Mozambique 1 month
Replies: 11 - Last Post: May 3, 2012 10:21 AM Last Post By: billahessy
Feb 28, 2012 12:00 PM
Mozambique 1 monthHi Everyone,
I am planning a trip to Mozambique in August with two friends. We will arrive in Maputo. We have a month in the country and would like to see the best of Mozambique. We will probably take public transport and maybe do one tour. We were thinking of traveling at our ease and maybe have a couple of chill out breaks of 4 or 5 days in one or two spots. I just wondered if anyone has any rough itinerary ideas for one month? I presume we have time to combine North and South. What are the logistics of exploring the North? We will probably be on a budget of about $100 (US) a day.
Really appreciate any advice anyone can give to guide us in planning our trip.
All the best!
Feb 28, 2012 11:39 PM
Lots of places to the North. Would suggest hopping along from Bilene to Vilanculos staying at the various camp sites and enquiring as you go along where to next. There are so many places. North of Vilanculos is Beira and the people get unfriendly, its expensive and distances far. But in your travels you can pick up info on the far north, its also beautiful.
South of Maputo is Inhaca Island, Elephant Reserve and Malongane/Mamoli/Ponto. All good camping and diving spots.
Keep your valuables tucked away, people are poor and petty crime an issue. I have used the ATMS' to draaw cash from my foreign account and no problems, just make sure you advise your local bank of the iintention so that your cards work.
Make sure you take the mozzie tablets and take precautions like sprays and nets. The rain seems to have gone, but its still very hot.
There are lots of taxis and buses and the people are very friendly so I have no doubt you'll have a great time.
Mar 6, 2012 2:04 PM
Thanks for your reply. the North does look beautiful alright. A few people I have spoken to have said Mozambique is quite expensive for a holiday? What do you think? We were unsure if it it was safe to drive there and were wondering could we use public transport? Another idea we had was to fly into Tanzania and try and combine Malawi and Northern Mozambique, leaving out the South?
Mar 8, 2012 11:02 PM
Mozambique is not that expensive. Obviously the further out of town you go, the more expensive due to supply and demand and logistics, but its not killer. Actually, if you eat prawns, peri peri chicken and drink beer, its not that expensive!! You can certainly drive, but then you are going to have to hire a car and thats going to be costly! There are plenty buses and taxis, so go that way. You can certainly go the Dar route. You can catch an 'Overlander' tour via Mbeya to Karonga (the top of Malawi) and work your way down the lake. You can catch the ferry across to Metangula and then by road to Lichinga and on to Pemba. Then you are in the serious beach area. This way you get to see a bit of Lake Malawi and the Northern beaches. I don't think there is much to see on the Tanzania leg, I took that route long ago but was on business so didn't dawdle. It might be a bit of a wasted leg to Karonga. You can also go from Dar directly south through Lindi to the Northern most part of Mozambique and enter at Mwambo. The route via the north will see you travelling most of the time and certainly off the beaten track. The scenery will be fantastic, but you are in remote places, so its going to be a little tougher. The route via the South much more well trodden, less travelling required and also very beautiful. Trying to get info about the northern route probably a little tough, but I wouldn't be too concerned. While you travelling ask the locals and people you meet. They will give you good advice and nice places off the beaten track.
Try these sites for some info on the logistics and expected prices
Mar 14, 2012 9:21 AM
We've done that trip last year in the month of August. We've started in Maputo travel through Tete till Malawi, then crossed Niassa Reserve till Pemba/Quirimbas a travel back to Maputo through the coast. Check our blog at http://laranjasemamareloevermelho.wordpress.com/. If you want any further details let us know.
Mozambique is a beautiful country and very safe, you've made a great choice!!
Apr 10, 2012 2:53 AM
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Apr 10, 2012 3:31 AM
Just a few questions for you. Would you have any idea how long it would take approximately going the two routes?
(1) Dar - Mbeya - Karonga - Metangula - Lichinga - Pemba Route? (Is is scenic? Do we just join part of an overland tour?)
(2) Dar - Lindi - Mwambo - Pemba?
The North seems very beautiful and I would really like to see the Quirimbas and Ibo and Mozambique Island
South of the country seems very nice, although as you say well trodden. These were the spots that interested me so far:
Gorongosa National Park (maybe if we go to Beira)
Inhaca Island and Malongane/Mamoli/Ponto (As you suggested)
Would it be wise for us to fly from Pemba or Nampula to Beira or Vilankulos to save time crossing central Moz? or would it take long by public transport (overland)?
As I said we have one month so quite a lot of time. It will be cheaper to fly in and out of the same airport I imagine from Europe, although if we were going North to South it would be great to fly in to Dar and out of Maputo. It will just mean getting perhaps two internal flights.
Thanks so much Mark for your help. Much appreciated.
Apr 24, 2012 6:43 AM
I don't want to appear the expert as both routes are pretty off the beaten track. You are going to have to research both routes, but the easiest, to my knowledge will be via Malawi. The nicest, via Lindi. If you have a month, you'll have lots of time. If you in a rush, get a flight from Pemba to Beira or even better Vilanculos. From Pemba the road goes away from the coast to Vilanculos. From there, down to Maputo its all coastal and really nice. There are daily flights from Maputo (International) and Vilanculos (Regional) back to Johannesburg. So you can either fly back from Joburg or Maputo.
Apr 24, 2012 6:53 AM
May 3, 2012 10:21 AM
Thanks for all the advice. In the end due to flight prices we are flying with South African Airways London/Joberg/Maputo return. We can make our way up the coast and reach the North and then fly back down. really looking forward to the trip. DO you think we need to book accommodation ahead of time in Aug?
(4 star Hotel)
From US$405.00 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$147.01 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$210.00 per night