Visa cards are widely accepted across Mozambique but MasterCard is extremely limited. I found this to be the case everywhere that I travelled. Many ATMs do not accept MasterCard either. In many places debit cards that have the MasterCard rather than the Visa symbol are not accepted.
If you are intending to use a MasterCard to pay for accommodation then check ahead of time that it is accepted.
travel reminders may be photos or mental pictures, stored safely in our personal Memory bank, returning when we have a small reminder when reading or seeing a photo.from Shanghai via Hong Kong.
On one of Mom and Dad's visit to Lourenco Marques, when, i'd forgotten,
but we visited a new mansion near the Polana Hotel, there lived a family.
In the entrance hall of this mansion in tropical L.Marques were a pair of enormous curved tusk, a trophy of Mr Wong, and on the floor a Lion Skin, whilst Hunting and trophies are frowned upon by many today, Mr Wong was one of few and their rifles needed more skills. than just tightening on the trigger with infra red eyesights.
Why the warning, his driver and guide was a Mocambiquan of Chinese Ancestry, they were driving in a 4X4 jeep, he in sandals, an African Mamba managed to get itself attached to the underside of the vehicles, worked it's way inside then whilst they were driving, bit and poisoned this young man, He died before medical aid arrived.
Wear Boots, have a snake kit and know your venomous snakes, and their venom and effects.
Visit Zoos and Natural Science Museums to familiarise who and what these reptiles are.
as an added note, when i was at boarding school, our laundry bad accompanied us on Sunday afternoon when we collected snakes for NAtural History Society bits alongside the Chapel
or when in Hong Kong in winter, a body warming food is Snake soup.
remember the herbal shops in East Asia with their snakes in Bottles of Cognac?
Its not just the landmines that kill, so does Malaria. If you are traveling from South Africa, remember your tablets and sprays! It is much easier to buy your needed supplies before you get into the country.
I would suggest you buy repellant with 100% DEET.
Many areas in the country still have active landmines. The country is dangerous. The police are corrupt, the government corrupt and you can't take chances that they have accurately signposted minefields. They probably haven't. On some motorways they only have road signs on one side because they ran out of money.
If you decide to drive (like I did) don't go for a natural break in the bushes. I saw quite a few villagers missing limbs on my journeys.
Make sure you have all neccesary documents...(make sure you have your driving license, vehicle registration, temporary import papers and traffic triangles, and that you are wearing your seatbelt), and whatever else needed at the time.
If you travel by car, keep cash with you - US$, ZAR of local currency. You will be stopped and something will be wrong with your vehicle!!! Does not matter how new it is or how well prepared you come!! Offer a bribe of about $5 and will will be left alone, do not try to be smart, say you are sorry and it will not happen again - pay your bribe and go!! Unfortunately the salaries of traffic officials are very low - if anything. One of those things - budget it as part of travel expences...
All the towns along the roads have a 80km speed limit as you approach and a 60km limit about 100 meters further. Slow down if you cannot see if the criminal police gangs are there. Even if you are not speeding (I was not) you may still get a ticket. Carry an International Driving Permit or get an official copy of your Driving Licence. It is cheaper than the fine. Hand it over and tell them you need a bank to get the money. They will tell you to go to the Police Station to pay and you get your documents back. Do not do it. It is just another opportunity to pay "Administration Fees". They look like Police, but they are criminals. Keep calm and polite.
North of Inhambane is lots of potholes, they were going to build a new road, if someone knows till where new raod has been made I will be happy if they let me know, old road has terribly bad potholes..plan to drive 40-50km per hour
When leaving restaurants on a few occasions we had children begging grabbing our (doggy bag) from us, some places when you eat they sit and wait for you to leave.I do realise they are hungry and poor but its disturbing so plan to give your ( doggy bag ) to first one you see or hide it if you dont want to give it, on occasion change from local market was taken by force out of my hand... so maybe 2 ppl should go to buy things at a time
Unlike it's neighbor South Africa, Mozambique is far less developed, though it is developing a lot lately. Be wary of locals unaccustomed to foreigners, they are not always very friendly, sometimes suspicious. Oh and mosquietoes can be pretty crazy there too, bring spray, mosquito net if the place your staying doesn't provide them, and malaria pills. good times :)
As in any struggling country, there is poverty. In Mozambique, poverty doesn't really explain it. We didn't ever have a problem, but I heard many stories while I was there. We traveled with a 2 year old, so we didn't go out at night. Take the usual precautions and be prepared for some heartbreaking sights.
If you don't change your money at the border leaving the country, you will be stuck with it. The money changer will be a woman with a purse and a calculator. That is the official exchange bank of Mozambique.
Make sure you take the correct malaria medication. We took Mefliam. You take it once a week and it has very little side-effects.
Make sure you check with your doctor or travel clinic before you travel for the best tablets. The medication seems to change a lot as the mosquitos get immune to some of the tablets.
Even if you took malaria tablets you can still become sick. Any flue symptoms after you have travelled to a malaria country should be checked out and rather test for malaria. The few rands spend on the blood test can save your life.
For the 4 x 4 adventurers, backpackers and eager beaver- travellers, you have been warned
=== 'In 1992 there was a peace agreement for the country between the FRELIMO goverment and the rebel REANAMO group. But before Mocambicans were at war with each other, foreign forces turned most of the land into a minefield: the Portuguese colonialists who initially fought FRELIMO, the Rhodesians who were chasing freedom fighters from their own country, Zimbabwe, and more recently South African Apartheid support of RENAMO rebels.
All of them, together with their allies in the former Eastern bloc and the West are responsible for a situation in which people in Mozambique daily run the risk of losing a limb or their life every time they leave their homes. --SOURCE :http://www.radiobridge.org/moz/indexMOZ4.html '
The keyword: Patients.
Customs can be very slow at borders, currency (Metical, or Meticais plural) can be bought at some borders, but don't count on it and there are taxes to be paid at the border in Metical. Look out for unnescesary taxes.
Public transportation is not easy or advisable to use.
When using own transport, the vehicle must be roadworthy, everything must work, (the hooter too).
Traffic cops can be very difficult and would look for a reason to get money out of you.