Visa´s can be obtained at the border but are more expensive than in Mbabane, Swaziland or Nelspruit, South Africa. You can also get visas in any other cities but often you are asked for booking confirmation. We will provide a letter if you contact us.
There are frequent buses into Maputo from South Africa, Jo'berg and Nelspruit and minibuses from Durban and from Manzini, Swaziland.
Stations: Durban: Durban Station, only minibuses at the moment
Jo'berg; Phantera Azul from Kirk St\Paul St, From Park Station, Rotunda Intercape 11 3375500, Greyhound 11 8301301, City To City & Translux 11 7743333, TCO Turismo 725 638648/ 11 4521771
We will pick you up from Maputo, just contact us
WHEN IN THE BIG CITY'S
PLEASE TAKE YOUR PASSPORT WHENEVER YOU GO OUT!
Use different pockets for your money and passport.
The Law requires you to carry identification at all times and you may be asked by the police to do so.
Police can search you in case they are suspicious.
No body search on girls if there is no female police.
DO NOT TAKE KNIVES OR SWISS ARMY KNIVES, SINCE THE POLICE WILL CONFISCATE THEM.
Rolling tobacco paper means to the police that you are taking drugs so avoid walking around with them in case you are not a tobacco smoker.
IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO TAKE YOUR VEHICLE AROUND. LEAVE IT HERE, OR TAKE OUT YOUR ENTIRE LUGGAGE.
OUR CURRENCY IS CALLED METICAIS. THE RATE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE ASK US WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE AT THE MOMENT.
Main roads and coastal areas have almost been cleared of mines. Mined areas may be marked with a red and white sign, which sometimes features a "Skull and Crossbones". It's always advisable to ask the locals before venturing into unfamiliar areas.
GOING UP NORTH
By car? Our by local transport?
Just note, that going up North, further then Sofala Province, will offer you a big challenge drive, trough some of the most unspoiled, spectacular scenery in the world. You should be aware of the fact that we hade a war, and that landmines are put all the over the country, even if some are market, could always happen to areas with no sign, so don't wonder around into the bush. Use the roads our paths that you can see have been well used or just ask the locals rather then take the risk. Remember that during the raining season, roads get washed and become very difficult to drive. There is local transport all the way up north to Malawi our Tanzania borders. There is a train leaving twice a week to Malawi from Nampula, can take one to two days. Be prepared with goods and water, even if there will be people sailing cool drinks and biscuits. There is also a ferryboat that across the river on high tide to Tanzania from Palma in Cabo Delgado Province. By car, it needs to be a good 4x4, because there are some places that you could get stuck, specially in the raining season, regardless of what vehicle you are travelling in, and some help could take a few hours or even days. New bridges and roads are being built throughout the country, but you may well encounter bridges that are washed away and be careful with the potholes on the roads. But, go for it, it's amazingly great this experience.
BORDER POST HOURS
You can also get a Visa at the Airport/Road border valid for only 30 days. Cheaper in Meticais.
Ressano Garcia/Komatiport (S.A.): 06.00-22.00 Ponta do Ouro/S.A.: 07.00-17.30
Namaacha/Lomaasha (Swaz.): 06.00-20.00 Machipanda/Mutare (Zim):06.00-18.00
Zobwe/ (Malawi):06.00-18.00 Milange/(Malawi):06.00-18.00
Mandimba (Malawi):06.00-18.00 Palma/Mwambo (Tanzania):06.00-18.00
There is a fee for entering Mozambique but nothing to pay on your way out.
For the ones coming in by car, you must purchase the Third Party Insurance at the border, as in town is more expensive. Very handy in case of an accident.
OFFICE HOURS: 07.30-12.00 14.00-17.30 Saturdays: 08.00-12.00
BANK HOURS: 08.00-15.00
MARKETS: 06.00-18.00 Sundays: 06.00-12.30
ALL THE ACCOMODATION PRICES ON THE COAST DO CHANGE ON HIGH SEASON