Mozambique :: Mozambique
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Mozambique is known for its beautiful palm fringed beaches and coral reefs with colourful fish which makes it one of the best diving destinations in the world. It is a holiday destination that offers something for everyone, from rustic adventure to five star luxury treatments. During the civil war from 1964 to 1974 tourism took a dip but after independence in 1975 tourism flourished again. However, in more recent years Mozambique has lost a bit of its flavour as tourists have felt unsafe and exposed to bribery and corruption.
Mozambique still has a lot to offer and it is a great destination for self-drive travellers who understand that bribery is about opportunism and can sometimes be avoided by acting confidently and politely.
Climate: Mozambique lies mostly in the tropics and has a mild but humid climate. Summer (October to April) is hot, rainy and humid in Mozambique. Most of the rain occurs from January to March. Winter (April - September) is dry and mild. April and May is the best time to go when the wind is quiet and it is not too hot. Language 17 Languages are spoken in Mozambique but Portuguese is the official language. English is mostly confined to the southern tourist areas.
Time: Mozambique is two hours ahead of GMT, the same as South Africa, and there are no daylight saving time changes.
Money: The official currency in Mozambique is the Metical (pronounced Meticaysh). There are 100 cents to one Metical. US Dollars, British Pounds and South African Rand are widely accepted.
Cash is the easiest and best way to pay in Mozambique as credit cards are not widely accepted and commission on Travellers Cheques are high.
The biggest commercial banks are BIM (Banco Internacional de Mozambique), BCI (Banco Comercial e de Investimentos), Banco Austral and Standard Bank. Credit cards are not widely accepted outside Maputo and ATMs are limited outside of the capital.
Highlights: Ponta do Ouro, Ponta Malongane, Maputo Elephant Reserve, Inhambane, Vilanculos, Niassa National Reserve, Major islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago: Bazaruto, Santa Carolina, Benguerra, Magaruque and Bangue etc.
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