Chimoio Flights:

Flights to Chimoio

image of ChimoioIn central Mozambique, Chimoio is one of the larger cities in the country and close to the border with Zimbabwe. It’s a busy industrial centre though the tourist trade is growing due to the nearby nature parks. For languages, English is not that commonly spoken in Chimoio and you would do better knowing a few phrases in Swahili or Portuguese instead.

The small Chimoio Airport (airport code: VPY) has limited flights to Chimoio when departing from Johannesburg, but you will have a couple of good options. With Linhas Aereas de Mocambique, you will be able to book a one-stop flight to Chimoio that connects in Maputo. On the other hand, South African Airways will have a flight with 2 stops, first in Durban and then again in Maputo. Flight times will be either 13 or 40 hours, depending on the route.

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The Tourist Attractions of Chimoio:

Gorongosa National Park
The Gorongose National Park is quite close to Chimoio, and it can be reached by the main roads heading to the east. It’s very heavily forested in some parts, and Mount Gorongosa rises up through the middle. The scenery is remarkable and so is the local wildlife. Many of the classic safari animals are present, and that includes lions, antelope, elephants, buffalo, hippos (around Lake Urema) and zebras. The park is also home to more than 400 kinds of birds. It’s one of the most popular nature parks in the country and you can expect there to be plenty of people when you visit. You can stay for a day or longer at one of the lodges or campsites that are maintained in the park.

Chimanimani National Park
To the south is the Chimanimani National Park that crosses the border into Zimbabwe. This park is more mountainous than the Gorongosa park but it is still heavily covered in rainforest. It is not a well-maintained park and there really aren’t any tourist facilities. Even so, there are some marked trails for hiking so you shouldn’t have to worry about getting lost. You should keep a map handy though so you do not accidentally enter Zimbabwe without permission.

The larger city of Beira lies a couple of hours to the east of Chimoio and offers up additional sights as well as a coastal location. The Macuti lighthouse is a popular spot for photos, and it overlooks Macuti Beach. There is a lovely single-spired cathedral in the city that is another important landmark. Much of the downtown area is filled with old colonial architecture and is a very pleasant spot to just go for a walk.

When Should You Visit?:

Though hot, Chimoio is not as hot as some other African cities can get. There is only a change of a few degrees from one season to the next, but the coolest point of the year will be in July when it only reaches 23C (73F) in the daytime. From October until the end of January will be closer to 29C (84F). Rains are going to be minimal for most of the year, though it is very dry in July which makes it even better for travel.

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