Mozambique Tours & Holidays
Raw, real and with plenty of space to roam, stop by Mozambique and be warmed by the sun, smiles and sea.
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.
Mozambique at a glance
Maputo (population 1.1 million)
(GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria
Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
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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
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 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.
Travelers not into diving don't have to miss out on the underwater wonders, as snorkeling opens an exhilarating (and often cheaper) window into the colorful 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 traveler 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.
|Sleepwalking Land||Mia Couto|
|Chronicler of the Winds||Henning Mankell|
|A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique||William Finnegan|
Mozambique travel FAQs
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
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 their 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 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:
Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
Go to: https://travel.gc.ca/
From the UK?
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
From the US?
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.