Santa Maria FAQ, Mozambique

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Santa Maria FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Santa Maria in Mozambique

Is there a fuel station in Santa Maria?

No, but there are fuel stations close by in Maputo, which is about about 35km from Santa Maria. If you are travelling from South Africa, then we highly suggest you fill up with fuel in Komatipoort (if arriving from Johannesburg / Pretoria) or in Manguzi (if arriving from Durban, going up via the Kosi Bay border).

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 Santa Maria?

Yes - a 4x4 is required because the route to Santa Maria will take you through the Maputo Elephant Reserve (4x4's needed to traverse) regardless from which direction you travel from. Note: The Maputo Elephant Reserve gate closes half an hour before sunset and opens at sunrise, so it is crucial that you time your journey when crossing the borders into Mozambique. The entrance fee is approximately MZN 900 per person and per vehicle. *Note - The entrance fee can change!

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 Santa Maria?

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 Santa Maria?

No, only major towns in Mozambique have Banks and ATMS. Maputo being the largest city in Mozambique has all the banks and ATM's you need. Draw money before you head off to Santa Maria.

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 Santa Maria?

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 Santa Maria?

Yes, the village of Santa Maria has a little convenience store and a market selling fresh produce, vegetables, alcohol and other soft drinks.

We also advise that you buy and take your own vacuum packed meat from South Africa (or Maputo) 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 Santa Maria 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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