​Safety & Security – Mozambique

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Mozambique.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

In our opinion, Mozambique is generally a safe country to visit. Several governments have advised against travelling to some areas, but tour operators will only take you to areas that are considered safe. If you’re planning a self-drive trip in Mozambique, you should read the travel advisory links below. As is the case in many countries, theft is quite common in the cities but incidents are easily avoided by following basic safety precautions. Many tourists visit Mozambique every year and most visits are trouble free.

Tropical cyclones may occur in coastal areas during the Wet season months from December to February. It is advised to monitor weather updates when travelling during these months.

Below are tips on staying safe in Mozambique.

Staying Safe on Wildlife Viewing Activities

Your safari guide will ensure your safety at all times. Always follow your guide’s instructions. Also remember that all animals in parks and reserves are wild – always keep your distance. When on a self-drive safari, only leave your car in designated areas where it is safe to do so. For additional tips:

Staying Safe in Cities & Towns

Many big cities in the world have crime issues and that is also true of Mozambican cities such as Maputo and Beira. Most crime towards tourists is minor; petty theft is quite common. You will mostly be sheltered from these risks on guided tours. When venturing out in the city unguided, you can easily reduce being at risk by following simple safety precautions: get advice at your hotel before taking a walk in the city; don’t wear any jewelry and don’t carry any valuables; don’t walk after dark, rather take a taxi. For more safety tips that apply to African cities in general:

Other Tips on Staying Safe

Please read the pages below regarding malaria and vaccination information for Mozambique and general travel safety precautions.

Governments' Travel Advice

Please use the links below for governments' travel advice on Mozambique.

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