Time zone: GMT + 2
Currency: The monetary unit is the Mozambican Metical (MZN or MT) divided into 100 centavos. The South African Rand (ZAR) and US Dollars (USD) are widely accepted, and money can be exchanged at many banks and major resorts.
Language: Portuguese is the official language, and more than 60 different dialects of Bantu languages are spoken in Mozambique. English is spoken in hotels and beach lodges.
Transportation: Machibombo (coaches) run between major towns at least daily. Away from main routes, use chapa (converted lorries or minibuses) to get around.
Cuisine: Mozambican cuisine reflects a strong Portuguese colonial heritage and revolves around a rich array of flavours, focussing on fresh seafood, hearty stews, and staple ingredients such as corn porridge, rice, millet, and cassava. Popular meats like steak and chicken are commonly enjoyed and often served alongside beans, cassava chips, potatoes, and coconut.
Safety: Mozambique is considered a safe travel destination, but it is advisable to remain vigilant as incidents of petty crime may occur. Tourists should take the usual precautions and seek advice from locals or those at your place of accommodation regarding general safety in the area. Be aware that Mozambique is a malarial area, and you are strongly advised to take adequate prophylactic precautions.
Tipping: Tipping your lodge or hotel staff is customary, but these tips should not be excessive. In restaurants, it is acceptable practice to tip 10% of the bill if no service charge is added. Taxi drivers don’t expect a tip but do appreciate the fare being rounded up.
Social: Dressing modestly is generally valued, especially in conservative areas and religious sites, where one should cover shoulders and knees. Western-style clothing is widely accepted in urban areas and tourist destinations, but dressing modestly in public areas is still recommended out of cultural respect. Traditional attire is celebrated during cultural events and festivals, showcasing the country’s rich heritage.