations that live under the waterline.

3. Beach Football

Like most African countries, the locals of Mozambique love a game of football. It won't be hard to find a casual game of beach football on the coast of Mozambique and local kids are usually happy to have a traveller or two join in.

4. Sailing

Taking to Mozambique's crystalline seas aboard a traditional dhow is one of the more mellow ways to enjoy the coast. Laze on deck, take in the sun and scenery and watch the islands glide by, just as locals have done for centuries.

5. Sandboarding

Forget the ocean for a while and experience a wild ride on Mozambique's dunes. Sandboarding is comparable to snowboarding and with Mozambique possessing some enormous dunes, this is a top spot for experienced and novice boarders to get some thrills.

FAQs on Mozambique

Although tipping isn't customary in Mozambique, establishments in tourist areas like Maputo are increasingly accepting (and expecting) tips. A tip of 10% in restaurants and cafes should suffice, although it's not entirely necessary. With many service workers receiving low wages, tipping waiters, porters and drivers is considered generous.
Travellers will be able to access the internet at cyber cafes in Mozambique's large cities and towns frequented by tourists. Expect little to no internet access in remote and rural areas.
Mobile phone coverage is generally available in Mozambique's large cities and tourist towns. Rural and remote areas may have less network coverage. Remember to activate global roaming with your service provider before leaving home.
Mozambique has a mix of squat toilets and flushable toilets. As a developing nation, expect to adjust to different levels of sanitation. Always carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitiser as these are rarely provided.
Bottle of imported beer = 70 MZN
Light meal in a cafe = 170-200 MZN
Seafood dinner in a restaurant = 700-900 MZN
Tap water isn't considered safe for tourists to drink. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Ask your leader and accommodation provider for local advice on where drinking water can be accessed. Also, avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.
Credit cards are used in Mozambique, but not all establishments will accept credit. Large hotels, restaurants and tourist service providers usually accept credit cards, but expect smaller operators and shops to accept cash only.
ATMs are relatively easy to find in Mozambique's cities and areas frequented by tourists. If travelling through rural and remote areas, be aware that there will be limited access to ATMs.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Feb 3 Heroes' Day
Apr 7 Women's Day
May 1 Worker's Day
Jun 25 Independence Day
Sep 7 Victory Day
Sep 25 Armed Forces Day
Oct 4 Peace Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day/Family Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Mozambique/public-holidays
MOZAMBIQUE:
For most nationalities a visa can be obtained on arrival, however we advise that you obtain this visa in advance as this does save a lot of time at the border. The visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days and costs approximately USD82. Some nationalities do require a visa prior to arrival so you must check with the relevant consulate prior to departure.

If you apply for your visa in advance you may be asked for a contact in Mozambique. Please use the following:
Fatimas Place
Mao Tse Tung Ave, 1321
Maputo
Mozambique
email: fatimas@tvcabo.co.mz
phone: +258 21302994
fax: +258 1303345

Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate
All travellers entering Mozambique who have been to any country where Yellow Fever is known to exist (as listed by the World Health Organisation) must present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate on arrival. If you cannot present a valid certificate on entry you may need to be vaccinated at your expense (approximately US$55).

Entry Requirements - Passport Validity
The passports of all visitors wishing to enter Mozambique (and South Africa) must be valid for a minimum of six months. You will also need to have at least two blank pages remaining in your passport on arriving in Mozambique. MOZAMBIQUE:

** IMPORTANT CHANGE TO BORDER CROSSINGS AND VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: YXOA -VIC FALLS TO KENYA **

For all departures from the 31st of May 2012 onwards we will no longer be travelling through Mozambique and you will NOT be required to have a Mozambique Visa. Trip notes will be updated with the slight change to itinerary shortly at which time your agent will contact with details of this change. MOZAMBIQUE:

** IMPORTANT CHANGE TO BORDER CROSSINGS AND VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: YXOB -KENYA TO VIC FALLS **

For all departures from the 27th of May 2012 onwards we will no longer be travelling through Mozambique and you will NOT be required to have a Mozambique Visa. Trip notes will be updated with the slight change to itinerary shortly at which time your agent will contact with details of this change.

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Mozambique Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Mozambique

1. Be considerate of Mozambique’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.

3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Sleepwalking LandMia Couto
IvoryTony Park
Chronicler of the WindsHenning Mankell
A Complicated War: The Harrowing of MozambiqueWilliam Finnegan