Guinjata Bay FAQ, Mozambique

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Guinjata Bay FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Guinjata Bay in Mozambique

Is there a fuel station in Guinjata Bay?

No, but there are fuel station close by and en-route like Xai Xai, Quissico, Inharrime and Lindela which is the last Petrol Station before the Jangamo / Guinjata Bay turn-off. Make sure you fill your tank in larger towns / cities like Maputo and Xai Xai as the smaller towns may run out of fuel (especially in High Season)

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 Guinjata Bay?

(Confirm with the lodge you're staying!!) - Although a 4x4 is recommended, it is not necessary. Visitors can reach close to Guinjata Bay with an average sedan vehicle. There is safe parking approximately 2km from Guinjata Bay where you can park your vehicle during your stay in Guinjata Bay. Lodges usually offer a service where they pick up their guests from the parking zone. If you're traveling without a 4x4, please notify the lodge so that they can arrange to pick you up. A 4x4 is required from this parking zone to Jangamo. The best route to take with better 4x4 road conditions is 21km North of Jangamo en-route to Inhambane, where you will see sign posts pointing right to Jangamo, Guinjata Bay & Guinjata Bay.

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 Guinjata Bay?

No, but 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 Guinjata Bay?

No, but you can draw money en-route and towns nearby like Xai Xai, Maxixe and Inhambane.

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 Guinjata Bay?

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 Guinjata Bay?

Yes, there is a small grocery shop 500m from Guinjata Bay (on the way to Guinjata Bay in Jangamo Beach) that sells basic essentials including meat, cereals, tinned food, snack foods toileteries, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks but there are Markets that sell fresh produce, meat and fish in Inhambane. Though we advise that you purchase Fish and other Seafood from the local fisherman in Tofo and not from the Market. 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 Guinjata Bay 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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