In MozambiquE Portuguese is the official language, although this is generally only spoken by the more educated amongst Mozambique's population. Beside this, more than 60 different dialects of Bantu languages can be found in Mozambique. English is generally spoken in hotels and beach lodges.

THE FOOD served in Mozambique's beach lodges is excellent, and the seafood is superb. Mozambican beer is popular, as are South African wines and beers. The local cuisine is mainly Portuguese, with Far Eastern influences. Specialities include Piri-piri chicken (chicken with spicy chilli sauce), Shellfish and Delagoa prawns with piri-piri sauce, rice with matapa (ground peanut and cassava leave sauce), and wuza (maize porridge)


 Malaria is endemic in Mozambique. The islands are generally healthy, though the usual vaccines (typhoid, polio and tetanus) are sensible and yellow fever certificates may be required before you travel. HIV infection rates are high; AIDS is prevalent in Mozambique. Usually, this isn't a concern for travellers, but they should be aware of the current situation, and take the same sensible safety measures to avoid infection which are wise in most countries. We understand that blood supplies used by Mozambique's private hospitals have been carefully screened for years.


 Mozambique follows a typical southern African weather pattern, with slight differences between the north and the south of the country.