Mozambique

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Destination Information

With a magnificent 2,000-mile coastline bordered by the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean, Mozambique is a wonderful post-safari destination. Following a disastrous civil war that ended in 1992 with the country in ruins, this former Portuguese colony of 25 million has rebuilt the infrastructure necessary to support upscale tourism. Mozambique has two main regions for beachcombers and divers: the remote and pristine Quirimbas Archipelago, close to the country’s northern border with Tanzania, and the more accessible Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, on the central coast near the town of Vilanculos. Both have spectacular white-sand beaches and pristine coral reefs. There are regular one-hour flights from Johannesburg to the capital, Maputo.

Currency

Metical (MZN). Fluctuating rate valued at MZN63.60 = US$1.00 as of April 2020. Note: All of our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels in Mozambique, dial 011 (international access) + 258 (Mozambique code) + city code and local numbers in listings.

U.S. Embassy

Maputo, Tel. (258) 21-492-797.

When to Visit

The warm, dry season extends from April until October. The hot, wet season begins in November. January and February should be avoided.

Entry Requirements

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay and containing at least three unstamped pages) and visa. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.