Several airlines operate international services to Mozambique. Main access from Europe and North America is via Johannesburg, although TAP Air Portugal and Mozambique Airlines (LAM) offer direct services to Maputo from Lisbon.
From Johannesburg connecting flights to Maputo are operated by South African Airways and LAM, while other operators, such as Pelican Air service Inhambane, Pemba and Vilanculos. Pemba and Vilanculos are gateways to the Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelagos. It may be necessary to overnight in Pemba before travelling onwards to the Quirimbas, whereas connections to Bazaruto are normally available same-day from Vilanculos.
Regional flights to Mozambique are also available from Durban, Cape Town and Kruger Mpumalanga, in South Africa; from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania; from Nairobi in Kenya; and from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. There are four direct flights each week from Kruger to Vilanculos and daily flights from Johannesburg, great options if combining a bush and beach holiday. Direct flights to Pemba, gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago, depart from Johannesburg or Dar es Salaam.
LAM´s domestic services also connect Maputo with the country´s major cities and tourist destinations.
Getting to your island destination from the mainland may be by boat, light aircraft or helicopter. Strict luggage restrictions are imposed for safety reasons. On most flights you will be limited to 20kg (44lb) of luggage per person in soft bags, to include your camera equipment and hand luggage. For the Quirimbas Archipelago this luggage allowance is likely to be lower at 15kg (33lb) per person in soft bags.
For most first-time visitors to Africa the imposition of such luggage restrictions is daunting…you may not have a suitable bag and the idea of packing so light can be very stressful. Our section on Pack for your Safari aims to provide practical advice to assist.