Mozambique Africa Facts

Located in south eastern Africa - bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east

Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest.

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Mozambique is 801,590 square kilometres in size and is the 36th largest country in the world. It is comparable in size to Turkey.

Mozambique is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Daylight Saving Time is not applied.

Capital city: Maputo, a small, bustling city situated on the west side of Maputo Bay, at the mouth of the Tembe River.

Mozambique boasts a tropical climate with two seasons, the wet season from October to March, and the dry season from April to September.

Rainfall along the coast is heavy, but decreases in the north and south. Cyclones are common during the wet season.

The best time to visit is between May and November, when rainfall and temperatures are at its lowest. It is also good to travel during the early part of the warm, rainy season from November to January, but be prepared for sweltering temperatures, especially during January.

Try to avoid the height of the rains, from February to March/April, as many of the roads become impassable and flooding is common in the south and centre.

During the holiday season, i.e. Easter, Christmas, New Years and in August, Mozambique’s southern coastal resorts become overrun with visitors and travellers, so book in advance

Mozambique has a state owned cell phone rovider, Mcel and the South African owned Vodacom Mozambique

Internet is readily available in Maputo, with many internet cafes and all major hotels boasting internet access.

There is little internet coverage outside of Maputo, mostly available in tourist areas, including Inhambane and Xai-Xai

South African style plugs with 2 circular metal pins above the large circular grounding pin is used in Mozambique.

Although many resorts and hotels accept Rands, exchange your money if you want to purchase anything from the markets, shops and petrol stations. Money can be exchanged at banks (closed between 12:00pm – 14:00pm), local shops and even some markets

Mozambique is not a dangerous place to visit; however, normal safety precautions should be taken when visiting this country.

Women should never walk alone on beaches

The international country dialing code for Mozambique is +258.

Mozambique has 10 provinces that can be grouped into the following three regions:

Northern Mozambique encompasses Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Niassa provinces

Central Mozambique is home to Manica, Sofala, Tete and Zambézia provinces

Southern Mozambique is made up of Gaza, Inhambane and Maputo provinces

Driving in Mocambique

Give way to the right.
At traffic circles or roundabouts, cars on the circle have priority.
Wear seat belts at all times.
All vehicles must have two emergency triangles.
The speed limit is 70Km/h on open roads and 40Km/h in cities and towns.
Traffic laws should be followed at all times and please request a receipt if a fine is levied for any transgression.
All documents and luggage can be inspected at checkpoints.
Keep your tank filled as the distances between filling stations can be great.
Avoid driving at night and restrict your driving to the daytime

The Beaches

Fires are only allowed in areas arranged for that purpose.
Pets are not allowed in camping areas.
Vehicles are not allowed in areas where there are no existing roads, because of the risk of land mines.
Driving on beaches is not allowed as it kills the animal life. Use existing roads and paths only when accessing the beaches.
Fires, littering, the use of fire works, and the processing of fish are prohibited on all the beaches in Mozambique

Gone Fishing

A fishing sport license is required for all the water sports, including fishing competitions, and can be obtained from the Maritime Administrator in each provincial capital city or from a yacht club

Boats can only be launched from access roads.

Noise should be minimized and care must be shown for the safety of people on the beaches ( maximum speed 15Km/h).

Please do not interfere with the activities of the local fisherman that depend on fishing for their livelihoods.


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