Chimoio FAQ, Mozambique

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Chimoio FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Chimoio in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Chimoio?

    Yes, there are a few petrol stations in Chimoio, including a BP, Shell and Engen

    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 Chimoio?

    No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Chimoio. Road improvements went underway at the end of 2010, so there will be much less potholes than normal.

    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 Chimoio?

    Yes, All Major towns including Chimoio have Banks and ATMS. Some include a BIM (Banco Internacional de Mocambique), Standard Bank, Multi Rede ATM.

    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 Chimoio?

    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 Chimoio?

    Yes, there are markets and supermarkets in Chimoio that sell everything you need including a Shoprite.

    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 Chimoio 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:

Chimoio (formerly known as Vila Pery under Portuguese administration) won its first Mozambican Football Championship title in 1969!

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