Mozambique is a destination in itself – offering a striking variety of white sandy beaches and crystal-clear azure waters. This incredible destination gives a traveller a 2500km long coastline and dozens of the world’s most beautiful tropical islands, offering a holiday destination second to none. And the appeal does not stop here, add sublime seafood cuisine to the mix, from local rum to the vibrant colours, to the year-round warm weather and sunshine, all complemented by outstanding beachfront or island style accommodation, and you’ll understand why visitors keep coming back.
As a destination, Mozambique is bouncing back in leaps and bounds for so many reasons – one is likely to bump into a long-lost friend or befriend a local in no time. The beer is cold and refreshing and the prawns delicious, readily available and affordable. The nightlife in Maputo is wildly outrageous in a friendly way and the tide ebbs so far out that before splashing around or going for a swim – one has to first jog to the shoreline.
Some interesting information on the Destination:
- Mozambique is a long stretch of beach and tropical country on the eastern seaboard of Southern Africa. Its coastline is something to behold, caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and is bordered by SIX countries – Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Tanzania and South Africa.
- When comparing size (as one tends to) Mozambique holds a treasured landmass of 801 600 square kilometres, about the size of UK and France combined and in comparison, to its border countries, it is twice the size of Zimbabwe and just over two-thirds the size of Africa – much of it is unspoilt and untouched, offering pristine tropical countryside and beaches.
- Mozambique lies mostly within the tropics with a mild to moderate climate, with high humidity in the summertime and southern summer rainfalls occurring between the months of October through to March.
- The Capital is Maputo, down to the south and has a complement of main Hubs: Beira, Nampula, Pemba, Inhambane, Xai-Xai, Tete,Quelimane and Nacala.
- The official language is Portuguese, whilst Arabic, Makonde and Swahili are spoken in the North whilst pidgin and fanagalo (a simplified language based primarily on Zulu, English and some Afrikaans, spoken by workers on the South African mines. English as a language is fast developing with the locals through the impact of tourism on the destination.
- The Official Currency is metical (MT) although Visa and Mastercard and US Dollars are widely accepted and the lodges, restaurants and a number of the shops.
- All tourists require a Visa (save for South African and Malawians). A single-entry tourist visa is valid for 60days from date of issue for a maximum stay of 30days).