Malaria Mozambique

Malaria in Mozambique

Learn more about the risks of Malaria in Mozambique and how to prevent it


What is Malaria?

Malaria is a serious and infectious disease that's known to plague mainly Africa (including northern regions of South Africa), third world countries and in other countries within tropical climates. Malaria is generally transmitted from the bite of a female (Anopheles) mosquito that is already infected with protozoan parasite species belonging to genus Plasmodium.

When the malaria parasites enter the human's blood stream, it travels straight to the liver where they reproduce and continue to mass multiply in cycles. These parasites then attack the red blood cells producing symptoms like excessive sweating, chills, fevers, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, which can eventually lead to falciparum malaria (like cerebral malaria) if untreated. Falciparum malaria can develop serious problems with the central nervous system, liver and kidney failure, bleeding problems, and can lead to death.

Malaria symptoms generally occur only a month after the initial infection. This also depends on the malaria specie, the individuals health and if those individuals had taken anti-malarial medications for prevention. Symptoms of a milder malaria infection (P. vivax and P. ovale) typically occur suddenly on a 48 hour cycle. Malaria treatment should be taken seriously and done with immediate effect at your nearest doctor / hospital if you've been in a malaria area recently and / or are experiencing these symptoms.

Is Mozambique a Malaria area? Do I need to take Malaria Medication?

Yes, Mozambique as a whole is a malaria risk area / country. We recommend you take precautions and visit your nearest doctor (you need a prescription for anti-malaria medication) to prescribe you with what's recommended before you leave for Mozambique. It is strongly advised that you take other prophylactics like insect repellent sprays, mosquito coils, light long sleeve tops and bottoms to further prevent bites (especially during late afternoons, evenings and mornings). A strong immune system is also vital against diseases, viruses and other pathogens (more information, tips and videos about this below).

Below are some frequently asked questions about malaria and what malaria medication is recommended.

The Information below is merely a guideline for those who want to familiarise themselves with some of the anti-malaria prescriptions available. However it is important that you consult a qualified medical doctor to make an informed decision regarding what anti-malarial medication is right for you.

Whats the best Anti-Malaria Medication to take?

There are various types of anti-malaria prescriptions available to choose from. Choosing one depends on your medical history and what malaria area you are visiting. The most effective and common anti-malaria tablets on the market today is either Mefloquine (Mefliam) or Doxycycline (Doxitab) which both require a prescription. Contact your nearest doctor to prescibe you with what's recommended.

Mefliam vs Doxitab:


Mefliam should be taken at least a week before entering a malaria area. The adult dosage of Mefliam is 1 tablet per week and should be taken after your evening meal with plenty of water to wash it down. The course must be continued for 4 weeks after leaving the malaria area.

Side effects:

  • Some side effects can include weird dreams and hallucinations.
  • Mefliam is not recommended if you are planning to go scuba diving in Mozambique.
  • Contact your nearest doctor for more information regarding Mefliam.


Doxycycline should be taken a day or two before entering a malaria area and the course must be continued for 4 weeks after leaving the malaria area. Doxycycline should be taken after a meal with plenty of water to wash it down.

Side effects:

  • Doxycyline can cause photo-sensitivity (skin can get sensitive to sunburn and / or sun exposure).
  • For females, Doxycyline can cause vaginal yeast infections (thrush). Doxycyline can also interfere with certain contraceptives (interfierence for about 3 weeks) which means it is important to use additional contraceptive methods (such as condoms) for the first 3 weeks whilst on the Doxycyline course.
  • Contact your nearest doctor for more information regarding Doxycyline.

Can I still contract Malaria if I take Anti-Malaria Medication?

Yes, while you can't entirely prevent malaria, it is still strongly recommended that you take a course of anti-malaria medication to at least minimize the chances of contracting the disease. Noticing any typical symptoms of malaria as soon as possible is also very important because anti-malaria medication is known to hide a lot of the symptoms caused by malaria - even for a few weeks after leaving the malaria infected area.

Symptoms of Malaria:

  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Chills (feeling very cold)
  • Pain in joints (Arthralgia)
  • Feeling very tired or sleepy
  • Cough
  • Fast heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Delirium
  • Anemia (low red blood cell levels in the blood)
  • Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
  • Enlargement of liver or spleen
  • Coma

If you experience any of the symptoms above, visit your nearest doctor as soon as possible to get diagnosed and treated.

General Prophylactics:

  • Insect repellent sprays (like Tabard)
  • Mosquito coils
  • Mosquito nets
  • Light long sleeve tops, bottoms and socks

Natural Ways to Heal Mosquito Bites (and other insect bites):

  • First off, try not to scratch the bite otherwise you will irritate & inflame it even further thus prolonging the itch and the healing process.
  • Organic Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil contains natural anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic (pain relieving) properties which helps prevent infections, swelling and itchiness. Coconut oil is not only fantastic for your skin also acts as a natural mosquito (insect) repellant, therefore it's recommended to apply coconut oil on your skin to help repel and heal bites (whilst having lovely glowing and moisturised skin).
  • Rub aloe vera gel (either directly from the leaf or from a bought organic aloe vera product) on the bite to reduce inflammation and itchiness.
  • 100% Raw Organic Honey contains antimicrobial properties that helps prevent infections and reduce and itchiness / inflammation.
  • 2 or 3 cups of 100% Raw / Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar into a bath will help sooth bites.

Health tips for a Stronger Immune System:

You are more susceptible to diseases, viruses, malaria and other pathogens if your body's natural defence system (the immune system) is weak, therefore it is vital that you strengthen it! Furthermore - a strong immune system is also extremely important for overall health and longevity. The digestive tract contains trillions of good bacteria (that fight off pathogens) in the gut flora and is responsible for 80% of the immune system - however in order for your body's highly intelligent immune system to function properly, you need a healthy nervous system (nerve supply) to communicate efficiently and correctly with all your body's organs (including the immune system response and to build healthy gut flora).

How to strengthen your immune system, optimize your gut flora and overall health:

  • A healthy daily diet free of toxic chemicals, additives, preservatives yet rich in vitamins, minerals and healthy fats including: A raw organic plant based diet, juiced vegetables, blended fruit, healthy fats such as coconut oil / olive oil / avocado, raw dairy, antioxidant rich foods such as Goji Berries, Wild Blueberries, Dark Chocolate (raw organic Cacao), Pecans, Artichoke, Elderberries, Blackberries, Kidney Beans
  • Fermented vegetables which contain potent levels of Vitamin C and probiotics vital for the immune system including: Sauerkraut, Kefir, Kimchi, Kombucha and more.
  • Quality supplements to consider: Probiotics to restore healthy bacteria back into your gut, Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids, Omega 3 Fatty Acids with EPA & DHA, Astaxanthin, Chlorella, Zeolite, Collagen Protein, Spirulina, Chia Seeds, Hemp Powder, Goji Berries, Lugol's Iodine, Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Cold pressed organic coconut oil to substitute topical moisturisers, shaving creams and suntan lotion (coconut oil has a natural SPF of 5)
  • Avoid antibacterial soaps that strip good bacteria on your skin (which is part of your immune system)
  • Substitute "table salt" with Himalayan or Sea Salt - which are packed with powerful and much needed natural minerals.
  • Get your spine, neck and nervous system checked by an experienced and certified chiropractor
  • 30 minutes (minimal) of excerise per day, even if it's just walking
  • Minimize sitting down but if avoiding a sedentary lifestyle is no option (ie: an office job), then make conservative effort to stand up, stretch, move your joints and do little exercises every so often to stimulate blood flow (eg: 20 body-weight squats).
  • Find out why you are on long term medications and try to avoid them by means of your own research and perhaps through natural therapy.
  • Antibiotics can suppress the immune system (kills the good bacteria), so it is wise to take probiotics to replenish your gut with good bacteria
  • Proper sleep and rest is vital for your immune system and your body's natural repairing process
  • Sunlight (UVB exposure) is vital for optimizing your Vitamin D levels. At least 20 Minutes of sunlight during midday but do avoid too much sun / sunburn. Vitamin D3 supplementation is recommended during winter or in areas that don't receive strong sunlight throughout the day.
  • Start using non-flouridated toothpaste.
  • Avoid / stop smoking
  • Limit alcohol consumption

Highly recommended videos for learning and understanding how your nervous and immune systems work:

The following videos are that of the opinion of Dr. John Bergman who is highly respected and well renowned globally for his educational videos on general prevention, healing and all round health.


The information and contents contained on this website are for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute / replace a qualified health care professional / doctor and is not intended to be, nor should be construed to be as medical advice. The information on this website are freely-expressed, individual opinions of all those involved with The onus is upon you to do your own research, work with a qualified health care professional and make an informed decision going forward.

Other Places of Interest:

Bazaruto Islands

Southern Mozambique

Santa Carolina (One of the Bazaruto Islands) hosted the popular and well known TV Show 'Survivor South Africa' in 2010.


Southern Mozambique

Visitors will be pleasantly treated with a game drive through the Maputo Special Reserve before reaching the Machangulo Peninsula. Spot various wildlife from elephants to giraffes, zebra, antelope, flamingos, crocodiles, hippos, birdlife among others ...


Southern Mozambique

Zavora is a beautiful beach renowned for its huge protective reef running 2km parallel and close to the shoreline. This reef acts as a natural tidal pool with shallow, calm waters, perfect for activities such as snorkeling, swimming and fishing

Island of Mozambique

Northern Mozambique

The Island of Mozambique has played an important role since the 10th century in intercontinental trade to the East, in the 16th century is was an established and wealthy trading port for ships sailing on monsoon winds and where cargoes of ivory, gold and slaves were traded for fabrics and spices from India and Arabia.


Southern Mozambique

Tofo Bay is ideally situated along the well renowned Manta Coast - a popular dive site region for all levels of diving experience with over 30 dive sites to explore.

Santa Maria

Southern Mozambique

Find beautiful pansy shells off the beaches of Santa Maria during a spring low tide, full or new moon.


Southern Mozambique

Ponta Falsa (the tip of Pomene beach) has some great rocky cliff features including the "whole in the wall" and a huge blowhole. Explore the ruins of the Old Pomene Hotel which was once the holiday home of Samora Machel where one can admire beautiful bay views

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Categories Explained

For better understanding, we have put together a brief summary guide of what each category means and to also give you an idea of what each associated icon refers to when you see them on listings & adverts.

Listed in alphabetical order

Backpackers Lodge:

Those who are on a tight budget should keep a lookout for this category icon. This type of establishment offers dormitory (shared) bedroom accommodation with other "Backpackers" generally using either single beds or bunk beds with a communal kitchen and shared ablutions.

Bar On-Site:

Meaning the venue has its own bar on-site with staff serving alcohol/non-alcohol beverages and perhaps "pub-grub" included. They may offer satellite TV for bar patrons to follow the latest sporting fixtures live and may also host live music on certain days / evenings.

Bed & Breakfast:

If an establishment has this icon, this means they either include breakfast in their rates or offer the opportunity for you to choose to include breakfast during your stay which is usually served to guests in an on-site breakfast room dinette or restaurant. Some B&B's offer basic / light (continental) breakfasts, Full English breakfasts or buffet style breakfast options.

Campsite / Glamping:

Either they offer camping grounds for you to pitch your own tent if on a tight budget and / or they have their own pre-setup tents for you to camp in, some offering private facilities (aka "Glamping") within their tents such as beds, a fridge, sofa and bathroom.

Conference Venue:

This means the establishment has a dedicated hall room specially arranged and equipped with most facilities to host important business meetings, teambuilding events or any other occasion alike.

Disabled Friendly Accommodation:

Goes without saying. Any establishment marked with this icon and listed under this category offers facilities for those who have reduced mobility. They may have basic facilities for these conditions or advanced. Kindly enquire with them directly for more information and/or specific requirements you may need.

Dive Charter:

These are dive centres who are a team of qualified dive instructors (PADI which means Professional Association of Diving Instructors) offering SCUBA diving lessons for clients and excursions to some of the best dive sites in the region for an unforgettable underwater adventure.

Eco Lodges:

Environmentally friendly establishments built by local communities using naturally sourced / non-toxic materials with the objective of protecting the surrounding habitat. These types of lodges range from rustic bush and beach to luxury accommodation. Not only does this movement protect the environment, but it also helps support local families.

Fishing Charter:

This means the associated business offers professional paid-for deep sea fishing charters / outings and excursions for those fishing enthusiasts (and for newbies). They generally have a fully equipped fishing boat and all the fishing gear ready for clients to bait up and cast a line. Their expertize, knowledge and experience will reward you with some of the best fishing spots for an action packed deep sea fishing experience.

For Sale:

If you're looking to invest or buy property in Mozambique, keep an eye out for this category for the latest in the property market.

Full Board Accommodation:

Full Board means breakfast, lunch and dinner (also known as "All Inclusive"). If a venue is listed under this category, then they either offer guests the choice of a full board meal plan during their stay or their rates by default include full board meals. a lot of these establishments will have private personal chefs serving guests top class cuisine.

Group Accommodation:

Because this is a popular search and request amongst many, we have created this specific category for exactly that - group accommodation which is very much the same as our Holiday Homes category. These are establishments that can cater and accommodate for large groups of 8 people and up in the same house / unit offering most self catering facilities as if you are "home away from home".

Guest House:

Similar to a typical B&B, a Guest House is usually a private house offering very few accommodation units all within the main building structure (or some seperately). Some serve home cooked meals within their in-house dining room specially catered to seat all their guests and offer a lounge area where fellow travellers can interact, socialize and share stories.

Holiday Home:

This type of accommodation is usually ideal for large groups of people going on holiday being a "home away from home" with numerous bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen for your self catering needs, lounge, toilets, braai/BBQ area, some with a swimming pool and some offering exclusive privacy.

Honeymoon / Romantic Accommodation:

Very self-explanatory. A venue will be listed under this category if they offer a specific luxury, private honeymoon suite or because our admin has "hand-picked" the establishment to be perfect for such an occasion based on their location and facilities offered. However, you are the best judge when it comes to planning that special getaway with your loved one anyway. Pssst ... and it doesn't have to be expensive either to enjoy, right?!


A hotel is generally a large premises that can accommodate a large amount of guests in many adjacent rooms grading from standard 2 sleeper units to "executive" luxury suites offering more in-room space and facilities. They generally have a restaurant and bar on-site for all day meals and drinks (quite often offered on a buffet dining basis). Other on-site facilities may include a swimming pool, gym, spa, in/outdoor entertainment area for kids, a conference / wedding room for meetings / ceremonies and a small shop.

Restaurant / Personal Chef(s) On-Site:

This indicates that the establishment has a small / large restaurant on-site for their guests (they may also accept walk-ins for non-guests) or they have on-board catering staff serving guests in their own private space or in a designated dining area.

Self Catering:

This type of establishment offers guests facilities required to cater / cook on their own terms whether it be within a holiday home for example or on communal grounds.


This means the establishment has spa facilities and services offered to guests who are looking for personal treatments during their vacation.

Tours & Safaris:

These business services can range from swimming with dolphins, horse riding, city tours, boat tours, island tours, dhow tours to game drives and more. You'll have to click on their advert to find out more and what they have to offer.

Wedding Venue:

This means, the venue has all the on-site facilities and catering services to host large or small weddings and ceremonies. Depending on the size of the wedding, some may have enough units to accommodate all wedding guests.