|DO I NEED A 4X4? – If you’re planning to venture anywhere north of Ponta do Oura, a 4X4 is essential.
Even if you’re just going to Ponta, a vehicle with high ground clearance is a must. Always remember to deflate your tyres to 60% of their normal road pressure when driving in sand-as low as 1.2 bar. You can park it in a secure car park at the Kosi Bay border post and arrange a 4X4 transfer with the lodge you’re staying at. All the lodges offer this service (for a fee), but make sure you warn them in advance.
PASSPORT – Passports are required for all visitors to Mozambique. South African passport holders do not require a visa if the stay is less than 30 days. Other nationalities need to apply for visas. These may be obtained at consular offices or at the various points of entry into the country. Please note that visa applications applied for at point of entry can take time.
We recommend obtaining your visa at least 1 month prior to departure. Passports must be valid for at least 6 month. It is advisable to make copies of your passport and drivers licence.
VEHICLES, PAPER WORK AND BORDER CROSSING – Each vehicle must be equipped with two red reflective triangles and a reflective vest as well as have original vehicle papers, as required. If the vehicle is not your own, a letter of authorisation from the registered owner is required, along with your licence.
If you are towing, a blue and yellow triangle must be attached to the front of the towing vehicle and the rear of the towed vehicle, caravan or trailer.
The customs officials may also request a letter from your insurance company stating that the vehicle is insured for travel to Mozambique.
If your vehicle is no more than six meters long you do not need to worry about reflective signage, but advise that there be reflective strips on the edge of the bumpers, white in front and red at the rear. This law came into effect on the 08th November 2009.
INSURANCE – THIRD PARTY – Compulsory third party insurance (approx R220-00 per vehicle and R110-00 per trailer) may be obtained at the border. Check on your insurance cover to ensure your vehicle(s) are insured travelling in Mozambique. Please ask your insurers to provide a letter to this effect.
MALARIA – Southern Mozambique is a malaria area, so take precautions.
If you plan to scuba dive check that you take the right medicine. Doxycycline and Malanin are considered safe, but consult your GP before you go to be sure.
CASH AND CURRENCY – The currency in Mozambique is Meticais. The approximate exchange rate is R1-00 = MT 2-80. Some of the bigger dive charters and lodges accept credit cards, but it’s a better idea to take cash. US$ and South African Rand are widely accepted in most lodges.
You can stock up on most basic items in Ponta do Oura. There is a market, butchery, bakery and bank (BCI) just before you enter town.
BANKS – Visitors have a choice of 3 banks, millennium Bim Bank, Barclays Bank and BCI Fomento Bank each with their own ATM’s. At BCI Fomento Barclays you can draw money with cards with a 4-pin code and at millennium Bim with cards that have a 5-pin code. The withdrawal is in meticais and at certain banks only 3000Mt at a time.
THE LAW & DRIVING – Road Travellers are frequently stopped at police checkpoints. Please ensure you have a valid driver’s licence (South African licences are accepted). Please note the following to avoid being fined:
MARITIME LICENCES – Temporary licences are required for private boats, jet skis, scuba divers (private), kayaks and spear fishermen. These may be purchased at the Maritime Office or from the Maritime officers who patrol the beaches. Visitors are penalised with heavy fines for transgressing this requirement.
CELLULAR COVERAGE – You can pick up a faint South African signal from the top of some of the hills surrounding Ponta do Oura, but if you want to use your phone regularly, its best to activate international roaming. Cellular communications are covered by all the major networks and local SIM cards are readily available for purchase. We recommend that you purchase a local sim card and airtime on arrival in Mozambique. There is a good Mozambican signal everywhere along the coast, except in the more remote areas of the Maputo Elephant Reserve.
INTERNET – You will be able to connect to the internet in most of the larger towns in Mozambique using either a local sim card or by purchasing a data bundle from M-Cel or Vodacom. Most of the larger towns also have internet café’s.
Goods total value – US$200.00 Per person
Tobacco – 200 cigarettes or 50 ciagars or 250g smoking tobacco
Alcohol – 1lt spirits and 2.25 it wine (3 bottles) – NO BEER –
Perfume – 50ml
Meat – Please vacuum pack all meat
Gifts (Cosmetics, watches, jewellery, electronics, leather, confectionery and food) – US$ 50.00 per person
Children under the age of 18 years do not qualify for liquor allowances