Dec 28, 2023 - Jan 5, 2024
Our NYE 2023 experience is for nature and beach lovers. You’ll spend 9 days and 8 nights in the beautiful country of Mozambique, bringing in the new year in a vibrant way on African soil. Your time will start in Maputo, the capital and largest city. You’ll tour the city, visiting important landmarks like Independence Square, the Central Market, the Maputo Central Railway Station, the Maputo Fortress and the historic Mafalala neighborhood. You’ll also learn about its amazing art, music, culture and history, and eat fresh, delicious seafood plucked straight from the sea. On New Year’s Eve, you’ll experience the best of Mozambican nightlife and party until the wee hours of morning. After a lively New Years celebration, you’ll head north to explore Moz’s beautiful beaches and islands. Your base will be Vilankulo, the popular beach town known as the Mozambican capital of watersports. You’ll tour the town and a local village to interact with the locals and learn about their traditions and way of life. You’ll bask in the sun on the beautiful beaches for which Vilankulo is known and engage in any number of land and water sports, from horseback riding, parasailing, and scuba diving to kitesurfing, fishing, and quad biking. You’ll also sail to the Bazaruto archipelago for a day of snorkeling and fun. Your time in Mozambique will end at our Farewell Dinner Party, where you’ll have one last hurrah before your journey home. Come join us for a great time in Mozambique.
A passport book is required for travel to Mozambique. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date and have at least 2 blank pages or you will be denied entry.
US citizens are REQUIRED to have tourist visas for travel to Mozambique. US visitors must either obtain a visa from an embassy in advance of travel or obtain a visa on arrival at the airport or a land border. The visa on arrival is significantly easier and cheaper to obtain, costing approximately $50 USD for a single entry visa valid for 30 days. The Mozambique Embassy in Washington DC processes applications for advance visas for US citizens. The cost for normal processing is $160 USD for single entry visas (30 days) and $180 for multiple entry visas (90 days). If you are not a US citizen, check the visa requirements for your country.
There are no required vaccines for Mozambique, EXCEPT that Yellow Fever (YF) vaccine is REQUIRED if traveling from a country with risk of YF virus transmission, including transit in an airport located in such countries. There is limited availability of the YF vaccine in the US, so plan ahead if you need it. Because Mozambique is a high-risk malaria country, a malaria prophylaxis is also recommended (optional). Check the CDC Website for more information about recommended vaccines and anti-malarial medications.
All visitors must present a Covid vaccination card showing full vaccination OR a negative Covid PCR test administered within 72 hours of arrival. Airlines require a negative Covid PCR test for unvaccinated persons upon departure.
The arrival and departure airport is Maputo International Airport (MPM) in the capital city, Maputo.
Flights are not included in the tour price and must be purchased separately by attendees. Two round trip flights are required for this itinerary: a flight to/from your home departure city to Maputo and a flight to/from Maputo to Vilankulo (VNX). We highly suggest that you purchase your flights well in advance of travel, as last-minute holiday travel to/within Africa can be very expensive and limited. Search Google Flights for the best flight prices and schedules.
For Maputo, Qatar Airways and Ethiopian Airlines appear to have the best flight options. An alternative is to fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, then fly to Maputo from there. Flights from the USA to South Africa are typically cheaper and require less connections for some US cities. We can assist with selecting the best option for your departure city. For Vilankulo, LAM Mozambique Airlines and Airlink have the only routes.
Yes, hotel or villa accommodations for 8 nights are included: 5 nights in Maputo and 3 nights in Vilankulo. All hotels will be 3 or 4 stars and well rated for service and quality. In Maputo, our hotel will be the Southern Sun or the Radisson Blu. The accommodations for Vilankulo are to be determined, as it will depend on group size and availability.
This trip is $2,700 per person for double occupancy and $3,100 for single occupancy. Single occupancy spots are limited.
While we make every effort to match solo attendees seeking roommates, we cannot promise to find one for you. In the event that no roommate is available, you will be required to pay the single occupancy rate.
We suggest that you arrive by 2:00 pm on December 28th, in order to get checked in to the hotel and refreshed before our evening Welcome Dinner.
We recommend staying at our arrival hotel, which will be the Southern Sun Maputo or the Radisson Blu Maputo. These hotels run around $250 per night. If you would like a cheaper option, we recommend the Bongavila Boutique Hotel or the Hotel Kapital.
Your tour will officially end following breakfast on January 5, 2024. All attendees must travel by plane or bus from Vilankulo to Maputo or Johannesburg. You should plan your international departure in the late evening on January 5, 2024 or on January 6, 2024 to allow sufficient time for any travel delays.
Yes, airport transfers to/from the hotel are included in the package price If other attendees are arriving in close time, you will likely be transported to together. Ground transportation to all activities on the Itinerary is also included.
Daily breakfast is included. Food will also be provided at the Welcome Party, New Year's Eve Dinner, New Year's Day Brunch, and Farewell Party. Other meals are at your expense.
Alcoholic beverages are only included for specific activities. Champagne, beer and wine will be included during the Welcome Party, New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party, and Farewell Party. Other alcoholic drinks are at your expense.
In Maputo, we will visit city landmarks, cultural and historical sites, and markets; go on safari at the Maputo Special Reserve; and bring in the New Year with a fabulous NYE dinner and party and New Year's Day brunch. Next we'll move on to Vilankulo where we'll tour the city, snorkel and enjoy the beach on one of the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago, and enjoy some water sports and adventure activities. All entrance and activity fees are included for all excursions on the Itinerary.
Yes, although we have daily guided tours and activities, most evenings and several half-days will be free for you to relax or explore on your own.
We will attend a group dinner and party on New Year's Eve. Champagne and party favors will be provided. We will attend a mid-day brunch on New Year's Day. You will be free to relax, explore, or recuperate for the remainder of the day.
Full or partial payment can be made to hold a spot on this trip. If making a partial payment, a non-refundable deposit of $250 USD is required. The deposit is applied towards the total balance due.
Yes, a monthly payment plan is available. Payments are due on the 30th day of each month and all payments must be complete by the final payment deadline of September 30, 2023. All payment plans include a $50 administrative fee.
The trip is non-refundable, but it is transferable. You are permitted to resell your slot to another participant, but Travel Africa Movement is unable to offer a refund. See our Terms and Conditions for more detail.