This section suggests ways of avoiding the possible pitfalls and frustrations of travelling in a country where distances between places of interest are great, safe public transport is scarce and often unreliable, there is limited acceptance of credit cards by tourist resorts and travellers cheques are almost useless. Outside of Maputo and the main tourist areas, English is not widely spoken and you will have a richer and more fulfilling visit if you learn some Portuguese (the official language) or at least know how to great in Tsonga, Sena or Macua. Note that the risk of becoming addicted to a remote corner of a national park or a long stretch of secluded beach is high - even if all of the usual precautions are taken.

Frequently Asked Questions - Health

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FAQs - Health

If you envisage having unprotected sex, treating local authority with contempt, taking no precautions against malaria, ignoring local advice about the localities of landmines or when bush (free) camping and insisting on driving at night, then Mozambique is a very risky place.

At all times beware of muggers in the bigger cities and petty thieving almost everywhere away from resorts. Note that it is essential to carry a medical evacuation insurance.  I use TIC Travel Insurance to cover emergency air evacuation: www.tic.co.za

South Africa has excellent private hospitals and for example for emergency trauma you can do no better than the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg tel + 27 11 – 480 5600, www.netcare.co.za)

ONLY If coming from an infected area (see: www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/maps) a Yellow-Fever Inoculation certificate is required. If you are likely to come into close contact with the local population for long periods, then Hepatitis A, Typhoid, T.B, Meningitis, Polio, Rabies and Tetanus shots could be advisable - ask your doctor.

At the start of 2016 Mozambique was declared to be land-mine free, however do not wander off well-used routes or into the bush on the roadside. Always rely on local advice (take along a local guide when walking or driving ‘off the beaten track’).

A large proportion of travellers using public transport are other local women who will take you under their wing. Mozambican men can be fairly chauvinistic so if you do not have male company expect some stares at restaurants and unwelcome (perhaps) approaches at bars and nightclubs.

Municipal tap water should be avoided so drink bottled or boiled and filtered water in cities and towns. Most tourist lodges and campsites pump water from boreholes and this should be fine but ask the management first.

Anti-malaria prophylaxis is essential so consult with a doctor or travel clinic experience in dealing with tropical diseases.  Treatment should be via a local clinic – they are very experienced at treating malaria, or at a hospital when home if no longer than 24hrs from first symptoms.  Apart from your anti-malaria tablets, pack mosquito repellent, antihistamine cream, antibiotic cream and tablets, diarrhoea pills, de-worming pills (vermox), fungal cream, baby powder, plasters, scissors, eye-bath (and sterile water), tweezers and a clinical thermometer (to be used whenever you feel down, as fever may be your first sign of malaria).  If heading for very remote areas where outside assistance will not be available or accessible, take along a comprehensive medical kit such as that supplied by http://www.medicalman.co.za/ . 

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