Maputo Travel Information
Mozambique is a year round destination with temperatures varying from place to place. Winter is the
dry season lasting from May to September and the best time to travel with temperatures around 27
degrees. October to March is the summer period and is also very hot and humid. This time of the year
is also the rainy season with some lodges and areas inland being closed due to heavy rains.
Mozambique is on the same time zone as South Africa (GMT +2).
Portuguese is the official language of Mozambique, however English is widely spoken and used. Local
languages prevail in the rural areas.
The currency is the Mozambique Metical (M) = 100 Centavo’s. The import and export of local
currency is forbidden. American Express, Diners Club, Master Card and Visa cards are generally
accepted by the larger hotels and shops, but check before you leave South Africa. Banking hours:
08h00 to 15h00 Monday to Friday. Do not change money in the street with vendors- this is illegal and
you can be arrested, change money at the hotel or banks. Most hotels, shops, markets accept South
African Rand and US$ for payment but check the exchange rate as the US$ is preferred. Travellers’
cheques are normally very difficult to exchange and therefore not recommended.
Tipping is customary, but is not encouraged in the hotels. Where no charge is included, 10% is
Mozambique is not a dangerous place to visit, however normal precautions as with any other country
worldwide is advisable. Woman should never walk alone on beaches, it is advisable to check with
your hotel/lodge where the areas to avoid are. In general the Mozambican people are very warm,
friendly and hospitable and you will encounter far less hassles than most other African countries.
Anti malaria precautions are recommended for Mozambique. A Yellow Fever certificate is required if
you are travelling from a country where Yellow Fever has been diagnosed, this is not applicable to
South African residents.
Our ground operator, Thompsons Mozambique Adviser will organize your hotel/airport transfers as well
as arrange transfers for your excursions and tours. Taxis are plentiful on the streets of Maputo and can
also be arranged by your hotel. They are generally safe even though the vehicles are relatively old
and the rates must be negotiated with the driver before beginning the journey as the taxis are not
metered. Tuk Tuks are available for hire in Maputo and are a very novel way to travel.
Maputo City Tour: This is a 3 hour tour departing from your hotel with a guided visit to the Natural
History Museum, with the World’s largest Elephant Collection. Guided visit to the Fortress (with
Mouzinho de Albuquerque and other statues), Guided visit to the CFM Railway Station, Revolution
Museum, Modern Art Museum, Cathedral and Polana Church.
Maputo by Night: This is a 5 hour tour departing from your hotel at 20h00 with dinner in a typical city
restaurant and entry into different bars and night clubs in Maputo.
Inhaca Island Day Tour: Transfer from the Hotel to the Jetty for a return boat trip to Inhaca Island
including an island visit and seafood barbeque on the beach.
Full Day Macenta Beach Tour: Depart form hotel and visit to Marracuene Village with a half day on
the Macaneta beach with lunch.
The CFM Railway Station, The Iron House designed by Monsieur Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame, The Central
The Fort, and Inhaca Island.
Pack lightweight clothing and a raincoat. You will need a sweater or jacket from May to August. Sun
tan lotion, sun hats and sunglasses are a must. Do not photograph people without their consent and
remember that it is illegal to photograph airports, government buildings and military vehicles. Guests
should use their cameras carefully and if a building looks official e.g. flag flying, no photos can be
taken. Do not use your camera or video at Maputo Airport.
Always carry photocopies of your passport and visa when outside the hotel. Guests walking in Julius
Nyerere Avenue should keep to the opposite side of the road to the President’s office. Pedestrians are
prohibited from walking on the pavement next to the President’s office, which is a block away from
the Polana Hotel. If you are approached by a police officer, present your passport and visa copy.
Nothing more is required and if police seem to be harassing you, give the police your hotel details,
and request that the officer accompany you back to the hotel. Beware of con artists, if approached
by a person claiming to be from immigration and that he attended to you at the border or the
airport, ignore him as he will try and get money from you.
The current on the Islands is 220 V AC, 50 Hz
Visas are no longer required for SA passport holders. If you are holding another passport please
consult the embassy for the visa requirements.
An International departure tax of US$30 is payable in cash prior to departure from Maputo.
Duty free allowances: Cigarettes – 200, Alcohol – 1litre, Perfume – reasonable amount and narcotics
& firearms are prohibited.
Embassy / Ambassador /High Commissioner
Avenida Eduardo Mondlane 41, Caixa • Caixa Postal 1120 • Tel: 002581 491614
Thompsons Mozambique Adviser: Tel: 00258 1 309477 or 314163 or 303082 or 314041 • Fax: 00258 1
Mobile: 00258 82 302053 João Das Neves Senior Business Consultant
Address: Avenue Ahmed Sekou Touré, 1034 – Ground Floor – Maputo – Mozambique.
All information was correct at the time of going to print and should only be used as a guideline.
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