Visa: Visa at the airport takes 45 minutes. Costs 25 USD.
Mobil phone: Good roaming, but expensive. Can also buy cheaper, prepaid SIM cards.
ATM: Yes, in the cities. It works and gives the best rate.
Recommended language: Portuguese.
Infrastructure: OK in Maputo downtown and major roads. Very poor in the suburbs of Maputo.
Friendliness by the people: Friendly, but modest.
Attention by Police/military: Very corrupt. Mozambique is a oligarchy. Keep away from the Police and avoid discussions with wealthy people.
Crime: Generally little crime by ordinary people. Safe in daytime, but avoid dark streets at nights. Many homeless persons sleep in the streets. Some theft and robberies have been reported.
Rainy period: End of December, January, February and March.
Price level: Cheap for most things except hotels.
Airport departure tax: N/A.
The Mozambique flag is three horizontal bands of green, black and yellow. And 2 small white stripes. A yellow star is centered in the triangle with a crossed AK47-Kalashnikov and a hoe on top of a white book.
Green color represents the riches of the soil.
Black color represents Africa.
Yellow color represents mineral riches.
White color represents peace.
Red color represents the struggle for independence.
The yellow star represents solidarity (before sosialism)
The book represents education.
The hoe represents agriculture.
The Kalashnikov represents determination to protect national freedom.
A tourist visa on arrival can be bought at the border. It is valid for 30 days. Fill out a visa application form (pedido de entrada em Mocambique). Make sure you have your passport, 1 photo and 25 USD ready.
Moz can be a very strange and sometimes frustrating place. For all the hassle I had from the corrupt Police, dishonest Toll Attendants and bad roads – it was all worth it. It took me 2 days to drive to Tofo Beach and it just felt great when I arrived. The few restaurants and hotels are built away from the fantastic beach. You may never see a beach like it. Unspoilt. You and the ocean. Locals go out to fish in the mornings and you can walk for miles. In the evening those cold beers taste better than any beer you have ever had before as you look out over the beach.
Tofo beach – the best place in Moz.
Please see my Tofo Beach page here:
ilha de mocambique.
mozambique island is where i was born .
left the place with 3 years of age. and returned at the age of ten. so not very much memories. i remember thou the calm and lazyness of the island as the main features and a beautifull place with wonderfull beaches and coral reefs...
yeah i miss it!
and one day i ll return
Feeling like I was the only tourist in the whole town was a nice change of pace from Europe. I loved the fact that I could spend hours on the beach and never see another person. The crabs would run in and out of their little holes, the way beaches are meant to be. Not cigarette butts, beer bottles and rows and rows of half naked bronzed bodies. These beaches are divine!!
Fondest memory: The people are very friendly and of course the amazing beaches. I loved how ungroomed they were.
Aftter the work was done with the rigging out of the truck from the riverbed, we could continue our busride to the border with Zimbabwe.
Again a line for the stamps, papers. Luggage from the roof of the bus to carry it yourself to the ohter side of the border. One stamp was missing on a paper, back in line again.
Two local women brought six brandnew bikes, while only two were allowed. They distributed four bikes under four other passengers, but there was only one purchase paper. So after three hours and a lot of hassle the bus departed without any bike.
And then, no joke, a next and last control.
The chickens must be inoculated at the spot and the chicken-eggs must be handed in or eaten.
A man from New Zealand asked what to do with the egg, he just bought at the border. The whole bus yelled "eat it!''
At one side of the bridge was a lot work to do to ge the truck out.
At the other side we could enjoy a scenic and peaceful landscape.
The river was nearly dried up, only a small stream was left.
At the background we saw some mountains.
It was a pity there was no village in the neighbourhood to visit or to meet some people.
The bridge over the Mazao River near Tete was blocked. They decided just today to rig a former wrecked truck out of the riverbed.
So we were lucky to be allowed to go out of the bus and to spend some time on Mozambiquan soil.
There was time enough to walk and look around, not only to the spectacle of the rigging, but also to the vehicles, the people and the surroundings.
So this incident didn't bother us at all, in the contrary we enjoyed.
It is always a good experience to travel by public transport. So we traveled by bus from Malawi to Harare in Zimbabwe, passing Mozambique.
We brought a lot of water, bread and peanutbutter with us, so we were prepared for a long trip! We were siting on bare and narrow boards and the music was loud, but we were excited and enjoyed the ride.
It was still dark when we reached the first border. It was very cold, the local people were wearing caps of wool. It took two hours at the first checkpoint, lining, collecting our stamp. At the second checkpoint it was not allowed to leave the bus ourselves, the driver collected our passports.
After dawn we passed the Zambesi, saw huts scattered in the lovely landscape and wrecks of miltary vehicles along the road.
The beaches up the coast are fantastic. Tofu was a great 'getway' resort. Vilanculos was a lovely village and the Bazaruto Islands were some of the best islands ive ever been on.
The roads are in a very bad way in Mozambique which makes travelling fun.
The name of the country, Moçambique was first given to Ilha de Moçambique, a tiny island that was the stronghold of Sultan Moussa Ben Mbiki (or perhaps he was the founder of the Muslim community there, nobody really knows) who controlled the island when Vasco da Gama first stopped there in 1498. It rapicly became the most important European settlement on the East African coast and the Portuguese corrupted his name to Moç-am-bique.
Fondest memory: everything
Favorite thing: ENGLISH - This is part of the view you have from the 'mirador' which is referred in 'Lichinga' travel page about Maputo - PORTUGUÊS- Isto é uma parte da vista a partir do miradouro que é citado na página de 'Lichinga' sobre Maputo - FRANÇAIS- Voici une partie de la vue que l'on a du 'mirador' qui est décrit dans la page de 'Lichinga' au sujet de Maputo.
Maputo's Market is a must. Here you may feel real Africa.
Costa do Sol Restaurant with its beautiful palmtrees nearby and the coast at sunset.
Amire the streets of this city with its Portuguese Colonial Houses.
Inhaca is a quite and nice island.
Fondest memory: Inhaca women and kids dancing at Inhaca Beach during the night. Their bodies shown by the bonfire.
When visiting Maputo,
the Market - Mercado is a must visit.
*** Fresh produce, seafoods and curiosities. *** it's in the City Centre and surrounded by old and new, a stones throw from the Railway Station