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Last updated 15th January 2017

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Travel Advice for Mozambique:

Mozambique is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. It is separated from Madagascar by the Mozambique Channel to the east.


Full Name: Republic of Mozambique

Capital: Maputo

Population: 23,929,708 people

Geographic coordinates: 25°57′S 32°35′E

Area: 801,590 km2

Time: 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (summer); 1 hour ahead in winter


Climate and Seasonality:

Mozambique has a tropical climate with two seasons, a wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions, however, vary depending on altitude. Rainfall is heavy along the coast and decreases in the north and south. Annual precipitation varies from 500 to 900 mm (19.7 to 35.4 in) depending on the region, with an average of 590 mm (23.2 in). Cyclones are common during the wet season. Average temperature ranges in Maputo are from 13 to 24 °C (55.4 to 75.2 °F) in July to 22 to 31 °C (71.6 to 87.8 °F) in February


What to pack:

Sunblock, sun hat and good quality sunglasses

Camera with waterproof/dustproof bag/cover

Good walking shoes (tennis shoes are fine)

Malaria tablets (if applicable)

Warm Anorak or Parka and scarf / gloves for winter


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Health and Safety:

Mozambique is a stable democracy; however, it is sensible to take basic precautions whilst travelling anywhere in the world. We advise that you ask your Barefoot safari guide, Tourist Information Officers, camp/lodge and hotel staff and local residents about areas to avoid.


Safaris camps, hotels and beach lodges in Mozambique are all found in a  malaria areas; thus please consult your medical practitioner regarding any anti-malarial. Please check with your health department/travel clinic prior to departure, in the event there have been changes in the health regulations of the country you are visiting.


Passports and Visa:

Visitors to Africa must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date, together with onward travel documents, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Please also ensure that you have sufficient blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport, with at least 2 consecutive/side by side blank pages. Our recommendation is 3 pages (or even 4 if you are travelling through more than one country on your journey).


Please speak to your Africa specialist to ensure that you have any appropriate travel documentation before departing on safari.


Banks and Foreign Exchange:

Mozambique banks, as well as some safari camps beach lodges and camps, only accept US Dollars, GBP Sterling, Euro and South African Rand in cash. Travelers’ Cheque in any of the above currencies are also acceptable. MasterCard and Visa are usually accepted throughout Mozambique, but Diner’s Club and American Express are not. The currency is the  Mozambican metical (MZN)



The official language is Portuguese but English is spoken in hotels and lodges.


Recommended Reading:

We recommend the following books specific to the Mozambique region.

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - Phil Hockey, Ian Sinclair and Warwick Tarboton

Travel Map and Travel Guide to Mozambique - Globetrotter

Mozambique - The Bradt Travel Guide - Chris McIntyre

Behaviour Guide to African Mammals - Richard Estes

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals - Jonathan Kingdon

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals - Jonathan Kingdon

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Johan Marais, Graham Alexander

The Southern African Birdfinder: Where to find 1,400 bird species in southern Africa

Roberts Bird Guide, Hugh Chittenden, John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Softback.


Barefoot Safaris is a Member of the Malawi Tourism Association

Suggested Trip Dossiers


Mozambique Explorer

17 Days Land Only (767) (ME)


Malawi Extension

8 Days Land Only (767e) (ME)



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