Maxixe FAQ, Mozambique

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Maxixe FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Maxixe in Mozambique

Is there a fuel station in Maxixe?

Yes, there is a few fuel stations in Maxixe.

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 Maxixe?

No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Maxixe.

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 Maxixe?

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 Maxixe?

No, only Major towns in Mozambique have Banks and ATMS. The closest town on-route to Maxixe 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 Maxixe?

Yes Maxixe do have ATMS and Banks, including Banco Austral and Banco Internation Mozambique (BIM)

Best to check first to avoid disappointment.

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

Yes, you can find most basic facilities and supplies in Maxixe such as Banks, shops, fuel stations, markets selling fresh produce, public phones, internet access.

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 Maxixe 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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