Mozambique Travel Advice
Best Time to Visit Mozambique
It is best to avoid Mozambique during the cyclone season which generally occurs during the months of January and February, due to vast amounts of torrential rain.
The best time to visit is during the winter season between May and November when there is the least amount of rain and temperatures are slightly cooler during the day. It is during this time in August and September that you will experience the best game viewing whilst on safari, as the wildlife congregates around the water sources, making for easier spotting.
Average summer temperatures: 21°C to 31°C
Average winter temperatures: 15°C to 26°C
Rainy season: mid-November to April
Flights & Getting Around to Major Cities
Maputo International Airport is the main airport and offers access into Mozambique with direct flights from Portugal, Johannesburg or Cape Town. From here, visitors to Mozambique can make their way to one of the country’s smaller airports to get to the popular destinations on the coast.
Vilanculos International Airport is the gateway airport for the Bazaruto Archipelago and accepts flights from Maputo, Johannesburg, Cape Town or the Kruger National Park.
Pemba International Airport is the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago, and accepts flights from Maputo, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.
Mozambique is not rated as a self-drive destination and should you wish to travel around by car, we would advise opting for a guided safari or tour. Other means of travelling include boat, light aircraft and helicopter transfers. Especially when travelling to one of the island lodges.
Visa & Passport Requirements
Visas are required by everyone except citizens of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Botswana, and can be arranged and bought at most border posts, although it is always better to arrange it in advance before travelling.
Please note that all visitors must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after their departure from the country.
It is advised that you visit your local travel clinic or doctor at least 6 weeks before start of travel for up to date medical advice. Mozambique is a Malaria country and prophylactics are strongly suggested. A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is only required for travellers coming from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Polio should be reviewed and updated if necessary. Please note that medical facilities can be poor in certain areas of the country, so it is in your best interest to make sure you travel with all chronic medication and have sufficient medical insurance.
Mozambique’s official currency is the Metical, although South African Rand and US Dollars are widely accepted, with the latter being the better choice. It is always a good idea to carry some of the local currency for smaller purchases.
All major towns have ATM’s that accept Visa, but not MasterCard. Most hotels, lodges and restaurant have credit card facilities but to be on the safe side it is best to carry some cash with you as a backup. Travellers cheques can be changed only at Standard Bank.
When tipping at a restaurant or bar, a 10% tip for service is standard. Tipping tour guides is at your discretion and depends on the size of your group and the level of service you feel you’ve received.
What to Pack
When visiting Mozambique for a beach holiday, pack plenty of light cotton tops and shorts, as well as a hat, sunglasses, beach sandals and a pair of comfortable walking shoes. If combining your beach holiday with a safari it is advised that you pack a few light long sleeved tops to provide protection from the sun and mosquitos, as well as a warm jacket for early morning and evening game drives.