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Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.
These vary according to the lodge or hotel chosen, please see the web site for details. Please do not hesitate to call should you wish to discuss any of the accommdoations with someone who has stayed there.
Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.
UK citizens require a visa for entry to Mozambique. You can normally purchase a single entry tourist visas at major border crossings and international airports ($95, valid for 30 days, none renewable). Some travellers have reported problems with this service (no availability of visas, length of time to issue) and it is subject to change, often with no notice.
We recommend that you apply for a visa at your nearest Mozambican Mission, where all types of visa are available, prior to your journey and well in advance of your planned visit. You should ensure that you have the correct visa for the purpose and length of your visit and obtain a clear explanation of the visa's validity and what it allows you to do. You will receive a heavy fine if you overstay your visa or have the wrong type of visa for your time in Mozambique.
South Africa & Passport Validity
If you are planning to visit South Africa before or after Mozambique your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months. The South Africa authorities state that officially only one blank passport page is required for entry. But there have been reports that some South Africa officials insist on two blank pages. We recommend you have two blank pages.
High Commission of the Republic of Mozambique, 21 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6EL. Telephone:(020) 7383 3800, Fax:(020) 7383 3801, Website: http://www.mozambiquehc
The British High Commission in Mozambique is found at: Av Vladimir I Lenine, 310, (CP 55) Maputo, Mozambique. Telephone: + (258) (21) 356 000 (The High Commission answer machine gives an emergency contact number) Fax: + (258) (21) 356 060, Website: http://www.britishhighcommission.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1025782352809
Mozambique has a tropical climate with two seasons. A wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions, however, vary depending on altitude. Rainfall is heavy along the coast and decreases in the north and south. Annual precipitation varies from 500 to 900 mm (20 to 35 inches) depending on the region with an average of 590 mm (23 inches). Cyclones are also common during the wet season. Average temperature ranges in Maputo are from 13 to 24 degrees Celsius (55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) in July to 22 to 31 degrees Celsius (72 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit) in February.
Vilanculos is in a rain shadow and consequently very dry. February is the month most likely to see cyclones in Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Archipelago.
You should seek medical advice before travelling and ensure all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date. NHS Direct (+ 44 0845 46 47) can provide you with advice on vaccination requirements for Mozambique.
You should observe routine food and hygiene measures when travelling. Only drink boiled and filtered or bottled water.
Vilanculos is a malaria area and we recomend taking anti-malarial precautions on this trip. In addtion the sun is very strong so be sure to bring sufficient quantities of a high strength sun lotion.
Electricity: 220/240V 50Hz
Electric Plug Details: European plug with 2 circular metal pins or South African/Indian-style plug with 2 circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin.
A UK or South African plug adaptor are handy in Mozambique. There is not much opportunity to purchase film or lithium batteries, supplies are limited. It is best to bring whatever you need with you.
There is good mobile reception in Vilaculos. Internet access is erratic.
Towel (beach and bathroom), mosquito repellent, swimming costume, sarong, sandals/flip flops, riding clothes (if riding), riding shoes you can walk in, riding helmet with ventilation, long sleeve shirts, sweater, broad brimmed hat, water bottle(s), small day pack.
All accommodation programmes are tailor made to your requirements. Please call to discuss you requirements.
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Horse riding is just one of the activities enjoyed by residents of the chalets. Almost every water based sport you can think of is available from here and many cultural and adventure activities. Suggestions include: Swimming in the ocean and swimming pool, canoeing or sea kayaking along the mangrove swamps, along the coast or to the islands, dinghy or yacht sailing, sunset sailing or day trips in local fishing dhows, windsurfing, deep sea fishing (see below for details), snorkelling from the shore or out on one of the spectacular reefs, scuba diving (beginner and refresher courses available), paddle skiing, bird watching, local town and market visits, excursions to the local nature reserve and marine reserves or mangrove swamps.
Deep sea fishing is a feature of this part of Mozambique. The Bazaruto Archipelago is a unique area with a large variety of fish species and world famous for its Black Marlin. The fishing in this area is of interest to various types of anglers: from the avid fly fisher to the spinning specialist and the big game angler. While fishing in the shallow waters around the many reefs, it is not uncommon to catch more than 10 different types of fish in one day.
Because of a distinct change of water temperature, the area attracts both winter- and summer fish. In the summer months there are the Giant- and other Trevallies, like golden Kingfish, Brassy Jacks and other Big eye Carangidae. They have been landed and released in excess of 35 kg. Tuna fish such as Skipjack, Kawakawa, Frigate (Thazard) and Yellowfin can be caught from September to December and in May. In December most of the Dorado (Dolphin fish) can be caught. Sailfish is abundant from April to July and again from September to January. You will find King Mackerel, Pompano Queenfish Mackerel, Bonitos and many species of reef fish at any time of the year.
Mozambique's main attraction is its tropical beaches and warm waters. The most important area of all is the Bazaruto Archipelago, situated off the coast close to the fishing village of Vilanculos. Mozambique has an ecologically rich and diverse wildlife. The country has 232 species of mammals and 740 species of bird. Mozambique's conservation areas suffered great loss of life during wars from the 1970s until the early 1990s. However the Bazaruto Archipelago has not been affected. It is home to stunning coral reefs and over 80% of all marine fish families of the Indo-Pacific.
In the early 1970's under as a Portuguese colony, Mozambique enjoyed a thriving tourism trade centered on the capital Maputo and the BAzaruto Island Archipelago. After independence Mozambique descended into a lengthy period of civil war causing the large sections of the population to flee to neighbouring countries as refugees. The civil war ended in 1992 and a mass repatriation of the population started. Since then the economy has been growing at a healthy rate, aided by international aid, the revival of a fledgling tourism industry and natural mineral resources such as titanium.
Mozambique has a population of 17,000,000 and the capital city is Maputo. Portuguese is the official and most widely spoken language of the nation. The time zone is GMT/UTC + 2 and the Country Dialing Code +258.