Government of Mozambique Update Entrance Fees and Ecotourism Activities Taxes

In order to update and set the amounts of fees due for access and use of natural resources, compensation for conservation effort and ecological services in Conservation Areas – CA, the Council of Ministers approved under Article 49 (2) of the Law nr 16/2014, of 20th June, amended and republished by Law nr. 5/2017, of May 11, the fees to be charged in the conservation areas through Decree nr. 84/2017, of December 29, the same started to be implemented on 28th January 2018.

This decree classifies CA in two categories which are "A" and "B", and the PNAB, due to the sensitivity of the existing ecosystems and the level of significance of the developed tourism, is classified as "A", its entrance fees can be consulted in the document attached bellow.

New Entrance fees in National Parks and Reserves in Mozambique.
Law of Biodiversity Conservation.

Welcome to Bazaruto Archipelago National Park!

About Us
The Bazaruto Archipelago National Park (BANP) is a mozambican conservation area, located to the north of the Inhambane province, between Inhassoro and Vilankulo districts, lying between the parallels - 21° 27'30'' and - 22° 02' 55'' of Latitude South and the meridians 35° 32'30'' and 35° 19' 01'' of Longitude East.

The bazaruto park is bordered to the South by Cabo São Sebastião; North and East by the Mozambique Channel (Indian Ocean) and West by the Mozambique mainland coast. It has an area of 1583km2, covering 5 islands namely: Bazaruto, Benguerrua, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue, including the water sur-rounding.

The people
The Bazaruto Archipelago is inhabited by the Vahoka people, residents in Bazaruto, Benguerrua and Magaruque Islands,who speak the mother tongue called Chihoca, distributed in seven villages, three in Bazaruto, three in Benguerrua and one in Magaruque.

Creation Objective
The BANP has been established with the aim of protecting species of marine fauna, namely dugongs, sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays, sharks, whales, whale sharks and other rare and endangered species, as well as important habitats such as mangroves, algae beds and coral reefs.

Population of Dugongs
It was confirmed inside the park more than 250 dugongs and it is important to note that these are the only viable population on the East coast of Africa.

The climate
The climate in the archipelago is classified according to Köppen as Tropical Coastal Wet (AW) with two annual seasons: hot and humid, from December to March and the fresh and dry season from June to August, with an average annual precipitation in the order of 1,200 mm. The annual average temperature is 26°C in the hot season and 20°C in the cool season.
The precipitation in the region is dominated by two climatic systems, namely the Indian Ocean Anticiclones System of the SE winds region from the south of the Zambeze, with rainfall associated with low pressure; and the southern tip of the East African Monsoon System (Dutton and Zolho, 1990). The precipitation is highly variable, both annually (typical of the tropical zone) and on an inter-annual basis. The months of greatest precipitation are from December to March (109.9mm to 191.3mm), while the driest months occur between July and September. The total average recorded in the region is generally less than 26mm. The Archipelago is very prone to cyclones. The cyclone season in the region runs from December to March

Important Values:
• Conservation and improvement of habitats and species, particularly those of exceptional value;
• Good conditions for supporting applied scientific research, especially those related to the resources of the BANP;
• An important reservoir for re-population of overexploited areas, for all terrestrial and marine species;
• Tourism is sensitive to ecological and cultural aspects in order to be a key factor in promoting the local, regional and national economy, bringing an equitable and sustainable distribution of benefits;
• The BANP has financial sustainability based on cooperation between ACM, tour operators, local communities and sponsors;
• The BANP is an exemplary model in Mozambique and in the region (EAME), guaranteeing a partnership of government entities, tour operators, local communities and other actors in relation to the fulfilment of the Management Plan.