Barra FAQ, Mozambique

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Barra FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Barra in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Barra?

    No, but there are petrol stations close by in Inhambane, which is about about 23km from Barra.

    Keep in mind that it's best to pay for petrol in local currency (Meticais) as it is more expensive to pay for petrol in Rands or Dollars. Petrol is more expensive the further north you travel!

  • Do I need a 4x4 to get to Barra?

    No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Barra, though some of the resorts and lodges in Barra are on sand dunes and you may get stuck driving a normal car. Its best to check with the resort / lodge that you are staying at, and enquire if their lodge requires a 4x4 or not.

    We always recommend that you do take a 4x4, because you won't be limited to exploration and you will be able to get around much easier without the possibility of getting stuck.

    Tyres should be deflated to -800 bar to be able to drive on the soft sand.

  • Is it okay to drive at night?

    We advise you not to drive at night.

  • Can I hire a 4x4 in Barra?

    Some lodges and resorts in Barra hire out 4x4's vehicles but it is important that you make sure you contact the lodge you are staying at if they or any other lodge have 4x4's available to hire out, prior to leaving for your holiday.

    You can Hire a 4x4 in Maputo. Contact Euro Rent / Imperial or Expresso Rent a Car for more information.

  • Are there Banks or ATMS in Barra?

    No, only Major towns in Mozambique have Banks and ATMS. The closest town on-route to Barra to draw money (local currency) is in Inhambane. Inhambane does have a bank.

    Be prepared and draw more than enough money in South Africa to avoid inconveniences. Keep the money in a safe / discreet place.

  • Are there credit card facilities in Barra?

    You will have to check with the lodge that you are staying at if they have credit card facilities.

    Best to check first to avoid dissapointment.

  • Is there a shopping mall or can I buy groceries in Barra?

    No, but there are Markets that sell fresh produce, meat and fish in Inhambane. Though we advise that you purchase Fish and other Seafood from the Fisherman in Tofo (12km away) and not from the Market. Pau (Portugese rolls) and other bread is sold at the local Bakery in Inhambane.

    We also advise that you buy and take your own vacuum packed meat from South Africa for the first night or 2 (if you are going to be self catering) in a cooler box with ice so that you can ground and get to know the area. Check with the Lodge if they sell ice or if they have a freezer to store your meat during your stay.

  • Is Barra a Malaria area? Do I need to take Malaria Tablets?

    Yes, Mozambique as a whole is a Malaria risk Area / Country. We recommend you take precautions and visit your nearest Doctor (you now need a prescription for Malaria Tablets) to prescribe you with what's recommended.

    Be prepared and take other Prophylactics like Insect Repellent sprays, Mosquito Coils, light long sleeve tops and bottoms to further prevent bites.

Tip:

Mozambicans love clothes and if you have spare clothes (especially board shorts), then remember to take some with you, to trade with!

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