+ WHERE IS MOZAMBIQUE LOCATED
Mozambique is located in South Eastern Africa and is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the South West.
+ WHAT ARE THE DRIVING TIMES TO AND IN MOZAMBIQUE
Nelspruit to Maputo - approx. 2 hours
Johannesburg to Maputo - approx. 7 hours
Maputo to Inhambane - approx. 7 hours
Inhambane to Vilanculos - approx. 4 hours
+ WHAT IS THE TIME ZONE OF MOZAMBIQUE
Mozambique is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
+ DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER MOZAMBIQUE
South African passport holders do not need a visa to enter the country if the stay is less than 30 days. Other passport holders do require a visa. Please consult with your nearest consulate for costs and processing time.
+ WHAT AM I ALLOWED TO BRING INTO THE COUNTRY
Tobacco products: 200 cigarettes or 100 cigars
Alcohol: 1 L of spirits and 2.25 L of wine per adult
Perfumes: 50 ml of perfume or 250 ml of Eau de Toilette
Pharmaceutical products: Quantity considered reasonable for personal consumption
Other goods: Up to the value of US$50
+ WHAT IS THE WEATHER AND CLIMATE OF MOZAMBIQUE
Mozambique boasts a tropical climate with two seasons, the wet season from October to March, and the dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions vary depending on the altitude
+ WHAT IS THE LOCAL CURRENCY
The official currency of Mozambique is the Metical (MT), divided into 100 Centavos. When traveling to Mozambique, take South Africa Rand (ZAR) or US Dollars (USD). Although many resorts and hotels accept ZAR currenc, exchange your money if you want to purchase anything from the markets, shops and petrol stations. Money can be exchanged at banks (closed between 12h00 – 14h00), local shops and even some markets.
Can I use my credit card?
Visa is the only accepted method of credit card payments at most large resorts and lodges in Mozambique. The smaller lodges do not have credit card facilities and prefer cash payment. Rand is commonly used in Mozambique, as well as USD, Pound Sterling and the Euro.
Traveller’s cheques and debit cards are not accepted in Mozambique.
+ HOW MUCH MUST I TIP
It is advised to tip small amounts to your lodge or hotel staff. At restaurants, it is customary to tip your waiters 10% of the bill.
+ WHAT IS THE DIALING CODE OF MOZAMBIQUE
The international country dialling code for Mozambique is +258.
+ CAN I USE MY CELL/MOBILE PHONE IN MOZAMBIQUE
Mozambique has a state owned cell phone provider, Mcel, Mobitell and the South African owned Vodacom Mozambique.
+ IS THERE A INTERNET CONNECTION IN MOZAMBIQUE
Internet is readily available in Maputo, with many internet cafes and all major hotels boasting internet access. There is little internet coverage outside of Maputo, mostly available in tourist areas, including Inhambane and Xai Xai
+ WHAT PLUGS AND POWER VOLTAGE IS AVAILABLE IN MOZAMBIQUE
South African style plugs with 2 circular metal pins above the large circular grounding pin is used in Mozambique.
+ WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOZAMBIQUE BEACHES
Camping is only permitted in demarcated areas, not spoil the pristine beaches
Fires are only allowed in designated areas
Pets are not allowed in camping areas on the beach
Vehicles are not allowed in areas with no existing roads and driving on the beaches is not permitted
Use of fireworks and littering is prohibited on all beaches in Mozambique
+ DO I NEED A FISHING LICENSE IN MOZAMBIQUE
A fishing sport license is required for all water sports and fishing competitions and can be obtained from the Maritime Administrator in each provincial capital. Boats are only allowed to be launched from access roads.
+ IS IT SAFE TO DRINK THE WATER
All tap water in Mozambique should be considered unsafe to drink. Please exercise caution and drink bottled water only.
+ PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
1 January, New Year’s Day
3 February, Hero’s Day
7 April, Woman’s Day
1 May, Worker’s Day
25 June, Independence Day
7 September, Lusaka Agreement Day
25 September, Armed Forces Day
4 October, Peace Day
25 December, Family Day
+ WHAT IS MALARIA?
Malaria is an acute flu-like illness caused by one of four species of parasites.
+ HOW DO YOU GET MALARIA?
The disease is most commonly transmitted to humans through a bite of an infected mosquito, specifically the female Anopheles mosquito, a dusk-to-dawn biter.
When an Anopheles mosquito ingests blood from a malaria-infected person, malaria parasites develop in the mosquito and migrate into the mosquito's salivary glands. When the infected mosquito bites another human, malaria can be transmitted to that individual.
+ WHERE IS MALARIA FOUND IN THE WORLD?
Malaria is endemic (i.e., constantly occurring) in most of sub-Saharan Africa and New Guinea; in large areas of South Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Haiti, Central and South America; and in parts of Mexico, the Dominican Republic, North Africa and the Middle East.
+ WHAT ARE MALARIA'S SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms of malaria include fever and flu-like symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain and malaise. Rigors (severe shakes or muscle spasms) and chills often occur. Acute infection can cause enlargement of the spleen and make the liver tender. Cerebral malaria, which may occur with P. falciparum infection, affects the brain with symptoms such as personality change, confusion, lethargy and seizures.
The severity of the illness varies depending on which species of the malaria parasite is responsible for the infection.
You must seek medical attention as soon as possible for any unexplained fever that arises during or after travel to an area where malaria occurs.
+ HOW IS MALARIA TREATED?
Treatment for malaria depends on several factors: the species of malaria causing infection, severity of infection, the age of the infected person, and the pattern of drug resistance to malaria treatment in the area where the infection was acquired.
If identified early and treated appropriately, almost all malaria can be completely cured. However, even short delays in the diagnosis of malaria can make treatment more difficult.
+ WHAT PREVENTIVE MEASURES CAN BE TAKEN?
The Public health Agency strongly recommends that you obtain an individual risk assessment with a travel medicine physician or your family physician to determine both your risk of exposure to malaria and your need for appropriate preventive anti-malarial treatment as determined by your travel itinerary and medical history.
In general, two important measures can help prevent malaria infection: avoiding mosquito bites and using EFFECTIVE antimalarial medication.
1) Prevent bites
Avoid mosquitoes by staying in an insect-proof area during the period of the day when mosquitoes bite.
Prevent the bites of mosquitoes through physical barriers, such as clothing and bed nets, and chemical barriers such as the use of repellents and insecticides.
Wear long-sleeved shirts (tightly weaved material, sleeves down, buttoned/zipped up, tucked into pants) and long pants (tucked into socks or footwear).
Light-colored clothing may be less attractive to some mosquitoes and make mosquitoes more noticeable.
Sleep under a mosquito net. The treatment (impregnation) of mosquito netting with insecticide (e.g., permethrin) substantially increases the protection of the net.
1) Use citronella-based products as repellents.
2) Use antimalaria medication
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