Southern Africa
LAST UPDATED 27/11/2007
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Level of surfing


Quality of surf


Call code


Net code





2,470 km


Tropical to Subtropical


Coup / Civil Unrest

Best Months

May - September




Mozambican Metical (MZN) meticais per US dollar - 25.4 (2006)

Time Zone


Special Requirements

Lengthy VISA Process


NASA: Mozambique; 2005

Sitting mostly in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the easterly tracking sub antartic storm cells South of Africa that peel up and supply most of the area with swell. Mozambique is no exception. April to September is the best season for spots requiring SE to SW groundswell. Island groups in the region can create some swell shadowing but generally, the sheer frequency of the southerly swells will make those spots your better option. Rarer northerly swells that descend from the Arabian gulf from May to July can light up novelty spots and mysto treats but swell decay is a problem. 

Bear in mind that the southerly swells do need to 'bend' up quite a bit to feed this coast so not every system is going to yield results for you. Reliance on onshore winswells is a reality of surfing on the western side of the Indian Ocean. In betwwen the flat periods though, chances are you are going to have some serious fun in generally uncrowded waves. 

what to pack

Rich Niewiroski Jr.: 62 mm ultra-violet, fluorescent, and polarizing lens filters. Camera used was a Canon 400D; April 9, 2007

Trainers, loose clothing - everything for the hot weather. Definitely take along some bug repellent spray, good sunscreen and sunglasses! Better take your medicines with you (esp. anti histamine tablets), as the brands can be unfamiliar and cost more.

Bring enough money for you to last the trip incase you do not find any ATMs. Invest in a Waist Belt to keep your money and keep it close to your body. If you are travelling on your own, you might even want to take it into the shower! Take a mix of credit card, debit card, ATM card and hard cash.

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