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Pristine, palm-fringed beaches lapped by crystal clear Indian Ocean waters, seemingly endless coral reefs are just a sample of what Mozambique has to offer. Unique with its blend of African, Arab and Portuguese heritage, Mozambique has long been a favourite with travellers. From cuisine to music and traditions, each culture stands out. 

Maputo the capital, a city founded over 400 years ago, still retains the atmosphere of its past. Modern hotels, the magnificent Tunduro Gardens and many notable museums offer a diverse and contrasting view of the city today.

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Wide avenues lined with purple jacarandas and red bougainvilleas add to the tropical feel of suburban Maputo. The lively Municipal Market offers a wide range of traditional handcrafts and curios. A short drive from the city takes you to the Elephant Reserve offering a myriad of animal life including elephant, antelope and birds. Rare and endangered turtles lay their eggs in the Reserve and may be seen by the more fortunate visitor.

The beautiful islands off the coast of Mozambique are just a short hop from Maputo and offer superb fishing, unspoilt scuba diving and other aquatic sports for the adventurous. Inhaca Island, 15 minutes from Maputo, is a World Biological Heritage site with magnificent multicolour coral reefs and large numbers of rare fish found in the surrounding waters.

The peoples of Mozambique, having endured decades of civil strife, are proud of their heritage and offer a welcome that will be treasured forever.

WEATHER   Back to top

Mozambique is generally warm all year round with maximum temperatures rising to 30°C and minimum temperatures dropping to approximately 15°C.  October through March are generally the hot and wet months, with April through September being warm and dry with cool sea breezes.  The best time to visit Mozambique is from June to August, when both rainfall and temperatures are at their lowest.

Go to our Weather Page for current forecasts and more.

GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time:  Local time in Mozambique is GMT +2 hours

Electricity:  220 volts AC, 50Hz. The South African rounded three-pin plug is common.  Two round- and flat-pin plugs are also found.

Language:  Portuguese is widely spoken, however, you can get by with English.

Telephone dialling codes:  The international dialling code for Mozambique is +258. City codes are also required. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa).

Currency / Money:  The official currency is the Metical.  The use of US Dollars, British Pound or South African Rand is widely accepted, but it is advisable to carry some local currency with you.  Credit cards are accepted in some of the more upmarket hotels and resorts, and also some restaurants in Maputo, but will be of little assistance in the rest of the country.  Hard currency and travellers cheques are widely accepted and can be exchanged at many hotels, resorts and banks.
Note:  Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates

Tipping:  Generally Tipping is not expected, although in tourist areas, in restaurants a tip of 10 to 15% is appreciated.

Passports & Visas:  Certain passport nationalities require a visa for Mozambique, and these should be obtained in advance.  Please ensure that your passport is valid for more than 6 months after your departure from Mozambique and that you have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Note:  Entry requirements change, sometimes with little notice.  Please CHECK with your World Wide Travel West Coast consultant regarding updates at the time of making a travel enquiry.

Health Requirements:  The information shown below is general with regard to health requirements.  These do change on a regular basis so check with your World Wide Travel West Coast consultant at the time of making a travel enquiry.

  • Compulsory vaccinations:  Yellow Fever (if coming from an endemic area)
  • Recommended vaccinations:  Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tetanus & Meningitis
  • Precautions:  Malaria Prophylaxis & advisable to drink bottled water

Note:  The information shown below is general with regard to health requirements.  These do change on a regular basis so check with your World Wide Travel West Coast consultant at the time of making a travel enquiry

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