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1. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

hey guys,

anyone have any advice on crossing into Mozambique from South Africa? And travelling in Mozambique in general?

I am going to finish an overland journey through Namibia, Botswana, Zambia etc in Jo'Burg so I am considering spending a month in Mozambique too as it looks fascinating.

I am a fairly experienced traveller ( SOUTH EAST ASIA, INDIA, EAST AFRICA etc) but I was wondering about the feasibility of travelling independently from SA into Mozambique and onwards before crossing back into SA for my flight home??

Is it easy enough to travel around in Mozambique? What sort of costs are involved for a backpacker? I am very early in my planning and haven't done much research yet.

Cheers,

Joey :)

2. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

Hi Joey,
I think the best thing for you to do is catch a bus from Joburg over to Maputo. You will cross the border at Komatipoort, just South of the Kruger Nat'l Park, as this is the closest and most direct route. It's about a 5-6 hour drive depending on how long it takes to get through customs. (There is also a border crossing in the Kruger National Park as well as down South.) Once you hit Maputo, you should be able to figure out the bus schedules up and down the coast. There is really only one road to take. They've rebuilt a good portion of the road just North of Maputo, so its not too shabby. You can catch African mini-taxis or a larger (more typical) bus.

You will need to get a visa in Joburg. I went through a service and it cost about $60 usd, but it only took 4 days to organize. We drove ourselves up to Vilanculos in 2006 which I highly recommend. There was a backpackers (baobab beach backpackers i think) there as well which had a cool vibe. And its a total beach paradise. We found the country very affordable with delicious, fresh seafood. Of course, if time is an issue, you could always just catch a flight from Joburg to Maputo as well. Hope that helps!

Good luck planning and happy travels!
Holly

3. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

holly,

thanks so much for that reply! you are an absolute angel ;)

so you found mozambique safe and fun and beautiful?? i was hoping to hear that... it looks such an awesome country!

any tips on places to see?

joey :)

4. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 7y

Just another thing about visas.... you cannot get them at the border and the prices are changing all the time. You could be paying up to $150. Check with the embassy. Also, if there is any chance you will leave and then re enter, get a multiple entry, it will save you a small fortune.
You can also cross from Swaziland too I think, and that is a really cool place to visit if you have time!
Enjoy!
Claire

5. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

Joey, you're going to love mozambique, especially after an overland. Some beach time is just what you'll need! the beaches are definitely one of the highlights of the country. you'll want to hit maputo for a couple of days first. make sure you check out the main market. (my husband says its quite an experience.)

we stayed in xia-xia and quassico on the way to vilanculos, but he also recommends maxixe. there is a decent campground there. you'll want to get up north towards Inhambane and the bazaruto archipelago-a national park and stunningly beautiful. The backpackers in vilanculos had a dive shop and seemed to be a crossroads for travelers with loads of parties and a lively expat crowd. overland trucks go in there and stay in the campground. From here, you will probably learn the lay of the land up north in Inhambane. Around Inhambane, check out the beach in Tofu. Inhambane is a little fishing port and Tofu is the beach closeby.

We had our own car and made the journey north to vilanculos in three days/two nights including the border crossing. we made it back from vilanculos to just north of maputo in one day and back to joburg in two. keep your street smarts about you, you will need them! but africa will be an old pal by the time you get there! good luck planning! holly (and graham)

6. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

holly and graham... you are legends!

thanks for taking the time to write again

i am so grateful for your info and tips... i visited kenya, uganda and rwanda before and africa and its scenery, its diversity and its people left such a big impression on me. i can't wait to be back there and mozambique looks like such a beautiful place.

i dunno exactly when i will be there (march-june 2008?? i hope) but in the meantime if i have any questions i will look you guys up on here!

cheers once again

joey :)

7. Posted by Luis M (Full Member 3 posts) 7y

Hello joey,

I'm really pleased to see people once again interested in visiting my home country!

You will like Mozambique very much, but I think a month might be a little too much! The country hasn't completely recovered from the years of civil war.

The once great cities in central/northern Mozambique, like my hometown of Beira, are still in very bad shape.

Don’t miss Bazaruto, Pemba and Inhaca Islands. These are the perfect places to relax and enjoy the beautiful white sandy Indian Ocean beaches! Beware of accommodation prices in these islands, they can be expensive as Mozambique is attracting more high end Portuguese tourists looking to get away from crowed places and willing to pay high prices for that!

Take a look at this web site:

http://www.world66.com/africa/mozambique/beaches

Another thing you should be aware is the recent crime wave in Maputo. Mozambique is a safe country for forigners and these events were not common in Maputo.

Take care,

Luis

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 9, 2007, at 2:22 PM by Luis Migue ]

8. Posted by Beckers (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Quoting baluba

Just another thing about visas.... you cannot get them at the border and the prices are changing all the time. You could be paying up to $150. Check with the embassy. Also, if there is any chance you will leave and then re enter, get a multiple entry, it will save you a small fortune.
You can also cross from Swaziland too I think, and that is a really cool place to visit if you have time!
Enjoy!
Claire

Hi, i am going on an overland tour through Mozambique and was told that i could get a visa at the border? Is that not correct??

9. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

beckers, give the company you are going with a call and ask them. i went on an overland thru rwanda and wasn't sure about my visa there. i gave the office of the company a ring and they had all the info.

to everyone who has replied with info i am so grateful.... :)

joey

10. Posted by Beckers (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Quoting joey22

beckers, give the company you are going with a call and ask them. i went on an overland thru rwanda and wasn't sure about my visa there. i gave the office of the company a ring and they had all the info.

to everyone who has replied with info i am so grateful.... :)

joey

Thanks Joey22, have spoken to them and they advised that being an Australian, i can get a visa at each of the entry points. Just gets a little confusing when reading all the information from each country individually. I am sure they know what they are doing but would hate to be left at the border at one of these countries!!!