Mozambique

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Mozambique:

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Quick Facts

Area:  309,475 sq mi (801,537 km2)
Capital City:  Maputo
Government:   Dominant-party system, Presidential system, Republic
President: Armando Guebuza
Languages:  English and Portuguese
Location:  a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest.
Population size: 23,929,708  Population density:  
Telephone code: +258 plus city code and phone number
Time difference:  GMT + 2 hours

Banks/ Foreign Exchange:

Mozambique’s local currency is the Metical, however the US Dollar and the Rand are widely accepted.
It is advisable to carry cash or Travellers cheques as credit cards are not widely accepted beyond commercial centres.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday between 08h00 and 15h00.

Climate:

The climate of Mozambique is typically tropical with a wet season during summer, between October and March, and a dry season from April to September. There is little variation of temperatures between the seasons, differences confined being dependent on altitude. The wet season brings the heaviest rain along the coast, and cyclones are also experienced during this period. The inland areas are slightly cooler, although more humid than along the coast in the rainy season. Winter is the dry season lasting April to September, and is the best time to visit the country. The southern parts of the country are generally drier and less tropical than the north, with temperatures along the coast averaging 80˚F (27˚C). The rainy season coincides with the heat and humidity from October to March, with average coastal temperatures of 88˚F (31˚).

Dec – Mar: Summer, hot, humid and wet months

Apr – Nov: Winter, warm and dry with cool sea breeze

Month: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature in °F 67-83 66-81 65-81 62-79 57-76 53-73 52-73 55-76 58-81 61-83 64-83 66-83

Rainfall

- Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average rainfall in millimetres 202 228 163 54 26 16 18 20 15 43 97 206
Average rainfall inInches 8 9 6 2 1 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.6 2 4 1
Average number of rainy days 11.1 11.9 9.5 5.3 3 2.8 2.5 2.8 2 4.3 7.6 11.1

Clothing:

Casual, comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year.

  • Take care to include protective gear / clothing for the tropical sun and rain.
  • Lightweight clothing is the norm during summer
  • In winter a jacket or coat may be needed, particularly in the evenings
  • Comfortable walking shoes on tour are advisable
  • In the city hotels and restaurants casual elegant dress is preferred
  • Jacket and tie are required in the dining cars of the Blue Train and Rovos Rail

Other suggested items are: good quality sunglasses, moisturizing cream, lip-salve, UV sunblock, torch, insect repellant, binoculars and camera

Credit Cards/ Currency:

It is advisable to carry traveller’s cheques as credit cards are not widely accepted.

Mozambique’s local currency is the Metical, however the US Dollar and the South African Rand (except in the north) are widely accepted.

Duty Free/ Customs Allowances:

If entering the country with more than US$5000 (or equivalent), a “Declaration of entry of foreign currency” must be completed at the customs desk. The Declaration must be shown if leaving with more US$ (or equivalent). The gift allowance is US$100, import duty must be paid on gifts above US$100 in value.

  • 200 cigarettes
  • 1 litre of alcohol

Arrival & Departure Tax:

Immigration Tax of US$3.00 (three) per person, payable in US$ cash on arrival. Mozambique departure tax of US$30.00 (thirty) per person payable in US$ cash on departure.

Electrical Current:

220 volts AC with square 3 pin plugs.

Health Concerns:

Remember malaria medication for your visit to Mozambique.

No vaccinations are required. However, should you be visiting Zambia or Tanzania on your itinerary, you will be required to have a Yellow Fever vaccination. You will be required to produce your vaccination certificate on arrival in the country as well as on your return to Mozambique. Whether you are staying overnight in Zambia / Tanzania or merely passing through, the vaccination is required. These vaccinations should normally be done at least 10 days prior to entering the country.

Drink only purified or bottled water.

Metal Hips, Pins, Knee replacements, Pacemakers, etc.

Please be aware that if any guests travelling with us have had a knee or hip replacement (usually metal) or have pins, pacemakers, etc., they may set off security alarms at airports which can prevent them from being allowed to board. Our recommendation is that they travel with a doctor’s card / letter stating this information, to show security officials to ensure there are no delays, especially at our regional airports.

Safety Tips:

Be wary of pickpockets in Maputo. Wear a money belt and leave valuables with hotel reception or in your room safe. Maputo is not a high crime city but, like all large cities, it’s best to be sensible and  not display expensive cameras, jewellery, etc. Beware of pickpockets in the countdown central market area. Parked cars can be guarded by local boys for a nominal fee, payable upon departure.

Holidays: 2018

Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Mon New Year’s Day
3 Feb Sat Mozambique’s Heroes’ Day
7 Apr Sat Mozambique’s Women’s Day
1 May Tue Workers’ Day
25 Jun Mon Independence Day
7 Sep Fri Lusaka Peace Agreement Day
25 Sep Tue Armed Forces Day
4 Oct Thu Peace and National Reconciliation Day
25 Dec Tue Family Day

Passport/ Visa Requirements:

Please ensure that you have all the necessary visas prior to departure (unless available on entry). Neither Trans Africa Safaris, their staff, their agents nor their operators can be held liable for any error.

The situation regarding blank visa pages in passports changes regularly.  For Mozambique you require 3 blank VISA pages. Please note pages headed “Endorsements, Observations” etc are not VISA pages.Passports must be valid for 6 months after your departure from Southern Africa.

South African passport holders DO NOT need a visa when travelling on holiday. Other passport holders do need a visa for business and holiday.

American passport holders must purchase their visas in the USA, prior to arrival in Mozambique. The consulate details in the USA are as follows:

Address 1525 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington DC, 20036
Hours Mon – Thu | 9am – 5pm
Closed USA holidays and Mozambique holidays
Phone (202) 293 7146
Fax (202) 835 0245
email embamoc@aol.com
Consular services:
Hours Mon – Thu | 9am – 1pm
Closed USA holidays and Mozambique holidays
Phone (202) 293 7146 ext 230
email mozambvisa@aol.com

Driving:

Current driver’s license or International driver’s license (a Mozambican driver’s license is required if staying for ore than 6 months). Give way to the right. At traffic circles or roundabouts, cars on the circle have priority. The transit laws in Mozambique require that seat belts are worn at all times and all vehicles must have two emergency triangles (fines are currently under review).

The speed limit is 70km/h on open roads and 40km/h in cities and towns. Traffic laws should be followed at all times and please request a receipt if a fine is levied for any transgression. All documents and luggage can be inspected at checkpoints. It is best to keep your tank filled as the distances between filling stations can be great and try to drive during day time hours when there is less chance of accidents. U-turns on Avenida Eduardo Mondlane are forbidden and use the service road in order to turn left off the avenue.

Photography:

A good SLR (single lens reflex) or digital SLR camera with telephoto zoom lens is recommended for photography of birds and animals, as is colour reversal film (slides) if using film as this will give better quality pictures than regular film. A big memory card / abundant film and spare batteries as recommended as these are often not available at the bush camps/lodges.

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