is the weather like in Vilanculos?
Winter months are the dry
months in Mozambique - May, June, July and August. Temperatures are very
mild - warm in the day and cool at night. Summer months can get quite hot
and humid, but ideal for swimming, diving and lazy days on the beach.
are the current exchange rates?
The Mozambican currency,
the Metical, fluctuates with the strength of the US Dollar as does the
SA Rand. The exchange rate varies daily, so it is difficult to predict
a future rate. For example, the exchange rates at the end of October 1999
were as follows: R1.00 = 1950.00 Mt and $1.00 = 12 000.00 Mt.
currencies can I use?
SA Rands, US Dollar and British
Pounds are accepted in cash and travellers cheques. Visa and Mastercard
I need to take anything against malaria?
It is advisable to take precautions,
as Mozambique is a malaria area. Consult your doctor on what prophylactics
are the current road conditions?
The road from Komatipoort
to Vilanculos is excellent besides routine road maintenance in a few places.
The road from Mutare to Vilanculos has about 50 Km under repair. No 4x4
is necessary on either route.
should I do about fuel?
Petrol and diesel are generally
always available. Engine oil is available at most fuel stations. The price
increases as one travels further north out of Maputo or out of Mutare.
In Vilanculos petrol is approximately R3.60/L and diesel R2.60/L - prices
as at 30/10/1999.
there any road laws to look out for?
Please take note of the speed
limits in all villages and towns. Some limits are as low as 30 Km per hour.
The traffic police use radar. Traffic police are all uniformed and may
request your vehicle papers and 3rd party insurance. 3rd
party is compulsory in Mosambique - available at the borders. Please use
your seat belts.
are the border crossing operating hours?
Borders operate during certain
hours which vary from winter to summer. To be safe assume the borders to
be open from 07h00 to 17h00 daily. Consult your closest Mozambican Consulate
for more information.
I need a visa for Mozambique?
Visas are required by all
visitors and should be obtained before trying to cross the border. Visas
are available from your closest Mozambican Consulate or through your travel
agent. Cost per visa is approximately R80.00 at the Consulates. One can
buy a visa at Vilanculos International airport when arriving by charter
aircraft. The cost per visa at the airport on 30/10/1999 was R260.00. A
tourist visa can be extended at Vilanculos at the department of immigration
for 30 days at a cost of approximately R260.00.
there any bus services?
There is a daily express
bus to and from Maputo, which leaves at 05h30 and arrives 16h30 on either
end. The fare is inexpensive - +/- R90.00.
I take a taxi from Vilanculos?
There are no taxi's in Vilanculos,
but the lodge can arrange trips to town or for sight seeing. There is an
excellent taxi service in Maputo. Pop into any hotel and ask them to call
a taxi. Always ask the price before starting your journey.
is the cost of living?
Mozambique is a US Dollar
economy. Imported goods are expensive.
there medical rescue?
Please arrange your own if
you deem it necessary.
I get my diving cylinder refilled?
Yes, at the lodge - $3.00
you have a laundry service?
there electricity at the lodge?
The lodge has 24 hour electricity
supply from the town and has a generator as standby. The power is 220V/50Hz
and each bedroom has a three prong plug point rated at 3 amps. Basically
suited for a small hairdryer.
there a telephone?
The lodge has a satellite
telephone and fax. The local telephone system is due to be up and running
by November 1999.
are the road conditions like after the recent floods?
The roads are accessable
by all types of vehicles. There is no access problem what so ever.
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