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Mozambique1 With its 2470 km (1500 miles) of coastline, fascinatingly diverse underwater world, incredibly kind and friendly local population and numerous opportunities to please your adventurous spirit, Mozambique truly is one of the most amazing places in the world to visit. Though adventure, by its definition, is a bold and risky undertaking with an uncertain outcome, it is best not to take this literally. The only way to actually enjoy your Mozambique adventure is to plan everything, so you can be sure that everything runs smoothly. If this sounds like an overwhelming task, do not worry, here are a few guidelines that will make your trip to this earthly paradise simpler.

Visa Requirements and Legal Information

Citizens of all countries except South Africa, Malawi and Mauritius need to obtain an entry visa if they want to enter Mozambique. That can be done at Mozambican diplomatic embassies and missions across the world. You will need about 7 days to finish the procedure, so think ahead. You will also need a valid passport (for at least 6 months after you intend to leave the country). It is not unusual if the visitors are asked to provide proof of sufficient funds for their needs during the stay. It is forbidden to carry firearms and animals across the border. If you have previously visited a country affected by the yellow fever, you will be asked for a vaccination certificate. If you are traveling with your own vehicle you will need all the original registration papers and an international driver’s license.

Health Concerns

Though we cannot mark Mozambique as a country with major health threats, some precautionary measures must be taken. First, you have to be up to date with all of the routine vaccinations (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, measles-mumps-rubella, varicella, polio and year’s flu vaccine). It is recommended to get a hepatitis A vaccine, because of the possibility of contamination through water or food, malaria vaccine and typhoid. Consult your doctor to see if there is a need for some other vaccines too.

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Finding Accommodation

Accommodation options in Mozambique range from backpacker-oriented hostels and affordable guesthouses to some of the most expensive resorts in the region. In some less traveled parts of the country hotels are rather ungraded, while backpacker lodges are perfectly geared up for a budget traveler. One of the best options, however, is renting a house in advance, and sharing the expenses with your travel companions. You can do that via reliable websites, such as propertymaputo.com.

Choosing the Destinations

Unless you have a longer period at your disposal, you will have to decide for several destinations depending on your preferences. If you are up for a true and magical escape, you should definitely choose Bazaruto Archipelago, which is a perfect place for diving and snorkeling. If you are a passionate surfer, make sure you visit Tofinho at Tofo and Ponta du Ouro. Quirimbas Archipelago is another great area to enjoy the scenic beaches of the country. If you are interesting in discovering the Portuguese influence on the culture and architecture, the capital, Maputo, is the ideal place for doing that. Gorongosa National Park, on the other side, is the right place for travelers eager to explore wildlife and staggering nature.

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Truly Discovering Mozambique

Before you visit this fabulous country, you must be prepared to embrace its charms completely. The best way to do this is by getting to know the locals. When Vasco da Gama first landed in Mozambique in the 15th century, he felt so welcome that it called it “Terra de Boa Gente” (land of good people). He could not be more right. The locals are very friendly and inviting. Do your best to get to know them. The author Henning Mankell pointed out that in Mozambique you can feel the “genuineness” that no longer exists in many other countries of the world. Also, you will be able to really feel the magic of the country once you try the local cuisine and get to know the vibrant art scene.

In the end, there is nothing left to say than to fill your bags with lightweight clothes and your mind with adventurous spirit. The land of good people is more than prepared to welcome you and you should embrace that hospitality and experience your dream vacation in Mozambique.

Author bio:

Oliver Hyde is an experienced business consultant from the UK. His job allows him to travel, which also happens to be one of his greatest passions. You can follow his adventures on Twitter and Google+.

 

 

 

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