Maputo FAQ, Mozambique

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Maputo FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Maputo in Mozambique

  • Do I need a 4x4 to get to Maputo?

    No, you can drive a normal sedan car to Maputo. The roads to Maputo are tarred and have recently been improved in December 2010

    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.

  • How far is the drive from Johannesburg / Durban to Maputo?

    The drive from Johannesburg to Maputo is approximately 545km.
    The drive from Durban to Maputo is approximately 728km.

    When travelling and calculating time, please consider the border opening times, ques and the time it takes at the border, speed limits, poor road conditions, weather etc.

  • Are there flights from Johannesburg to Maputo?

    Yes, Maputo has an International Airport and this is the easiest and fastest way to get to Maputo. Flights depart to / from Johannesburg and Maputo on a daily basis.

  • Are there flights from Durban to Maputo?

    Yes, though your flight will most likely fly via Johannesburg and then to Maputo.

  • Great, do I need a visa to fly to Maputo?

    South African passport holders do not require a visa to travel to Mozambique for leisure, though overseas visitors can obtain visas at the airports for approximately R200 (US$ 29.00) per person (prices are subject to change - please contact the airport for more information regarding visa prices).

  • Can I hire a car or 4x4 in Maputo?

    Yes, There are companies that rent vehicles out in Maputo. Visitors can hire 2 wheel drives or 4x4's. Keep an eye out for the these car hire companies in Maputo:

    Moti Rent A Car
    AVIS Rent-a-Car
    EXPRESSO Rent-a-Car
    Imperial car rental
    Tri-Star Car Rental

  • Are there Banks or ATMS in Maputo?

    Yes, Maputo has all the banking facilities you need.

  • Are there credit card facilities in Maputo?

    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 Maputo?

    Yes, this includes large supermarkets and local markets in town that sell fresh produce, fruit and fish.

    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 Maputo 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.


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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