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What 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.

What 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.

What currencies can I use?
SA Rands, US Dollar and British Pounds are accepted in cash and travellers cheques. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

Do 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 to take.

What 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.

What 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.

Are 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.

What 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.

Do 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.

Are 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.

Can 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.

What is the cost of living?
Mozambique is a US Dollar economy. Imported goods are expensive.

Is there medical rescue?
Please arrange your own if you deem it necessary.

Can I get my diving cylinder refilled?
Yes, at the lodge - $3.00 per fill.

Do you have a laundry service?
Yes.

Is 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.

Is 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.

What 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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