Pomene FAQ, Mozambique

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Pomene FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Pomene in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Pomene?

    No, but there is a petrol stations in Massinga which is approximately 50km from Pomene. Though, do make sure you fill up your tank in Inhambane incase Massinga fuel supply runs out from the influx of tourists.

    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 Pomene?

    Yes, You do need a 4x4 but only in the last few kilometers to Pomene. Contact the lodge that you are staying at to ask if they have got a safe parking zone if you are travelling in a normal sedan vehicle and if they can pick you up.

    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.

  • Are there Banks or ATMS in Pomene?

    No, only Major towns in Mozambique have Banks and ATMS. The closest town on-route to Pomene 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 Pomene?

    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 Pomene?

    No, there are roadside markets in Massinga, selling fresh produce and fruit but no supermarkets ... 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 from Inhambane) 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 Pomene 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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