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Experience the classic Mozambique safari
Mozambique is a very big country that runs along the Eastern Seaboard of Southern and Eastern Africa. It is for the most part a low lying and flat country with beautiful coastlines and islands. In recent years the country has really moved forward economically and trying to restore its beautiful national parks to their former glory. The most well publicised of these is Gorongosa National Park in the centre of the country. This has rippled through the rest of its Reserves and National Parks plus several private concessions all working to rebuild the natural cycles and with it the corresponding growth in Tourism is happening as well. Mozambique has some of the Worlds best dive sites and marine life so combining a Savannah type safari with some wild coastal areas and reefs is very much a Classic Mozambique Safari.
Get a taste of it all
Combining a safari with your classic savannah wildlife and then heading to the Indian Ocean coastline to either relax in barefoot luxury or enjoy snorkelling, fishing and diving is a great safari combination. In some of the parks like the Maputo Special Reserve you can combine all of this in one place. Gorongosa National Park has probably the most established infrastructure for your Savannah type safari at this time, with self-catering chalets and more focused safari tented camps all with easy access.
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Things that are worth knowing about when traveling to Mozambique
In the far north of Mozambique, within the Quirimbas Archipelago is Ibo Island, your classic tropical island with warm seas, beautiful reefs and barefoot luxury, well worth the effort to get here.
Ilha da Mocambique
This is the original capital of Mozambique, named after the Sultan who was resident here during the days of Vasco da Gama and what gives Mozambique its name today. This small island has the oldest intact colonial building on the continent of Africa. So it has great history, beautiful reefs and coastal lodges.
Mt Gorongosa on the edge of the Gorongosa National Park is well worth enjoying the climb up this peak. It is not that difficult to reach but the environment on the mountain is quite different from its immediate surrounds so you can enjoy some beautiful montane forest with rocky waterfalls and streams. Really quite beautiful and has some endemic birds which are well sort after by keen birders.
GeneralWhat do I pack for a safari in Zimbabwe? Please remember that there may be luggage weight or size restrictions on your Zimbabwe safari. Before you travel, we shall advise you on what would be suitable for your specific safari as sometimes you may need a wide range of clothing to cater for the different conditions of your safari. If bush walks are a part of your safari, we advise to not wear white or black coloured clothes. What Stone Ruins are in Zimbabwe? The name Zimbabwe translates as “House of stone”. Between the 11th to 15th Century these stone edifices were constructed around the country and were important centres of trade and government. The main ones being Great Zimbabwe, Khami Ruins and Dhlodhlo Ruins, there are many other smaller ones scattered around. Can I walk by myself in the National Parks? No, you cannot, this is only available in designated areas within Mana Pools National Park after paying for a special permit and signing a disclaimer. We do not recommend doing this, you will have a much better experience being accompanied by a trained professional safari guide familiar with the area. Licensed professional guides working for a registered operator are allowed to take you for walks anywhere within the National Parks. What currency is used in Zimbabwe? The currency in Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean Dollar. In tourist areas most transactions are quoted and done in US Dollars with South African Rand also possible. What time zone is Zimbabwe in? Zimbabwe shares the same time zone as the rest of Southern Africa, which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time – (GMT) + 2 hours, in the Central Africa Time Zone (CAT) Can I use my credit cards in Zimbabwe? Yes, but only really in the main cities or tourist areas like Victoria Falls with Visa and Mastercard the most widely accepted. To buy curios or paying for camp extras like National Parks Fees it is better to have actual cash. What power sockets are used in Zimbabwe? In the cities and safari camps Zimbabwe uses 220V power points in the camps mostly using Type G plugs. If you have an item that runs on 110V, please bring a converter. It is also advisable to bring additional universal travel adaptors and extra batteries.
VisasDo I need a visa to travel to Zimbabwe? Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival at the port of entry or apply for an e-visa before arrival. However, some nationalities may have to apply in advance through an embassy.Please check with your Travel Designer to find out if you require a visa to enter Zimbabwe.
MedicalWhat Vaccinations do I need for travelling to Zimbabwe? At this time there are no vaccination requirements for tourists visiting Zimbabwe – However if you are travelling to Zimbabwe from areas infected with yellow fever, you must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. We will advise the latest regulations before travelling. If you are unsure about what is best for you, please consult your medical practitioner for professional advice on what other vaccinations may be suitable for you. Medical Evacuations? Air medical evacuations are available in Zimbabwe, but it is important that you have medical insurance with this type of remote evacuation cover and declare the details to your travel designer prior to travel. Do I need to take malaria medication when visiting Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe is in a malarial zone so please consult with your medical practitioner a few weeks before your departure on what the best prophylactic for you would be. Some courses of medication may need to be started in advance of your visit to Zimbabwe.
Discover Mozambique on safari
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Bush & Beach Safari
Mozambique has maybe parks and destinations not well visited by main stream tourism. Starting at Maputo in a special reserve where you may see Elephants walking along the beaches. Go out to sea looking for the Humpback Whales that migrate through here or snorkeling on the beautiful reefs and enjoy the turtles that come onshore to nest at this time of year as well.
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