TRAVEL INFO & FAQ's

Mozambique and South Africa are both year-round tourist destinations so there really isn’t a bad time to visit.

You can experience perfect diving conditions in Tofo any time of the year! Visibility is less dependent on seasonal weather patterns and more so on daily conditions. On average, Tofo experiences 15m of visibility with clearer water in the summer months. Water temperatures range from 17˚ C to 21˚ C in winter, and from 27˚ C to 30˚ C in summer.

In the summer months, from December to April, are gifted with long hot days and warmer waters, perfect for viewing the vast array of colorful fish that live among the vibrant reefs or catching a Giant Manta pirouetting in the ocean’s currents. In Kruger, avian enthusiasts flock to the park to witness the arrival of thousands of migratory birds as they dapple the landscape with colorful hues.

In the winter, from May to November, are mild with warm to hot days and cool evenings. In Tofo, water temperatures drop and whales arrive. Humpbacks, occasionally followed by Orcas, fill the Mozambican Channel. In Kruger, the game has begun to congregate at roadside watering holes, making winter an optimal time for large mammal sightings.

Humpback sightings are guaranteed in Tofo during the winter months of July and August. Time will still as you watch Humpbacks breach the ocean’s surface for the first time, defying gravity as it rises from the depths arching towards the sky.

 

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. 

Where to cash or 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.

Where to go if you are sick

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 central market in Tofo, and another one 5 km that is well stocked with everything from bandages to malaria medications.

Where to buy souvenirs and others

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.

SOUTH AFRICA

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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African Lions

When you do your online research, you get a lot of different information for all the W questions on traveling to Mozambique & South Africa. However, they’re not always reliable. From Mozambique Experience we recommend as follows:

  • Passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity and 2 blank pages)

  • Visas for Mozambique and/ or South Africa

  • Driver’s License

  • Debit/ Credit Cards

  • Emergency Contact Info

  • Cash 

  • Travel Insurance

  • Medical Insurance

  • International Vaccination Card

  • Malaria prophylaxis

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Negative PCR test to enter the country

  • Camera/ s with charges and spare batteries and 

  • Phone and charger

  • Converter/ Travel Adapter (3 round pin & standard 220V)

  • Summer and winter clothing according to season visiting

  • Water bottle (1- 1.5lt)

  • Backpack (25- 35lt)

  • Sun protection, cap, hat and sunglasses

  • Eye drops (good prevention for fine- particle dust carried by air)

  • Personal medication

  • Portable First Aid Kit

  • Dive gear:

    • BCD

    • Regulator

    • Fins

    • Booties

    • Mask and snorkel

    • Wet or dry suit (contact us for more information)

    • Gloves

    • Surface signal device

    • Torch

    • Dive computer

Rental gear available in all different diving destinations.

Pre- booking needed.

  • Diver certifications or cards (including Nitrox)

  • Rain and/ or wind jacket

  • Waterproof bag (cameras and other dry material) 

  • Motion sickness remedy

  • Camera

    • Housing

    • Chargers

    • Memory cards

    • Extra kits

    • Accessories. 

  • Appropriate clothing

    • Preferably with neutral colours

    • Please note, low temperatures during early mornings
  • Comfortable hiking/ walking shoes (optional walking safari)

  • Binoculars

  • Camera

    • Chargers

    • Memory cards

    • Extra kits

    • Accessories. 

  • Torch

Following the initiative of a previous group, we encourage each of you to reserve 1kg of your luggage for donation material (clothes, books, school supplies, sports equipment, medicines). It's not mandatory! But it is very satisfying to go to a local village one day and donate it to the people.