African travel tips when visiting Mozambique

Mozambique is best known for its beaches and shrimp. Mozambique also offers visitors world heritage sites, colonial architecture and a colorful local culture. In bustling markets, exquisite carvings and wickerwork are sold. The wooden and ivory sculptures of the Makonde are considered one of the most refined art forms in Africa.

Mozambique has also spawned talented painters such as Malangatana, and the murals of the country adorn many walls, especially in Maputo. Traditional music is Marrabenta music as well as Marimba and Calabash orchestras. In the rhythm of Africa, the ritual Nhau and Mapico initiation dances can be a frightening sight. Popular activities for travelers include scuba diving, snorkelling, bird watching and fishing for marlin, sailfish or kingfish.

CAPITAL:

Maputo

CLIMATE:

Subtropical, though droughts and low rainfall are common. The rainy season is from October to April and the dry season from April to September.

CURRENCY:

1 Mozambican Metical = 100 Centavos. Traveler's checks in USD or Sterling are recommended. Currency exchange at authorized institutes. Credit cards are not generally accepted. Many traders prefer USD. The import and export of national currency is prohibited.

ELECTRICITY:

220 Volt, 50 Hz. Plugs are 2 and 3 pin round.

BLESS YOU:

Travelers over 1 year who come from an infected area must be vaccinated against yellow fever. Visitors are advised to make arrangements before arrival to prevent malaria (risk throughout the year), hepatitis A, polio, typhus and meningitis, depending on whereabouts and seasons. Other health problems include rudimentary medical facilities, unavailable medicines, cholera (strict food and water hygiene) and influenza (the risk extends throughout the year).

LANGUAGE:

The official language is Portuguese, but also Makua and Tsonga are spoken. English is not widely spoken but can be understood.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:

New Year's Day (1 January); Hero's Day (3 February); Women's Day (7 April); Labor Day (May 1); Independence Day (June 25); Victory Day (7th September); Day of the Armed Forces (25th September); Day of the deceased (2 November); Christmas Day (25th December); Boxing Day (26th December)

SHOP:

Basketry; Reed mats; Wood carvings; masks; printed cloth; Leather goods; Shrimp; Wine.

SOCIAL CONVENTIONS:

The religion is mainly Roman Catholic, but other faiths include Muslim, Hindu and traditional beliefs. Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. Portuguese customs, e.g. The address modes (Senhor / Senhora) apply. Dress is casual and formal attire is rarely required. For business safaris, hot weather suits are acceptable, while light suits are recommended for the rest of the year.

TIME DIFFERENCE:

GMT +2

TILT:

Ten percent is common, but hotels are not. Taxi drivers expect 10 percent.

TOP TEN ATTRACTIONS DESCRIPTION:

Maputo:

The capital has wide avenues lined with flowering red acacia and purple jacaranda trees. It offers many historical, cultural and scenic sites, such as the Cathedral; City Council chambers; Tunduro Gardens; Railway station; the fortress and natural history museum; Beaches are Praia da Macaneta; Ponta do Ouro and Ponta Malongane.

Xai-Xai:

224 km from Maputo; The nearby beach is a popular tourist destination with its massive reef that protects the coast from heavy waves at high tide. At low tide, the locals collect shells to sell to tourists. Visit the Praia do Chongoene, Bilene and the Banhine National Park with its diverse wildlife.

Mozambique Island:

About two-thirds of the island was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, as the buildings were built of coral. Sights include the Paul's Palace, the Museum of Sacred Art and the Fortress of St. Sebastian. nearby beaches are Praia de Fernão Veloso and Praia das Chocas; On the mainland, in the town of Nampula, you will find the cathedral and the museum.

Beira:

The second largest city in the country, Beira, stretches along the coast. Visit Largo do Municipio, Casa Portugal, Casa Infante de Sagres, Casa dos Bicos and the Cathedral. The best beaches are between the Clube Nautico and the lighthouse. Nearby Six Miles is an inland resort with an artificial lagoon with islands where you can swim or rent pedal boats. Game viewing in the province takes place in the famous Gorongosa National Park and the Marromeu Buffalo Reserve.

Bazaruto:

Archipelago Very popular tourist center consisting of Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque and Santa Carolina islands off the mainland with quality hotels; In Inhambane on the mainland you will find the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception; Nature reserves are the Zinave National Park and the Bazaruto National Park.

Pemba:

The city has a pristine natural beauty; Visit the old town, where you can visit various traditional markets, the beaches of Praia do Wimbe and Praia do Farol; The nearby island of Ibo is part of the idyllic Quirimbas archipelago.

Lake Niassa & Niassa Reserve:

The province of Niassa offers breathtaking views and landscapes. The pristine Lake Niassa is only accessible by 4×4 vehicles and offers a "real Africa" ​​experience with fishing villages where you can buy fresh fish and coconut milk. The Niassa Reserve is famous for its large number of elephants.

Inhaca Island:

34 km from Maputo in the bay, accessible by boat or plane; Tours to Ponta de Santa Maria and the Portuguese island are possible.

Maputo Elephant Reserve:

79 km south of Maputo, the reserve is famous for its elephant herds; Flamingos can also be seen on the great inland lakes near the sea.

Face of the old man:

In the town of Chimoio, Cabeça do Velho is a spectacular natural stone formation that resembles the face of an old man.