Travelling to Mozambique & Useful Tips

Travelling to Mozambique & Useful Tips

Useful and important information when travelling to Mozambique


Road Rules & Road Travel Tips:

  • Valid drivers licenses from South Africa, neighbouring countries and internationally are accepted in Mozambique and must accompany the driver at all times when travelling on the road.
  • If your drivers license is not written in English, then you must provide a certified written translation for officials.
  • By law, you must adhere to speed limits in Mozambique. National speed limits are 120 km/h on main roads outside of town and 60 km/h on a public road within an urban area, town or village. Police are known to setup speed-traps at the beginning of a 80 / 60 km/h sign - so make sure you reduce your speed before you pass the sign.
  • Reduce your speed to a maximum of 60km/h if you see a school sign
  • Unless you have a hands-free system, you are stricktly prohibited from using your cell phone for any reason whilst driving.
  • You are required to wear seat belts at all times when travelling on the road.
  • Do not take photos of policemen - this is against the law
  • Do not drive off the beaten track or on a beach unless the area is a designated driving zone.
  • No drinking and driving.
  • In Mozambique, all vehicles lawfully drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • Keep all your important travel documents in a plastic sleeve, file or case to protect the documents from natural elements and / or potential spillages. Keep those documents in a safe place in the vehicle and it's recommended that you make extra copies for each document.
  • Always respect and comply with safety rules inforced by game parks and other reserves.
  • For your own safety and for the safety of wildlife, please keep vigilant whilst you drive and watch out for domestic animals and wildlife crossing roads and trails. The same applies if you happen to be driving at night which we recommend you avoid doing.
  • Please adhere to the speed limits national parks and game reserves inforce which is that of 40km/h.
  • Smokers must not throw or dispose their cigarette butts out of the vehicle and into the wilderness! This is littering and can cause fires! Extinguish and dispose your cigarette butts into a "Butt Bucket", empty soda can or a rubbish bag.

Flying to Mozambique:

Although there are many national airports within Mozambique - there are 7 International airports, each in Maputo, Beira, Inhambane, Vilanculos, Nampula, Pemba & Tete:

Maputo International Airport (Mavalane International Airport)

Country (flying from / to):Cities:
MozambiqueBeira, Chimoio, Nacala, Nampula, Pemba, Quelimane and Tete
South AfricaJohannesburg
TanzaniaDar es Salaam
EthiopiaAddis Ababa
PortugalLisbon (resumes 31 March 2020)

Beira Airport

Country (flying from / to):Cities:
MozambiqueChimoio, Maputo, Nampula, Pemba, Tete
South AfricaJohannesburg
MalawiBlantyre, Lilongwe
EthiopiaAddis Ababa

Inhambane Airport

Country (flying from / to):Cities:
South AfricaJohannesburg
MozambiqueMaputo, Nampula, Vilanculos

Vilankulo Airport

Vilankulo / Vilanculos
Country (flying from / to):Cities:
South AfricaJohannesburg
MozambiqueMaputo, Inhambane

Nampula Airport

Country (flying from / to):Cities:
MozambiqueMaputo, Beira, Lichinga, Tete
South AfricaJohannesburg
MalawiBlantyre, Lilongwe

Pemba Airport

Country (flying from / to):Cities:
MozambiqueMaputo, Beira
South AfricaJohannesburg
TanzaniaDar es Salaam

Chingozi Airport (Matundo Airport)

Country (flying from / to):Cities:
MozambiqueMaputo, Beira, Lichinga, Nampula, Quelimane
South AfricaJohannesburg
MalawiBlantyre, Lilongwe

More safety tips:

Although Mozambique does not pose a high crime rate, safety is still important when travelling and staying in a foreign country. Below are few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • When travelling and staying over in Mozambique, remember to lock all your car doors when you leave your vehicle.
  • Keep all valubles in a safe place when you leave the premises you are staying at.
  • When sightseeing and touring, make sure to keep the valubles you are carrying close by.
  • Avoid travelling long distances on the road at night.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Drugs are illegal and do not be tempted by offers what so ever.
  • Do not break the law - always stick to the rules and obey all road signs.
  • Beware of con artists and do not accept bribes.
  • Respect the locals, their community and do not litter

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Fuel Stations in Mozambique

Find the best places to fill up with fuel during your journey into and through Mozambique including where to fill up before and after Mozambique's border posts and a fuel station map

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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.