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Island of Mozambique FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Island of Mozambique in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Island of Mozambique?

    Yes, there is a petrol station in the Island of Mozambique. As you go over the bridge to the Island there is your left of 25 de Junho Avenue

    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 Island of Mozambique?

    No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Island of Mozambique. 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.

  • Can I hire a 4x4 in Island of Mozambique?

    No, but you can Hire a 4x4 in Nampula (165km West). There is a Moti-Rent-A-Car in Nampula.

  • Are there flights from Johannesburg to the Island of Mozambique?

    No but there are flights from Johannesburg to Nampula (175km West of Island of Mozambique), where you can hire / rent a Vehicle. LAM - There are daily flights from Johannesburg International airport (via Maputo) to Nampula (180km) and Pemba (420km). SA Airlink - has direct flights to Nampula, 3 times a week. Kenya Airways - has direct flights from Nairobi to Nampula, twice a week.

  • Great, do I need a visa to fly to the Nampula?

    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).

  • Are there Banks or ATMS in Island of Mozambique?

    Yes, there is the International Bank of Mozambique. Though, there is a larger variery of Banks and ATM's in Nacala (112km North) including Multi-Red ATM, BCI Fomento, Banco Austral, Standard Bank.

    Be prepared and draw more than enough money in South Africa to avoid inconveniences. Keep the money in a safe / discreet place.

  • Is there a shopping mall or can I buy groceries in Island of Mozambique?

    Yes, not only will you find fresh fish and seafood for sale, but also fresh produce, vegetables, fruits, arts and crafts, paintings and plenty of other things the locals can sell.

    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 Island of Mozambique 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 Island of Mozambique has played an important role since the 10th century in intercontinental trade to the East, in the 16th century is was an established and wealthy trading port for ships sailing on monsoon winds and where cargoes of ivory, gold and slaves were traded for fabrics and spices from India and Arabia.

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