MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique                                         
One of the most attractive and intriguing tourist destinations in the world, and Africa in particular. International hotels and luxury lodges have opened, while the the country´s safari national parks and game reserves are being re-stocked and returned to their former glory.Mozambique offers much more than wild life, white and palm-fringed beaches and the islands of Bazaruto Archipelago. With extensive coral reefs, and a unique diversity of marine life. A paradise for for diving and fishing expeditions. The Quirimbas Archipelago in Northern Mozambique is an other hot spot for the internetional travellers. The first lodge that was opened was rated among the top 100 in the world by an international magazine 



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Time
Local time is GMT +2.

Climate ( Best time for visit, June to November )
Sunshine and blue skies, average temperature varies between 23 °C and 28 °C . During the wet summer season between December and May, the average temperature raises to 30 °C and above. The heavy rains comes in April and things are getting unpleasantly soggy. Roads becomes impassable, and the deltas are flooding in the southern- and central parts of Mozambique. The best time of the year to visit Mozambique is between June to November. This is the dry season and the temperature is a bit cooler. 

Electricity
Electrical current is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. The rounded three-pin plug is common, particularly near the border with
South Africa and in Maputo. Two round- and flat-pin plugs are also found.

Language
Portuguese is the official language, and there are 13 main national languages spoken. English is taught in secondary schools, but is only spoken in the southern tourist regions.

Health Certificate
Visitors require a yellow fever certificate if travelling from infected areas. Malaria is a risk throughout the year in the whole country. Cholera and other water-borne diseases are prevalent during the rainy season. Diseases caused by unsanitary conditions are common throughout the country, and untreated water should be considered unsafe to drink. The government has declared tuberculosis (TB) a national emergency and it is expected to be a problem for the next 15 years. Hospital facilities are generally poor and outside the major cities of
Maputo and Beira medical facilities are limited. Comprehensive medical insurance is essential and it is recommended that visitors carry personal medical supplies with them.

Tipping
Tipping in
Mozambique is not customary, although in tourist areas a tip of 10% is expected.

Safety
Many unexploded landmines lie scattered about the country, and visitors are advised that it is extremely risky to wander off well-travelled paths and roads; local information should be sought before going off-road outside provincial capitals. Violent crime is on the increase, including car hijackings and armed robbery. In the cities, particularly Maputo, muggings, bag snatching and pick-pocketing is common, and visitors are advised to be alert in public places, to keep valuables out of sight, and to avoid walking anywhere at night. Identity documents should be carried at all times. All visitors, especially women, should not walk alone on any beach in
Mozambique, as there have been several severe attacks (and rapes) on tourists. Overland travel after dark is not recommended, and travellers should be especially alert when driving near the Mozambique-South African border. Police checkpoints are common and foreigners are at risk of frequent harassment. Many roads can become impassable in the rainy season (November to April); there is also a risk of cyclones during the rainy season.

Customs
Taking photographs of public buildings is prohibited by law. Identity documents should be carried at all times.

Business
Mozambique has largely been cut off from foreign investment and has only in recent years started opening up to the worldwide business community. Conducting business in Mozambique can be difficult as many people only speak Portuguese, or their own ethnic language. Translators are hard to come by, and most are found in Maputo. Generally business in Mozambique follows the Portuguese model in terms of business etiquette - punctuality is important, dress is usually conservative (though lightweight materials are recommended). Women, in particular, should dress conservatively and modest behaviour is encouraged. Meetings usually start and end with a handshake, and business cards are exchanged. Business hours are usually 7.30am or 8am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Communications  ( Country Code +258 )
The international dialling code for
Mozambique is +258. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). Outgoing international calls, other than for South Africa, must go through the operator. Two mobile phone GSM 900/1800 networks provide limited coverage in and around Maputo, Beira, some coastal locations and a few other isolated towns. Internet cafes are available in Maputo.

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