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About Nampula

Nampula, capital of the Nampula Province, is also the third-largest city in Mozambique and home to a welcoming 417,717 people. This beautiful city, is anchored with a creamy white cathedral and embellished museum. Auspiciously trademarked with the backdrop to the Mozambican harbour, whilst the inland brings strikingly beautiful, mountainous areas covered with tea plantations.

Cheap flights to Nampula are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this city. Nampula is home to the Nampula International Airport (APL), which is a 15-minute drive from the city center. Nampula International Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including South African Airways and LAM Airways. Non-stop international flights to Nampula, Mozambique departure from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Nampula is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Why visit Nampula

Ancient Wooden Loom In Museum

Arts & Culture

Brilliantly diversified in tribal culture and ethnic groups, the Museum of Nampula makes an auspicious display of this challenging history, bringing together the skills and techniques of illustrious craftsmanship.

Chicken Marsal on Asparugus

Cuisine

The city will warm your heart, and so will its food. Dishes making it onto the chef’s lists are: prawns, matapa, paõ and peri peri chicken.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

With sophisticated embellished walls, the Cathedral of Nossa Senhora de Fatima is effortlessly the most striking and interesting sight.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Mozambique
Currency Mozambican Metical
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR ~ 5.22 MZN
Language Portuguese
Hub Airport Nampula International Airport
Airline LAM Mozambique Airlines / Mozambique Expresso
Time Zone GMT + 2:00
Travel Adaptor Type C / F / M

Best time to visit Nampula

With plenty of sunshine, almost all year round, Nampula rarely gets cold. The standard temperature is 28 degrees Celsius, and the weather along the coast is sunny and warm, even in mid-winter. The rainy season is from November to April, however it can get very humid and hot in these months. Only a few spells of rain occur during the months of April to May, and is even more infrequent during June through to November. The climate fluctuates according to area, but the city enjoys a solid 8 – 9 hours of sunshine during the day. Due to the climate and culture, the dress code is very relaxed, with sarongs, flip-flops, shorts, and t-shirts acceptable at most places.

Weather & Climate in Nampula

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 21°C 22°C 21°C 19°C 16°C 13°C 13°C 15°C 16°C 17°C 19°C 21°C
High °C 30°C 30°C 28°C 28°C 27°C 24°C 24°C 25°C 26°C 26°C 28°C 29°C
Rainfall (mm) 120 120 90 40 30 20 20 20 30 40 110 70

Spectacular Iselberg mountain formations break the flat landscape in and around Nampula. Amongst the plunging hills and tall mountains, large volcanic rocks protrude from the earth’s surface, creating mysterious, yet fascinating landscapes. Its inland location makes it a hot, humid, and dusty industrial city. Palm trees mask the borders of the city, almost everywhere. The auspicious gardens droop with tropical fruit, ready to drop.

Nampula has a few western style hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. It also has a small international airport, connecting Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa. It is a transport hub for local transport in Northern Mozambique.

Nampula branches out into Nacala Bay, the rivalling sibling. The waters there are ideal for scuba diving and learning to free dive. Divers and holiday makers should head straight for Bay Diving, which overlooks the beach. The city’s most popular attraction is the glorious cathedral, large and towering above most buildings – making it very easy to find.

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

• You will need to check that your passport has validity period 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 vaccinations are required. Most travellers to Nampula will need vaccinations as well as medication for malaria and travellers’ diarrhoea.

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

• Vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid are 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 with a high SPF factor and avoid spending too much time in the sun.

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

• Make copies of bank and credit cards, and other important documentation in case they are lost or stolen.

• Secure valuable, personal belongings within the hotel safe.

• Avoid public or local demonstrations.

• Remain alert when walking around at night, and abide by the local government laws.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Nampula
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 65.76
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 9.39
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 14.66
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 5.64
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 38.00 R 18.79

If you find yourself in downtown Nampula, there is a hotel situated within a business centre. This multi-functional hotel has the northern regions best congress halls. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and are equipped with a mini-bar, hair dryer, safe and a direct telephone line, to name but a few features.

In the city, you will find standardised hotels, offering accommodation at a reasonable price. The lobby is well laid out and spacious. There is a large area on the ground floor for shops. The rooms are en-suite, with hot running water, satellite TV and air-conditioning.

For a beach holiday, further north you will find a luxury lodge at a prime beach location. The lodge combines one of Mozambique’s most stunning locations with the country’s rich culture and trade history. A unique blend of contemporary design, and spectacularly situated, combined with the utmost respect for the rare and unique surroundings.

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

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

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

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