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Mozambique Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Mozambique , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Mozambique's most beautiful holiday islands lie off its main coast. These tropical islands contain some of the richest coral reefs in the world and provide habitat for an abundant array of marine life.

The Quirimbas Archipelago
Located in northern Mozambique, the Quirimbas Archipelago is enchantingly undeveloped, comprising thirty-two islands with only a handful of small lodges all sharing the philosophy of 'controlled tourism for the common good'.

The Bazaruto Archipelago
This is a National Park comprising five pristine tropical islands, fringed with beaches in coral-pink and dazzling white, and offering endless water and land-based activities, from deep-sea diving and big-game fishing, to bird-watching and romantic sunset cruises in traditional dhows (boats).

General Information
CapitalMaputo
LanguagePortugese
Time Difference2 hours
CurrencyMetical, however US Dollars are widely accepted.
Voltage220v

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

Visas are required for travel to Mozambique and can be obtained on arrival for approximately USD$95. Because the process to obtain a visa on arrival is slow, we recommend arranging a visa prior to travel with CIBT either on line at www.uk.cibt.com or by telephone 0844 800 4650.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Climate+

October to April tend to be the hottest months but the summer is also pleasant. January and February is the rainy season.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Mozambique.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January31159
February31138
March3098
April2956
May2730
June2518
July2518
August2615
September2741
October2757
November2977
December3084

Highlights+

In Mozambique you'll find alabaster beaches, beautiful birdlife and a kaleidoscopic underwater world, home to the rare dugong (a large aquatic mammal). Alongside endless opportunities for snorkelling and diving, there is also a host of other activities to enjoy, including whale-watching (in season), water sports and fishing trips.

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways direct from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Onward connecting flights with Federal Airlines to Vilanculos and Airlink to Pemba.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Johannesburg: 10 hours, 50 minutes.
Onward connecting flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos: 2 hours, 15 minutes and to Pemba: 2 hours, 50 minutes.

Flight Upgrades
British Airways upgrades start from as little as £790.00 per person, each way.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Mozambique
A beach break in Mozambique makes a wonderful add-on after a safari.

Ramadan
Ramadan is observed for one month each year, Ramadan is a period of fasting when the pace of life is slower, public areas are busier and there are certain restrictions, for example, consuming food in public, drinking alcohol and use of restaurants.

Talk to our Asia, Australasia and Africa Experts

Our dedicated Asia, Australasia and Africa Experts are ready to help you design your luxury holiday to Mozambique. Furthermore, we have 3 Travel Consultants who have personally visited Mozambique and can offer you their first-hand knowledge and experience.

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