Mozambique Became Mine-Free in 2015, Visit for Endless Beaches, Seafood, Access to Kruger Safaris and More

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Mozambique declared itself mine-free in September 2015. Over 22 years, 171,000 mines were cleared. The Halo Trust did much of the work, see their director’s statement, How We Made Mozambique Mine-Free. An assist was provided by other partners, include APOPO’s HeroRats, a charity I support (now an IRS-registered 501c3 charitable organization).

I visited Mozambique in October. Flights are not the most abundant or cheap. Lisbon or Johannesburg will work best for most. The visa situation is in flux, officially nationals of countries that have a Mozambique Embassy are supposed to now get visas in advance (includes US, not Canada). Availability of visa on arrival at air and land borders varies, so if possible, get a visa in advance.

Maputo 01

Once you’ve got your ticket and visa, it is wide open to enjoy. From capital Maputo on up, there is stretching coastline with beach and after beach up to colonial island Ilha de Moçambique. You can stay at a package resort filled with South Africans or find a deserted stretch of sand. Whale sharks can be seen seasonally.

The particularly interesting play to me is that Maputo has some of the easiest access to the richest parts of South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park. It can even be visited as a day trip from Maputo. A beach vacation and safari vacation with minimal logistical hassle. (Be sure to get a double-entry visa.)

Maputo, the capital, is not overflowing with tourist charms other than its proximity to Kruger. You can do well, though, to spend a few nights at the Radisson Blu Hotel Maputo with its cluster of beachside Portuguese seafood restaurants across the street.

Maputo 02

Maputo 03

Mozambique’s great achievement to regain peace and rid itself of the vile mayhem of land mines deserves recognition in the travel work. Give it a look.

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I almost went to Mozambique in the last six months. Two things dissuaded me though. First the visa annoyance and then the situation in the country itself. Yes it is an off the beaten path destination and an adventurous destination. What put me off is expensive internal flights, very expensive sounding hotels ($50) with cold bucket showers…. lack of infrastructure to get around and typical super luxury resorts that are untouchable. Its one of those countries where there appears to be no middle and everything comes out overpriced. It just felt like too much effort for limited gain. Other than… Read more »

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@stefan For sure, less busy than the other parts (which themselves aren’t generally busy compared to many US parks). We were looking for “wild dog” (didn’t see any) but did see a Kori Bustard:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kori_bustard

which is apparently the world’s largest flying bird. In any case, recommended.

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@RTC – Nope, the Angola comment was entirely serious. I’ve run out of new countries (though certainly not places) to go to that don’t require some visa effort,* and which are a reasonable cost from Jo. So, I would really do either, though to be honest for a weekend I’m more inclined to go to Angola – its so expensive a weekend seems fine. Mozambique I’d like to spend a little more time in. Since Angola is possible from NYC, maybe I will give that a shot first. *Well, there is Equatorial Guinea, but award flights on ET require 30… Read more »

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Club Carlson really wants 70,000 points per night for this hotel? Ridiculous. It looks as though it would be a good value on paid stays, though.

jay
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Due to roadwork and confusing signage I came within 300 feet of accidentally visiting while exiting Kruger. I don’t recommend starting your Mozambique visit in this manner.

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Been meaning to go, but the visa situation does not encourage me. I’d love to swing over there for a long weekend while in Jo’berg, but the $160 fee for a weekend trip, and having to mail my passport to DC (too many disasters with mailed passports, as well as my being used to being able to get any visa I need in NYC have spoiled me), and the need for 10 days processing time (I regularly need my passport) are decently large deterrents …. Maybe I’ll make that trip to Luanda instead….

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Has been on my list of places to visit. I have no idea what is unique here; but the name of the country is so intriguing 🙂 What did you visit in Mozambique in October?