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Mozambique

  • Getting there: There are three gateways into Mozambique: Maputo International Airport also known as Lourenço Marques Airport or Mavalane International Airport (MPM), servicing its southern region; Beira Airport (BEW) and Nacala Airport (MNC) its central and northern regions respectively. There are direct international flights from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Portugal.
  • Capital city: Maputo.
  • Population: 28.603 million.
  • Religion: Mostly Christian.
  • Language: Portuguese.
  • Currency: Mozambican Metical (MZN).
  • Climate: Nearly all of Mozambique experiences a tropical climate with lots of sunshine and it rarely gets very cold.. The interior is cooler than the coast and has higher rainfall throughout the year. The mountainous regions generally remain cool throughout the year.
  • Transport: Buses are most common but can be erratic. Taxis are available but can be hard to find. Camião (trucks) may be the only option at times for long distance travel. There is also chapa, any public transport that is neither bus nor truck but these can be quite unreliable.
  • Best time to travel: The winter season (May to November) is when to visit, as it offers cooler temperatures and minimal chance of rain. If visiting for game-viewing, the best time is the dry months of August and September when the bush is thin and wildlife gathers around rivers and waterholes.
  • What to wear: It's hot, so pack lightweight, loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics. Steer clear of blue or black clothing — tsetse flies are attracted to these colors.
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