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Travelling in Mozambique

Travelling in Mozambique

Common sense
As with travelling anywhere in the world getting around will be much easier if you apply common sense. Mozambique is a wonderful country with amazing people who are friendly, accommodating and always eager to please, so to get the most from it you must enter it with a fresh outlook and no preconceived ideas.

  • Obey the rules
  • Stick to the speed limit
  • Always ensure you have cash on you
  • Carry your own medical kit with you where possible
  • Try and keep you vehicle’s petrol tank above halfway
  • Purchase bottled water where possible
  • Wash fruits before you eat them

Fast Facts


Continent

Africa

Capital

Maputo

Government

Republic

Currency

Metical (MTn), US Dollars and South African Rand widely used but change is given in MTn

Area

Total: 801,590 km2 of which 17,500 km2 is water and 784,090 km2 is land

Language

Portuguese (official), indigenous dialects with many people also being able to speak English although not common

Electricity

220V/50Hz (European plug)

Int. Dialing Code

+258

Internet TLD

.mz

Time Zone

GMT +2


Travel Tips

Arriving by car
Travelling by vehicle you will need to take a series of items with you. These include:

  • Passport
  • Valid International or South African drivers license
  • Vehicle Registration Forms – or a certified copy thereof and a letter from your bank granting you permission to leave the country with the vehicle
  • Insurance letter – from your insurance company outlining your cover while in cross-border transit
  • Third Party Insurance – can be bought at the border, at any Outdoor Warehouse, or a Travel Agent.
  • Two reflective triangles (large)
  • Reflective jacket

Climate
The best time to travel to Mozambique is all year round! While the country boasts a beautifully warm climate throughout the year, the months between May and October are warm while the nights are a bit cooler.  The remainder of the year, November to April, is much warmer with temperatures often reaching over the 40 degree Celsius mark on the mercury and high rainfall is also experienced over this time.  However rain showers are quick and don’t usually detract from holiday time. On a whole there is no bad time to visit the country as the climate is moderate to warm and winters are never bitterly cold ensuring you can swim all year round.

Malaria
Mozambique and Macaneta is a Malaria area.  Please consult your doctor before entering the country as to what precautions and medication you can take before your arrival.

Cash and Forex
You can request forex from your bank, otherwise you can change money at the Komatipoort Sasol located about 3km before the border and within the boundaries of South Africa.  But check exchange rates before you leave or contact Tan ‘n Biki as they are able to handle your forex needs.

There are ATM’s throughout Mozambique that do take South African cards, but please inform your bank that you will be using these facilities and or credit card facilities while you are abroad. DO NOT change money at the border many people have been defrauded here!!

There is an ATM in Marracuene (the town just before the ferry) so if you are stuck for cash on the island a plan can be made.  Credit cards are accepted in most parts of Mozambique, but are not ideal for the island as there are little to no credit card facilities.

Foreign Exchange facilities are available at the Tan ‘n Biki offices.

Cell reception
There is cellphone reception right through Mozambique as well as on the island, please ensure your roaming is turned on to be able to take advantage of it.  Smartphone users of devices like Blackberry and iPhone remember to switch your data services OFF when crossing the border – your Facebook updating itself or receiving email can create a hidden cost you never budgeted for!

Border
In off-peak season the border post at Komatipoort is open from 6am – 12am, but please check the Internet or call the SA Embassy to confirm.  Remember your car papers! Getting through the border can take 30min or it can take 3hours depending on season and traffic.  The South African side of the border is a breeze.

If you are a first time visitor you may want to get advice from one of the reputable insurance companies on the Mozambique side of the border. They will be able to help you with what you need to do and where you need to go. Please DO NOT get help from some random person who knocks on your window – you MUST ask either a customs official or one of the insurance companies.

Again IGNORE the people who knock on your window, no matter how persistent they are. English is spoken by some of the border officials.

Purchasing food
While you are able to take certain items across the border, and please check this with customs online, there are a number of supermarkets throughout Maputo where you can buy anything your heart desires.  Conveniences are available at the Tan ‘n Biki offices and there are small “Loja’s” or shops and bottle stores on the island and the town of Marracuene.

Follow the rules
At all times while in Mozambique, stick to the laws and in particular the traffic laws. While there are many horror stories about Mozambique any eventuality can be avoided if you simply stick to the rules. The police will not pull you over for no reason, but wear your seatbelt at all times, ensure you have your reflective jacket and triangles on you as well as all your paperwork in the vehicle.

Important numbers

South African Embassy, Maputo: +258 21 49 1614

Police
Maputo: +258 21 32 5031
Nelspruit: +27 13 759 1000

Ambulance
Maputo: +258 21 32 5000 or +258 21 32 5009
Nelspruit: +27 82 911

Hospital
Maputo: +258 21 32 5000 or +258 21 32 5009
Mediclinic (Nelspruit) +27 13 759 0500

Anti-Corruption
Maputo Central Office: +258 21 31 06 93 or Cell: +258 82 96 57 804
Sofala Central Office: +258 23 32 41 83 or +258 82 95 00 205

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