Zavora FAQ, Mozambique

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Zavora FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Zavora in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Zavora?

    No, but the closest Petrol Station on-route is in Inharrime (approx. 100km from Zavora Beach). Best to Fill up at Komatipoort (just before the Mozambican border) and fill up at the BP (better Petrol Station) again at Xai Xai. Be Prepared and just in-case, maybe take a full Jerry-can with.

    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 Zavora?

    No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Zavora, though you will require a 4x4 to drive onto the beaches.

    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 Zavora?

    No, but you can Hire a 4x4 in Maputo. Contact Euro Rent / Imperial or Expresso Rent a Car for more information.

    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 Zavora?

    No, only Major towns in Mozambique have Banks and ATMS. The closest town on-route to Zavora to draw money (local currency) is in Xai Xai.

    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 Zavora?

    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 Zavora?

    No, but there limited shopping facilities 28km from Zavora in Inharrime. Be prepared and pack icepacks in a cooler box with desired vacuum packed meat and necessary groceries. Check with the Lodge if they sell ice or if they have a freezer to store your meat during your stay.

    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 Zavora 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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