If you’re looking for a truly unique African adventure in an undiscovered locale – look no further. Mozambique has it all.
If you’re still wondering why you should visit Mozambique, here are our top 5 reasons to visit:
1. It’s a Hot Tourism Destination
Adventure and luxury travellers from across the globe are quickly discovering Mozambique. It’s been tourism’s hidden secret for years and now it’s exploding onto the scene as a ‘must see’ destination. It’s easy to see why. Mozambique has 2,500 kilometers of unspoiled coastline for you to discover and some of the wildest safari locations in Africa.
“Mozambique is fast becoming the Cinderella of African adventure travel – with a world renowned game park, sublime diving, and a coastline second to none." - National Geographic Adventure
To truly experience Mozambique, you’ll have to plan a beach & bush combo. Relax on the pristine white sand beaches at luxurious beach destinations like Vilanculos, Pemba, Tofo, or Quirimbas. Make your way into the bush to explore the untouched wilderness of Gorongosa National Park, Limpopo National Park, or Niassa Reserve where the animals you’ll encounter live in true wilderness.
“Mozambique's beaches and safaris make the perfect African holiday.” - The Telegraph
2. The Food is Amazing
Mozambique has two major advantages going for it in the food department. The coastal country boasts some of the most delicious fresh seafood around. And, the African mixed with Portuguese and Indian preparation style is truly unique, making for world-class cuisine. Picture this – you’re dining on the beach, as the sun dips in the sky, and you’re presented with a plate of giant tiger prawns caught by a local fisherman that morning. They sit upon Mozambique’s signature dish, matapa – a ground cassava and peanut curry. You’re encouraged to season it with as much piri-piri as you can handle (a hot red pepper sauce). You sip some wine and enjoy the salty beach breeze.
If you don’t go for the scenery, you’ll surely go for the food.
3. Mozambique Has Truly Unique Art, Music and Culture
Mozambique has a vibrant art scene that is evident wherever you go – bright colors, rhythmic music, and expertly crafted sculptures make up the cultural landscape. Two of the most influential modern Mozambican artists are Malangatana Ngwenya (painter) and Alberto Chissano (sculptor).
Traditional Mozambican music centers around the rhythm of hand-made instruments – the hand drum, the marimba, and the lupembe, a woodwind instrument made from animal horns. Women gather around in groups, wearing their traditional capulanas (a cloth wrap in vibrant colors) to sing, clap and dance to the beat.
Modern Mozambican music has its roots in the traditional while also blending jazz, pop, reggae and hip-hop for music that will move you to dance.
4. Mozambique is the “Land of the Good People”
When Vasco da Gama landed in Mozambique in the 15th century, he was welcomed so warmly that he called this place “Terra de Boa Gente” (Land of the Good People). A resounding sentiment that visitors to Mozambique still express today is how friendly and inviting the people are. When you visit Mozambique you will be greeted with smiling faces, laughter, and a warm welcome. Mozambique is considered one of the safest African countries to visit and it’s easy to see why. The local people of Mozambique are quick to welcome you into their home, invite you for a meal and meet their family. And don’t be surprised when you’re walking in a village and all the children nearby come running to gather around and say hello. This is a Mozambique welcome.
5. Gorongosa National Park is there!
There’s no better reason to travel to Mozambique than to visit the nation’s flagship National Park. Gorongosa National Park has natural beauty, rich culture, and a story all its own. You may visit to become a part of Gorongosa’s conservation effort by witnessing its abundant wildlife. Or you may be drawn to Gorongosa as a ‘must-see’ hotspot on the list of the most serious birders. Or you may come to soak in the culture of Gorongosa’s smiling people, taste its food, and listen to its music. Or you may simply want to be somewhere that feels like no other human has set foot there – a place in the heart of Africa that is so wild, so remote, that you forget about everything else. This is Africa.
Here's what the experts had to say:
“Gorongosa might be the hottest conservation story in Africa." - Getaway Magazine
“Gorongosa National Park became the next must-see experience in Africa...one of Africa’s most spectacular, treasured destinations…a unique safari experience that has created a sustainable, eco-friendly local economy while letting visitors become a part of the restoration project.” - Men’s Journal
“Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park is fast becoming the hot new destination on the African safari circuit.” - Safari Interactive Travel Magazine
Fast Facts for Travellers
Time Zone: Mozambique’s time zone is Central Africa Time (CAT), which is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 2 hours.
Language: Mozambique’s official language is Portuguese; however the staff in Gorongosa National Park and many people in major cities also speak English. Here are some handy Portuguese language apps for Apple devices and Android devices.
Currency & Banks: Mozambique’s currency is Meticais (MTn) and you can exchange currency at banks, international airports, and currency exchange stations inside Mozambique. South African Rands, US Dollars, and Euros are accepted in many tourist locations. Traveller’s cheques can only be changed at Standard Bank. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in major tourist establishments. All major towns have ATMs. Be sure to tell your bank and credit card company you are travelling to Mozambique.
Electricity: Electricity in Mozambique is 220 volts at a frequency of 50 hertz. You will need a Type C or Type F electrical adapter.
Type C Type F
Phone Service: The international country code for Mozambique is (+258). When travelling in Mozambique you may incur high charges if you use your own mobile phone plan. If you have a smartphone, we recommend that you turn off data to avoid roaming charges. You may want to purchase a cell phone with a replaceable SIM card in advance. When you arrive in Mozambique you can buy a ‘Starter Pack’ that includes a SIM card at any cell phone store (Mcel, Vodacom, or Movitel). Recharge cards to add minutes to your phone are widely sold in shops and by salespeople in any town.
Gratuities & Tax: It is expected to tip staff at hotels and restaurants. A 10% tip is widely accepted. Sales tax (VAT) in Mozambique is 17%.