Marracuene FAQ, Mozambique

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Marracuene FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Marracuene in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Marracuene?

    No, but there are petrol stations close by in Maputo, which is about about 35km from Marracuene.

    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!

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

    The drive from Johannesburg to Marracuene is approximately 570km.
    The drive from Durban to Marracuene is approximately 763km.

    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.

  • What is the distance from Maputo to Marracuene?

    The drive from Maputo to Marracuene is approximately 35km.

  • Do I need a 4x4 to get to Marracuene?

    No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Marracuene, but you will have to take a ferry to get to Macaneta Island.

    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 Marracuene?

    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 Marracuene?

    No, only Major towns in Mozambique have Banks and ATMS. Maputo been the largest city in Mozambique has all the banks and ATM's you need. Draw money before you head off to Marracuene.

    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 Marracuene?

    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 Marracuene?

    No, but there are Supermarkets and Shopping Centres nearby in Maputo. Do all the neccesary shopping in Maputo before heading off to Marracuene

    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 Marracuene 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:

The Fascinating Xefina island used to be a prison back in the colonial days and today, you can climb on top of massive cannons that were used to protect the Maputo harbour from intruders in World War 2. Accommodation can also be found on Xefina Island.

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