MOZAMBIQUE , one of the African Countries that have reconciled peace after some 19 years of war, is perhaps best know for its magnificent beaches. Places like Ponta do Ouro, Maputo Elephant Reserve, Inhambane, our oldest second town, with is different architectures and know as one of the best spots in the world for Diving, the archipelago of Bazaruto in Vilankulos. If going up North the Quirimba Islands with is amazing snorkeling, Mozambique Island with is Arabic Influence, the Old Man Head in Manica, Beira, one of the best spots in the world for seafood. This country has one of most growing economy in the world, not only for its geographic situation but also for his agricultural e mineral resources. Is supported by The World Bank and most of the biggest economies in the world, maybe because of being the only country in the world that after signed the peace accord did have peace.
Maputo is its Capital, a very cosmopolitan city with all its multicultural influences where you can see it in the different kinds of Cultural Centers , Restaurants & Bars, Night Life, Art & Crafts, and especially in the warm welcome of the friendly people. VISA'S , every nationality needs one, which you can get at any Embassy, cheaper when you wait for 5 days. You can also get a 30-day Visa at any border/airport.
Cash money in Mozambique : Travelers Cheques are not cashable in Mozambique . Better to cash them before coming into the country. AMERICAM EXPRESS can only be cash in the big cities like Maputo and can be a problem. VISA is the best to have with you. You can cash them at any BIM (Mozambique International Bank) ATM in any of our major cities. Master Card can only be cash inside Austral Bank, with branches in big cities, but only a few of them can do that transaction. Bringing some cash is advisable.
MOZAMBIQUE is a very safe country, comparing to our neighboring South Africa , even if things do happen sometimes. We do have Warnings of the places and areas that you shouldn't walk in Maputo and other places in the country. You should be aware of Petty Theft, a direct result of the extreme poverty of the local inhabitants. Be particularly careful in crowded places, like markets, bus station, and don't leave valuable items like photo or video cameras or money lying around, especially in your car. Don't leave your car alone in crowded places like markets. Xai Xai Camping has become really a problem with lots of thieves, please try to avoid it and if driving keep an eye on your car all the time, in town or at the beach. If you really want to break down your trip up north, stay in Bilene, at Praia do Sol, just off Macia about 60Kms before Xai Xai, or Xindenguele, at Paraiso, lovely place, just 70Kms after Xai Xai! Malaria is a fact, so be very careful, and always make sure that you have your repellent with you.
Hospitals are fine and very efficient when it comes to trace Malaria or other tropical diseases, so use them. They are all over the country, even in very small villages. They always use a disposable needle, special when they see a foreigner, but remember any kind of pill taking before will probably cover the malaria, should wait 10 hours to do the test. Local transport is not a problem , they are very cheap and efficiently. You would be surprise to get to the Bus Station 5 minutes later and the buses have already gone. The Express buses leave every day at 06.30am towards North and early towards the south. From Beira towards the northern provinces they leave even earlier. There is also Minibuses, which we don't recommend for long distances. Taxis , only in the big city's and they are not cheap.
Rent-a-Car Services are very expensive. We do organize cheaper ones. Not many companies in South Africa or even Swaziland allow they cars to come into Mozambique . Make always sure that you have an authorized letter from them. Bringing your own car , always make sure you have the blue car papers with you, and if not an authorized letter to do so. Pay the Third Party Insurance at the border, very handy in case of an accident. There is a fee for the car that you have to pay in our currency, and for the toll gates. Try to exchange some money at the border (any border) with the ladies standing on the side of the road just before the border gate. Don't change a lot, since the rate is always better in Maputo or the nearest big city. Always make sure you have your seatbelt, don't drive faster them 40km/hour inside any city/villages and always pay notice to the signs on the road and if another car flash is lights, normally means police. Our Traffic Lights are always before the crossroads! Bringing goods into Mozambique can be a problem, like 6 cases of beer, or 15 different bottles of spirit, they will charge for that, well… besides that they are fine.