Cahora Bassa Dam FAQ, Mozambique

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Cahora Bassa Dam FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Cahora Bassa Dam in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Cahora Bassa Dam?

    No. Best to fill up your tank in Zimbabwe before you cross the border or if you are driving to Cahora Bassa Dam in Mozambique, be sure to fill up with fuel in Tete which is approx. 150km from Songa (town 5km from the Dam wall)

    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 Cahora Bassa Dam?

    No, there it is mainly tar road all the way to Cahora Bassa Dam but be careful of potholes which may bring your speed down.

    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.

  • What is the fastest route to get to the Cahora Bassa Dam by car?

    If you are going to self-drive, then the best route is to go through Zimbabwe. There are 2 routes you (which are approximately the same distance) that you can take:

    1) Turn Right at Masvingo in Zimbabwe and enter Mozambique via Mutare and the Machipanda Border Gate.
    2) Continue North from Masvingo, pass Harare and Motoko, entering Mozambique via the Nyampanda Border Gate

  • How far is Cahora Bassa Dam from Johannesburg?

    Johannesburg is approximately 1600km (a 2 day journey) from Cahora Bassa Dam.

  • Can I fly to Cahora Bassa Dam?

    Yes, LAM flights from Johannesburg via Maputo to Tete can be booked. Private charter flights to Tete or Songo is also another option. Transfers from and to the Airports in Tete or Songo can be arranged with the lodge you are staying at. Please contact them for more information.

  • Are there Banks or ATMS in Cahora Bassa Dam?

    No, but there is a bank with ATMs in Tete (150km) that only accept Visa Credit Cards.

    Best to check first to avoid dissapointment.

  • Are there credit card facilities in Cahora Bassa Dam?

    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 Cahora Bassa Dam?

    There are local Markets in Songa but all the basic supplies and facilities can be found in Tete. It may be a good idea to Vacuum wrap and freeze meat bought either in South Africa or Zimbabwe.

    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 Cahora Bassa Dam 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 Cahora Bassa Dam was also the first high voltage direct current transmission system operational in Africa, and the first anywhere in the world to operate above 500 kV!

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