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Travel Guide Africa Mozambique Beira

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Introduction

Beira is the second largest city in Mozambique, with a population of over half a million. Located on the coast in the centre of the country, it lies on the banks of where the Pungue River meets the Indian Ocean.

Beira didn't escape the famine and poverty that came about with the civil war that raged from 1977 to 1992, and it was hard hit by the floods of 2000. Recently however, the city has been targeted for a massive and expensive modernisation.

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Weather

Beira enjoys a tropical climate with generally warm to hot and humid weather. There are two seasons, a dry and cool season from April to October and a warm and wet season from November to March. Temperatures usually vary from around 25 °C during the day from June to September and around 30 °C from December to March, at night dropping to around 23 °C and 17 °C respectively. Highest rainfalls are recorded from January to March and these are probably the months to avoid if you can, because hurricanes can strike.

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Getting There

By Bus

The TCO (Transportes Carlos Oliveira) bus travels between Nampula and Beira at least twice per week, taking 16 hours.
The TCO bus from Beira to Vilanculos runs at least once per week, leaving at 4:00am from the TCO terminal, taking about 7 hours.

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Getting Around

By Car

A taxi from the TCO terminal to Hotel Infante (see Sleep/Budget below) costs M150 though this can effectively double late at night.

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Sleep

Budget

  • Hotel Infante on Rua Jaime Ferreira, +258 23326603, offers decent en suite rooms (albeit only with cold water).

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available in Maputo, with many internet cafes and all major hotels having internet access. Outside Maputo internet coverage is sporadic and mostly available in places frequented by tourists. Local Telecommunication de Mozambique (TDM) offices almost always have internet although speed and availability can be problematic.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Mozambique's international telephone code is 258.

mCel is the state-owned provider, and as of yet the government has only licensed one other company, the South-African owned Vodacom Mozambique. Apparently a third is arriving shortly. GPRS (data and internet) are available on mCel, with 3G in Maputo and other main cities. Vodacom have 3G in many towns and GPRS Edge elsewhere. The APN is internet. Check your phone manual for setting instructions. The mCel service is not entirely reliable, especially outside Maputo. Vodacom is generally very good. While it is OK to buy credit from the hundreds of vendors roaming the streets wearing mCel or Vodacom shirts you should never buy SIM cards / starter packs, in many cases they sell them at hugely inflated prices and often they will be from one of the many recalled batches that no longer work. Any mobile phone store can sell you a working starter pack for around 50Mts.

Post

Correios de Moçambique offers postal services in the country, but they are slow and unreliable at times. For parcels you should definately contact companies like FedEx, DHL, UPS or TNT, as they offer far better services.

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