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Mozambique


- Tropical Paradise -


Mozambique beckons with gorgeous beaches, fantastic diving opportunities and magical islands scattered just off the coast. Snorkel, sail, dive or enjoy lazy days under the palm trees in holiday paradises such as Tofo, Bazaruto and Vilanculos...
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Capital: Maputo
Government: Republic
Size: 801 590 km ²
Population: 23.4 million (2010)
Currency: Metical (plural meticais) 1 Metical = 100 centavos
Official languages: Portuguese
Time difference: UTC +2
Mozambique...
…is located in south-eastern Africa and is 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. Visitors are attracted by the breathtaking beaches, amazing diving opportunities and the magical islands that are scattered just off the coast.
Introduction
Mozambique became independent in 1975 and shortly afterwards civil war broke out. The war ended in 1992 and the country has since slowly been rebuilt and is today investing a lot in tourism which has steadily increased year after year.

Holiday-seekers can choose to snorkel in the Bazaruto Archipelago, sail a dhow through mangrove channels or enjoy lazy days under the palm trees in the Quirimbas Archipelago.

The southern parts of Mozambique are more developed for tourism and it is relatively easy to get there by car and airplane. Here you will find the capital of Maputo and vacation paradises such as Tofo and Vilanculos.

The northern parts of the country are less accessible, with the exception of a few islands that offer accommodation in luxury hotels. Here you will find Ilha de Mozambique and Pemba.


Weather
Mozambique offers a tropical climate with two seasons - the rainy season from October to March and the dry season from April to September. Cyclones are relatively common during the rainy season. Blue skies and sunshine with temperatures of 24-27 °C along the coast is the norm, except during the rainy summer months when it becomes both very humid and the temperature can rise above 30 °C.

The best time to travel to Mozambique is between May and November, i.e. during the cooler, dry season. During Christmas and New Year, around Easter and in August the land is invaded by South Africans on holiday. Despite the beauty of their own country, they also find Mozambique to be an idyllic destination.

Additional Information
You might need a visa to enter Mozambique and you can buy this at most border posts, but it is always an advantage to arrange this prior to departure, so please check with the Mozambique consulate or embassy in your country.

When travelling to Mozambique, it is advisable to organise malaria prophylaxis before departure as precaution.


In many places, especially in the north of Mozambique, you are advised not to drink the tap water. The south of the country is much more developed, especially the areas around the capital Maputo and tourist areas such as Inhambane, and here it is usually safe to drink the tap water.

There are ATMs in major cities. All of them accept Visa Card but not always MasterCard. You can exchange USD at most bank branches. The South African Rand works great too, at least in the southern parts of Mozambique.
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