BA and Comair will offer scheduled services between Maputo International Airport and O.R. Tambo International Airport from May 2013.
Comair’s flight schedule will offer daily return flights with a double daily service on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and is timed to offer good connectivity for international travellers transferring through OR Tambo International Airport to Maputo.
Shaun Pozyn, Marketing Manager for British Airways says: “We are excited to introduce our new service as it allows us to continue to grow our footprint in Africa. In addition to the large volumes of business travellers we anticipate will make use of our new service, Mozambique is fast becoming known as a world-class tourist destination. The country has a warm climate, 2700km of tropical and sub-tropical coastline, world-class conservation areas, exotic cities, and a rich Arabic, African and Portuguese heritage.”
|Avante Mozambique||August||A cultural tourism festival in Maputo including arts and crafts, drama and film workshops.|
|Film Festival||September||Documentary Film Festival in Maputo.|
Mozambique uses the “Schuko” plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts, or round two pin plug that will also fit in Schuko socket. Also nearer the South African border the South African three round pin plug is common.
Air Portugal fly once a week from London Heathrow to Maputo via Lisbon
Flight time 14 hours 40 minutes depending on connections.
British Airways fly from London Heathrow to Nairobi and Johannesburg, with onward connections on either Kenya Airways, LAM-Linhas Aereas de Mocambique or South African Airways. Flight time between 13-24 hours depending on connection.
Kenya Airways fly five times a week from London Heathrow to Maputo, with connection in Nairobi. Flight time approximately 15 hours 25 minutes depending on connections.
South African Airways fly daily from London Heathrow to Johannesburg with onward connection on either LAM-Linhas Aereas de Mocambique or their own flights to Maputo. Approximately 13 hours 40 minutes to 16 hours depending on connections.
Virgin Atlantic fly daily from London Heathrow to Johannesburg, South Africa with onward connections on LAM-Linhas Aereas de Mocambique. Flight time approximately 13 hours 45 minutes depending on connections.
Mozambique has a tropical climate with two seasons. A wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions, however, vary depending on altitude. Rainfall is heavy along the coast and decreases in the north and south. Annual precipitation varies from 500 to 900 mm (20 to 35 inches) depending on the region with an average of 590 mm (23 inches).
Cyclones are also common during the wet season. Average temperature ranges in Maputo are from 13 to 24 degrees Celsius (55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) in July to 22 to 31 degrees Celsius (72 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit) in February.
Popular places of interest, beach resorts and islands are busiest during South African school holiday periods so try to avoid travel at these times if you prefer a quieter experience in Mozambique.
To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.
In 2006, the Government of Mozambique changed its currency. The metical (Mts) has been replaced by the “new family” metical (Mtn). The new currency is exchanged at 1/1000 of the old currency; therefore, the three last zeros are removed from former amounts.
The new notes have been in circulation since July 2006 alongside the old. Prices for goods and services are in both formats. By January 2007, the old currency will be out of circulation and no longer accepted. Currency can be exchanged only at locations authorized by the government.
Only US dollars or South African Rand can be exchanged easily in banks or legal Foreign Exchange Bureaux.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Maputo, but rarely accepted elsewhere. Credit cards and debit cards should be used with caution due to the potential for fraud and other criminal activity.
The import or export of local currency is prohibited. Travellers should state the amount of foreign currency in banknotes, cheques and traveller’s cheques brought into the country. Hotels always prefer to be paid in foreign currency.
The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.
All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.
Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.
|Australia||A visa is required.|
|Canada||A visa is required.|
|Denmark||A visa is required.|
|Ireland||A visa is required.|
|Netherlands||A visa is required.|
|New Zealand||A visa is required.|
|South Africa||A visa is not required for stays up to 30 days.|
|United States||A visa is required.|
|United Kingdom||A visa is required.|
Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.
For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com