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.
Mozambique Tours & Travel
All our Mozambique trips
At a glance
- Trips Available:
- Capital city:
- Maputo (population 1.1 million)
- 22 million
- Time zone:
- (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria
- Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
- Dialing code:
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.
Geography and environment
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.
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.
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.
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
Light meal in a cafe = 170-200 MZN
Seafood dinner in a restaurant = 700-900 MZN
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
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
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:
Mao Tse Tung Ave, 1321
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 New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
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.
|Sleepwalking Land||Mia Couto|
|Chronicler of the Winds||Henning Mankell|
|A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique||William Finnegan|