Why Visit Mozambique
BEACHES: Mozambique has some of the most pristine beaches in the world. With over 1500 miles (2500 Km) of unspoilt white sand beaches, turquoise waters and astounding marine life, there is no doubt why it is a preferred secluded beach destination.
Mozambique offers a true african safari experience. The Gorongosa National Park is one of the wildest and most unspoilt national parks in the continent. Its savannas and forests are home to elephants, zebras, buffalos, wildebeest, lions and more than 300 species of birds. The perfect location to spot the Big Five.
Mozambique has a rich heritage, and although Portuguese is the official language, Mozambique is home to a variety of ethnic groups with different customs, traditions and languages.
Mozambique is famous for the quality of its seafood. A former portuguese colony, the country has developed flavorful cuisine with these influences, mixing spices from Portugal with fresh seafood from its coasts and some elements from its diverse heritage. Peri-Peri and Matata are some of its most famous dishes.
What to expect
Portuguese is the official language in Mozambique, although this is mostly spoken by the more educated amongst Mozambique’s population. However, is a multilingual country with over 43 bantu languages and dialects spoken. English is generally spoken in hotels and beach lodges.
In Mozambique the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage (220-240V) in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor. Access to electricity remains low in Mozambique and is mainly focused on urban areas.
The Mozambican Metical is the currency of Mozambique. Dollars are widely accepted in tourist attractions and hotels. You could exchange your money at airports, banks and exchange offices. Credit cards would only be accepted at high-end hotels, shops and restaurant, but rarely anywhere else, therefore cash is recommended. 1 USD equals 69.44 meticals (as of 2020)
Mozambique has a warm, tropical climate. The average temperature is around 82 °F (28° C), with a sunny and warm weather throughout the year. The rainy season is from October to April, and dry season from June to October.
Mozambique is a relatively safe country to visit. Maputo has a higher crime rate than any other places in the country, both violent and petty crime due to the poverty rate of the country. Most visits are trouble-free, but common sense is encouraged like anywhere else.
Citizens of Angola, Botswana, Cape Verde, Eswatini, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe can visit Mozambique without a visa for up to three (3) months, except for Angola that can only visit for 30 days.
Citizens of all other countries are required to obtain a visa on arrival at all border posts if they have documentation to prove they are traveling for leisure purposes (return ticket, accommodation confirmation or invitation letter). This visa is valid for 30 days.
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