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TRAVEL INFO
MOZAMBIQUE & SOUTH AFRICA

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QUICK TRAVEL INFO MOZAMBIQUE

Passport & Visa

All recreational foreign visitors to Mozambique require a valid passport with at least 3 blank pages, two of which must be adjacent, as well as a tourist visa that must be obtained prior to entry via an official Mozambican embassy or consulate. For certain packages, multiple-entry visas will be required.

Applying for an international visa can be daunting, so if you need help, we encourage you to reach out to our resident travel professionals at info@mozambiqueexperience.com for assistance.

Major Airports

Maputo is the main hub for international flights into Mozambique. Inhambane airport, 23 km from Praia do Tofo, also receives limited international flights and a daily flight from Maputo with LAM.

 

Road transfers from Maputo can also be arranged through Mozambique Experience.  For those adding on a safari to their Experience, Maputo, in Mozambique, and Johannesburg or Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga, in South Africa, are the recommended ports of entry.

Covid

From Mozambique Experience we follow all updated recommendations from governments and health departments. Contact us should you need assistance prior to traveling. 

ATM / Exchange Money

Money can be exchanged upon arrival at the airport (Exchange Bureau). Once in Tofo, the closest ATM is at the local bank located at the gas station, 3 kilometers out of town on the road to Inhambane. Inhambane town also has several banks.

Language

Portuguese is the official language in Mozambique, with local languages differing from region to region. English is commonly used in touristic areas. The following languages are accommodated by our guides and hosts: English, Spanish, German, Catalan, Portuguese. Italian,, Turkish and Azeri.

Electricity & internet

220-240 volts, 50 Hz. Wi-Fi is available in different accommodations, restaurants, bars and dive centres. A local sim card can be purchased upon arrival for those in need of megas or phone connection.

Healthcare

Nobody likes to think about getting sick during the holidays, but if the worst happens and you need medical assistance, there is a hospital in Inhambane and a private clinic. If your need is not urgent, there is a pharmacy located near the nearest shopping strip

5 km that is well stocked with everything from bandages to malaria medications.

Souvenirs

The Tofo Market, which juts out from Tofo Beach and is centrally located, is a great place to experience the local culture. Shop for fresh vegetables, fruits and fish or browse the rows of handmade souvenirs and capulana clothing.

Currency

Mozambican Metical (MZN). South African Rand, US Dollar and Euros are accepted. Credit cards are becoming more acceptable forms of payment and are an option at varying establishments.

Malaria

Mozambique is a high-risk malaria country, and we highly recommend you visiting a doctor before you travel. Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines as well.

Some of the precautionary measures you can take to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:

  • Mosquitoes which carry malaria generally bite between dusk and dawn. Close windows and make sure the nets are down,

  • use mosquito repellent on exposed skin,

  • spray your accommodation with an aerosol insecticide or use mosquito coils,

  • wear long-sleeved, light-coloured clothing, long trousers and socks,

  • sleep under a net,

  • ceiling fans and air conditioners are also effective in preventing mosquito bites,

  • chemoprophylaxis helps to reduce the chances of getting ill with malaria. These medicines must be taken according to the instructions given by your local medical practitioner or pharmacist. 

Malaria symptoms may only develop 10 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Even if you have taken chemoprophylaxis, you can still contract malaria, and then this incubation period might be longer. 

  • Flu- like symptoms such as fever, headache, sweating, fatigue, myalgia (back and limbs), abdominal pain, diarrhoea, appetite loss, nausea and vomiting, could be an indication of malaria. 

  • You should seek immediate medical attention if you have flu- like symptoms for up to six months after visiting a malaria area. 

Where to go if you need help

Tofo has a police station located at the entrance of the town. If you have any problems during your stay in Tofo, we will accompany you to the police station. Tofo has a wonderful reputation and violent crime and robbery are not serious problems. While it is always advisable to travel in groups and be vigilant when traveling, Tofo is not a city where you need to dread the night.

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Your Safety

One of the jewels of Mozambique is the Inhambane area, often referred to as the "Land of the Good People."

The Magic of Inhambane: Inhambane is a coastal province known for its laid-back charm, stunning beaches, and a cultural heritage deeply rooted in history. It's a place where time seems to slow down, and the genuine kindness of the locals has earned it the reputation as the "Land of the Good People."

Warm and Welcoming: Mozambique as a whole is renowned for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The people of Inhambane, in particular, are known for their warm hospitality, making visitors feel like part of the community. Whether you're exploring local markets, dining on traditional cuisine, or engaging in conversations with locals, you'll experience the genuine friendliness that has made this region famous.

Cultural Riches: Inhambane boasts a rich cultural heritage influenced by a mix of African, Arab, and Portuguese traditions. You'll have the opportunity to explore historical sites, vibrant festivals, and local crafts that reflect the region's diverse history.

Natural Wonders: The Inhambane area is also home to some of Mozambique's most pristine natural wonders. From the idyllic beaches of Tofo and Barra to the world-renowned scuba diving spots in the Bazaruto Archipelago, you'll be captivated by the sheer beauty of the region.

Safety and Serenity: Mozambique, including the Inhambane area, is known for its safety and tranquility. It's a place where you can unwind, soak up the sun, and immerse yourself in nature without worries.

We invite you to explore the wonders of Mozambique, especially the Inhambane area. We believe that the name "Land of the Good People" is well-deserved, and we are dedicated to helping you discover the beauty, culture, and warmth of this remarkable region.

Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural exploration, Mozambique has it all. Come and experience the magic of the "Land of the Good People" for yourself, and let us be your guide to an unforgettable journey in this remarkable part of Africa.

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QUICK TRAVEL INFO SOUTH AFRICA

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Passport & visa

Applying for an international visa can be daunting, so if you need help, we encourage you to reach out to our resident travel professionals at info@mozambiqueexperience.com for assistance.

Major Airports

O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the main hub for international flights into South Africa. When starting the trip with a safari, we recommend our clients to take a national flight to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport.

 

When starting with a diving experience, King Shaka International Airport, in Durban, is also an option, as it is much closer to the final diving destination. Please, contact our guides prior to booking your flights to make sure the right arrival and departure airports are chosen.

Covid

From Mozambique Experience we follow all updated recommendations from governments and health departments. Contact us should you need assistance prior to traveling.

Language

English is the official language in the Republic of South Africa, with local languages differing from region to region. The following languages are accommodated by our guides and hosts: English, Spanish, German, Catalan, Portuguese. Italian, Turkish and Azeri.

Electricity and Internet

220-240 volts.  Special South African adaptors can be purchased upon arrival. Wi-fi is available at most of the accommodations throughout the trip. While on safari in Kruger National Park, there is only wi-fi at Skukuza Rest Camp. A local sim card can be purchased upon arrival for those in need of megas or phone connection.

Currency

South African Rand (ZAR). Foreign money can be exchanged upon arrival at the airport prior to starting the diving experience or safari, and before entering the Kruger National Park. Credit cards are accepted throughout the trip, and in most of the rest camps within the National Parks, although, since we will be visiting some remote areas, we advise our customers to always carry cash.

Malaria

Malaria is endemic in some areas of South Africa, namely north- eastern KwaZulu- Natal, parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo province. 

The Kruger National Park is a malaria zone, although the risk is usually relatively low, especially in dry season when water is scarce. Most mosquitoes do not carry malaria, so being bitten does not mean one will contract the illness, however, we highly recommend you take prevention and visit a doctor prior to traveling. 

Some of the precautionary measures you can take to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:

  • Mosquitoes which carry malaria generally bite between dusk and dawn. Close windows and make sure the nets are down,

  • use mosquito repellent on exposed skin,

  • spray your accommodation with an aerosol insecticide or use mosquito coils,

  • wear long-sleeved, light-coloured clothing, long trousers and socks,

  • sleep under a net,

  • ceiling fans and air conditioners are also effective in preventing mosquito bites,

  • chemoprophylaxis helps to reduce the chances of getting ill with malaria. These medicines must be taken according to the instructions given by your local medical practitioner or pharmacist. 

Malaria symptoms may only develop 10 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Even if you have taken chemoprophylaxis, you can still contract malaria, and then this incubation period might be longer. 

  • Flu- like symptoms such as fever, headache, sweating, fatigue, myalgia (back and limbs), abdominal pain, diarrhoea, appetite loss, nausea and vomiting, could be an indication of malaria. 

  • You should seek immediate medical attention if you have flu- like symptoms for up to six months after visiting a malaria area. 

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Your Safety

When planning your journey to South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, it's natural to have questions about safety. At Mozambique Experience, your well-being is our top priority, and we're here to address your concerns.

Port St. Johns, situated along the Wild Coast, is renowned for its serene beauty and relaxed atmosphere. Travelers often wonder about safety, and we're pleased to assure you that this coastal town is considered safe for visitors. As with any travel destination, it's advisable to take standard precautions, such as securing your belongings and being mindful of your surroundings. The local communities here are welcoming, and you can explore with ease.

Shelly Beach, known for its inviting beaches and water activities, is a haven for sunseekers and divers alike. Safety is a priority in this picturesque coastal town. Beaches are patrolled by lifeguards, ensuring a safe environment for swimming and water sports. The diving excursions to Protea Banks and Aliwal Shoal are conducted by experienced professionals who prioritize your safety and enjoyment.

Aliwal Shoal: Underwater Adventures

Aliwal Shoal, an underwater wonderland, raises questions about safety for divers and snorkelers. Rest assured, the dive operators in this area adhere to strict safety standards. They provide thorough briefings, ensure equipment is in excellent condition, and accompany divers throughout the experience. With their expertise, you can explore the depths of Aliwal Shoal with confidence.

Our Commitment to Your Safety

We are committed to ensuring your safety throughout your journey. We work with reputable partners who prioritize the well-being of our travelers. Should you have any specific safety concerns or questions, our team is always available to provide guidance and assistance. Your adventure in KwaZulu-Natal will be not only thrilling but also secure, allowing you to immerse yourself in the region's wonders with peace of mind.

When it comes to your South African exploration, safety is our shared responsibility. Together, we'll create unforgettable memories in this captivating corner of the world.

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