Lichinga FAQ, Mozambique

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Lichinga FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Lichinga in Mozambique

Is there a fuel station in Lichinga?

Yes, there are fuel stations in Lichinga

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 Lichinga?

No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Lichinga. 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 Lichinga?

Yes, There are ATM's in Lichinga including the BIM Millennium.

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 Lichinga?

Yes you can find a supermarket and there are also locals markets selling fresh produce and fruit.

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 Lichinga 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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Quick Fact:

Lichinga was founded by the Portuguese in 1931 and named Vila Cabral, after Mozambique's independence in 1975 the town was renamed Lichinga.

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