"Internal buses" Mozambique Transportation Tip by rslyons99
Mozambique Transportation: 25 reviews and 35 photos
I found travelling by public transportation to be a nightmare in Mozambique. Next time I'm hiring a car in Johannesburg and driving.
Believe your Lonely Planet when it says that most buses leave at 4 AM. What's worse, there are essentially no taxi services within towns, so I was constantly getting up at 3 and hiking out to the bus station to try to find a bus to the next town. On a couple of occasions I bought a ticket for the bus the next day--I was suspicious, but it worked every time, and when they told me that the bus would leave at 4, it left at 4:00 exactly.
I travelled from north to south through the country, and transport improved the closer I got to Maputo. Once I got into an area with enough minibuses (called "chapas") I took them--changing a flat is a lot quicker on a minibus than on one of the biggies.
Prices were generally pretty cheap, 4-8 USD for a day's journey.