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Two main seasons, one wet and the other
dry, divide the climatic year. The wet season, from November to March, has a
monthly average temperature of between 26.6°C and 29.4°C (80°F and
85°F), with cooler temperatures in the interior uplands. The dry season
lasts from April to October and has June and July temperatures averaging
18.4° to 20°C (65° - 68°F). The average annual rainfall is
greatest (about 56 inches) over the western hills and the central areas, and
lowest in the Zambezi lowlands averaging 16 to 32 inches.
Climate Chart for Maputo
today's weather forecast see CNN - Africa Weather
LATEST TRAVEL ADVICE
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (London)
US State Department - Travel
VISAS & IMMIGRATION
Visas are required by all
nationals and passports must be valid for at least 6 months and is valid for a
stay of 1 month , which can be extended in the Maputo.
regulations (December 08, 2004) The Mozambican government has advised that ALL
persons travelling to the country are to obtain visas prior to their departure
as entry visas will no longer be issued upon arrival at any border post or
airport, effective immediately.
Listing of Mozambique Embassies, Consulates, Tourist Offices
and/or High Commission located around the world
Metical (MT)=100 centqavos
Current Exchange Rate:
There are no restrictions on the import of foreign currency
but the import and export of local currency is not allowed. Travellers cheques
are widely accepted and readily exchanged but to avoid commission they are best
taken in IS Dollars. The South African Rand is widely accepted as a form of
currency and accommodation prices are often quoted in Rand. Many up-market
hotels insists on payment in foreign currency so have a reasonable amount of
Major hotels and some bank accept credit card transactions but
you will be charged a commission.
BANKING & BUSINESS HOURS
Banking: Monday to Friday: 0730-1115 and 1500-1630
Shops: Monday to Friday: 0900-1300 and 1500-1830.
Monday to Friday: 0900-1200 and 1400-1730
Mozambique is two hours ahead of GMT
TRANSPORT & GETTING AROUND
Flights from Europe to Mozambique
Click for flights from Europe with KLM
LAM From Zimbabwe & South Africa
The national airline, operates a domestic service between Maputo and Beira,
Nampula, Pemba and Tete. Flights are very often delayed or
|Railways / Train
||There is a rail link between Beira and Tete and from Mocambique and
Macala, via Monapo to Nampula and Lichinga. A train service also operations
from Maputo to Goba and Ressano Garcia and onwards to Zimbabwe. The service can
be overcrowded and if you want a seat you will need to book in
More Info -
East African Railways Company Ltd.
Mozambique Railways (CFM)
- National passenger and freight railways in Mozambique - website in
||There are daily regular bus services covering most the main towns and
this is the most inexpensive way to see the country.
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|The Africa Guide's recommended Map
Globetrotter Travel Map of Mozambique (Maps
Published by New Holland Publishers (U Series
Globetrotter Travel Maps
This travel map of Mozambique is part of a series
of enlarged, fold-out maps which allow the traveller to locate cities, towns,
major roads and scenic routes, airports, holiday resorts, parks and nature
reserves, places of interest and other features. The reverse side incorporates
area maps and town and city plans of the major centres, highlighting historical
monuments, key buildings, and areas of special interest
Other Maps & Atlases for
Driving is on the left hand side and and International Driving Licence is
required. Main roads are tarred and in reasonable condition but if travelling
on gravel roads you may require four wheel drive. Never drive off-road, there
many remaining land mines left from the civil war. There are only a few car
hire firms in Maputo and it is advisable to book in advance.
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||Armed Forces Day
ELECTRICAL POWERElectric Power is 220V running at 50Hz.
The Plug types used are :
Round pin attachment plug -
and receptacle with side grounding contacts -
Plug (found especially near the border with South Africa, Maputo) -
If you need medical care whilst in
Mozambique, it is best to be aware that medical providers may not accept
payment through your insurance company. In these circumstances you will have to
pay in full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company
for reimbursement. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a
credit card or by wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country's
local embassy or representative.
To be compensated you must be treated
by licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper
documentation and receipts.
It is advisable to always ensure you have a
comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for repatriation to your
You can check out the following websites which specialise
in long term travellers, adventure travellers, backpackers and workers based
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