IDYLLIC BEACHES AND ISLAND GEMS
The potential of the Mozambique islands was recognized a few years ago and they have certainly developed ahead of the rest of the country. Here you will find not only fabulous scenery but also excellent places to stay in the style of ‘barefoot luxury’. The diving, snorkelling and game fishing here rank amongst the best the world can offer.
To the north the country is at its most basic with poor roads and little infrastructure but there are now a number of world class resorts off the coast on wonderful islands. The northern islands do tend to work best with safaris in Kenya and Tanzania but there are more and more flights opening up from Johannesburg in South Africa. Ilha do Mocambique, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, is one of Mozambique’s treasures but the journey is either expensive or arduous.
The south is slightly more commercial and over the years there has been a concerted effort to raise the standards and opportunities for international travellers. The colonial Portuguese coastal city of Maputo is certainly an eye-opener. Here the atmosphere is positively buzzing and Mediterranean with street cafes, tree-lined boulevards and good restaurants. Off the coast is the Bazaruto Archipelago, consisting of the islands of Bazaruto itself, Benguerra and Magaruque. Here you will find a wide range of resorts of various standards but with a few excellent options, particulalry for honeymooners. This area also supports a tiny but viable population of one of the planets most fascinating creatures, the greatly endangered dugong, a whale like mammal.
As Mozambique continues to redevelop then tourist opportunities will increase. However, at present, the coast and islands are more than enough reason to make a visit.
Due to the vast length of Mozambique there are regional differences in climate. However, as a guide the highest temperatures are during the rainy season (Nov-Apr) when they can reach 31°C. In the summer and drier months (May-Oct) temperature averages between 24° and 27°C. The north, near Pemba, experiences the highest temperatures and humidity.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
There are quite significant variations in the climate between the northern parts of the archipelago and the south. However, as a guide for the north we recommend avoiding April and May as this is the wet season. For the south then the rainy season is between November and April. Throughout the year you will experience temperatures in the late 20’s rising to over 30°C in the summer. Scuba diving is superb year round but the best visibility is during the summer months, particularly from February to April. Honeymooners will find Mozambique a good option year round.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. In addition a course of malaria prophylaxis is required if visiting a malaria area. If visiting Mozambique having come from a Yellow Fever area such as Tanzania you will also need a Yellow Fever vaccination. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition you will need to have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport if travelling via South Africa and / or Kenya. British passport holders do require a visa to enter into Mozambique but this can be gained at the border post on arrival. The current cost is GBP £40 for single entry and £70 for multiple entry.