Lichinga FAQ, Mozambique

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Lichinga FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Lichinga in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Lichinga?

    Yes, there are petrol stations in Lichinga

    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 Lichinga?

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

    Yes, There are ATM's in Lichinga including the BIM Millennium.

    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 Lichinga?

    Yes you can find a supermarket and there are also locals markets 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 Lichinga 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:

Lichinga was founded by the Portuguese in 1931 and named Vila Cabral, after Mozambique’s independence in 1975 the town was renamed Lichinga.

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