Useful Information

USEFUL INFORMATION

Travel Tips

 

Visas

All visitors are required to have a visa except those from the following countries: Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. A single visitor’s visa for 30 days can be obtained at arrival, however it is highly recommended to get a visa from a Mozambican embassy or consulate.

Identification

During your stay, you are required to carry identification with you at all times, under the Mozambican law. However, we advise that instead of the original document that you carry a certified copy, which is also acceptable.

Driving in Mozambique

Entry of vehicles on tourist or business trips belonging to or driven by non-residents

Upon entry a temporary import license is required, this is acquired at the border. The temporary imported vehicle cannot be sold or lent, and the documentation must be present at all times.

Documentation required when driving a foreign vehicle in Mozambique
Before going on trip to Mozambique:

  • Apply for a border letter from your insurance company to allow the use of the vehicle outside of SA.
  • Also make a copy of Registration paper of vehicle/trailer/boat.
  • If vehicle is financed/leased, apply for border letter from the financing company/bank. (Process takes 3-4 days)

At border post:

  • Obtain a third party insurance at border. R220 per vehicle for 30 days. R110 for trailer/boat.
  • Get the temporary import document at border for the relevant vehicles.

Border control posts

Ressano Garcia: 06H00 – 22H00 – Peak Season 24 Hours
Namaacha: 06H00 – 20H00
Goba: 06H00 – 20H00 – Peak Season 24 Hours
Ponta d’Ouro: 06H30 – 17H30

Driving

In Mozambique driving is on the left hand side. Drivers must carry: Identification, driver`s license, copy of car registration paper, border letter, insurance border letter, third party insurance letter and temporary import license, which is also applicable for caravans, boats, etc.
Follow the speed limit strictly – in Mozambique they do not allow for a 10km grace over the speedlimit. When stopped by Police be polite and provide certified copies of documents requested. Don’t feel intimidated and refrain from paying bribes.

Note amendments to Transport law:
1. You are not allowed to have your arm resting on the door with window open.
2. You are not allowed to stow baggage on the back seat.
3. You are not allowed to drive with flip-flops or barefeet.
4. You have to have two Emergency Triangles in vehicle.
5. You have to have a reflective vest within reach in the vehicle.
6. When smoking, it is required that the vehicle is fitted with a fire-extinguisher.
7. No alcohol is allowed in the passenger part of the vehicle.
8. Under age children must be in child seat with seat belt.

DRIVEMOZ

We advise you to have a look at the DriveMoz website www.DriveMoz.co.za for all needed information regarding driving in Mozambique. They are always up to date with information.

They also have a DriveMoz Group on Facebook that is very helpful.

You can also get 3rd Party insurance and a Legal Assist policy from the DriveMoz portal www.DriveMoz.iSureAfrica.com

Health

Visitors have to have been vaccinated against yellow fever and be in possession of the certificate.
While in Mozambique precautions to avoid mosquito bites should be taken. Even though many areas are not high risk areas, when queuing at border control points and shops you can risk coming into contact with mosquitos carrying malaria.
In case medical assistance is required, clinics are available in the main cities.

Water

Local water at the lodge is safe, however bottled water is readily available if you prefer to buy mineral water.

Electrical supply

The local voltage is 220/240V 50Hz.

Telephones

From Mozambique, international direct connection is available through the international code or telephone operator. From abroad dial 00 258 followed by the number required. There are three mobile operators, Mcel (Mozambican operator) numbers start with 82, Vodacom Mozambique numbers start with 84 and Movitel numbers start with 86.

Internet

Internet is widely available. The main method to connect is through mobile internet connections.

Public Holidays

New Year’s Day: 1st January
Hero’s Day: 3rd February
Women’s Day: 7th April
Worker’s Day: 1st May
Independence Day: 25th June
Lusaka Agreement Day: 7th September
Armed Forces Day: 25th September
Peace Day: 4th October
Samora Machel’s Day: 19th October
Christmas Day: 25th December

Emergency Numbers

Police: 119
Ambulance: 117

Money

The Mozambican currency is the Metical (MZN). Exchange is easily done in the many exchange agencies and banks. US Dollars and Rands (South African currency) are accepted in most places, as well as Credit Cards.

Useful Documents for Download

Emergency Numbers
Health Advice
Border Crossing
Embassy of the Republic of South Africa
Traffic Code

OVERVIEW OF MOZAMBIQUE


Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique (Portuguese: Moçambique or República de Moçambique), is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. It is separated from Madagascar by the Mozambique Channel to the east. The capital and largest city is Maputo (previously called Lourenço Marques before independence).

Mozambique is endowed with rich and extensive natural resources. The country’s economy is based largely on agriculture, but with industry, mainly mining and petroleum production, is growing. The country’s tourism sector is also growing.

The only official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, which is spoken mostly as a second language by about half of the population. Common native languages include Tsonga, Swahili, Makhuwa, and Sena. The country’s population is around 24 million people. The largest religion in Mozambique is Christianity, with significant minorities following Islam and African traditional religions.

Mozambique is a member of the African Union, Commonwealth of Nations, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the Latin Union, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Southern African Development Community and La Francophonie.

Climate data for Bilene

MONTH Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average High C° (F°) 31.2
(88.2)
30.9
(87.6)
30.2
(86.4)
28.9
(84)
27
(81)
25
(77)
24.9
(76.8)
26.3
(79.3)
27.7
(81.9)
29.1
(84.4)
30
(86)
30.9
(87.6)
28.51
(83.35)
Daily Mean C° (F°) 26.5
(79.7)
26.4
(79.5)
25.6
(78.1)
23.6
(74.5)
21.2
(70.2)
18.8
(65.8)
18.5
(65.3)
20.0
(68)
21.7
(71.1)
23.4
(74.1)
24.7
(76.5)
25.9
(78.6)
23.02
(73.45)
Average Low C° (F°) 21.7
(71.1)
21.9
(71.4)
20.9
(69.6)
18.4
(65.1)
15.3
(59.5)
12.6
(54.7)
12.1
(53.8)
13.6
(56.5)
15.7
(60.3)
17.6
(63.7)
19.4
(66.9)
20.8
(69.4)
17.5
(63.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 134.7
(5.303)
131.9
(5.193)
104.5
(4.114)
99.0
(3.898)
89.0
(3.504)
63.9
(2.516)
49.6
(1.953)
32.8
(1.291)
33.6
(1.323)
66.3
(2.61)
71.6
(2.819)
123.2
(4.85)
1,000.1
(39.374)