Mozambique is on the same time zone as South Africa i.e.: GMT + 2.
Mozambique is a year round destination with temperatures varying from place to place. Winter is also the the dry season and lasts from May to September. It is also the best time to travel with temperatures averaging around 27 degrees. October to March is the summer season can be very hot and humid. It is also the rainy season with some lodges and areas inland being closed due to heavy rains.
Mozambique is not considered a dangerous place to visit, however as with any other country, normal precautions should be taken. Women should not walk alone on beaches. It is advisable to check with your hotel/lodge who will inform their guests which areas are best avoided. In general the Mozambican people are very warm, friendly and hospitable and you will encounter far less hassles than most other African countries.
Portuguese is the official language of Mozambique; English is widely spoken and used. Local languages prevail in the rural areas.
Anti-malaria precautions are recommended for Mozambique, if you are travelling from a country where yellow fever has been diagnosed, a yellow fever certificate is required prior to entry. This is not applicable to South African residents.
The currency is the Mozambique Metical (M) =100 Centavo’s. The import and export of local currency is forbidden. American Express, Diners Club, Master Card and Visa Cards are generally accepted by the large hotels and shops, but check before you leave South Africa. Banking hours are 8h00 to 15h00 Monday to Friday. You must change money in the hotel or banks, do not change money in the street. Most hotels, markets, shops accept South African Rand and US$ for payment, but do check the prevailing exchange rates as the US$ is preferred. Traveler’s cheques are normally very difficult to exchange and therefore not recommended.
Summit Tours and Safaris will organize your hotel/ airport transfers as well as arrange transfers for your excursion and tours.
Tipping is customary, but is not encouraged in the hotels, where no charge is included, 10% is adequate.
Maputo Tour: This is a 3 hour tour departing from you hotel with a guided visit to the Natural History Museum, with the world’s largest elephant collection. Guided visit to the fortress (with Mouzinho de Albuquerque and other statues), guided visit to the CFM railway station, Revolution Museum, Modern Art Museum, Cathedral and Polana Church.
Inhaca Island Day Tour: Transfers from the hotel to the jetty for a return boat trip to Inhaca Island including an Island visit and seafood barbeque on the beach
Attraction Sites That We Are Visiting.
We are touring Maputo on an especially built road train, starting at the CFM railway station, The Iron House designed by Monsieur Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame, the central fish market, the fort, Inhaca Island and Running taxi.
Visas are no longer required for SA passport holders. If you are holding another passport consult the embassy for the visa requirements. An International departure tax of US$30 is payable in cash prior to departure from Maputo.
Duty free allowance: cigarettes- 200, Alcohol- 1 liter, perfume- reasonable amount and narcotics & firearms are prohibited.
Pack lightweight clothing and a raincoat. You will need a sweater or jacket from May to August, Suntan lotion, sun hats and sunglasses is a must. Do not photograph people without their permission.