In remote parts of Mozambique, public displays of affection or overtly sexual behaviour between any couple, whether heterosexual or LGBT, would be severely frowned upon. That said, it is worth noting that in traditional African culture it is very common for friends of the same sex to walk around holding hands. This has no sexual connotation; it is simply typical of traditional African life.
Most of our trips to Mozambique focus on more remote areas, including a number of islands, where the only people will sometimes be staff at your lodge, and other guests. Here the subject of sexuality is much less of any issue, although out of sensibility to the staff we’d still advise travellers to keep their behaviour on the conservative side.
In Mozambique’s tourism industry, staff work with a very wide variety of guests, from different backgrounds. Rooms can almost always be made up as doubles or twins with very little fuss. Even if staff have conservative personal views, we have never heard of anyone indicating their views to any of our travellers.
Nevertheless, we advise all our travellers, gay or straight, to avoid public displays of affection or sexual behaviour – which should avoid causing any offence.
Additional sources of advice and information for LGBT travellers to Mozambique
Do feel free to call us to talk through any concerns if you’re thinking of travelling with us to Mozambique. Additional sources of information include:
- The UK Foreign & Commonwealth office (FCO), which provides general LGBT foreign travel advice for all countries.
- The FCO also has a useful, if brief, page on Mozambique’s local laws and customs.
- The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) provides information on the laws of countries worldwide, focused around a series of summary maps.
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