Located in the southern part of Africa, Mozambique is situated alongside the Indian Ocean. It boasts some beautiful natural spots, from glorious beaches to soaring mountains, as well as a vibrant culture and some fascinating colonial buildings. There are bustling cities and small villages to explore, and a trip to Mozambique is sure to be one that you will not forget in a hurry!
Have a look at this Mozambique travel guide to help you plan your trip:
Citizens of most countries will need a visa to visit Mozambique. Exemptions include people from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, Malawi, Mauritius, Tanzania, and Botswana. Visas can be obtained in advance, or it is possible to arrange a visa on arrival at most airports and several land border crossings. There is a few for visas and they are valid for a 30 day stay.
Transport to Mozambique
The main airport is located in the capital city. Many flights transit through South Africa. Trains run from the border with Malawi. Transportation by bus is possible between Mozambique and South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. There are many roads on which you can drive yourself over the borders, although if you travel by car it can be a difficult and time consuming process at the border.
Transport in Mozambique
For those who have the money to do so, getting around the country by internal flights is by far the easiest and quickest way to hit the highlights. Domestic flights connect almost all of the country’s major cities. Buses also connect most of the major towns and cities, although they can be cramped and uncomfortable. Road conditions are poor in places, making a self-drive trip fairly unappealing. Taxis are available in most of the main tourist areas, although the safety standards may be questionable.
Mozambique has a tropical climate, and the summers can be really hot and humid. Spring is generally considered a better time to visit.
The official language in Mozambique is Portuguese. English is often widely spoken in the main tourist areas. Minor languages are often used in border areas.
Food and Drink
Tap water is not drinkable in Mozambique, and you should check that the seal is still intact on bottled water before consuming it. The local cuisine has lots of influences from Portuguese dishes, and seafood is found in abundance throughout the country. Matapa is a popular local dish. It is a type of seafood stew that is usually served with rice. Kakana is a common vegetable used in Mozambique, and it has a very strong bitter taste. Piri-Piri is a really fiery type of chili, used to create a variety of different sauces to accompany meals. It is fierce!
There are three main types of local beer, Manica, 2M, and Laurentina Clara. You should also try cashu, a type of spirit made from cashew nut peel.
Check this Mozambique travel guide before you travel to really make the most of your time in this fascinating and diverse African country.