· Travellers are advised to carry US Dollars (USD) or Euro in cash
or travellers cheques.
· Most credit cards are accepted
· Before undertaking any travel all clients are encouraged to consult
with their GP and/or local travel clinic for the most up-to-
..date health information on the destinations
they are travelling to.
· Visitors to Mozambique should take the necessary precautions
against Malaria and are advised to consult a travel clinic on
..the most appropriate prophylactics.
· Visitors travelling from Yellow Fever infected areas (e.g. Tanzania
or Kenya) will be required to provide proof of a Yellow
..Fever vaccination before entering Mozambique.
· Travellers’ diarrhoea is common ailment among travellers
in Africa. However, a good supply of bottled water will reduce this
..risk enormously. Most hotels, certainly
the ones on the islands, will have bottled water available for guests.
· When travelling internationally, it is important to ensure that
a Travel Insurance Policy appropriately covers you against any
· Your insurance broker or provider will offer the necessary advice
on specific travel insurance policies.
· Travellers from South Africa can go to the IslandsOnly Travel
Shop for more details of tailor made travel policies.
· It is important to note that Mozambique departure taxes are not
included in the price of your airline tickets. These taxes are
..to be paid to the appropriate tax officials
on departure from the country.
· The following amounts should be paid in US Dollars to tax officials
at the airports:
1. USD5.00 departure tax when travelling by air from Vilanculos to the
islands and from the islands to Vilanculos. (No tax is
....levied for boat transfers.)
2. USD10.00 departure tax when travelling from Vilanculos to Johannesburg
3. USD5.00 departure tax when travelling by air from Maputo to Inhaca
and Inhaca back to Maputo. (No tax is levied for
Tip: Pay the exact amount. Any change will be paid in
local currency and we’re sure you not going to have much use for
that when you get home!
· The Bazaruto Archipelago (Benguerra & Bazaruto Islands) is
most easily reached by air from either Johannesburg or Durban.
..All commercial flights land at Vilanculos
on the mainland, where clients clear customs and then continue on to the
..boat or air.
· Inhaca Island is located just off the coast of Maputo. Therefore,
the easiest route on to the island is via international flight
..to the capital and then by boat or air
for the remainder of the trip.
Although the focus of our attentions is the islands off the Mozambique
coast, it is worth noting that the mainland extends for some 2,500km down
the southeast coast of the African continent from Tanzania in the north
to South Africa and Swaziland in the south. The country’s western
neighbours are Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia.
· Inhaca Island is located in the Gulf of Maputo just 24km off
the coast and 35km from the capital city of Maputo.
· Benguerra and Bazaruto Islands form part of the Bazaruto Archipelago,
which occupies a sea-area some 14 to 30km northeast
..of Vilanculos. Vilanculos is a small coastal
town in Inhambane Province about 700km north of Maputo.
· Benguerra Island lies just 14km from Vilanculos while the larger
of the two islands, Bazaruto, lies about 30km north of the town.
The Bazaruto Archipelago, which was declared a National Park in 1971,
comprises five main islands, namely Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa
Carolina and Bangue. The tiny island of Pansy Shell lies just west of
the southern tip of Bazaruto. The largest islands, Bazaruto and Benguerra,
are sandy islands stretching north south along the mainland coast. Both
have freshwater lakes and a spine of sand dunes that roughly separate
the east and west coasts of the islands. Bazaruto is roughly 30km long
and 6km wide while the smaller Benguerra Island is 11km long and 5.5km
The three largest islands Bazaruto, Benguerra and Magaruque are thought
to have been part of a peninsula that only recently (10,000 years ago!)
separated from the mainland. The archipelago was declared a National Park
in 1971. Prior to the Portuguese occupation of what later became known
at Mozambique, the Bazaruto Islands probably marked the southern boundary
of the East African trading settlements. Once the Portuguese settlers
had established themselves in the 16th century, the area became known
for the high quality pearls that it yielded. Today Bazaruto and Benguerra
and the area around Vilanculos are at the forefront of initiatives to
develop an already bourgeoning tourism industry in Mozambique.
Estimates put the population at approximately 17,500,000 people, the vast
majority of whom are African. The remainder are mostly Indians, Asians
The official language is Portuguese. However, it is generally only those
living in the cities and the educated minority, roughly 25% of the population,
who can speak the language. Some 60 distinct indigenous Bantu languages
and dialects are spoken among the populations of the various regions and
provinces. These include Shangaan, Shona and Swahili. English is also
Most Mozambicans follow traditional African religions. There are, however,
large Christian and Muslim minorities.
The largest contributor to the country’s GDP is agriculture at roughly
45%. The main export crops are shrimps, prawns, cotton, cashew nuts, sugar
cane and copra.
Local currency is the Mozambique Metical (MT) or Meticais. Travellers
are advised to travel with USD or ZAR in cash or travellers cheques. All
major credit cards are accepted in most locations. Please note that visitors
are not allowed to export Metical notes and coins from Mozambique.
Weights and measures:
The metric system is used.
The Mozambique islands enjoy a subequatorial climate.
Hot summers – October to April – with average coastal temperatures
of 30°C at midday
Warm winters – April to September – with average coastal temperatures
of 20°C to 30°C and tempered by sea breezes.
Temperatures in the interior of the island are generally 3 to 5°C
cooler than at the coast.
The rainy season is from October to March with the possibility of stray
cyclones in January and February.