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Filed Under (Accommodation) by BC Travel on September-25-2008

Southern Mozambique, specifically Ponto do Ouro, is the host to this truly unique and memorable experience. That means a passport is required to discover swimming with the dolphins in Mozambique. Non South African passport holders need a visa which can be obtained at the border.

Sightings are never guaranteed as the dolphins are, in fact, wild animals. However, with the right people the chance of seeing these majestic creatures is about 80%. Whale Sharks can also be spotted during the summer months and guests can enjoy swimming with these gentle giants.

Filed Under (Mozambique News) by BC Travel on September-2-2008

Mozambique gained independence from Portuguese rule in 1975, after nearly 5 centuries of colonization. Economic dependence on South Africa, a severe drought, a prolonged civil war and mass scale emigration has slowed the development of the country. Marxism was officially abandoned in 1989, with a new constitution put into place in 1990 providing multi-party election and an open market economy. In 1992 the UN negotiated a peace agreement with rebel forces ending the civil war. 1999 and 2000 the economy was severely hurt by heavy flooding. Mozambique is now working towards stability and a strong economy and with all the country has to offer, the future looks bright.

Filed Under (Bazaruto Islands, Destinations, Mozambique News, Mozambique Travel) by BC Travel on July-30-2008

The first half of the year has slipped by quickly. It is now winter in Mozambique, but still an excellent time to visit. The weather on Benguerra Island is very pleasant and guests can look forward to warm sunny days with temperatures ranging between 25 & 30ºC, and hardly any rain.

The lodge was busy in May, with many pre- & post Indaba visitors, who were treated to our unique blend of Benguerra hospitality. The personal atmosphere of the lodge, combined with the warm friendly staff and great location was what impressed most. The spacious Casitas and being spoilt by your own personal butler was also considered a special treat.
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Filed Under (Mozambique News) by BC Travel on July-29-2008

Mozambique’s Airports Company, (ADM) said it wants to expand and improve the Quelimane airport in the central province of Zambezia, 1600 kilometres north of Maputo.

“ADM has issued a multimillion dollar tender to upgrade the Quelimane airport including the building of the new airport shops and office premises,” said ADM’s spokesperson Sandra Garcia in an interview adding that the construction is expected to take twelve months beginning January next year.
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Filed Under (Accommodation) by BC Travel on July-23-2008

Mozambican national carrier LAM will acquire two 75-seat airliners before the end of the year, company sources report.

It is not known what routes the new planes will be operated on. LAM starts up a Maputo-Luanda service soon in partnership with Angola’s TAAG. LAM has recently hiked its fares due to rising global fuel prices.

LAM’s fleet comprises four Boeing 737-200s and two Jet Stream 41 turboprops, which operate on domestic services and to Johannesburg and Durban.

Filed Under (Accommodation) by BC Travel on July-22-2008

Mozambique remains the country of friendly people. Numerous recent tourist trips, reported absolutely no problem with regards to retaliation as a result to xenophobia in South Africa!

Mozambican Government officials announced publicly that no such nonsense would be allowed in Mozambique.

The present situation in Mozambique is calm and peaceful towards all foreigners.
From the owners of Light House Reef Resort

Filed Under (Mozambique News) by BC Travel on July-21-2008

Maputo’s publicly owned bus company, TPM, is gradually reopening old routes within the Maputo-Matola connurbation that had been temporarily suspended because of a shortage of buses, reports Friday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”.

This move is now possible because the company is purchasing 100 new buses, and started receiving them in May. The government plan is to supply 20 buses per month until October.

A first batch of 10 was supplied in May, and another 10 arrived two weeks ago. These 20 Volkswagen buses are already circulating in the streets of Maputo. The South African supplier claims that from now on it will make good its promise to supply the buses in monthly batches of 20.
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Filed Under (Destinations, Mozambique News, Mozambique Travel) by BC Travel on July-18-2008

LAM-Mozambique Airlines, as part of the ongoing modernization process, has been issuing, as from 1st of June 2008, electronic tickets only.

With this measure, the national airline company complies with the guidelines of IATA-International Air Transport Association, which set 31st of May as the deadline for its members to cease issuing printed tickets, a measure IATA says will enable operators to reduce the cost of processing the historic paper tickets from approximately US$10 to US$1.

About 400 million air tickets are issued through the compensation mechanism, known in the civil Aviation Industry as BSP, every year, and the measure will allow a saving in the region of US$3 billion/annum to the industry, according to IATA.
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