Mozambique Practical Information
Immigration clearance is available at either Maputo or Pemba airport in Mozambique and visas can be issued on arrival. International travellers require a visa for Mozambique which can be purchased on arrival into Mozambique and paid for in US$ cash. The visa cost has increased to US$82 per person (subject to change). An additional US$2.50 stamp duty applies for entrance and exit, so we advise clients should be in possession of US$90 cash per person. South African passport holders do not require a visa to enter Mozambique. For entrance back into South Africa, two empty pages are needed in passports (front and back pages both blank). It is advised that you carry certified copies your passport and all travel documents, and always have either your passport or these copies with you. Please check with the embassy for up-to-date information.
What to expect
Furthermore when departing Pemba you will be asked to open your luggage and your bags will be searched by an official. Please do not be alarmed, it is standard procedure.
Most countries are members of CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Please do NOT purchase products made from ivory and skins. These may be confiscated by customs. Please be aware that the purchase of any wooden carvings places a strain on forest resources, and the removal of coral and shells is destructive to the reefs.
Adequate travel insurance is mandatory for everyone who participates in a Pioneer expedition. Please bring a copy of your insurance policy and contact numbers to give to your expedition leader in case of illness or accident.
As with all Pioneer expeditions, we are committed to maximising the benefits of our trips to the local community and minimising the negative impact associated with tourism. We employ local agents and staff, not just to benefit the local economy, but also to give you a real sense of Madagascan culture.
This is a very low impact way to explore the Quirmibas Archipelago, using a sea kayak /dhow for our main form of transport. Not only does this reduce noise and pollution, it is far less likely to disturb or to directly harm the endangered marine mammals we are hoping to see, i.e. humpback whales and dugongs.’
We shall be employing local boat crew and cooks and, wherever possible and making arrangements to camp directly with local islanders (from whom we shall also buy fish and seafood). One of the key approaches of the Lodge on Ibo Island that &;has been supporting and creating projects that create income and livelihoods for other members of the communities. The Lodge directly employs approx 30 permanent staff. The extended families of these staff members will rely on these salaries ie. approximately 600 people’s lives on Ibo. In addition, many third party services, food supplies and services are sourced from Ibo Island itself, directly affecting approximately another 20 to 30 individuals. Again these people support extended families of up to 20 people. Community Projects at the Lodge include a Tourism training project, marine turtle research and conservation, the market garden agricultural project, and the silversmiths jewellers program. Finally, we shall be visiting the marine sectors of the new Quirimbas National Park, the first national park in the world to be created at the specific request of the people who live within its boundaries. Our park fees and the money we spend on the ground there will also provide some tangible benefit to local people for their foresight and participation in protecting this beautiful stretch of land and coast.
June to October is the dry season, clear skies, lots of sun and minimal rain, and probably the best time to visit.. December to March rainy season, although Mozambique does have relatively low rainfall, humidity can be very high. By around April or May the rains subside, the sun comes out and the humidity drops – better weather spreads gradually from the south to the north. November is a less predictable month of transition. Sometimes the rains start, although many days remain sunny and hot.