Inhambane FAQ, Mozambique

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Inhambane FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Inhambane in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Inhambane?

    Yes. And if you are venturing far from Inhambane, remember to fill up!

    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 Inhambane?

    No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Inhambane, though if you are traveling or staying in Barra or Tofo , then we recommend you travel with a 4x4 as some of the resorts and lodges are located on sand dunes and you may get stuck driving a normal car.

    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 Inhambane?

    No, but 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 Inhambane?

    Yes, you can draw money (local currency) 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 Inhambane?

    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 Inhambane?

    Yes, you can find most basic facilities and supplies in Inhambane such as Banks, shops, petrol stations, markets selling fresh produce, public phones, internet access... and one must definitly pop-into the local bakery and buy the very popular local fresh Pau (large portugese rolls).

    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 Inhambane 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.

Quick Fact:

If you are in town in November then the annual dhow race is something not to be missed. It draws huge crowds and offers the winner substantial price money (almost the equivalent of their annual earnings!)

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