Information & Facts
Pemba experiences a tropical climate with a very hot and humid
rainy season which runs from December to April. Much of the rain is
often accompanied by strong monsoon winds. Pemba's dry season runs
from May to November and sees average daytime temperatures of
around 82F (28C). The average temperature throughout the year
ranges from a minimum of 72F (22C) to 90F (32C), making it an ideal
destination to visit at any time of the year.
Portuguese is the official language, and there are 13
main national languages spoken. English is taught in secondary
schools, but is only spoken in the southern tourist
The official currency is the New Metical (MZN), which is divided
into 100 centavos. In the southern parts of the country, South
African Rand, US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are also accepted to
pay for accommodation. Credit cards are accepted in some upmarket
hotels in Maputo, but facilities throughout the rest of the country
are limited; it is advisable to carry cash or travellers cheques.
ATMs are limited and tend to be unreliable, but local banks have
branches in most cities.