Self-Drive to Mozambique: Sights to See and Things to Know
Mozambique is a Southern African country known for its Indian Ocean coastline, beautiful beaches, and its off-the-beaten-track feel. Although it is often overshadowed by its more popular neighbor, South Africa, Mozambique has a lot to offer travellers looking for an authentic African experience.
Whether you are driving from South Africa or flying into one of Mozambique's international airports, getting around the country on a self-drive holiday is relatively easy. The most popular places to visit are Maputo, the capital city, and Tofo Beach, however, there are plenty of other sights to see and things to do depending on your interests.
Some things to keep in mind when planning your trip include the best time to visit, what vaccinations you will need, and what currency to use. All of this information and more is available below so that you can book the perfect self-drive holiday package to Mozambique.
Crossing the Border from South Africa
The two most popular ways to get into Mozambique if you are coming from South Africa are by road or by plane. If you are driving yourself, the process is relatively straightforward. You will need your passport, driver's license, car registration papers, proof of insurance, and a visa (if required). It is a good idea to have all of these documents organized and easily accessible before you reach the border.
Once you reach the border crossing, there will be a few formalities to take care of such as getting your passport stamped and paying any applicable fees. After that, you will be free to enjoy all that Mozambique has to offer. Keep in mind that if you are driving yourself, you will need to purchase a temporary driver's license once you are in Mozambique. These can be purchased at any major bank in the country.
From Johannesburg side, the easiest border crossing will be the Komatipoort border. If you’re driving from the Durban side then you’ll find yourself at the Farazul border post. Remember to pack water and snacks with as you could be waiting for quite some time at the border posts during the festive seasons. Also if you have packed meat, dairy and other perishables make sure you have an adequate cooler box in which to store them.
Flying into Mozambique
If you are flying into Mozambique, there are three international airports that serve the country: Maputo International Airport (MPM), Beira International Airport (BEW), and Nampula International Airport (APL). Depending on where you are coming from and what airlines service your airport, one may be closer or more convenient than others.
When flying into Maputo International Airport, there are plenty of taxis available outside of baggage claim that can take you into the city center. The fare should be negotiated before getting into the taxi so that there are no surprises later on. If you are flying into Beira or Nampula, it is best to arrange transportation in advance as taxis may be less available. Uber also operates in Maputo if that is something that you prefer.
You can also easily hire a car at the Maputo International Airport. Trusted companies such as Avis Rental and Europcar make the process quick and painless. Hiring a car once you’re in Mozambique can help save you on time so you get to enjoy more holiday.
Places to Visit in Mozambique
There are so many wonderful places to visit in Mozambique! One of the most popular destinations is the capital city of Maputo. Here you can explore the lively markets, try delicious seafood, and visit interesting museums such as the Museum of Natural History and the sobering Sao Nicolau Fortress.
Another great option is Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve on Praslin Island. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to rare wildlife including the endemic black parrot. For something truly unique, make sure to visit Lake Malawi National Park where you can snorkel and scuba dive with hundreds of different fish species.
Things To Do
Whether you want to relax on a sandy beach or go on an exciting safari, Mozambique has it all! If you are visiting during winter (May – October), we recommend heading north where it is warm and sunny all year round. For a laid-back beach holiday, Tofo Beach is hard to beat. Here you can go swimming, windsurfing, and even kitesurfing.
For something more active, why not go on a safari in Bazaruto National Park? You can spot elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and lions in this park, which also boasts some of the best beaches in Mozambique. No matter what time of year you visit or what kind of holiday you are looking for, Mozambique is sure to have something for everyone.
Mozambique is a beautiful country with a lot to offer travelers looking for an authentic African experience. Whether you are self-driving from South Africa or flying into one of Mozambique's international airports, getting around the country is relatively easy. Remember to take your malaria medication and pack in your sunscreen. With a little bit of planning ahead, you can have an amazing self-drive holiday in Mozambique!