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.
The currency used in
Be cautious when changing money at the
border post or anywhere other than at banks
SA Rand, US$, GBP and Euro are usually
Also accepted are Master and Visa credit cards.
We do not accept Amex or Diners Club cards or
Note: Travellers cheques are difficult to
exchange in Mozambique.
Passports and visa
required for all visitors to Mozambique.
passport holders do not need visa’s.
nationalities need to apply for visa's.
advisable to obtain visa's before travelling to Mozambique as this can often
prove difficult at the various points of entry including airports and border
control posts. It is possible that last minute visa's may not be issued at
all at these entry points.
Fly-In Guests need to pay a US$ 30
departure tax when leaving Inhambane airport.
•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.
whatsoever are permitted to be carried across the border
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.