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Mozambique offers sandy white beaches and a relaxed pace to chill out after a safari holiday

To make the most of Mozambique, fall into its rhythm: wake as the sun pulls above the horizon and brightens heavenly white sand beaches, before breakfasting as the first of the ivory-sailed dhows cuts across the cyan sea, swiftly navigating mangrove trees and breaching archipelagos.

Paradisiacal in appearance, Mozambique is the place to visit after the excitement of a safari. Pretty churches, grand fascias and defensive forts point towards its Portuguese colonial history and add a little flamboyance to the natural landscape. Despite European touches, much of Mozambique remains unspoilt by a modern hand, and no more so than the sacred Mount Namuli.

Relatively unexplored, climbers are still asked to observe local traditions (flour and rice is presented to local chiefs, then sprinkled on the mountain for their ancestors) before attempting its dramatic granite slopes. Those lacking the climbing expertise to conquer Namuli will be equally rewarded for hiking its lower hills.

Unspoilt and well-preserved coral reefs are worth exploring by snorkel too, but those that like to go a little deeper will have the chance to see humpback whales or whale sharks with a dive in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

More exotic creatures, like parrots, sea turtles and dugong, demonstrate the richness of Mozambique's islands and can be found at the conservation park on Bazaruto Archipelago. Near the end of the day, relax in a hammock and catch a glimpse of dhows returning to shore in time for the sun to set.

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Home to magnificent beaches, excellent diving spots and some truly tropical offshore islands - Mozambique is a great place to relax and unwind after the excitement of a safari. This place is a beach lover's paradise and a popular honeymoon destination.

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Climate varies according to area. Inland is cooler than the coast and rainfall higher as the land rises, with most rain between January and March. Hottest and wettest season is October to March. From April to September the coast has warm, mainly dry weather tempered by sea breezes.
Tropical lightweights, with warmer clothing for evenings. Rainwear advisable all year round.
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A minimum of three blank pages is required. A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the intended date of departure from Mozambique is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. Visas for Mozambique are requred by all nationals referred to in the chart above. It is recommended that you obtain your visa in advance from the Mozambique High Commission/Embassy. You may be able to obtain a visa on arrival if you live in a country with no Mozambican mission, but some visitors are reported to have been turned back. Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy/high commission to check visa requirements for Mozambique. When applying for a visa, you must supply a copy of your return tickets or a copy of your flight confirmation, your hotel/hostel booking confirmation and one recent bank statement. Tourist and business: 40 (single-entry); 70 (multiple-entry). One-day express service: 50 (single-entry); 100 (multiple-entry). Single-entry visa: one day to one month, renewable to a maximum of 90 days, provided you apply for an extension before the visa expires. Multiple-entry visa: one day to 90 days for tourism multiple-entry visas and up to 180 days for business multiple-entry visas. Those wishing to travel to return to Mozambique after visiting Kruger National Park in South Africa should apply for a multiple-entry visa. High commission or embassy. Allow three working days for visa processing. Visas can also be issued within 24 hours (express service) for an additional fee. You can extend single-entry 30-day visas to a maximum of 90 days.

Health PrecausionSpecial PrecautionCertificate
Yellow Fever No*
Typhoid Yes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Malaria Yes
Hepatitis A Yes
Diphtheria Yes
Full health insurance, preferably including Medevac, is essential. Medical facilities are scarce. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies including medications and sterile syringes. * A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age arriving from an infected area.
Country Code: . Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is expanding to all main cities in most provinces. There are Internet cafes in Maputo and other cities. Postal services are available in main centres. Airmail to Europe usually takes five to seven days, but sometimes longer. There are no English-language newspapers published in Mozambique.
The daily papers include Dirio de Moambique and Notcias. State-run Radio Mozambique operates national network Antena Nacional, as well as provincial and local channels.
RTK broadcasts privately run services.
Radio Miramar is a private station.
The cuisine is mainly Portuguese with Far Eastern influences. Restaurants are found in main towns and hotels.

National specialities:
Piri-piri chicken (brushed witha spicy chile sauce) andZambesi chicken.
Shellfish, including Delagoa Bay prawns grilled with piri-piri sauce.
Matapa (sauce of ground peanuts and cassava leaves) with rice.
Wusa (stiff maize porridge).

Tipping: Not generally expected outside Maputo. In Maputo and other tourist-exposed areas, around 5% of the bill is normal (depending on standards of service and the place itself). Maputo has a lively nightlife, particularly on weekends. Feira Popular is the main forum of evening activity with various bars and discos, some with live music. The style of music in clubs varies from typical Mozambican rhythms to Western pop music. Most major towns have cinemas. Special purchases include basketwork, reed mats, woodcarvings, masks, printed cloth and leather articles.

Shopping hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1230 and 1400-1730, Sat 0800-1800.
Mozambique Metical (MZN; symbol MT) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of MT1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in denominations of MT10, 5, 2 and 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 centavos.

Note: The new Metical replaced the old Metical (MZM) on 1 July 2006. 1 MZN = 1,000 MZM. The old notes ceased being legal tender on 31 December 2006. There are bureaux de change at the airports. Money can also be changed at banks. It is advisable to take US Dollars or South African Rand. These are increasingly accepted in Maputo, but not generally beyond the capital. Not commonly accepted, and where accepted are slow to process and often attract high rates of commission. The import and export of local currency is prohibited. The import of foreign currency is unlimited, subject to declaration. The export of foreign currency is limited to the amount declared on arrival. Mon-Fri 0730-1530.
1.00 GBP = 16.65 ZAR
1.00 USD = 13.65 ZAR
1.00 EUR = 14.46 ZAR
1.00 CAD = 10.33 ZAR
1.00 GBP = 1.21 USD
1.00 EUR = 1.05 USD
1.00 CAD = 0.75 USD
1.00 GBP = 1.14 EUR
1.00 USD = 0.94 EUR
1.00 CAD = 0.71 EUR
1.00 GBP = 31431900 MZN
1.00 USD = 25827000 MZN
1.00 EUR = 27338800 MZN
1.00 CAD = 19530400 MZN
1.00 GBP = 31431.9 MZM
1.00 USD = 25827 MZM
1.00 EUR = 27338.8 MZM
1.00 CAD = 19530.4 MZM
1.00 USD = 0.82 GBP
1.00 EUR = 0.87 GBP
1.00 CAD = 0.62 GBP
Currency conversion rates as of 10 January 2017
The following goods may be imported into Mozambique without incurring customs duty: 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco.
750ml of spirits.
A reasonable quantity of perfume (opened). Narcotics and unauthorised firearms.
Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
2016
1 Jan New Year's Day
3 Feb Heroes' Day
7 Apr Women's Day
1 May Workers' Day
25 Jun Independence Day
7 Sep Victory Day
25 Sep Armed Forces Day
4 Oct Peace and Reconciliation Day
25 Dec Christmas Day
25 Dec Family Day

2017
1 Jan New Year's Day
3 Feb Heroes' Day
7 Apr Women's Day
1 May Workers' Day
25 Jun Independence Day
7 Sep Victory Day
25 Sep Armed Forces Day
4 Oct Peace and Reconciliation Day
25 Dec Christmas Day
25 Dec Family Day
Holidays falling on Sunday are observed the following Monday.
Southeast Africa. 799,380 sq km (308,642 sq miles). 25,303,113 (2015). 31.7 per sq km. Maputo. Republic. Mozambique borders Tanzania to the north, Zambia and Malawi to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and South Africa and Swaziland to the southwest. To the east lies the Indian Ocean and a coastline of nearly 2,500km (1,550 miles) with beaches bordered by lagoons, coral reefs and strings of islands. Behind the coastline, a vast low plateau rising towards mountains in the west and north accounts for nearly half the area of Mozambique. The landscape of the plateau is savannah - more or less dry and open woodlands with tracts of short grass steppe. The western and northern highlands are patched with forest. The Zambezi is the largest and most important of the 25 main rivers which flow through Mozambique into the Indian Ocean. The major concentrations of population (comprising many different ethnic groups) are along the coast and in the fertile and relatively productive river valleys, notably in Zambezia and Gaza provinces. The Makua-Lomwe, who belong to the Central Bantu, live mainly in the area north of Zambezia, Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado provinces. The Tsonga, who are the predominant race in the southern lowlands, provide a great deal of the labour for the South African mines. In the Inhambane coastal district are the Chopi and Tsonga, while in the central area are the Shona. The Makonde inhabit the far north. Mestizos and Asians live in the main populated area along the coast and in the more fertile river valleys. Portuguese is the official language. Many local African languages, such as Tsonga, Sena Nyanja, Makonde and Macua, are also spoken. Christian (mainly Roman Catholic), Muslim and Hindu. Many also follow traditional beliefs. GMT + 2. Shaking hands is the customary form of greeting. The courtesies and modes of address customary in Portugal and other Latin countries are still observed. Casual wear is acceptable. Formal dress is seldom required.

Photography:
Visitors should not take photographs of soldiers, airports, bridges or government/public buildings, since this is illegal. Only photos of beaches and other tourist sites may be taken.
220 volts AC, 50Hz. South African-style three-pin (round) plugs are used in the capital and most tourist areas. Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosrio since 2015. President Filipe Nyusi since 2015. President Armando Guebuza won the 2005 election to succeed long-term leader Joaquim Chissano, who came to power in 1986. In July 2006, the World Bank wrote off most of the country's debt under a G8-led plan.
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