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TRAVEL ADVICE & FAQS MOZAMBIQUE

Is Mozambique a good family destination?

Mozambique is a wonderful destination for families, although some island resorts are more child friendly than others. As we have children ourselves, we can advise you on the best options for you and your family according to the ages and interests of your children.

What is the best way to travel in Mozambique?

Mozambique is an excellent beach holiday end to a trip to Botswana, Kruger Park or even Namibia, and is easily accessed via Johannesburg. Private and scheduled charter flights are recommended within Mozambique and most island resorts are reached by boat or light aircraft depending on the weather conditions. Boat transfers are approx. US$40 one way per person and air transfers US$55 per person one way.

Can you tell me about my passport and visa requirements ?

International visitors require a valid passport together with onward travel documents. All passport holders should verify with their relevant consulate concerning visa entry requirements. If you are extending your journey to other countries, please establish entry requirements for those countries as well. Please ensure that you have all the necessary visas prior to departure (unless available on entry) as we cannot be held liable for any errors on your side.

What is the weather like in Mozambique?

Mozambique has consistent sunshine, blue skies and temperatures averaging between 24°C and 27°C along the coast from April- November. Closer towards the centre of the coast things get a bit wetter but with the middle of the year still an optimum time to travel around. The mercury climbs as you head inland and towards the northwest; the moister months from October to April can get very humid with very high temperatures.

Can I use my credit card?

Credit cards are usually accepted only at the more upmarket hotels and island lodges. We therefore suggest that you use cash when making payments

What currency must I bring with ?

The currency in Mozambique is the Metical. South African Rands and US Dollars in cash are advised. There are no credit card or ATM facilities in Mozambique. Although very time consuming; travellers cheques and cash can be changed at local banks.

Do the people speak English in Mozambique ?

The local language is Portuguese; however most people can speak English.

What are the opening hours of the local shops ?

Normal business hours are between 08h00 – 12h00 and 14h00 – 17h30

How much should I include for gratuities ?

If not included, it is customary to tip 10% to taxi drivers, waitresses, waiters, stewards and delivery persons. For your guide, approximately US$ 5.00 – 25.00 per person per day, or more if service is above average ( see safari primer for more details )

Can I use my electric hairdryer or shaver in Mozambique ?

All electrical appliances run on 220 volts. Outlets are round 3 pin, 15 amp plugs. Special adapters for video cameras, chargers and hairdryers are needed and can sometimes be supplied by some hotel or lodge receptions. Various island lodges may not have 220 volts and may operate on solar powered 12-volt electricity. Remember to bring spare batteries to have charged at the lodge while out on an excursion.

Should I take anti malaria precautions before entering Mozambique ?

Anti-malaria precautions are a must. These should be taken 24 hrs before entering Mozambique and continue taking them for 6 weeks after leaving the country. Please speak to your doctor in this regard. All lodges are equipped with mosquito netting and repellents.

How long is the air flight from South Africa to the islands (Vilanculos) ?

Maputo – Vilanculos 1 hour flying time
Johannesburg – Vilanculos 1 hour 50 mins flying time
Kruger Park International – Vilanculos 1 hour 20 mins flying time

Are there any airport taxes I need to be aware of ?

On arrival at Vilanculos Airport, you are required to clear Customs and Immigration. Domestic Airport Tax of approx. $US 5.00 per person applies for your own account

Do you have any safety tips for me?

Mozambique is generally safe especially if you are staying on an island, but in towns and larger villages watch your pockets in markets, avoid carrying a bag or otherwise giving a potential thief reason to think you have anything of value, and avoid isolating situations.