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About Lichinga

Journey to Lichinga and exchange the hustle and bustle of the metropolis for the scent of pine trees and the gentle whir and purr of Mozambique’s Niassa Province. Lichinga radiates small town charm with its lazy streets and modest population of just over 200,000 people. Attractions include the Blue Mosque, Niassa National Reserve and Lago Niassa.

Get ready to release the stress of city living and be charmed by easy living in a tropical African paradise with cheap flights to Lichinga. Lichinga is home to Lichinga Airport (VXC). It is a 15-minute drive from the city centre and serves Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM). Popular flights to Lichinga depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Lichinga is approximately 13 hours 55 minutes.

Why visit Lichinga

lichinga small town charm

Small Town Charm

Wander through the sleepy streets as chirruping birds fill the air with chatter and locals offer greetings of ‘Olá’. The warmth and allure of a tiny tropical town is irresistible.

lichinga peace and relaxation

Peace and Relaxation

Shed the stress of city living and embrace the rhythmic hum of the Mozambican landscape. A trip to this small town will invigorate your body and revive your tired mind.

lichinga lago niassa

Lago Niassa

This shimmering expanse of teal and cobalt hues is the third largest lake in Africa and home to Nile crocodiles, endangered hippopotamus and 1000 different species of brightly coloured fish.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Mozambique
Currency Mozambican Metical
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 5.35 MZN
Language Portuguese
Hub Airport Lichinga Airport
Airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique
Time Zone GMT +2
Travel Adaptor Standard type C, F & M

Best time to visit Lichinga

Lichinga experiences a moderate humid subtropical climate as a result of its location within Mozambique and its 1,398m elevation on the Lichinga Plateau. There are two distinct seasons: the wet season and dry season. The wet season (December to April) brings potent humidity, vigorous rainfall and occasional tropical storms; while the dry season (June to October) soaks the city in tantalising tropical weather. June to October are the best times to visit Lichinga if you are looking for clear skies, balmy temperatures and the gentle hustle and bustle of the warm season. The weather in Lichinga is usually consistent in terms of temperature, fluctuating between the low-mid-high 20 degrees Celsius regions, and sometimes sneaking into the 30s.

Weather & Climate in Lichinga

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 16°C 16°C 15°C 14°C 12°C 10°C 9°C 10°C 12°C 15°C 16°C 16°C
High °C 25°C 25°C 25°C 25°C 24°C 22°C 22°C 23°C 26°C 28°C 27°C 25°C
Rainfall (mm) 222 221 192 89 23 3 4 1 3 20 99 236

Lichinga will reveal the peaceful soul of Mozambique to you.

This sleepy town on the twinkling shores of Lago Niassa (otherwise known as Lake Malawi) invites you to be charmed by its friendly locals, seduced by the aromatic flavours of Mozambican cuisine and be awed by one of the most beautiful bodies of water in Africa.

Lichinga offers an invigorating retreat tucked away in the tropical paradise of Mozambique.

Watch as the sinking sun smears the sky with streaks of orange, gold and crimson. Discover more about the weird and wonderful creatures lurking beneath Lago Niassa. Or engage in spirited conversation with the locals and allow yourself to be charmed by the easy-going ambiance of this small town. Rest your body, revive your mind and inspire your soul in Lichinga.

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South African passport holders do not require a visa when travelling to Lichinga, Mozambique. However, you will have to ensure your passport has two blank pages for entry stamps and has a validity of at least six months.

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

Lichinga is a small town and is considered safe. However, crime happens everywhere, even in small towns. There are a number of precautions that apply when travelling to an unfamiliar place. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is highly recommended.

Avoid public demonstrations and political rallies. Exercise caution when making use of local taxis. Avoid using taxis at night, particularly when travelling alone. Avoid carrying around large sums of cash, valuables and important documents, as pick-pocketing and bag snatching does happen. Avoid wandering around alone, especially at night. Women should exercise caution when travelling alone.

Mozambique is a high-risk country for malaria. You will need to use mosquito repellent and take prescription medication before, during and after your trip. Seek medical help if malaria is suspected. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are travelling from a yellow fever endemic area. Other routine and recommended vaccinations include hepatitis A & B, typhoid, cholera and rabies.

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG LICHINGA
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 66.92
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 9.56
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.51 R 22.51 R 14.91
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 7.65
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38.00 R 38.00 R 19.12

Although accommodation is limited, small town charm pervades, affording you exceptional personalised service. Wherever you decide to stay, you will find the staff to be warm, friendly and attentive, and the facilities comfortable.

Each establishment also offers traditional trimmings and furnishings that will add to the overall experience. Some beautiful African murals can also be found adorning courtyard walls. A stay in Lichinga will leave you relaxed and revived.

It is possible to explore Lichinga entirely on foot because of its diminutive size. However, there is a bus stand in the centre of town that follows set routes in and out of Lichinga. Bus fare depends on where you are going and can be paid in cash once you board.

Main attractions in Lichinga

Lago Niassa

Lago Niassa

Niassa National Reserve

Niassa National Reserve

Lichinga Market

Lichinga Market

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