Barra FAQ, Mozambique

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Barra FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Barra in Mozambique

Is there a fuel station in Barra?

Not quite at the beach itself but 7.5km south of Barra along the N242 (en-route to Tofo Beach) near the "Babalaza Centro". Otherwise there are fuel stations close by in Inhambane, which is about about 23km from Barra.

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 Barra?

No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Barra, though some of the resorts and lodges in Barra are on sand dunes and you may get stuck driving a normal car. Its best to check with the resort / lodge that you are staying at, and enquire if their lodge requires a 4x4 or not.

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.

Can I hire a 4x4 in Barra?

Some lodges and resorts in Barra hire out 4x4 vehicles but it is important that you make sure you contact the lodge you are staying at if they or any other lodge have 4x4s available to hire out, prior to leaving for your holiday.

You can Hire a 4x4 in Maputo. Contact Euro Rent / Imperial or Expresso Rent a Car for more information.

Are there Banks or ATMS in Barra?

No, only Major towns in Mozambique have Banks and ATMS. The closest town on-route to Barra to draw money (local currency) is in Inhambane. Inhambane does have a bank.

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.

Are there credit card facilities in Barra?

We advise you confirm prior with the lodge you're staying at if they offer credit card facilities. Otherwise cash is only accepted in small shops and markets.

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

Yes, "Mr Fresh Supermercado" (Babalaza Centro) is located 7km south and en-route to Barra selling most basic supplies and needs including alcohol. There are also markets selling fresh produce, meat and fish in Inhambane. Pau (Portuguese rolls) and other bread is sold at the local bakery in Inhambane.

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 Barra 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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