Nampula FAQ, Mozambique

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Nampula FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Nampula in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Nampula?

    Yes, there are petrol stations in Nampula.

    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 Nampula?

    No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Nampula. 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.

  • Can I hire a 4x4 in Nampula?

    Yes, you can Hire a 4x4 in Nampula. There is a Moti-Rent-A-Car in Nampula.

  • Are there flights from Johannesburg to Nampula?

    Yes, there are flights from Johannesburg to Nampula 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 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 Nampula?

    Yes, There are Banks and ATM's in Nampula including an Exchange Bureau, BIM Expresso, BCI Fomento, 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 Nampula?

    Yes there supermarkets, stores, local markets, restaurants, coffee shops, pharmacy's, internet cafes, clothing shops and more in Nampula.

    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 Nampula 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:

Nampula is Mozambiques 3rd largest city in the Nampula Province.

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