MOZAMBIQUE

Cities and Islands

Attractive cities and famous for its beach resorts are Inhambane, Vilankulo, Beira and Pemba.

Island tourism is the most popular, especially the Bazaruto Archipelago with main islands Bazaruto, Benguerra, Santa Isobel and Santa Carolina (formerly known as Paradise Island) and the Quirimbas Archipelago north of the coastal town of Pemba.

Maputo and surround

The most important landmark in Maputo is the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Concecião, the heart of the original settlement over a century ago. The palatial Central Railway Station with its copper dome is also well worth a visit.
Maputo (the name was changed in 1975) has long been famous for its seafood, especially its spicy peri-peri prawns, which can be found at many of the local restaurants. Pop down to the Central Municipal Market to buy fresh cashews, which are grown in the rural areas.
For nightlife, visit one of the many bars and clubs on Feira Popular, where you can dance all night to the Afro/Latino beat.
A regular ferry service takes visitors from the harbour to Inhaca Island to see the maritime museum and the old lighthouse, and to Inhaca’s close neighbour, Portuguese Island, with pristine sandy shores.
An excursion just south of Maputo will take you into the swamplands of the 236.000 hectare Maputo Elephant Reserve. The Reserve stretches from the southern tip of Inhaca Island to the South African border, covering a wide range of habitats, from rolling grass plains to untouched coastline. Around 180 to 200 elephant roam the Reserve.

Genreal information?MOZAMBIQUE

The Republic of Mozambique stretches for 2 504 kilometres along the southeastern coast of Africa, facing the Indian Ocean and occupies 799 384 square kilometres.

The country’s northern border is the Rovuma River, which separates Mozambique from Tanzania. The other countries bordering Mozambique are Zambia Zimbabwe South Africa and Swaziland

Nearly half of all the land in Mozambique is low lying.and as many as sixty rivers crisscross the country as they head for the Indian Ocean Amongst these rivers are the mighty Zambezi which effectively divides the country in half, forming a natural barrier to travel between southern and northern Mozambique.

Currency

?The currency used in Mozambique is Meticais.

Be cautious when changing money at the Mozambique border post or anywhere other than at banks.?SA Rand, US$, GBP and Euro are usually accepted.?Also accepted are Master and Visa credit cards.?We do not accept Amex or Diners Club cards or travellers cheques.

Note: Travellers cheques are difficult to exchange in Mozambique.

Climate and temperature

The temperature range between day and night is not extreme.

Summer can be very hot although not too humid due to a generally low rainfall.
Winter is very pleasant and a light jersey may be required in the evenings. The winter days are also a lot shorter. Sea temperatures vary between 22 degrees centigrade in winter to 29 in summer.

The tropical climate has two seasons ? dry and wet. The wet season is from October to March and the dry season lasts from April to November. More than 80% of the entire years rain falls during the wet season. Most areas receive between 120 ? 200 cm of rainfall. The average annual rainfall is greatest over the western hills and the central areas, and lowest in the southwest. Drought is frequent, especially in the south. Temperatures range from 20 c in July to 29 c in January.

About half of the land is covered with forests, scrub and woodland. The wet regions support thick forests and the drier interior supports only a thin savanna vegetation. Mangroves and coconut palms are common along the coast.

Mozambique offers a truly unique experience and the diversity of the country’s ecology makes for interesting travelling and exploring of this largely un-explored region.

Passports and visa

Passports are required for all visitors to Mozambique. South African passport holders do not need visa?s. Other nationalities need to apply for visa’s. It is advisable to obtain visa’s before travelling to Mozambique as this can often prove difficult at the various points of entry including airports and border control posts. It is possible that last minute visa’s may not be issued at all at these entry points.

Fly-In Guests need to pay a US$ 30 departure tax when leaving Inhambane airport.