Mozambique

Description:
Mozambique is one of Africa’s up and coming hot spots, with stunning beaches, excellent diving and magical offshore islands. Mozambique is blessed with a rugged coastline-all just waiting for you to enjoy.

Location:
Southeast Africa

Reasons for Visiting Mozambique:
– Mozambique features 2500km of pristine beachfront on the mainland, with a number of good natural harbours
– Several small island paradises can be found off the coast, including the Bazaruto Archipelago made up of five islands, some of which are protected national parks. The islands offer beautiful beaches, abundant bird and marine life, and lovely coral reefs
– Snorkelling is excellent and divers can explore coral reefs and old ship wrecks
– Fishing is world class and includes salt water fly-fishing and big game fishing for marlin and sail fish (tag-and-release)
– Mozambique Island (Ilha de Mozambique) is a World Heritage Site with Persian and Arabic influences and is linked to the mainland by a bridge
– The country has recently been included in a vast transfrontier park incorporating wilderness reserves in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Called the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, it is the world’s largest reserve and infrastructure for visitors will be developed over the next few years.
– Over 1200 species of fish have been identified in the coastal waters of Mozambique

Mozambique Entry and Visa Requirements:
– A valid acceptable passport or travel document good for a sufficient period to cover your intended stay.
– A valid visa.
– Sufficient funds.
– A return or onward ticket.
– At least two blank pages in your passport.

Population:
22, 382, 533

Climate:
Summer: October – March
Winter: April – September

Average Temp, ° C JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
28 28 28 26 24 23 23 25 25 26 27 27
Average High Temp, °C JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
32 32 30 26 25 24 24 24 28 30 31 32
Average Low Temp, °C JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
25 23 21 18 17 15 15 17 18 20 21 23
Highest Recorded Temp, °C JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
34 34 32 28 27 26 26 28 29 29 30 38
Lowest Recorded Temp, °C JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
23 22 20 17 16 14 14 16 17 19 20 21
Average Rainfall, cm  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
10 10 9 7 2 2 1 1 3 3 8 9
Average Number of Rainy Days JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
14 16 14 11 8 4 2 2 3 4 9 10
Average Number of Days Above 32°C JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
28 27 20 10 8 2 2 2 7 10 16 20

Best Time to Visit:
The period between May and November is the best time to visit the country as the rainfall and temperatures are low. February to March is the period of heavy rainfall and flooding, and the roads become dangerous.
Language:
Local Language – Bantus
Official Language – Portuguese

Religion:
50% Christian
50% Muslim

Currency:
Mozambican Metical (Mtn) (MZN)
United States Dollar (USD)

Tipping:
Tipping indicates appreciation for good service
Tipping is widely practiced in Mozambique. Here is some information of Mozambique tipping.
– 10% in restaurants
– About USD 1.00 for hotel porters.
– Cleaners and maids in hotels and other accommodation establishments usually get between USD 1.00 and USD 2.00 per day.
– During your trip it is likely that you will come into contact with tour guides, game rangers and trackers who depend largely on their tips for their income. Tipping in this instance ranges between USD 4.00 and USD 5.00 per person per day.

Social Customs:
Mozambican society has traditionally revolved around the family and the village, with customs and observances that grow from local rather than national influences. Many of its traditional values came under attack during the years of civil strife, for, despite Frelimo’s emphasis on pride in African cultural heritage, its ideology of scientific materialism clashed sharply with important components of traditional Mozambican culture. Aspects of that culture, including spirituality, herbal healing, rites of passage, direct criticism of leadership through poetic performance, and lineage authority, conflicted with government efforts to reorder society along socialist lines