Mozambique with its palm-fringed beaches and coral reefs is located on the South Eastern Coast of Africa. The country, affectionately referred to as the Land Of Smiles, is the fifth largest African country with a population of 20 million – plus. It is the size of Britain and France combined and boasts a 2800km long coastline of pristine beaches, lagoons, islands and coral reefs. Tourism is growing at a healthy 7% per annum and the World Bank has rated the country as one of the world’s top 10 reformers.
The official language is Portuguese and the culture is very much Afro-Latino. Tsonga and Makua are also spoken. English is not widely spoken throughout the country. However, in the tourist areas visited by South Africans the locals have mastered English quite well.
Local currency is the Mozambican Metical. However, Rands, U.S. Dollars and Euros are acceptable. Credit cards are not widely accepted.
The climate is sub-tropical to tropical and the rainy season last from October to April. The cooler dry season is from April to September.
Before travelling to Mozambique it is advisable to seek advice about the prevention of tropical diseases as the country is a malaria area.
South African passport holders do not require visas. All other passport holders should check with their local embassy.
Click here for a Mozambique travel checklist - as at Dec 2008