Frequently asked questions and answers about Mozambique including info about currency, time zones, climate, best time to visit, cell phone and internet access and more...
Mozambique is a country that stretches for over 3000 km up the south-eastern coastline of Africa. It is bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa. Read more on Where is Mozambique
Mozambique is the 36th largest country in the world and is about the same size as Turkey at around 801, 590 square kilometres.
The population of Mozambique as of 2009 is 22, 894, 000 people and is made up of many different ethnic groups. Bantu groups make up over 97% of the population. Other ethnic minorities include Europeans of Portuguese descent, Indians and a small Asian community.
Mozambique is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
The capital of Mozambique is Maputo which is situated in the south of the country at the mouth of the Tembe River.
Mozambique has a warm tropical climate. There are two main seasons - the wet season from October to March, and the dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions vary depending on the altitude.
The best time to visit Mozambique is between May and November, when rainfall and temperatures are at their lowest. It is also good to travel during the early part wet season from November to January It is also a good idea to avoid the major public holidays and South African school holidays, as this is when Mozambique's beach resorts are at their busiest.
The Republic of Mozambique is governed under a multi-party democracy.
The official currency of Mozambique is the Metical (MT), divided into 100 Centavos. South African Rand (ZAR) and US Dollars (USD) are also widely accepted. Money can be exchanged at many banks and the major resorts.
Yes, although they are not accepted everywhere. The best card to carry is Visa as many places in Mozambique do not accept MasterCard.
It is customary to tip your lodge or hotel staff. These should not be huge. In a restaurant it is usual practice to add 10% onto your bill as a tip for your waiter.
Mozambique is generally considered to be a safe destination to visit however incidences of petty crime and muggings do occur. Take the usual precautions. Seek advice from the people where you are staying as to general safety.
The international dialling code for Mozambique is +258.
The main cell phone provider in Mozambique is Mcel though South African owned Vodacom is also widespread in Mozambique.
Internet is readily available in Maputo, with many internet cafes and all the major hotels have internet access. There is little internet coverage outside of Maputo, mostly available in tourist areas.
In the city and in most tourist areas the South African standard 3 pin socket is used and the voltage is usually between 220- 240 volts.