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Mozambique Travel Tips

Climate

Climate varies according to area. Inland is cooler than the coast and rainfall higher as the land rises, with most rain between January and March. Hottest and wettest season is October to March. From April to September the coast has warm, mainly dry weather tempered by sea breezes. Tropical lightweights, with warmer clothing for evenings. Rainwear advisable all year round.

Languages

Portuguese is the official language. Many local African languages, such as Tsonga, Sena Nyanja, Makonde and Macua, are also spoken.

Currency details

Mozambique Metical (MZN) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in denominations of 10, 5, 2 and 1 metical and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 centavos. Note: The new Metical replaced the old Metical (MZM) on 1 July 2006. 1 MZN = 1,000 MZM. The old notes ceased being legal tender on 31 December 2006. There are bureaux de change at the airports. Money can also be changed at banks. It is advisable to take US Dollars or South African Rand

Social Conventions

Shaking hands is the customary form of greeting. The courtesies and modes of address customary in Portugal and other Latin countries are still observed. Casual wear is acceptable. Formal dress is seldom required. Photography: Visitors should not take photographs of soldiers, airports, bridges or government/public buildings, since this is illegal. Only photos of beaches and other tourist sites may be taken.

Electricity

220/240 volts AC, 50Hz.

Security Tips

Travellers should be aware of the risks of violent crime, poor road safety standards and minimal health facilities. Women should not walk alone on the beach anywhere in Mozambique. Travellers should also be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK.

Tipping customs

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

Health Precautions

Visitors require a yellow fever certificate if travelling from infected areas. Malaria is a risk throughout the year in the whole country and is reported to be resistant to chloroquine. It is recommended that visitors take precautions against typhoid, bilharzia, hepatitis A and cholera. Untreated water should be considered unsafe to drink. Hospital facilities are generally poor and outside the major cities of Maputo and Beira , medical facilities are limited. Comprehensive medical insurance is essential.

Tourism Attractions

A string of small sandy islands boasting crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches. The chain of islands, which include both Benguerra and Bazaruto, have become an up–market haven for visitors, who fly there to enjoy the un–spoilt beauty and experience some of the best snorkelling, diving and big game fishing in the world. Vilanculos is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago and an ideal base from which to explore these islands, which not only offer idyllic beach holidays: they are also some of Mozambique´s most important habitats for marine animals. They are home to, among other marine life, East Africa´s last viable population of the endangered dugong, a large and exclusively marine herbivore.

Getting around Towns and Cities

There are flights linking Maputo with Beira, Blantyre (Malawi), Inhambane, Lichinga, Nampula, Pemba, Quelimane and Tete. Flights depart from Maputo between 0500 and 0730 and are subject to seasonal alterations. Flights are frequently delayed or cancelled and baggage is often lost or tampered with. Air–taxi services are also available, and are the safest means of transport outside the main cities. Taxi´s are rarely available outside large towns. Car hire is possible from international and national agencies in Maputo and Beira. Only hard currency is accepted. International Driving Permit is recommended. Bus services in Maputo have been improved with the introduction of new vehicles, and there are now fairly extensive services. Taxis are metered. Taxi drivers expect a tip.

Visa Requirements

All foreign nationals require visas to enter into Mozambique. It is recommend that you apply for your Mozambique visa at least 2 weeks before your travel date (Mozambique embassies have a 3 day visa processing and a 2 week visa processing service at additional costs) Correct at time of print,visit your nearest agency for updated details.