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About Pemba

With its sparkling turquoise waters and thrumming island culture, Pemba is the capital of the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique. Stretching across the beautiful tropical shores of Pemba Bay, which is home to 362,000 people, the city captures the alluring magnificence of East Africa. Popular attractions include Wimbi Beach, Paquitequete and the nearby Quirimbas National Park.

Cheap flights to Pemba are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this beautiful city. Pemba is home to Pemba International Airport (POL), which is a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Pemba International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including South African Airways and LAM Airways. Non-stop flights to Pemba depart from Johannesburg and popular connecting flights depart from Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Why visit Pemba

Pemba Bay Beach

Sightseeing

With its tropical coastline, Pemba has an awe-inspiring visual effect. Palm-fringed beaches bedazzle visitors with their sparkling, crystal clear waters teeming with colourful coral kingdoms.

African Drum Being Played Pemba Bay

Arts & Culture

The love for music is evident amongst the people of Pemba. Traditional music festivals celebrating the diverse cultures of Mozambique take place throughout the year.

Scoba Noodles With Roasted Shrimp

Cuisine

Pemba has interesting and flavourful cuisine of Portuguese origin. Try scrumptious dishes like a mussel pot with garlic white sauce, Bolo Polana, or spicy lobster curry.

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 / English
Hub Airport Pemba International Airport (POL)
Airline LAM Mozambique Airlines
Time Zone GMT+2
Travel Adaptor Type C

Best time to visit Pemba

Mozambique has a warm, tropical climate, which makes Pemba a great holiday destination. The dry season (May – November) is considered the best time to visit Pemba. It is the peak tourist season. Between June and September is also a great time to take a trip to this city. During this time, the inhabitants of the city adorn the streets with colourful attire and take part in live music and dance festivals. Even during the wet and cold season (June – October), the waters are calm and warm, and seldom drop below 24 degrees Celsius. The best thing about the winter season is that it is a great time for scuba diving. There are over 1200 species of sea life to explore, and the currents and winds are more peaceful.

Weather & Climate in Pemba

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

Overview

Pemba is the capital of the beautiful Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique.

Founded by the Portuguese in 1904, Pemba is renowned for its colonial architecture. But the main draw of this town will always be its crystal clear, tropical waters. Pemba is surrounded by exotic coral reefs of every form and colour, beautiful smaller islands, deep channels, and exotic white sandy beaches.

The city thrives on sea and nightlife, whilst breath-taking views from the skyline capture this alluring cove in all its magnificence. The off-shore coral reefs and wide selection of water sports has made Pemba a popular holiday destination. Mozambicans and beach-loving South Africans flock to Pemba’s coast for the diving, surfing, and affordable tropical beach lifestyle.

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Visa & Customs

South African Passport holders do not need a visa to visit Pemba, Mozambique. You will need to ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

The South African High Commission to Mozambique is situated in Maputo.

Address: Avenida Eduardo Mondlane 41, Caixa Postal 1120, Maputo

Phone: + 258 21 243 000

Health & Safety

Malaria occurs throughout Mozambique, all year round. Anti-malarial medication and the necessary precautions to avoid bites should be taken. ring plenty of sunblock with a high SPF if you will be spending a lot of time in the sun. Vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, typhoid and rabies are recommended. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are travelling from an infected area.

Avoid carrying large sums of cash and valuables, as pick-pocketing does happen. You should remain vigilant at all times and avoid wandering around alone at night. Only make use of reputable taxi services and agree on a fare before starting your journey. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses if recommended.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Pemba
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 66.81
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 9.54
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 14.89
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 5.73
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 38.00 R 19.09

Where to stay?

Cabo Delgado is divided into 14 districts, and Pemba is one of them. If you find yourself around the Wimbi Beach area, there are some great hotels, renowned for their quality service and hospitality.

To the north lies the paradise islands known as The Quirimbas, revered for their untouched perfection. Within reach are the historically rich and engaging islands of Ibo and Ilha de Mozambique. A number of quality accommodation options can be found on the islands and in the surrounding areas.

Getting Around

The city has a good transportation system. You can make your way to your destination by taking either the bus or a taxi. If you want to see more of the city, such as the southern parts, you could make use of the railway system. Seeing more of the beautiful tropical coastline would require a boat cruise, which you will find easily available at any seaport.

Main attractions in Pemba

Diving at Pemba

Diving at Pemba

Romantic Horse Rides

Romantic Horse Rides

Dhow Sailing

Dhow Sailing

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