Mozambique Holidays and Travel Guide

Bazaruto Archipelago Mozambique

Mozambique Travel & Holiday Advice, Travel Planning Tips and Travel Information

For those who are looking for different experiences with their companions, the Mozambique holidays are definitely one of the most fantastic ideas. The traveling to epic country Mozambique will grant everyone in your group a wonderful experience because this country has a lot of tourism objects to offer.

It has the long stretching beaches, tropical weather and water, beautiful marine life, fishing experience, diving spots, snorkeling spots, and many secluded places where you can enjoy a laid back Mozambique holidays experience. The country is also popular because of its fantastic landscapes. You will need to bring your camera and spare HDD storage because there will be a lot of pictures to take from its attractions and things to do.

Mozambique Holidays Maputo
Maputo City

Facts and Figures

Area: 801,590 km2 (309,500 sq mi)
Population: 30,403,844 (2019 est.)
Language: Portuguese

Religion (2015 est.): 69.4% Catholic, 19.3% Muslim, and 9.9% None and 1.4% practices traditional indigenous beliefs.
Population density: 28.7/km2 (74.3/sq mi)
Administrative Capital: Maputo.
Maputo has about 1,191,613 (2019 est.)
Currency: Mozambican metical (MZN)
Vehicle registration: MZ
International dialing code for Mozambique: +258
Form of government: Unitary dominant-party semi-presidential constitutional republic
Largest city: Maputo
Public Holidays: 1 Jan – Tue New Year’s Day
3 Feb – Sun Heroes’ Day
4 Feb – Mon Heroes’ Day Holiday
7 Apr – Sun Women’s Day
8 Apr – Mon Women’s Day Holiday
1 May – Wed Workers’ Day
25 Jun – Tue Independence Day
7 Sep – Sat Lusaka Peace Agreement Day
25 Sep – Wed Armed Forces Day
4 Oct – Fri Peace and National Reconciliation Day
25 Dec – Wed Family Day

Emergency numbers: Police: Maputo: +258 21 32 5031, +258 21 400 159
Ambulance: Maputo: +258 21 32 5000 or +258 21 32 5009ER 24 Maputo: 84 124
Tourism GREEN LINE for HELP or ADVICE+258 800 460 460
Anti-corruption Hot Line+258 82 965 7804+258 21 31 06 93

Time zone: UTC+2 (CAT)
Entry requirements: Visa and valid passport
Power: 220 V 50 C / F / M
Driving side: left

Mozambique Beach Holidays

History and Culture of Mozambique

Bantu tribes were the first men to land in Mozambique. Since history, they are now residing in the country along with the other ethnic groups. In the 11th century, the main ethnic group of Zimbabwe, Shona Empire, covered the big part of Mozambique and the relations between them are still great.

Arabs and Indians came in the 10th century. However, Portuguese colonialism in the 18th century replaced their influences quickly. Long story short the nationalist movement FRELIMO began the guerilla war at the end of the 19th century. And it led to the winning in 1975. FRELIMO stood as a one-party state. The civil war shook the country off but they managed to be stable in 1994.

The culture in Mozambique is vibrant, thanks to the melting pot history. The religions are Christian, Roman Catholic, Muslim, and Hindu. Some the tribes hold the traditional beliefs.

When you are about to conduct the Mozambique holidays , it is important to know that shaking hands is very common as the good form of greeting. Casual wear is acceptable in society. It is also crucial to know that you cannot take photographs of soldiers, airports, bridges, or government buildings. However, you can take photographs of tourism objects.

Portuguese is the official language of Mozambique. There are also many African languages like Sena Nyanja, Tsonga, Makonde, and Macau.

Natural History Museum, Maputo
Natural History Museum, Maputo – Photo: Courtesy Of Jeremy Weate / flickr

Highlights of Mozambique

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mozambique

The World Heritage site is called “The Island of Mozambique”, as the name suggests, it lies in the north of Mozambique country, between the Mozambique channel and Mossuril Bay. It was the capital of the colonial Portuguese East Africa. It is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its history and sandy beaches.
There are also the buildings of the island such as the Palace and Chapel of Sao Paulo. Built in 1610, it was used as Governor’s Residence. But now, it has become the Museum of Sacred Art. As the name suggests, it hosts the sacred things which are the Makonde crucifix, and so on. The island is now the home of mosques and a Hindu temple. It will be a great destination to visit on your Mozambique holidays.
Here are some places which are still in the tentative list but worth to be nominated as heritage sites:

  • Manyikeni and Chibuene
  • Ponta de Ouro Protected Marine Area
  • The Quirimbas Archipelago
  • Vumba Mountain Range
Mount Vumba
Vumba Mountain Range – Photo: Courtesy Of Senorhorst Jahnsen / flickr

Other unforgettable holiday highlights

  • Gorongosa National Park – add this to your Mozambique travel agenda to enjoy the sights of native species in the park.
  • Maputo – Designed by Gustav Eiffel, it is the beautiful landmark of the city you shouldn’t miss in your Mozambique holidays.
  • Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park safari – The visit to this park will amp your holidays to Mozambique experience up. It hosts a wide variety of species.
  • Niassa Game Reserve – Meet the great herds of buffalo and elephant. Antelopes sightseeing is also the core of activity. But beware of the predator lurking in the bush.
  • Ilha de Mozambique – Your Mozambique holidays won’t be complete without visiting this world’s cultural heritage site. It is one of the most beautiful islands in Africa.
  • Ponta de Ouro – not only providing the spots for diving, but it will also give you the bonus experience to swim with the dolphins.
Sand Dunes in Mozambique

Mozambique Tourist Attractions

Bazaruto Archipelago

Bazaruto is the largest island in Mozambique. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking coastlines of Bazaruto. It boasts the seas, palm groves, local delicacies, music attractions, and so on.

Bazaruto Archipelago Mozambique holidays
Photo: Courtesy Of Lee Litumbe / Spirited Pursuit

Pemba

Pemba offers tons of attractions on your Mozambique travel. The national parks and its architecture are amazing. But many people flock the area because of its beaches. If you are a beachgoer, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to go there.

El Pirata - South of Pemba Mozambique holidays
Photo: Courtesy Of Stig Nygaard / flickr

Scenes of the Savannah

Did you know that Mozambique as beautiful scenes of Savannah? In your upcoming holidays to Mozambique, make sure you don’t miss to visit Gorongosa National Park since it is a beautiful place which boasts tons of breath-taking things. The park is the home of elephant hurts, water ducks, crowned cranes, wild warthogs, and many more.

Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
Photo: Courtesy Of Judy Gallagher / flickr

Tofo

Tofo town is another beautiful place to visit on your Mozambique travel. It is a perfect place for those who are looking for the sun, sand, sea, and laidback experiences. The recommended activities are snorkeling, diving, water-based sports experiences, and so on. The beaches are also great for strolling around.

Strand von Vilanculos
Photo: Courtesy Of Cornelius Kibelka / flickr

Quirimbas National Park

The national park boasts the forests and savannahs with its great views. The coral reefs residing in this area are not like in the other places. It is also easier to spot the fantastic animals like crocodiles, leopard, and various fish species here.

Quirimbas National Park Mozambique holidays

Here is the list of National Parks that you can consider in your mozambique holidays.

Mozambique Safari Holidays – National Parks

  • Banhine National Park, Parque Nacional de Banhine – Gaza
  • Bazaruto National Park, Parque Nacional do Arquipelago de Bazaruto – Inhambane
  • Gorongosa National Park, Parque Nacional da Gorongosa – Sofala
  • Limpopo National Park, Parque Nacional do Limpopo – Gaza
  • Magoe National Park, Parque Nacional do Magoe – Tete
  • Quirimbas National Park, Parque Nacional das Quirimbas – Cabo Delgado
  • Zinave National Park, Parque Nacional do Zinave – Inhambane
Gorongosa National Park  Elefant

National reserves

  • Chimanimani National Reserve, Reserva Nacional do Chimanimani – Manica
  • Gilé National Reserve, Reserva Nacional do Gilé – Zambézia
  • Maputo Special Reserve, Reserva Especial de Maputo – Maputo
  • Marromeu Buffalo Reserve, Reserva de Búfalos de Marromeu – Sofala
  • Niassa National Reserve, Reserva Nacional do Niassa – Niassa
  • Pomene National Reserve, Reserva Nacional de Pomene – Inhambane

Other protected areas

  • Lake Niassa Partial Marine Reserve, Reserva Marinha Parcial de Lago Niassa – Niassa
  • Malhazine Municipal Park, Parque Ecológico de Malhazine – Maputo City
  • Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, Reserva Marinha Parcial de Ponta do Ouro – Maputo
  • Primeiras and Segundas Islands Environmental Protected Area, Área de Proteção Ambiental do Arquipélago das Ilhas Primeiras e Segundas- Zambézia, Nampula
  • Sao Sebastiao Total Protection Area, Area de Protecao Total de Sao Sebastiao – Inhambane

Community wildlife utilisation areas

  • Chipanje Chetu
  • Mitcheu
  • Tchuma Tchato

Biggest Cities In Mozambique

Maputo

The capital that is worth visiting when you travel to the far south of the country.

Holidays to Mozambique Maputo

Beira

Although it is a busy and crowded port town, you can enjoy your time here in the capital Sofala Province.

Beira Catholic Cathedral
Beira Catholic Cathedral – Photo: Courtesy Of Andrew Moore / flickr

Inhambane

Historic town on a bay. The landscape and streets are worth visiting and stroll around.

Inhambane Sailing Holidays to Mozambique
Photo: Courtesy Of F Mira / flickr

Nampula

It is an industrial city in the northern part of the country.

Church Nampula
Photo: Courtesy Of Rosino / flickr

Mozambique Nature & Wildlife Areas

Mozambique has rich nature. Folks would take the fish from the ocean to eat, water from rivers for irrigation, etc. The locals rely on nature ‘s resources on a daily basis. That includes the tourism industry. The natural areas are affected well with weather events.

The Government of Mozambique has done a great job in protecting the natural capital. They work together with WWF, African Development Bank, and other concerned parties to improve the value of natural resources. That explains a lot why there are many places wherein you can easily spot the endangered species. They have been protecting them well.

Swim with Dolphins in Mozambique

Things to Do in Mozambique / Leisure Activities

Here are the leisure activities that you could consider in the Mozambique holidays.

  • See the turtle Nesting in Ponta Mamoli
  • Tofu Bay snorkeling with whale sharks
  • Microlight eagles eye view
  • Inhaca and Portuguese Islands exploration by boat
  • Game Fishing
  • Fishing with the locals
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Snorkeling
  • Visit Jardim tunduru Botanical Gardens
  • Iron House Sightseeing
  • Bird watching
  • Dolphin and whale spotting
  • Scuba Diving
  • Museum Trip
  • African Villages encounters
  • Romantic Stroll on Barra Beach
  • Horse Riding on the beach
  • Maputo Central Market shopping
Surfing in Mozambique

Food & Drink in Mozambique

Here are the best things to eat when you come on holidays to Mozambique:

  • Prawns Menu
  • Matapa
  • Pao
  • Peri Peri Chicken
  • Prego Roll
  • Cashews
  • Fish menu
  • Tropical Fruit
  • Mozambican beer
  • Tipo Tinto
Costa de Sol restaurant, Maputo, Mozambique
Photo: Courtesy Of Rick McCharles / flickr

Best Times to Visit Mozambique

Having a Mozambique holidays successfully can happen if you come at the right time. Mozambique is a tropical country. The country has a warm and tropical climate. The nights won’t be cold. Between June and July, the rainfall won’t be too high. In Summer, the temperatures can rise. The interior plains also have a higher temperature. Consider seeing the forecast every time you want to visit some places in this country.

Best Times to Visit  Mozambique

Travelling to Mozambique

Most international flights arrive from South Africa, although direct international routes also exist between Mozambique and Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Qatar, and Portugal.

Travelling to Mozambique

Travelling in Mozambique

Transport in Mozambique: Bus, train and flights:

Plane

It is also great to use flights for regional travel. The regional airports which you can use are Pemba, Beira, Tete, Nampula, Vilanculos, and Inhambane. The popular airlines that operate these local flights are LAM, Kenya Airways, and South African Airlink or South African Airways. Finding domestic and cheap flights to Mozambique is easy.

Maputo airport
Maputo International Airport – Photo: Courtesy Of Jcornelius / en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maputo_International_Airport#/media/File:Maputo_airport,_2.jpg

Bus/Chapa

It is more truck than a bus, although it can’t be categorized as a truck. Chapa has open backs. It is the main bus-like transportation for both locals and tourists. But besides Chapa, you will also be able to use buses. However, the number of buses operating is less than Chapas.

Train

You can use the train between Nampula and Cuamba. But it is a twice-weekly slow line. The second class is a great alternative if you are on a budget. The third class is crowded and irrelevant for a convenient ride.

Africa’s longest suspension bridge

The good news is that since November 2018, the Africa’s longest suspension bridge and connecting road network. Back then, taking train from Maputo to South Africa took six hours. Now, it is cut down to only 90 minutes. Imagine how fast the pace of travellers now.

Mozambique Suspension Bridge-Katenmbe Bridge
Photo: Courtesy Of espactcom

Metro integrated transport project

There is the Metro integrated transport services for Maputo, Matola and Boane. It has been operating since 2018 and now you can easily get around in Mozambique with considerable rates.

Metro integrated transport services for Maputo
Photo: Courtesy Of Club of Mozambique

Holidays to Mozambique Entry Requirements

The entry requirements can vary from one country to another. If you are not really sure about it, you will want to contact your consulate, high commission, or embassy. If you are purchasing a Mozambique holidays package from your trustworthy tour agent, chances are you can also ask for their help. They will make the paperwork easier for you. Of course, passport validity is also important as your identification medium.

Holidays to Mozambique Entry Requirements