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 travel highlights
Sail off the coast of Vilankulo aboard a traditional dhow
Spend a memorable night camping near Lake Chicamba
Mozambique holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Mozambique
Geography and environment
Coastal Pursuits in Mozambique
Health and Safety
Mozambique travel FAQs
Australia: Yes - Visa required
Belgium: Yes - Visa required
Canada: Yes - Visa required
Germany: Yes- Visa required
Ireland: Yes - Visa required
Netherlands: Yes - Visa required
New Zealand: Yes - Visa required
South Africa: NO
Switzerland: Yes - Visa required
United Kingdom: Yes - Visa required
USA: Yes - Visa required
Most nationalities are now required to gain a Mozambique visa prior to arrival. The visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days and costs approximately USD82 (plus any visa service and courier fees).
When applying 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
Visitors to Mozambique have reportedly been able to obtain a visa on arrival at the Momzabique border despite the introduction of the above regulations in mid 2015. However, our official advice is to pre-arrange your visa. If you chose to obtain it at the border, it is at your own risk.
Alternatively, you may be able to pre-purchase a visa from the Mozambique General Consulate in Johannesburg if starting your journey here.
Address: 95 Oxford Road, Saxonwold
Telephone: +27 11 3275704
Fax: + 27 11 3275711
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.
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
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 2 Jan New Year Holiday
- 3 Feb Mozambique's Heroes' Day
- 7 Apr Mozambique's Women's Day
- 1 May Workers' Day
- 25 Jun Independence Day
- 26 Jun Independence Day Holiday
- 7 Sep Lusaka Peace Agreement Day
- 25 Sep Armed Forces Day
- 4 Oct Peace and National Reconciliation Day
- 25 Dec Family Day / Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Mozambique go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/mozambique/public-holidays
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.