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About Chimoio

Chimoio is the fifth largest city in Mozambique, housing a minuscule population of 238,976 people. It is a beautiful part of the world, with many natural attractions to explore. The exotic landscapes of Chimoio beckons to be discovered, whilst the serene, soothing environment of the Lake Chicamba calls home to the heart of a weary traveller.

Cheap flights to Chimoio are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this beautiful city. Chimoio is home to the Chimoio International Airport (VPY), which is approximately a 30-minute drive from the city center. Chimoio International Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including LAM Airways. Popular international flights to Chimoio, Mozambique, departure from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 12 hours and 15 minutes.

Why visit Chimoio

Lake Chicamba

Sightseeing

Chimoio is beautiful, with many natural attractions to explore. Discover exotic landscapes whilst the soothing environment of the Lake Chicamba calls home to the heart of a weary traveller.

African Bangles

Arts & Culture

Mozambicans possess a rich and diverse cultural heritage, putting their usefulness to the test by displaying their creations in local markets, street markets and art exhibitions.

Eggplant Stew

Cuisine

Chimoio enjoys a lush mix of Portuguese, Western and European style cooking. Flavours that will tickle your taste buds are: shrimp and eggplant stew, piri-piri, and pickled carrots in chicken.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Mozambique
Currency Mozambican Meticals
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR ~ 5.22 MZN
Language English, Swahili
Hub Airport Chimoio International Airport
Airline LAM Airways
Time Zone GMT + 2:00
Travel Adaptor Type C

Best time to visit Chimoio

Chimoio is a sibling of the cities around the beautiful tropical coastline of Mozambique, edged with its perfectly scattered palm trees. There are fifty beaches in Chimoio, most of them located on the south-west coast. The dry season (mid-May to early-August) is the best time to visit Chimoio, and is peak tourist season. Throughout this time, the occupants of the city adorn the streets with multi-coloured robes and take part in live music and dance festivals. For a summer beach holiday (December - February), the waters are peaceful and warm, rarely dropping below 24 degrees Celsius. You might want to pack light for this time of year as the evenings are quite cool light shirts, pants and lose fitting clothes are recommended. The best time for diving is during winter (June – August). The winds are subtle and the sea is more tranquil, with over a thousand sea life creatures to be encountered. There are fewer crowds in public spaces and getting around in the city is very easy.

Weather & Climate in Chimoio

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 24°C 24°C 23°C 23°C 21°C 19°C 19°C 20°C 20°C 22°C 23°C 24°C
High (°C) 31°C 32°C 31°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 31°C 32°C
Rainfall (mm) 146 156 202 122 32 15 11 7.9 2.2 11 42 125

Chimoio is a very important city for Mozambique and Zimbabwe, acting as a passageway for Beira and Harare. This is because the city of Chimoio is built up and around a railway and road system which connects the two cities. Remarkably the city is extremely well organized, having its own airstrip. The Revue River is nearby, and is a hydro-electric power plant, which generates the city’s power. The surrounding agricultural land produces a large variety of the city’s vegetation. All of the upgraded infrastructure and agriculture has created a lot of career opportunities, and is the main reason for Zimbabweans wanting to relocate to Mozambique.

A must see is the gigantic and beautiful Lake Chicamba, about a 40-minute drive to the west of Chimoio. At the lake you can engage in canoeing out and spot crocodiles that inhabit the lake. About a 10-minute drive north east of Chimoio is the popular rock formation called: ‘face of the old man’. It is a rock that resembles the face of a man.

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South African Passport holders do not need a visa to visit Chimoio, Mozambique.

• You will need to check that your passport has validity of at least 6 months,

• Ensure that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

• The South African High Commission to Mozambique is situated in Maputo. Avenida Eduardo Mondlane 41, Caixa Postal 1120, Maputo. Phone: + 258 21 243 000.

All travellers should be up to date with routine vaccinations, as most travellers to Chimoio will need vaccinations as well as medication for malaria prophylaxis and travellers’ diarrhoea.

• Malaria occurs throughout Mozambique, right through the year. Malaria is spread by the Anopheles mosquito, so preventing yourself being bitten is of paramount importance. An insect repellent is recommended.

• Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and Typhoid is recommended.

• Bring adequate supplies of medication, in their original containers and clearly marked, if you are sick or have to take chronic medication.

• Bring plenty of sunblock of a high factor and avoid spending too much time in the sun.

• Always be vigilant as crime occurs in any country and watch your personal belongings.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Chimoio
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 65.76
Domestic Beer (0.5 Litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 9.39
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.39 R 14.66
Taxi 1 km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 5.64
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 38.00 R 18.79

From historical sights to cultural attractions, there are a number of exciting things to do, and places to stay within Chimoio. Just 12 km from the airport and in the city centre you will find hotels that are exquisite and offer terrific services. These are perfectly located for tourists and those journeying through for business. The accommodation rates are based on average rates for standard rooms.

Inner-city you will find hotels close to the railway and bus station, for easy commuting. These guesthouses offer superb in-house experience. The accommodation rates are based on average rates for standard rooms and the extra services such as laundry and ironing is an optional extra. There are also great pool facilities available in some of the hotels.

• Machibombos (buses) and chapas (minibuses): the most cost effective and easily available.

• Buses and minibuses are ready and available from the airport to wherever you may be destined to go.

• You could also rent a car at any car rental.

Main attractions in Chimoio

Face of the Old man

Face of the Old man

Mosque

Mosque

Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition

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