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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.

 

Malaria Medication Advice For Divers in Mozambique

Some strains of malaria found in Mozambique are resistant to Chloroquin.

 

Speak to your doctor for advice on which drug treatment programme will best suit you and your travel companions.

There are also homeopathic alternatives available on the market.

 

Larium & Mephloquin prophylaxis have always been a topical issue when it comes to scuba diving while on this particular medication.
Please be advised that although we do not wish to offer prescribed medical advice it is advisable to find an alternative to these medications mentioned above if one wishes to enjoy a diving holiday in Mozambique.

 

Click here to download our Mozambique brochure and diving/snorkeling info:

 

Moçambique English - web.pdf

 

Dive and Snorkel\Scuba Diving Holidays in Mozambique Engl - web.pdf

 

MAIN DISTANCE TABLE - MOZAMBIQUE (km)

Beira

155

Gorongosa National Park

 

776

660

Inhambane

 

 

 

 

 

1170

1059

444

Maputo

 

 

 

 

1024

910

1652

2056

Nampula

 

 

 

239

1305

683

239

2295

Nelspruit

 

 

1452

1337

2080

1650

428

2723

Pemba

486

380

290

684

1372

923

1800

Vilanculos

971

865

245

199

1857

438

2285

485

Xai Xai

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 Self-drive visitors

 

•Do not carry firearms as no firearms may be carried across the border and neither can firearms be handed into any police station in South Africa, due to the changes in legislation in this regard.
 

•No animals whatsoever are permitted to be carried across the border
 

•Travellers who have visited, or come from, countries affected by Yellow Fever are advised to have a Yellow Fever vaccination for entry into both South Africa and Mozambique.

 

•Please note that there are many individuals working on both sides of the border who are passing themselves off as government officials and who offer to complete documentation on behalf of travellers for a fee. These individuals are fraudsters and should be avoided at all costs. Please also note that no fees are payable on either side of the border for the completion of documents.
 

•Please also do not use the runners at the border post who offer to jump the immigration queues for a fee. This makes you party to fraud and corruption and undermines the efforts of the relevant government departments to stamp out corruption and provide an effective service.
 

•South African travellers to Mozambique are required to complete a DA341 for their vehicle. Please ensure that information provided on that document is accurate, as there are serious legal implications should this information be found to be inaccurate.
 

•Third party insurance for South African vehicles crossing the border is compulsory and can be obtained from various outlets at the border and at Komatipoort, agents at the Lebombo Border Dry Port, as well as the Sasol garage near the N4. These service providers will also assist with necessary documentation for your trip across the border.
 

•Night time travellers should beware of pedestrians and stray animals on the road. Avoid travelling at night if at all possible.

 

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.