Beira FAQ, Mozambique

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Beira FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Beira in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Beira?

    Yes, be sure to fill up with fuel if you are going to drive long distance. Remember Petrol is more expensive further North.

    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.

  • Do I need a 4x4 to get to Beira?

    No, although some beaches may require a 4x4 like Savane Beach (approx 30km North of Beira)

    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 Beira?

    Yes, There are companies that rent vehicles out in Beira. Visitors can hire 2 wheel drives or 4x4's.

    Keep an eye out for the these car hire companies in Beira:

    • Moti Rent A Car
    • AVIS Rent-a-Car
    • EXPRESSO Rent-a-Car
    • Imperial car rental
    • Tri-Star Car Rental
  • Are there Banks or ATMS in Beira?

    Yes, ATM machines, Banks, Exchange bureaus can be found in Beira

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

  • Are there credit card facilities in Beira?

    You will have to check with the lodge that you are staying at if they have credit card facilities.

    Best to check first to avoid dissapointment.

  • Is there a shopping mall or can I buy groceries in Beira?

    Yes, Beira has a good infrastructure and there are supermarkets and other markets selling fresh produce.

    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 Beira 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.


Mozambicans love clothes and if you have spare clothes (especially board shorts), then remember to take some with you, to trade with!

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