6 of the best things to eat and drink in Mozambique

When you think of Mozambique, you immediately conjure up thoughts of pristine white beaches, turquoise waters, and food – glorious food!

With an abundance of fresh fruit, plentiful fish and seafood, and over 500 years of Portuguese influence, there’s no doubting the fact that Mozambique is every foodie’s dream. Here are a handful of dishes and drinks that you simply must try on your next trip to Moz.

Prawns

There’s plenty of seafood dishes to choose from in Mozambique, but prawns are by far one of the highlights: whether you like yours grilled or fried, they’re always juicy and succulent! Try prawns smothered in a fiery, Portuguese-inspire peri-peri sauce or opt for a simple garlic sauce – the choice is yours!

Paõ

Paõ (pronounced pow) is an absolute must when visiting Mozambique. These freshly-baked Portuguese bread roll are baked in wood-fired ovens and can be found at every market. Make your own Prego roll by adding a minute steak and lashings of peri peri sauce – divine!

Cashews

Mozambique was once the world’s largest producer of cashew nuts, and there are still nut trees growing all over the country. You can buy bags of cashes from vendors on the side of the roads, and even on the beach. You simply can’t leave Moz without trying the roasted peri peri cashews at least once!

2M

Pronounced doysh-em, there’s nothing better than washing down some peri peri chicken with this local beer after a long day spent on the beach.

Peri Peri Chicken

Speaking of which, you’ll find peri peri chicken on offer all over Mozambique. Think succulent chicken marinated in lemon juice, lashings of garlic, and plenty of peri peri sauce and you’re on the right track. Simply delicious!

Tipo Tinto

No trip to Moz is complete without at least a couple of headaches as a result of this national rum! Try mixing a tot or two with raspberry flavoured cola to make a ‘Rum and Raspberry’ – every holiday-maker’s favourite Mozambican cocktail!

Are there any Mozambican drinks or dishes that we’ve left off this list? We’d love your recommendations – drop them in the comments, below!

TRAVEL CHECKLIST: everything you need when crossing the border into Mozambique

Traveling to Mozambique by car can seem quite daunting at first – what documentation do you need, do you need any additional safety equipment, how long will it take – but with a little planning and preparation, crossing the border into Mozambique can be a cinch!

Here’s GoBundu’s list of everything South African citizens will need when crossing the border into Moz:

  • Your South African passport – valid for at least 6 months after entry, and with at least 2 blank pages.
  • Your car registration papers and ownership documents. (If you are traveling in a car that is owned by someone else, they will need to provide you with a letter stating that you have permission to drive it across the border. This letter must be notarized and accompanied by a certified copy of the owner’s ID.
  • South African driver’s license.
  • A letter from your car insurance stating cross-border insurance.
  • Third-party insurance.
  • 2 x roadside emergency triangles.
  • 2 x reflective vests – either yellow or green. These must be visible at all times, so hang them onto the back of your driver’s and passenger’s seats.
  • Black and white ZA sticker visible on the back of your car.
  • If you’re towing a trailer, boat, etc, you’ll need a blue and yellow triangle on both your car and trailer. This must be on the front-right bumper of your car, and on the back of your trailer).

If you need any additional assistance or need help finding the perfect accommodation, be sure to contact GoBundu! You can email Lize on lize@gobundu.com or call (028) 254 9193.

Extended hours at Mozambique border posts for festive season 2019

It’s no secret that high volumes of people are usually recorded at South Africa’s borders with Mozambique during the festive season. As a result, the Department of Home Affairs is set to extend the operational hours at the land border crossings to help avoid delays during the period of 4 December 2019 to 13 January 2020.

Furthermore, the Department of Home Affairs, the South African Polica Services (SAPS), and the South African Revenue Services (SARS) will deploy additional officials at selected points of entry during the holiday season.

EXTENDED BORDER HOURS

MPUMALANGA:

  • Lebombo – current hours of 06:00 to 00:00 will be extended to 24 hours from 13 December 2019 – 13 January 2020.
  • Mananga – current hours of 07:00 to 18:00 will be extended to 07:00 to 20:00 from 21 December 2019 – 24 December 2019.
  • Jeppe’s Reef – current hours of 07:00 to 20:00 will be extended to 07:00 to 22:00 from 21 December 2019 – 24 December 2019.
  • Oshoek – current hours of 07:00 to 00:00 will be extended to 24 hours from 19 December 2019 – 21 December 2019.
  • Mahamba – current hours of 07:00 to 22:00 will be extended to 07:00 – 00:00 on 21 December 2019 and 24 December 2019.

KWAZULU-NATAL

  • Kosi Bay – current hours of 08:00 to 17:00 will be extended to 06:00 to 20:00 from 13 December 2019 – 9 January 2020.

Ensure that you have all your travel documentation in order if you are entering or leaving South Africa during the festive season to help prevent unnecessary delays at the border crossings. This includes passports, visas, health certificates, permits for specified goods, vehicle insurance, and bank authorized cross-border documents for vehicles.

What to pack for Mozambique

When traveling to Mozambique, it’s important to remember that the summer’s are hot while the weather in winter is mild. It’s hot and dry from March to September, and hot and wet during the rainy reason from October to April.

Keeping this in mind, it’s best to pacing lightweight, breezy clothing – and don’t forget your swimsuit! Here’s a list of what to pack for Mozambique:

What to pack mozambique

  • swimming costume
  • sarongs and/ or dresses to throw over your swimsuit
  • waterproof sandals or slops to wear on the beach
  • beach towels
  • shorts
  • t-shirts
  • lightweight (preferably cotton) sleeping clothes/ pajamas
  • a hat
  • long dresses or lightweight long trousers to keep mozzies at bay at night
  • sunscreen (see here for our pick of the best sunscreens)
  • After-sun or Aloe Vera gel
  • Tabard
  • linen and bath towels (if your accommodation doesn’t provide – check with them before you travel)
  • DStv decoder and SIM card (check with your accommodation)
  • Snorkelling gear, fishing rods, etc

Need help planning your beach break in Moz? Contact GoBundu and let us do the work for you – email Lize on lize@gobundu.com for more.