Cape Town - Tourists heading to the southern, coastal parts of Mozambique this festive season need not cancel travel plans, despite reports of rebel violence erupting in certain parts of the country.Concerns about travel to the country were raised recently when the French embassy in Maputo, among others, issued a travel advisory, warning tourists to avoid the troubled central Mozambican province of Sofala. “We’ve been monitoring the situation as closely as possible. So far we’ve had no negative reports from any of our lodges or from the main tourist roads in the southern parts of the country,” said Tony Birkholtz marketing manager of Barra Resorts in Mozambique. David Robbetze from the South Africa-Mozambique Chamber of Commerce confirmed that conflict between Renamo rebels and the government is restricted to three specific areas: - The road between the Save river and the small town of Muxungue (about 100 kilometre stretch of road).- The Gorongosa/Maringue area.In Robbetze’s view, the biggest concern South African tourists to Mozambique should have this season is the usual border post congestion. He advised travellers to avoid trying to cross the border on public holidays and the day or two before and after Christmas.If you are heading to Mozambique in the coming weeks and would like to keep tabs on the situation in the country, you can contact Mozambique Tourism on (011) 431 4067 / 4061, the Mozambique Consulate General on (011) 327 5704/5/7/9 or the Mozambique High Commission on (012) 401 03 000. Also check out the Barra Resorts website for emergency numbers in the Inhambane area, as well as AA’s useful information round-up for the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia Border Post.