Destination Information for Mozambique
From stunning beaches and scenic national parks to colonial architecture and ancient relics, Mozambique has everything you could wish for in an African destination. Located on the Indian Ocean coast to the South of the continent, this vast country stretches 1,535 miles along the shores of Southern Africa.
This isn’t a typical tourist destination if you looking for a standard beach holiday, although luxury package deals do exist. Intrepid travellers will find Mozambique extremely rewarding, though, as there’s much to explore for those who make the effort. For most citizens of Mozambique, Portuguese is their natural second language, being used by approximately half their population.
Warm tropical water and idyllic beaches are just one aspect of the country making Mozambique a unique destination. From excellent fishing to diving and snorkelling, you can enjoy most pursuits without the crowds you’d find in other, more ‘tourist-friendly’, locations.
The port city of Pemba is a draw for most visitors, offering a local market and a nearby coral reef for diving. If you’re interested in the wildlife of the country, there are a number of national parks which are worth a visit.
For example, Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique, from where you can see majestic elephants, a multitude of birds, as well as buffalo, zebra, hippos and crocodiles. Join an organised tour for the safest and most reliable way to experience breathtaking African reserve wildlife. Visit during the dry season from May to November for pleasant temperatures.
Cholera in Mozambique
Heavy rains continue to affect Mozambique and the ongoing cholera outbreak. The total number of cholera cases has now risen to 3478 and includes 37 cholera related deaths.
New cases are being reported from the provinces of Nampula on the north east coast, Niassa and Tete also in the north of the country.
Advice for Travellers
Travellers to outbreak areas who will be mixing closely with the local population and cannot ensure safe drinking water can be immunised against cholera. A high standard of food, water and personal hygiene should also be maintained.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the entire country of Mozambique including the cities of Maputo and Beira. Anti-malarials medication is always advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.