Nacala FAQ, Mozambique

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Nacala FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Nacala in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Nacala?

    Yes, there are petrol stations in Nacala

    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 Nacala?

    No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Nacala. 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 Nacala?

    No, but you can Hire a 4x4 in Nampula (180km West). There is a Moti-Rent-A-Car in Nampula.

  • Are there flights from Johannesburg to Nacala?

    No but there are flights from Johannesburg to Nampula (180km West of Nacala), 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 Nacala?

    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).

  • Is it okay to drive at night?

    We advise you not to drive at night.

  • Are there Banks or ATMS in Nacala?

    Yes, There are Banks and ATM's in Nacala 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 Nacala?

    Yes, there are local markets in Nacala, selling fresh produce and fruit.

    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 Nacala 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:

Nacala's port is the 2nd deepest port in the world (as deep as 200m)!!

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