Getting into Mozambique.
If you’re driving, check the rules and regs before you get to the border and have a fat wad of metacais ’cos they won’t take any other currency at the border post.
Hired cars must have a letter of authorisation and pay a fee of R2000.
If it’s your own or a friend’s car, you need the registration papers and/or a letter of authority from the owner.
All cars pay a compulsory insurance fee of R120, a toll fee of R50, must have an 80km/h sticker and a ZAR sticker and blah blah blah.
You can get a visa at the border for R185.
Independence from Portugal was granted in 1976. Since then the country has experienced a turbulent transformation with faction fighting accompanied by a long drawn out bush war. Fortunately this is now history and thanks to substantial international finance, infrastructural redevelopment is forging ahead.
Mozambique has lots to offer
Mozambique is the yammy-jammy jewel of Southern Africa where every passing tribe from Arab slave traders to Portuguese explorers has left its mark.
Today, after 25 years of civil war and massive floods, it’s still relatively untouched by tourism and well on the road to recovery.
The country is perhaps best known for its magnificent beaches, abundant seafood and spectacular diving. It is now the haunt of big game fishermen from all over the world and sport fishing is big business.
The dugong (once known as a mermaid) lives in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins are just some of the other marine life encountered.
Psst. Watch out for strong currents where there are no reefs.
Money - cash is king
Commission on travellers’ cheques in Mozambique is way high, so cash them in before arriving. Credit cards are accepted in cities and can be used to withdraw cash at ATM’s*. Amex works in cities only, Visa is universal (BIM Bank) and MasterCard’s work at any Austral Bank.
There’s only one rule. Protect yourself. Cover up, use repellent and sleep under a net. Local hospitals are experts on this tropical disease, so if you do start wobbling, don’t wait to go and see a doctor.
Daily buses run along the coast in both directions. They are cheap and get you to your destination. Minibus taxis are best used for short hops. Car rental is very expensive.
People are poor and so petty theft is regular. Be sensible, take care in crowded places and don’t leave valuables in your car.