How to Travel Through Mozambique


While Mozambique is in the process of constructing more public roadways, many areas remain untouched from these developments, and many residents must choose whether to walk on foot or hitchhike. Much of the country, however, has adapted and now offers a wide variety of public transportation options since the majority of the population does not own a private car and many areas remain largely inaccesible by conventional means of transport. Let's take a look at the varieties of transport offered to us!

How do people get around?:

Among the popular modes of transportation are chapas, or small vans that often hold up to 30 passengers at a time. Chapas, while the most commonly used method of travel, are considered to be the most tightly packed, and it isn't uncommon for livestock to travel with you. 

Machibombos are another type, and they are large buses, usually chosen by those who wish to travel to locations over four hours away.They are much more expensive, but they travel quickly and never stop for more passengers. 

Open-back chapas, large trucks with even larger truck beds or trailers, are usually taken by those who live in more remote parts of the city. The trucks are more suited to maneuvering rocky terrain and the mountainsides of the area.