Mozambique

Stretching along the southeastern coast of Africa, Mozambique is known for its spectacularly scenic coastline, vibrant cultural heritage, colonial architecture and well-preserved coral reefs. This enchanting African country is an ideal adventure holiday destination offering visitors some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities in Africa, as well as dolphin tours, horse riding excursions, and sunset cruises. Visitors can look forward to a wide selection of attractions and activities including sampling an array of fresh seafood, exploring the collection of tropical islands dotting the coast, spotting the abundant wildlife of the Gorongosa National Park and discovering over 2500 kilometers of remote white-sand beaches lapped by the warm crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean. The underwater wonderland of the Bazaruto archipelago, the mangrove-covered Ibo Island, and traditional dhow sailing boats are must-see highlights. Don’t miss the opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks – a once in a lifetime experience.

Tourist Information

Language – Portuguese (official), as well as local languages such as Tsonga, Sena Nyanja, Makonde and Macua.

Currency – Mozambican Metical (MZN)

Visa – required for some countries

Airports – Maputo International Airport (MPM), and at Beira International Airport (BEW).

Climate – Mozambique has a typically tropical climate. The rainy season is between October and March, and it’s generally dry in the winter months from April to September. Temperatures do not vary much between the seasons.

Best time to visit – The cooler, drier months between April and September are the best time to visit.

Must visit – Bazaruto Archipelago, Ilha de Mozambique, Maputo Central Market, Ponta d’Ouro

Food – Piri-piri chicken (chicken marinated in lemon juice, garlic and chilli), Shellfish  (especially prawns), Matapa (rice with a sauce made from ground peanuts and cassava leaves), Wusa (stiff maize porridge) Pao (Portuguese bread rolls), Prego roll (Piri-piri steak in a bread roll), Malasadas (doughnuts).

Drinks – 2M (local beer), Tipo Tinto (local rum)

Tipping – 5%