Mozambique Travel, Tours, Gap Year & Volunteering
Visiting Mozambique is a special experience, expect endless tropical beaches and a beautiful coastline on the Indian Ocean. If you would like to travel, go backpacking, take a gap year or volunteer in Mozambique search amazing trips and activities today.
Adventure Tours, Gap Year Trips & Volunteer Programs in Mozambique
Mozambique Travel Guide
The civil war that ravaged this country is long over and Mozambique has now opened its doors to tourists and there are lots of adventures, eco and wildlife holidays where you can experience life as a local escaping the tourist crowds. If you would like to travel to Mozambique search amazing activities and trips on One World 365. You can also view tips including advice for places to go, the best packages available and get information about costs, accommodation, transport, health and safety.
- Capital: Maputo
- Currency: Metical (MZN)
- Population: 19,400,00 (approx)
- Language: Portuguese + local indigenous
- International Dailing Code: +258
How to Get to Mozambique
Most flights arrive into Maputo the capital which is a good location to travel on to the rest of the country.
You will need a valid passport to enter Mozambique and a tourist visa is granted letting you stay up to 90 days subject to paying a fee.
Weather & Best Time to Visit
Mozambique is really hot during December to March, if you don't like humidity and a lot of sun Mozambique is probably not the best destination during this period.
Portuguese is the offical language of Mozambique whilst many people speak local Bantu languages. We highly recommend either learning basic Portuguese or taking along a phrase book which will help you travel in this country and let you interact with very friendly local people.
Health & Safety
Mozambique is safe country to visit with a stable society and government. Be sure to visit your local healthcare centre before departing, you will need to check for any vaccinations needed. Like in most African countries we recommend you only drink bottles water and you might also take re-hydration tablets. Buy good travel insurance cover before departing and when in touch try to always be in a group when out, petty theft can be a problem in the cities. Mozambique has a large passing population of travellers but please don't expect facilities to be up to Western standards so be sure to pack hygene utilities.
Travel in Mozambique
Until recently Mozambique was an no go destination due to civil war and conflict but thankfully this ended in 1992 and now it is a very peaceful country with a stable government. Poverty and unemployment are still issues and the country lacks investment and infrastructure but Mozambique is now one of the most up and coming destinations in Africa.
You can swim in beautiful seas or take a trip down the stunning Indian Ocean coastline or join one of the various experiences we have listed on our website. Tofo Bay is a popular destination where you'll find white sandy beaches and a range of excursions and adventure holiday activities like surfing, horse riding, quad biking and kayaking.
Mozambique is still not as touristy as other countries in the region but this helps you get off the beaten track, there are various deserted white sandy beaches, the famous Zambezi River, colonial architecture, a bright vibrant culture and more! You might be suprised to learn that Mozambique is a great destination to visit spectacular sights like the World Heritage Site of Bazaruto Archipelago where there is clear waters and colourful coral reefs. We recommend sampling the local food and treats which include piri-piri chicken, seafood and fish cuisine, matapa (a type of peanut sauce), wusa (mash and rice mixed) and rooibos tea which is sold everywhere around the world.
Gap Year in Mozambique
You can make a positive impact on the local community and help to shape the future of the country. Placements can be found throughout the country in places like Vilanculos and accommodation is usally provided in the form of shared hostel / housing. Most placements will require you to pay a fee to participate, this usually covers food, accommodation, meals, transport and a donation - most projects are run without any private funding.
Mozambique has a poor public transport system and we recommend viewing adventure overland gap year tours and trips in Mozambique which we have listed on our website. You can visit new places in a small group traveling overland with other people experience the real Mozambique. You will need to be open minded, flexible and adaptable when planning to visit this country, it might be like no where you have ever visited before.
Expect stunning coastlines, fine seafood, tropical beaches, a warm climate and lots of tourist resorts and places to stay in Mozambique. One of the reasons why Mozambique is such a great destination is it is widely acknowledged as the best place for whale shark sightings on the planet and there are lots of day tour excursions available.
Volunteer in Mozambique
Mozambique is under visited compared to other countries in the region but don't let this put you off applying, ask any previous volunteer and they will be very positive about the experience. Working in Mozambique will provide you with a life changing experience where you can make a big difference. Here are some highlights of participating:
- See some of the best beaches in Africa
- Meet outgoing people from all over the world
- Get close and help exotic animals
- Work with people who live in very poor conditions
- Experience living and working in a developing country
- Expand your horizons
- Perfect if you are looking for structured Africa gap year programs
- Do something benefical to others
Location of Projects
Some volunteering projects are located in Maputo which is the capital city of Mozambique, this is the largest city in the country with beautiful Mediterranean architecture and large avenues. There are lots of attractions, cafes, hotels and activities to keep you entertained if you join a project here, be sure to enjoy the water sports on offer. There are also placements in other parts of the country like Vilanculos where you can join conservation initiatives. Most conservation projects can be found in Fofu, in the South East of the country which is a beautiful area to be based.
If you are looking to help communities there are lots of positions available including working in a medical/healthcare/educational capacity. Poverty in this country is very visible especially in rural areas and there are skilled / unskilled placements available where you can work in medical outreach teams going to remote parts of the country and offering healthcare assistance to people in need.
You might also get to help HIV / AIDS awareness which can be very rewarding. There are also English teaching placements available all year round where you can help local teachers at nurseries, schools and community centres. People are also needed for group building and construction projects where you will help plan and build infrastructure like houses, community centres and schools.
Childcare & Orphanage Work
This country has shocking rates of HIV and AIDS meaning thousands of children have been brought up in care and there are orphanages around the country which care for disadvantaged, abandoned and orphaned children. Large international charities have been working in conjunction with the government of Mozambique creating better facilities and housing for children growing up in this country.
You can help our by helping with educational and also daily routine tasks e.g. cooking, cleaning and creating fun games and a happy environment. If you would like to help at an orphanage in Mozambique we recommend apply for at least 4 weeks, joining for a short period of 2 weeks or less can be difficult with training.
Conservation & Volunteer with Animals
Mozambique has numerous National Parks and Nature Reserves which are all protected, there are placements on both land and sea where you can help biodiversity. Marine based conservation programs with wildlife are very popular and if you sign up you might be taking part in research tasks or even scuba diving with whale sharks which is an exhilarating experience. Going to work to help whale sharks in Mozambique is a great opportunity to explore one of the best scuba diving’s spots in Africa and help conservation efforts.
You could also make a difference by helping with whale shark research, coral reef monitoring and turtle surveys. You can help with hands-on on whale shark research, coral reef monitoring, humpbacked whale monitoring and turtle nest surveys, as well, taking the opportunity to explore and make the most of one of the best scuba diving African’s destinations. We have some fantastic programs where you go help conservation and also learn to scuba dive in Mozambique.
Although very little is known about the dynamic of population of the largest fish in the world, the increasing number of boats operating fishing activities have an impact on their feeding habits and migratory patterns. Boat strikes also represent a risk of injury or death to whale sharks. The beautiful and diverse coral reefs in which marine life relies on so much are under threat from human activities like tourism and exploitation.
It is part of the project to thoroughly monitor the condition of coral reefs in the Tofo area using methods according to the international reef check program. Volunteers are encouraged to help by carrying out marine researches and monitoring underwater activities under the supervision and guidance of a project co-ordinator. You could meet and join other volunteers for beach walks to collect the data, boat surveys and exciting swims and scuba dives off the Mozambican coastline.
How to Apply
If you use our advance search you can find sending agencies, grass roots organisations, NGO's and charities. You might be required to pay a fee to participate, this usually includes accommodation, transfers, training, meals, excursions and in-country support. The price you pay can vary depending on the project/duration and you will need to pay for flights and insurance separately.
Finding paid placements in Mozambique is tough unless you are employed on the ground as an in-country co-ordinator, there are a selected number of free and low cost volunteer programs in Mozambique but you will need to apply direct to local NGO's. You might need to cover accommodation and meals yourself. View all of our Africa volunteering programs for more options.
What to Pack / Expect
This is a beautiful country with a year round tropical climate, there is also a spectacular coast on the Indian ocean. Try to pack sensibly, you might be in remote areas of the country and so take entertainment and also sun screen, this country gets hot especially during summer. You might be surprised to know local people speak Portuguese so it's recommended you learn some basic words and phrases which will make the experience a lot easier especially if working on community programs with people.