Chokwe FAQ, Mozambique

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Chokwe FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Chokwe in Mozambique

Is there a fuel station in Chokwe?

No, the nearest town to till up with Petrol is either in Bilene (100km) or in Xai Xai (136km).

Fuel is cheaper in their local currency (meticais) compared to rands (or dollars). We suggest you fill-up before entering Mozambique's borders and fuel is more expensive the further north you travel!

Do I need a 4x4 to get to Chokwe?

No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Chokwe. Road improvements went underway at the end of 2010, so there will be much less potholes than normal.

We always recommend you enter Mozambique in a 4x4 because you won't be limited to where you can travel as well as the possibility of getting stuck. Note: Some borders require a 4x4 to cross. Read more about the border you are travelling through here: Mozambique Borders & Times.

For soft / loose sand driving, we recommend you deflate your tire pressures to about 1.4 bar.

Is it okay to drive at night?

We advise you not to drive at night.

Are there Banks or ATMS in Chokwe?

No, only Major towns in Mozambique have Banks and ATMS. The nearest town with banks and ATM's are either in Bilene (100km) or in Xai Xai (136km).

Be prepared and withdraw a sufficient amount of money in the country you are travelling from to avoid inconveniences. Keep your money in a safe / discreet place.

Is there a shop or market where I can buy groceries and supplies in Chokwe?

Yes, though only small markets runned by the locals selling fresh produce, fruit and a bakery. Best to buy groceries in bigger towns and cities in Mozambique.

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. Check with the lodge if they sell ice or if they have a freezer to store your meat during your stay.

Is Chokwe a malaria area and do I need to take anti-malaria medication?

Yes, Mozambique as a whole is a malaria risk area / country. We recommend you take precautions and visit your nearest doctor (you need a prescription for anti-malaria medication) to prescribe you with what's recommended before you leave for Mozambique.

It is strongly advised that you take other prophylactics like insect repellent sprays, mosquito coils, light long sleeve tops and bottoms to further prevent bites (especially during late afternoons, evenings and mornings).

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