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MOZAMBIQUE TRAVEL GUIDE

Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs.

 

Visitors to Mozambique discover a country rich in natural resources, steeped in history, where the heritage of African, Asian, Arab and Portuguese influences come together to create a rich and warm culture. Tourists who come here discover 2500 km of pristine Indian Ocean coastline, azure waters, silver beaches, myriad colours of endless coral reefs, the tropical islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago and historical cities like Maputo. The lush natural beauty, uncrowded coconut palm-lined beaches, remote villages, unique architecture, seafood and sunshine, friendly people and delicious cuisine enchant even the most jaded of travellers.

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MOZAMBIQUE QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Maputo
  • Currency: Metical (MZN)
  • Area: 801,590 km²
  • Population: 29,5 million (2018)
  • Language: Portuguese (official), indigenous dialects
  • Religion:Indigenous beliefs 50%, Christian 30%, Muslim 20%
  • Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European plug)

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MOZAMBIQUE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 3 February, Heroes’ Day
  • 7 April, Women’s Day
  • 1 May, Workers’ Day
  • 25 June, Independence Day
  • 7 September, Lusaka Peace Agreement Day
  • 25 September, Armed Forces Day
  • 4 October, Peace and National Reconciliation Day

FESTIVALS IN MOZAMBIQUE

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BEST TIME TO VISIT MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique has two main seasons: the rainy season and the dry season.

  • The rainy season, also known as the monsoon season, typically runs from November to April. During this time, the country experiences heavy rainfall and high humidity. The rain is most intense in the northern and central regions, but the southern regions tend to receive less rainfall.
  • The dry season, also known as the winter season, typically runs from May to October. During this time, the country experiences little to no rainfall and lower humidity. This is the best time to visit for beach activities and wildlife viewing.

It's also worth noting that the seasons can vary depending on the specific region you're in. Some areas may experience different patterns of rainfall and temperature.

 

The best time to visit Mozambique depends on the specific region and activities you plan to do. In general, the dry season (May to October) is the best time to visit for beach activities and wildlife viewing in the northern and southern regions. The rainy season (November to April) can make travel more difficult, but it is also a great time to visit for those interested in diving and experiencing the vibrant green landscape.

MOZAMBIQUE WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Mozambique has a tropical to sub‐tropical climate. Rainfall distribution in Mozambique follows a north-south gradient, with more rainfall along the coast, where the annual average varies between 800 and 1200 mm. The inland high-altitude areas in the north and central regions receive approximately 1000 mm, whereas the inland central and south areas receive about 600 mm of rainfall. The south of Mozambique is generally drier with an average rainfall lower than 800 mm, decreasing to as low as 300 mm. Temperatures are warmest near the coast, compared with colder temperatures higher inland. Typical average temperatures at the coast are 25-27°C in the summer and 20-23°C in winter. The average temperatures in the southern region are 24-26°C in summer and 20-22°C in winter.

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MOZAMBIQUE TOURIST SEASONS

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW SPORT IN MOZAMBIQUE

HIKING & CYCLING IN MOZAMBIQUE

You can enjoy outdoor activities in Mozambique throughout the year, although it can be rainy from December to March.

BEACH OPTIONS IN MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique has a long coastline with plenty of beaches which can be enjoyed throughout the year. The best time for relaxing on these beaches is during the dry season from April to November. It can be rather rainy from December to March.

SURFING IN MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique offers fantastic surfing conditions from April to October, with the most consistent swell in the months of June, July and August. The most popular surf spots are Ponta D’Ouro and Tofinho Beach.

KITESURF IN MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique has a long coast full of wavy beaches and stunning flat-water lagoons. The most consistent winds blow between October to March.

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TRAVEL SAFETY IN MOZAMBIQUE

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HEALTH RISKS IN MOZAMBIQUE

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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MOZAMBIQUE TRAVEL COSTS

The cost of traveling to Mozambique can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the time of year, the type of accommodation and activities you choose, and your personal travel style. However, on average, you can expect to spend the following:

  • Accommodation: A budget-friendly option, such as a dorm room in a hostel, could cost around $20-30 per night. A mid-range option, such as a double room in a guesthouse, could cost around $50-70 per night. A luxury option, such as a resort room with a private beach, could cost $150 or more per night.
  • Food: A meal at a local restaurant could cost around $5-10. A drink at a bar or café could cost around $2-4. A bottle of water could cost around $1.
  • Transportation: A bus or minibus ride within a city could cost around $1-2. A taxi ride within a city could cost around $5-10. A one-way trip on a long-distance bus could cost around $10-20.
  • Activities: A half-day snorkeling or diving trip could cost around $50-70. A full-day safari could cost around $200-300. A visit to a national park or reserve could cost around $10-15.

Overall, you can expect to spend around $50-70 per day for budget travel, $70-150 for mid-range travel, and $150 or more per day for luxury travel.

 

It's worth noting that the cost of living can vary depending on the location and time of year. It's always better to have some extra budget for unexpected expenses.

MOZAMBIQUE TRAVEL TIPS

Here are some travel tips for visiting Mozambique:

  • Plan ahead: Before you go, research the destinations you want to visit and make sure you have a rough itinerary in place. This will help you budget for accommodations, transportation, and activities.
  • Pack lightly: Pack only what you need and be prepared to hand-carry your bags. Many airports and bus stations in Mozambique do not have baggage storage facilities.
  • Learn some Portuguese: Knowing even a few basic phrases in Portuguese can make a big difference when communicating with locals.
  • Be flexible: Traveling in Mozambique can be unpredictable, so be prepared for unexpected changes in your itinerary.
  • Take a mosquito repellent: Mosquitoes are common in Mozambique, especially during the rainy season, so it's a good idea to take a repellent with you to protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses.
  • Be cautious: Some areas of Mozambique can be dangerous, so it's important to stay informed about the latest safety and security information before and during your trip. Avoid traveling to places that are considered unsafe.
  • Respect the culture: Mozambique is a diverse country with a rich culture. Be respectful of the local customs and traditions, and be mindful of your actions and words.
  • Support local businesses: Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, so supporting local businesses and communities can make a big difference.
  • Be prepared for power cuts: Power cuts are common in Mozambique, so be prepared to spend some time without electricity. Make sure to charge your electronic devices when power is available.

By following these tips, you can have a safe, enjoyable, and memorable trip to Mozambique.

SIGHTS & HIGHLIGHTS OF MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique is a large country with a diverse landscape, so it's divided into several regions, each with its own unique highlights. Here is an overview of some of the main regions of Mozambique and what they have to offer:

  • Maputo: The capital and largest city of Mozambique, Maputo is a lively and colorful city with a mix of Portuguese and African influences. Highlights include the Central Market, the Museum of Natural History, and the Maputo Fortress.
  • Inhambane: A coastal province in southern Mozambique, Inhambane is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities. Highlights include the Barra Lodge, the Tofo Beach, and the Inhambane Historic Center.
  • Nampula: A province in northern Mozambique, Nampula is known for its rich culture, history, and natural beauty. Highlights include the Ilha de Moçambique, the Nampula City, and the Chicamba Dam.
  • Gaza: A province in southern Mozambique, Gaza is known for its pristine beaches and wildlife. Highlights include the Limpopo National Park, the Maputo Elephant Reserve, and the Xai-Xai Beach.
  • Niassa: A province in northern Mozambique, Niassa is known for its natural beauty and wildlife. Highlights include the Niassa Reserve, the Lake Niassa, and the Quirimbas Archipelago.
  • Cabo Delgado: A province in northern Mozambique, Cabo Delgado is known for its beaches, forests, and wildlife. Highlights include the Quirimbas Archipelago, the Montepuez Ruby mine and the Afungi peninsula, the location of the largest liquified natural gas project in Africa.

These are just a few examples of the regions of Mozambique, and each one has its own unique highlights. It's worth noting that some regions may have safety concerns, it's always best to check the latest travel advisory before planning a trip.

Mozambique offers a diverse range of activities and attractions for visitors. Here are some of the best things to see and do when visiting Mozambique:

  • Beaches: Mozambique is known for its beautiful beaches, such as Tofo Beach and the beaches of the Quirimbas Archipelago, that offer great opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.
  • Wildlife: Mozambique is home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, crocodiles, and many species of birds. Visitors can go on safari to see the wildlife in protected areas such as the Limpopo National Park and the Maputo Elephant Reserve.
  • Diving and snorkeling: Mozambique's clear waters and rich marine life make it a great destination for diving and snorkeling. Popular diving spots include Tofo and the Quirimbas Archipelago.
  • Culture and history: Mozambique has a rich culture and history. Visitors can explore the historic center of Ilha de Moçambique, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and learn about the country's past at the Museum of Natural History in Maputo.
  • Food and drink: Mozambique is known for its seafood, and the local cuisine offers a mix of African and Portuguese flavors. Visitors can try traditional dishes such as peri-peri chicken and matapa, a dish made from cassava leaves.
  • Relaxing: Many tourists also come to Mozambique to simply relax and enjoy the scenery. Whether it's lounging on the beach or sipping a drink while watching the sunset, there are plenty of opportunities to unwind.
  • Adventure activities: Mozambique also offers adventurous activities like kite surfing, windsurfing, and even microlight flights over the Indian Ocean.

This is just a small selection of the many things to see and do in Mozambique. Depending on your interests, you can find many other activities that will make your trip memorable.

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WHAT TO EAT IN MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique offers a diverse and delicious cuisine, with influences from Africa, Portugal and India. Here are some of the traditional dishes and ingredients you should try when visiting Mozambique:

  • Seafood: Mozambique is known for its seafood, and it's a must-try when you visit. Some popular seafood dishes include grilled prawns, crab curry, and fish stew.
  • Peri-Peri Chicken: This is a traditional Mozambican dish made with spicy marinated chicken, often grilled and served with rice, potatoes or vegetables.
  • Matapa: a traditional dish made from cassava leaves, coconut milk and ground peanuts, often served with fish or shrimp.
  • Pao: A traditional bread that is usually served with almost every meal, it can be plain or filled with different ingredients like cheese or meat.
  • Piri-piri: This is a popular spice blend that is used in many Mozambican dishes. It's made from chili peppers, garlic, and other seasonings.
  • Cashew nuts: Mozambique is one of the largest producers of cashew nuts in the world, and they're a staple ingredient in many dishes.
  • Beers: The local beer is called Laurentina, is a good option to try when in Mozambique.
  • Cachaza: a distilled spirit made from sugarcane and often flavored with fruits like passion fruit or cashew.

When dining out, you can find a wide range of options, from street food to fine dining restaurants, serving traditional and international cuisine. It's worth noting that some restaurants may be closed or have limited opening hours, especially in rural areas.

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WHERE TO STAY IN MOZAMBIQUE

Where you should stay when visiting Mozambique for the first time depends on your budget and interests. Here are a few options to consider:

  • Maputo: If you're interested in culture and history, staying in Maputo, the capital and largest city of Mozambique, is a great option. It's a lively and colorful city with a mix of Portuguese and African influences, and it offers plenty of accommodations, from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury hotels.
  • Beach Resorts: Mozambique is known for its beautiful beaches, so if you're looking for a beach holiday, consider staying in one of the many beach resorts along the coast. Popular options include Tofo Beach, the beaches of the Quirimbas Archipelago and the Barra Lodge.
  • Safari Lodges: if you're interested in wildlife and safari, consider staying in one of the safari lodges in protected areas such as Limpopo National Park and the Maputo Elephant Reserve.
  • Backpacker Hostels: There are many backpacker hostels that offer budget-friendly accommodation for backpackers and budget travelers, especially in cities like Maputo and Pemba.
  • Homestay: Homestay option is also available in many rural areas, it can be a great way to experience local culture and hospitality.

It's worth noting that the cost of accommodation can vary depending on the location, time of year, and other factors. Be sure to check prices in advance and budget accordingly. The availability of accommodation may also vary depending on the region, so it's always a good idea to book in advance.

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