Useful Travel Information for anyone planning to visit Mozambique
There are good communications in Mozambique. Cell phone reception is widespread and you can purchase a local line relatively cheaply. The major local service provider is mCel and pay as you go cards are readily available in many stores. South African service provider Vodacom is also widespread in the country. You can also opt to have international roaming enabled on your phone although this can be an expensive option.
There are several internet cafes in Maputo and many of the hotels and tourist resorts will have internet access.
The currency of Mozambique is the Metical, but the US dollar and the South African Rand are widely accepted. Traveller's cheques are hard to convert in Mozambique and it would be better to carry cash. Visa cards are one of the best cards to have with you as many places in Mozambique do not accept Mastercard.
Normal business hours are between 08h00 to 12h00 and 14h00 to 17h30
All of the commercial banks offer foreign exchange services. There are also a number of privately owned foreign exchange companies around town.
The Post Office is open from:
Monday to Fridays: 07h45 to 12h00 and 14h00 to 17h00
Saturdays: 08h00 to 12h00.
Don't forget to pack your camera and a pair of binoculars might be useful but are not a necessity. If you want to stay in contact bring your cell phone as there is wide cell phone coverage in Mozambique. International roaming can be expensive and you can buy a local card cheaply in the local centres. South African cell phone provider Vodacom also has wide coverage in Mozambique.
Another useful item to pack is a hat, sun block and sunglasses, as the sun can be harsh in Mozambique. A small torch is always useful, especially if you are travelling to a remote destination. It is a good idea to take along insect repellent for exposed areas of skin.
Pack light cotton based clothing along with a couple of warm items such as a jacket, especially during the winter months (June to August) as it can be cool in the evenings. When dining in a restaurant smart casual is the norm - short sleeved shirts and slacks for men and blouses, skirts and informal dresses for women. Shorts and vests may not be acceptable in many restaurants.
If you are planning on going on safari, it is a good idea to avoid brightly coloured clothing as this disturbs the animals. Neutral colours such as brown, dark green and khaki are good. Be sure to pack sensible walking shoes and a hat. Travel as light as possible as many of the smaller charter flights in Mozambique have a low luggage limit. If you are self-driving in Mozambique you may need to take more, however many items can be purchased in Mozambique.