Located on the Southeast coast of South Africa, Mozambique is a country divided into two topographical regions by the Zambezi River. To the north of the river, the landscape starts as narrow coastline changing to small hills and low flat areas, turning to more rugged mountains the further to the west you go. The area to the south of the river is predominantly coastal lowlands but to the far south you'll find the Mashonaland Plateau and the Lebombo Mountains which stretch into parts of South Africa and Swaziland.
Size: (Approx) 800,000 square kilometres
Population: (Approx) 23.5 million people
Languages: Portuguese, Swahili, Makhuwa & Sena
Religion: Christian, Muslim & indigenous beliefs.
Land borders: South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
Climate: Despite this range of latitudes, the whole country broadly follows a South African weather pattern, with the rains falling largely between December and March. This does vary a little between the north and south of the country, with the rains lasting a few weeks longer in the north than the south, but the pattern is the same. By around April or May the rains subside, the sun comes out and the humidity drops.
June to October is the dry season, with often perfect tropical weather: clear skies, plenty of sun and almost no rain. Although still tropical, June, July and August are Mozambique's coolest months and during September and October it remains dry as daytime temperatures climb, though it cools down a lot at night.
November is a less predictable month. Sometimes
the rains start, although many days remain sunny and hot. The rains
generally start earlier in the north of the country.
Tipping: Tipping in Mozambique is widely practiced and in tourist areas a 10% tip is generally expected.
Formalities: British passport holders need a visa to enter Mozambique. A visa can be obtained prior to travel from the Mozambique High Commission. For further information about the entry requirements please visit the Mozambique High Commission website.
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