Frequently Asked Questions? – Know what you need to before you get to Mozambique.
We know that you have many questions to ask us about your forthcoming trip to Africa, to explore the very best of Mozambique on your thrilling travels.
You want to know what the weather is like and when it’s the best time to travel; you want to know if you can use your Visa card, bring US dollars or use your credit card in Mozambique not so? What is the food like, which beaches win first prize and can you go on safari too?
Look no further for all the answers to your Frequently Asked Questions about Mozambique! We have you covered!
Is it safe to travel to Mozambique?
Yes, Mozambique is considered safe. The unrest that has been reported is all far north of the Quirimbas and is due to the gas industry. Tourism and travel to Mozambique have not been affected in popular tourist areas like Vilanculos, Inhambane, Ponta, and Pemba.
Is Mozambique a malaria area?
Yes, Mozambique has malaria and it’s important to get your doctor’s advice before travelling. There are many different medications on the market – and also some homoeopathic options. Most of the lodges and resorts spray regularly and have vast, beautiful romantic mosquito nets and air conditioning, or at least fans.
Mozambique is a very popular family destination you just need to take precautions against malaria.
What is the currency in Mozambique?
The currency is the Metical (MZN) -or Meticais in its plural form, but if you’re travelling in southern Mozambique, both the South African Rand and US Dollar are accepted. If you’re travelling in the north, it’s best to carry US Dollars.
The exchange rate fluctuates daily, but as of publishing (31 Jan 2023 ), 1 Mozambican Metical equals approximately 0,29 South African Rand.
Can I use my credit card in Mozambique?
Credit card usage is limited in Mozambique except in resorts and tourist hubs, so it is recommended to have cash on hand and to use ATMs as needed.
Do I need a visa to travel to Mozambique?
It depends on your nationality. Some nationalities are eligible for visa-free travel, while others require a visa. South African passport holders don’t need a visa to enter Mozambique, provided that their overall stay is less than 30 days. Other passport holders will require a Visa – it’s best to contact your nearest consulate for more information.
Why choose a holiday in Mozambique?
Mozambique features some truly magnificent Indian Ocean beaches, completely untouched by mass tourism and far from the madding crowds, where there’s excellent snorkeling and scuba-diving, charming boutique lodges and magical sunsets.
Mozambique is an emerging safari destination boasting world-class lodges and its flagship National Park, Gorongosa, is constantly being restored to its former glory (looking back to a time when it rivalled South Africa’s Kruger National Park!)
This coastal African country is one of the few previously Portuguese colonies with fascinating Swahili / Arab influences and cultures. This compelling combination of action-packed wildlife activities and jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches really gives Mozambique the ‘wow’ factor.
Most of the tourism development has historically been on the coast, but Mozambique’s national parks are slowly being restocked, rehabilitated and managed by African Parks. Gorongosa National Park is one of Mozambique’s flagship conservation areas with a remarkable history; before the onset of civil war in the 1970s, the Park was considered one of Africa’s finest with large populations of herbivores and predators alike.
Now the Park is one of the most exciting travel destinations in the world, with a visionary restoration project in place to re-establish the park back to its former glory. This project has been initiated by the Government of Mozambique and the Carr Foundation. The rehabilitation of Gorongosa National Park represents one of the great conservation opportunities in the world today.
How do I get to Mozambique?
You can fly into Maputo International Airport (MPM), or cross into the country by road or by boat. Southern Mozambique can be accessed from Maputo with daily flights from Johannesburg. The Bazaruto Archipelago is easily accessible from Johannesburg with flights to Vilanculos the gateway to the islands, and the Kruger area with direct flights three times a week. Northern Mozambique is also accessible via Johannesburg, and other Mozambican hubs such as Maputo, Nairobi, and Dar es Salaam. So it is a possible add-on to an East African safari. Once into the major hubs, you are transferred to your lodge by road, boat or aircraft.
Best time to travel to Mozambique?
The best time to visit Mozambique is from May to October when the weather is dry and warm. However, the rainy seasons are also the least expensive time to travel and rain is often in the form of tropical downpours usually in the later afternoon and evening.
What is the weather like in Mozambique?
The weather is tropical, with warm temperatures year-round and a rainy season from December to March.
What is the food like in Mozambique?
The local cuisine features a mix of African, Portuguese, and Indian influences, with fresh seafood and line fish as a staple.
What is the best way to get around Mozambique?
The best way to get around Mozambique depends on your destination and travel style, but options include flights both scheduled and charter, car rental, public transport, and private transfers.
What language is spoken in Mozambique?
The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, but many locals also speak Bantu languages such as Swahili and Xichangana.
What is the electrical voltage in Mozambique?
The electrical voltage in Mozambique is 220V, with the plugs being of the round two-pin type.
Are there any cultural customs to be aware of in Mozambique?
Yes, there are cultural customs to be aware of in Mozambique, such as the importance of dressing modestly and respecting local traditions.
What is the population of Mozambique?
The population of Mozambique is approximately 31 million people.
Is it possible to go scuba diving in Mozambique?
Yes, it is possible to go scuba diving in Mozambique, with some of the best dive sites being in the Bazaruto Archipelago
What is the local time in Mozambique?
The local time in Mozambique is GMT +2.