About Mozambique

With a great climate, pristine beaches and a slowly burgeoning conservation industry, Mozambique is seen as a great place to get away and just relax. The country is the kind of place you go to if you are looking to unwind and get back to the basics in life.
Mozambique is located along Africa’s picturesque south-eastern coast and is bordered by Tanzania, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. It is a country rich because of its beauty, history and the warmth of its people.
Many visitors are attracted to Mozambique by its warm tropical weather and pristine beaches which stretch as far as the eye can see. Over the last few years Mozambique has become an African tourist hot-spot popular amongst leisure, adventure and eco-travellers alike.
Mozambique is home to some of the most gorgeous beaches along the African coast. In the South the beaches of Bilene and Xai-Xai are extremely popular amongst holiday makers. The fabulous atmosphere and the gorgeous scenery make for a leisurely and truly enjoyable African holiday. Some of the beaches in Mozambique are only accessible by four wheel drive vehicles which makes for an awesome rather adventurous day out. There are also many small Islands in this area which are home to a wealth of marine life and unspoilt beaches.

Mozambique is also home to some of the most delicious fresh seafood.
The country’s shellfish is considered by many to be the best in the world. And one of Mozambique’s best-known dishes is peri-peri style shrimp or prawn. As seafood is so abundant and cheap, it also forms a large part of the local diet and one typical dish is a seafood stew known as Matata. Usually made with clams in a peanut sauce, this is one of the few dishes without Portuguese influence.

The best time to visit Mozambique is generally acknowledged to be the country’s winter, which falls roughly between the months of May and September.
This is when humidity on the coast is at its lowest, rainfall also low and the tropical heat more bearable.

Everywhere in the country is accessible during this time – no threat of cyclones or washed out roads – it’s still pleasantly warm and those godforsaken mosquitoes are far less in number too!

Diving and snorkelling at this time of year is great and, besides the few weeks of South African school holidays that fall during this winter period, tourist crowds are thin on the ground and prices low!

The times that the prices and crowds do skyrocket in Mozambique is during South African schools holidays – normally Christmas / New Year time and again at Easter – so avoid visiting then if you can.

Tourist visas for Mozambique are required by most nations (there are some African exceptions) and are now available on arrival at most borders (land and air) due to a recent change in procedure.
You may want to play it safe and get your Mozambique tourist visa in advance at a consulate, either in your home country or in a neighbouring one, such as South Africa.
Depending on where you get your visa, it can cost anything between $70 – $100 USD and is valid for entry for 2 months after issue and allows you 30 days in the country.

The local beer – 2M – is sold everywhere and drunk in abundance.
The coastal and tropical geographic position of Mozambique means a steady and good supply of fruits, nuts, seafood and vegetables – all fresh and incredibly cheap.

Mozambique is predominantly a cash-based system – do not expect to be able to use a credit card anywhere outside of Maputo except, perhaps, in foreign-owned or fancy hotels.

ATMs are plentiful and easy to use across the country.

Travelling with a Visa here will be better than Mastercard and it’s worth noting that there is often a fairly low ATM withdrawal limit.

Foreign exchange offices can be found in many hotels, as well as banks, across Mozambique and the easiest money to change is USD and ZAR.The official currency is the Mozambique Metical (MZN), but almost everywhere you can also pay in South African Rand.

Meticals come in 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 notes. There are also a number of coins.

As with most African countries, it’s wise to keep hold of your small Metical notes as no one in Mozambique ever seems to have change!

Xai-Xai (pronounced as 'shy-shy') is situated in the southern part of Mozambique in the Gaza Province.   It is a busy town with markets, shops, restaurants and bars.  The beach of Praia do Xai-Xai has been a popular tourist destination for many years.  

A coral reef just off the shore offers good snorkelling and protects the beach from erosion.  The Wenela Tidal Pool, 2 kilometres south of the town, has a natural tunnel and blow hole that links the pool with the Indian Ocean.

Xai Xai (pronounced "Shy Shy")
This bustling town alongside the Limpopo River is the capital of Gaza Province and situated 200km (124 miles) north of Maputo. Xai Xai has been a long-standing holiday destination for many years and has most amenities including markets, shops, restaurants, bars, petrol stations banks and a post office. The main beach is about 15 minutes drive from the town and forms a long sweep of sand with safe swimming.
Xai Xai in Mozambique has a reef running parallel to the beach where great snorkelling can be enjoyed. Popular beaches in this area include Chongoene and Zongoene. Attractions include the fascinating Wenela Tidal Pool and a number of freshwater lakes within a 30-minute drive which are ideal for watersports and windsurfing. Sunset cruises can also be enjoyed on the Limpopo River, Mozambique.

Each visitor is allowed (through the Border):

Tobacco: 400 cigarettes or 100 small cigars or 50 big cigars or 250grm of loose tobacco
Alcohol: 1lt of spirits and 2.25lt of wine
Perfume: 50ml of perfume
Medication: reasonable quantities for personal use
Other articles not exceeding 50US$.
Narcotics and pornographic material are prohibited

Transport of arms must have a special license

Climate

In the North and along the coast, the climate is tropical and humid.
In the Interior, South and the Province of Tete the climate is tropical and dry.

The rainy season is between October and April, with temperatures between 27 and 29 degrees.
The dry season is between May and September with temperatures between 18 and 20 degrees.


Mozambique Fishing Tour

 

Day 1    

Arrival & Pick up at JHB International Airport
    - Travel to Mkolo Game Farm
    - Overnight at Mkolo Game Farm

Day 2   

Mkolo Game Farm – at leisure

Day 3
Travel to Kruger National Park - Overnigt at Letaba Rest Camp


Day 4
Travel to Mozambique - Overnigt at Paradise View

Giriyondo Gate – Passage to and from Mozambique
About 1hr from Letaba Rest Camp to Giriyondo Gate

Giriyondo is one of only two gateways with direct access between Kruger National Park in South Africa and Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. The only other gate like this is Pafuri Border Gate at the far north of both the parks.
The gate is about two thirds of the way up Kruger National Park and near the southern end of Limpopo National Park. In Portuguese, the language spoken in Mozambique, this park is called Parque Nacional do Limpopo.

Day 5 & 6 

At leisure / deep sea fishing
Overnight at Paradise View


Paradise View resort (also known as East Africa Safaris) is situated on the scenic east coast of Mozambique, amongst coastal dunes and inland lakes.
Paradise View is exceptional, with uninterrupted views either to the ocean or lake that borders the property. The calmness of Paradise View with long beaches, open spaces and the turquoise ocean is stunning.


The position of the development gives the visitor the opportunity to enjoy the sparkling ocean, where you can scuba dive and fish,
Just a short drive north are other lodges with restaurants, where you can spend the day out.
Clean water and 24-hour electricity are provided, as well as back-up generators in case of power outage. Ice, charcoal and boat and fishing licences are available at reception.


In addition, they offers an on-site restaurant and beach bar. There is also a pool table, dart board and a big screen TV with DStv for all sports events, while the casual beach bar offers cold beer and cold drinks.
The safe swimming beach, ideal for kids, has a natural reef running all along the coast and forms a natural tidal pool at low tide. There are plenty of rock and surf fishing spots available and for the bird-lovers, there are many species of lake and coastal birds to be spotted.
Facilities: Laundry Facilities, Indoor Fireplace, Satellite TV, Braai/Barbecue, Swimming Pool

Paradise View (East Africa Safaris) is ideal for :
Launching small and big boats and jetski's - (we have a registered safe launch and tractor facilities to help with the launching of boats)
Deep sea fishing charters (2 boats available) - maximum 4 anglers - all tackle and bait included and clients keep all fish - boat packs andrefreshments can be arranged at the restaurant
Bird watching - (lake and coastal birds)
Quad bikes - (own quads welcome)
Snorkeling - ideal snorkeling spots (own gear)
Safe swimming beach - ideal for kids - natural reef running all along the coast, forms a natural tidal pool at low tide
Rock and surf fishing spots - ideal for drop-, shot- and fly-fishing
Shopping service available - list of groceries can be bought and put in your chalet (no meat or fresh produce) - prior arrangement

Day 7    

Travel to Kruger National Park
    Overnight at Letaba Rest Camp


Day 8   

Travel to Mkolo Game Farm
    Overnight at Mkolo Game Farm

Day 9    

Mkolo Game Farm – at leisure
   Overnight at Mkolo Game Farm

Day 10   

Depart to JHB International Airport

Please Note: Package Prices are available upon request as it may change according to seasons etc.

Package per person includes:
Accommodation, meals and laundry

Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing Mozambique

In Mozambique, anglers cast their lines into the Indian Ocean in the hopes of hooking game fish like giant black marlins, wahoo and sailfish. In fact, the waters off of Mozambique are the only place in the Indian Ocean known to have produced a black marlin weighing more than 1,000 pounds, which was caught in 1998. Two archipelagos off of the African nation’s eastern coast create underwater conditions that corral baitfish, attracting bigger game to the area.

Although fishing is considered a sport, there is an art to it and much patience is required. But it is a lot of fun and the thrill of the fight is what gets most fisher-men and women hooked (excuse the pun).

Deep-sea fishing expeditions along the Mozambican coastline are exceptional and recognised as one of the best destinations in the world for black marlin.

The best months for black marlin are between October and the end of January which makes an excellent time for fishing in Mozambique. Blue and striped marlin are found from September to January, while the main sailfish season runs from the beginning of June until the end of September. From December to February anglers may see one of the archipelago's most interesting creatures. This is the rare whale shark, the largest shark and the largest fish in the world, which can reach lengths of up to 14m and weigh up to 15 tons.

Fly-fishing in Mozambique is an angler's paradise which offers world-class rock & surf, salt water fly and game & bills. Fly-fishing in Mozambique, for queenfish, ladyfish, bonefish, pompano and several species of kingfish, in the narrow channels between Bazaruto and Benguerra, is unsurpassed with the best season being from March to July. Rock and surf fish include kingfish, couta, king mackerel, springer, and big garfish. Other catches include, barracuda, bludger, dorado, green jobfish, kawakawa, prodigal son, rainbow runner, skipjack and yellowfin tuna, and wahoo.

A variety of other shark species also occur offshore including blackspot, blacktip, bull, dusky, silvertip, tiger and Zambezi. Lodges in Mozambique are happy to welcome, and teach, novices while tackle and equipment is normally available to hire. Boats are fully equipped with navigational and fish finding aids in addition to all the usual safety equipment. A tag and release policy is widely encouraged.

Types of Fishing
There are many different types of fishing available. These include spear fishing, deep sea fishing, surf casting, sea kayak fishing and fly fishing. Each fishing type ranges in level of difficulty and for each variation depending on preference, budget and style of fishing, a wide variety of equipment is available.

Fishing Equipment
For deep sea game fishing, you will need to hire a boat with an experienced skipper, deep sea fishing rods (which are generally shorter and stronger than normal rods), bait (which can be live or frozen), lures and a selection of reels ranging from your everyday coffee grinder to a top of the range centerpin.

Types of game fish you can look to catch include several Tuna species, Wahoo, Prodigal son, Yellow fin, Skipjack, Dorado, Giant Kingfish, Barracuda, King and Queen Mackerel

Surf fishing or surf casting – This fishing is more for the family and any size of rod or reel will do. Just don’t expect to go after the big ones here but rather spend quality time with the kids while pulling in the pompanos, although you are able to catch any of the following behind the surf line: Queenfish, Springer, Bonita, Barracuda, Stumpnose, Pompano, Skates, Rays, Sharks and Bonefish. You will need either frozen bait or lures.

Fly Fishing – You will need a sea fly rod fitted with a large fly reel, a sink line and leader, a modified laundry basket to attach to your waist for your line to fall into, and a wide variety of flys ranging from dry flys (floating) to wet flys (sinking). For the less advanced fishermen an intermediate line is suggested. For the best flys to use, contact the local specialist.

Spear fishing – You will need a spear gun that is the correct length for you and fitted out with the correct weighted spear, a bouy that is connected to your gun via a 30 – 50 meter line and of course not forgetting a pair of fins, a mask, snorkel and a wet suit for protection against the elements. This type of fishing is more of a challenge as it is about the hunt rather than pulling a piece of bait through the water.