Cuamba FAQ, Mozambique

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Cuamba FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Cuamba in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Cuamba?

    Yes there are 2 petrol stations including a BP. Remember to fill your tank up before going long distance.

    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 Cuamba?

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

  • Are there Banks or ATMS in Cuamba?

    Yes, there is a BIM (Banco Internacional de Mocambique) bank in Cuamba.

    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 Cuamba?

    Yes, there are markets runned by the locals and a supermarket in Cuamba that sell everything you need.

    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 Cuamba 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 Portuguese East African Company named the town Cuamba in 1937. In 1952 its name was changed to Nova Freixo in 1971 it was granted city status and, after independence in 1976, it reverted to its original Cuamba.

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