TRAVEL TIPS AND GUIDES

This page is designed to give as much information and travel tips to make it easier for you when traveling in Mozambique.This page is a travel guide on what to do and what is required for your visit to Mozambique.


Read about health and inoculation requirements, malaria prevention. Look at the distance guide and fuel tips when traveling in Mozambique. Your foreign exchange and travel assistance requirements are covered to make your holiday vacation more enjoyable and less of a hassle.

 

 

Restaurants
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Places to See
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Tour Guides/Travel Agents
Medical Services
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Travel Tips
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Health Tips
Light Houses of Mozambique
HIV/Aids

Day Tours Kruger Park - Over 35's Adventure Tours

 

Day Tours Kruger Park - Over 35's Adventure Tours

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Accommodation

Bazaruto Nampula
Beira Pemba
Bilene Ponta do Oura
Chidenguele Quissico
Chongoene Tofo
Inhaca Vilanculos
Inhambane Xaixai
Macaneta Zavora
Maputo  

FOR MORE HELPFUL HINTS - CLICK HERE

DISTANCES click here

MAPUTO CORRIDOR INFORMATION CLICK HERE

FOR ROAD AND TRAFFIC GUIDE LINE - CLICK HERE

MOZAMBIQUE BORDER GATE TIMES

Lebombo / Ressano Garcia

06h00 - 18h00

South Africa Border - from Komatipoort

TEL: 013 793 7311

Lomahasha / Namaacha

07h00 - 22h00

Swaziland Border - from Mbabane or Manzini

TEL: +258 21 960090

Kosi Bay / Ponta do Ouro

08h00 - 17h00

KwaZulu Natal Border (SA) from Kosi Bay - ( into Ponta do Ouro, Ponta Malongane & Ponta Mamoli.

TEL: 035-592 9181

Pafuri / Limpopo

08h00 - 16h00

Limpopo Border - 200km east of Musina

TEL: 013-735 6882

Zimbabwe / Machipanda

06h00 - 18h00

Zimbabwe Border - from Mutare -  (into Manica Province )

Unknown

Nyamapanda / Cuchamano

06h00 - 18h00

Zimbabwe Border - from Harare - (en-route to Tete)

Unknown

Malawi / Zobue

06h00 - 18h00

Malawi Border (en-route to Tete or Mutarara)

Unknown

Southern Malawi / Zobwe

 

Malawi Border - From Nsanje - (en-route to Tete or Mutarara - Zambezi River)

Unknown

Malawi / Milange

06h00 - 18h00

Malawi Border - South East of Malawi - (en-route to Mocuba

Unknown

Malawi / Mandimba

06h00 - 18h00

Malawi Border -  Between Lake Malawi and Lake Malombe is the town Mangochi. From here travel over the Manghochi Muluzi Bridge and on the M3 to the border (en-route to Lichinga or Cuamba

Unknown

Tanzaniq / Namoto

Unknown

Tanzania Border - Ruvuma River - A makeshift ferry made by the locals can take your 4X4 across the river (can be risky and you can wait several days for a ferry), but only during high tide.

Unknown

Kruger National Park / Giriyondo

Kruger Park Gate Times

Kruger National Park Giriyonda Border Post - North of Letaba Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park into The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (Mozambique).

 

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Unknoown

Businesses are closed on the following Mozambican holidays.

  • New Year's Day--January 1
  • Mozambican Heroes Day--February 3
  • Mozambican Women's Day--April 7
  • Workers Day--May 1
  • Independence Day--June 25
  • Lusaka Agreement--September 7
  • Armed Forces Day--September 25
  • Family Day/Christmas Day--December 25

 



 

According to Barbara Mommen, CEO for the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI):-

  • No firearms will be allowed across the border and it may not be handed into any police station in South Africa, due to changes in legislation.
  • No animals will be allowed through either.
  • Travellers who have been to countries affected by Yellow Fever will need to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate.
  • Motorists whose cars are still financed by the bank need to get an authorisation and insurance repatriation confirmation from the same bank before attempting to cross the border.
  • Vehicles which are fully paid will require the original registration papers.
  • Should a different person, other than the owner, drive the car, the written permission of the owner is required.
  • Drivers are also advised to obtain an international driver’s license.
  • Mommen also urged travellers to not pay fines to police or traffic officers and to rather pay them at any police station.
  • She also warns travellers to avoid people claiming to be government officials who offer to complete travel documentation for a fee.
    “These individuals are fraudsters and should be avoided. No fees are payable on either side of the border for the completion of documents,” she said.
  • The only fee charged is R17, which is levied by Mozambican immigration for travellers into Mozambique for the processing of passports.
  • All travellers are urged to report any corruption. “If the police or traffic officers request a bribe, ensure that you take the name of the officer, and ensure that the location and time of the roadblock is noted. Without this information there can be no recourse,” said Ms Mommen.

 

BEFORE YOU GET TO MOZAMBIQUE

PASSPORT

You need a passport valid for at least 6 months after you intend leaving Mozambique. Visitors can be asked to provide proof of outgoing travel documents or sufficient funds to provide for their needs during their stay.

The law requires you to carry identification at all times and you may be asked to produce your documents by the police. Rather than carry original documents, make a copy of your passport and other important documents and have them NOTARISED and store your original documents safely.

VISAS

Citizens of all countries except Malawi, Mauritius and South Africa need an entry visa to visit Mozambique.
Visas must be obtained at Mozambican diplomatic embassies and missions spread around the world before entering the country.
Allow at least 7 days for this
Visas can be arranged at the Kosi Bay border, if necessary.
It is advisable to request a receipt , as a “visa” at the Kosi Bay border comes in the form of an entry stamp which is valid only
for Ponta do Ouro and surrounds (not for travel further North).

For contact details see Embassies & Consulates. Visas are obtainable at Ressano Garcia Border Post as well as Kosi Bay

VEHICE
REQUIREMENTS

If you are bringing in a vehicle :

  • A privately owned vehicle or trailer/boat trailer, within the SADC (Southern African Development Community) countries must have the registration book or documents. A much better idea is to make certified copies of your registration papers and laminate them. You will be required to show this upon entry at the border.
  • If the driver is not the registered owner, then a letter from the Owner, authorising use of the vehicle is required.
  • If you are driving a hired vehicle, then the rental company must give a letter of authorisation to the driver, to use the vehicle in Mozambique.
  • Vehicles with a foreign registration must pay third party insurance and road tax, this is R160,00 per vehicle.
  • It is strongly advised to insure your vehicle comprehensively and make sure that cross-border travel is covered by your policy.
  • Traffic in Mozambique, as in South Africa, drives on the left hand side of the road.
  • Two emergency triangles per vehicle are required by law
  • If you are towing a boat or trailer you must have the, yellow triangle on a blue background, towing sign on the front right of your vehicle and on the back right of the boat or trailer.
  • The wearing of seatbelts is law in Mozambique
  • Make notarised copies of your drivers licence and passports and NEVER GIVE YOUR DRIVERS LICENCE TO ANYBODY - give a notarised copy instead.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON ESSENTIAL VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS IN MOZAMBIQUE

 

 

 

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

 

 

There is no restriction on how much money can be brought into the country. If you bring in more than the equivalent of US$5000,00, then you must fill in a declaration form at the customs desk at the entry border. This is so that you will be allowed to leave with more than US$5000,00 at the end of your holiday. Money can be exchanged for meticais at banks and Bureau de Change branches. It is advisable to change your money before entering Mozambique.
Avoid using the private people at the border trying to tempt you to exchange with them, not only is it illegal, but you stand a very good chance of being ripped off.
Foreign currency can be used to settle transactions, in fact some vendors prefer this sort of transaction, but this is more applicable in the southern parts of Mozambique.

NB;PLEASE TAKE NOTE: When ordering foreign exchange, it is mandatory that clients also complete the attached travel declaration form.
Foreign currency will only be processed on production of a valid air ticket, passport, and proof of residential address.

BORDER CROSSING POINTS

INTO MOZAMBIQUE FROM:-
MALAWI; Cobue, Intre Lagos, Mandimba, Zobue.
SOUTH AFRICA:- Komatipoort/Ressano Garcia, Ponta do Ouro/Kosi Bay.
SWAZILAND:- Namaacha/Lomahasha
TANZANIA:- Namuiranga/Mwambo Border hours 06h00-18h00 (Crossing Rovuma River on a max 10 ton motor ferry at high tide)
ZAMBIA:- Chassacazita, Zumbo
ZIMBABWE:- Machipanda, Mukumbura, Nyama-panda.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

CLICK HERE

Inoculations (CLICK HERE)against disease like hepatitis, tetanus yellow fever etc are not required to enter Mozambique. It is recommended however to consult your own doctor before your trip and it would be wise to take precautions against diseases such as hepatitis, malaria (very important), tetanus and also yellow fever. If on your return home you do not feel well then notify your doctor that you have been in Mozambique with possible exposure to these diseases. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE BORDER

AT THE BORDER

FOREIGN EXCHANGE; Do not utilise the people on the side of the road. Not only is this illegal but you stand a very good chance of being ripped off.

 

SOUTH AFRICAN SIDE
Enter the border building and complete a vehicle temporary export document and gate pass, have them both stamped Proceed to immigration, with your passports, where they will be stamped.
You will then be allowed through the South African side to the Mozambican side of the border crossing
MOZAMBIQUE SIDE
You will receive a gate pass on entering Mozambique, make sure that you obey the directions and signals of the border officers and that you stop or park where they show you. Proceed to the immigration building.
Do NOT to let the locals, help you, with the paperwork. Customs officials are not allowed to receive money, but helpers are, so they work together.
This means that together they will go through your belongings, to find something, to make you pay for, where as the customs officials on his own is less likely to go through your belongings.
All passengers plus the driver must personally go through passport control at the immigration desk on the right as you walk in. in order to be allowed to enter Mozambique.

You will have to pay R17.50 cash, per passport request a receipt.
The driver will take the gate pass and temporary export permit to the customs desk across the room get them stamped and pay road tax MTn 26.50 (+- R7.00) at the Vehicle Registration desk (Rands not accepted).

Normal cameras and personal goods do not need to be declared, although if you are uncertain, ask.
If you are taking anything of high value or electronic equipment through. declare the items.
Items like laptops must be declared AND TAKE NOTE, fill in a separate form for each person. I have had an experience where I entered Mozambique with a friend and we declared our two laptops on one form. I exited 3 days before my friend from Kosi Bay border post,with no problem and he exited from Ressano Garcia 3 days later. When he went through customs they asked him where the other laptop was and no amount of explanations sufficed.
They stated that he had sold the other laptop and was liable for R5000,00 duty. It cost him a bribe of R100,00 to avoid this blatant manipulation and threat.

Very important -make sure that you have your 3rd party insurance.
Exit the building and find a customs official, usually dressed in a blue uniform, with orange pull-over, he will check your vehicle to see that no forbidden goods or plants are being brought into Mozambique. He will sign your gate pass. This form you hand to the officer at the gate, who will then allow you through into Mozambique.

You are allowed to take through, 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250 grams of tobacco, 1 litre of spirits, 2.25 litres of wine, 50 mls of perfume and goods not exceeding the equivalent of US$200,00.
No drugs, firearms, ammunition or explosives may be taken into Mozambique.
For fuel requirements click here

 

YOU NOW ARE IN MOZAMBIQUE

 

RESSANO GARCIA TO MAPUTO

Maputo from Ressano Garcia is 120 km's on the freeway and has 2 toll gates before entering Maputo.
Be very careful to keep to the speed limits, as if you transgress the speed limits, you are liable to a fine, of roughly R500,00, for your failing to do so.
Do not cross solid white lines and, wear your seat belts, front and back seats.

After 45Km you will come to the first toll gate, Moambo. These prices are according to TRAC's latest brochure.

Class 1 (light vehicles) - MTn 95.00
Class 2 (medium heavy vehicles) - MTn 236.00
Class 3 (large heavy vehicles) - MTn 471.00
Class 4 (extra large heavy vehicles) - MTn 707.00
You can pay in US$ or Meticais or SA Rands, change will be in meticais.
After another 35Kms you come to a set of traffic lights. Turn, LEFT.

After 53Kms you will come to the second tollgate, Maputo.

Class 1 (light vehicles) - MTn 17.50
Class 2 (medium heavy vehicles) - MTn 58.00
Class 3 (large heavy vehicles) - MTn 116.00
Class 4 (extra large heavy vehicles) - MTn 174.00

You can pay in US$ or Meticais or SA Rands, change will be in meticais.

After traveling about 3Kms, you will see a sign to Xai-Xai, just before you cross over a large bridge. You go straight for Maputo or turn left for Xai Xai and the Lagoon Coast to Inhambane.

As you enter the outskirts of Maputo, the first time visitor, is confronted by the chaos and mayhem of Maputo traffic, let alone the "kamikazi" taxi drivers, who will push in front of you with no regard whether they bump you or not. They are a law unto themselves and you should do your best to ensure that you do not become involved in an accident.
The closer you get to Maputo itself the more you will have to keep your eyes peeled for traffic lights.
There is normally only one light per intersection and that is on the left hand side of the intersection. If you go too far over the white line you won't see the traffic light as you would have gone too far past it.
You finally with much concentration enter Maputo after the big traffic circle on the AVENIDA 24 DE JULHO.
Give way to the right at traffic circles and traffic on the circle has the right of way.

At the end of Av 24 de Julho you turn left into AV. JULIUS NYERERE. After two blocks AV.EDUARDO MONDLANE will be on your left.
If you should choose to travel down this avenida do not do a "U" turn as it is forbidden and strongly enforced.
Four blocks further on on the right is the well known Polana Hotel on your right.
Beyond the Polana are the offices of the President of Mozambique. You are not allowed to photograph these buildings and if you are walking, make sure that you are on the opposite side of the street to them.
Places to see:in Maputo.
History of Maputo

 

FROM KOSI BAY BORDER TO PONTA DO OURO AND PONTA MALONGANE AND MAMOLI

Kosi Border Time: 08h00 - 17h00 GPS coordinates? For Kosi Bay border post: 26°52.220'S; 32°49.530'E
When you arrive at the border from Manguzi on the South African side, if you don't have a 4x4, you can arrange to have your motor car placed in secure parking, at the border post for the duration of your stay.
The cost is.R25.00/R30.00 per vehicle per day and there is a 24 hour guard. Make arrangements for a border shuttle pick up before hand if you are in a motor car.
You pay an entry fee of R17,50 per person (per passport)
Third party insurance plus temporary import duty for your vehicle; and
temporary import licence for all additional vehicles, such as a boat/trailer/wet bike are required.
There are certain restrictions regarding importing South African alcoholic drinks and cigarettes.
Ponta do Ouro is about 15 kms from the border, because of the sand roads, it takes about 35 minutes to get there.
You will need a 4x4 or at minimum a 2x4 diff lock, you cannot get to Ponta do Ouro by car.

Remember to let your tyres down for driving in soft sand. How much to deflate depends on the size of your tyre and the load you are carrying, there is no hard and fast rule. A rule of thumb is to deflate until you can see a discernable bulge (not too big) at the bottom of your tyres. Remember you can always deflate some more, but if you don't have a pump you cannot re-inflate.
Depending on your experience of driving in soft sand, it may be better to have at least 2 vehicles if you are not all that experienced at driving in soft sand. This is in case you get stuck and you need help. Take a towrope in case.

There is a landing strip at Manguzi, which is a small South African town just before the Kosi Bay border post.
For fuel requirements click here

From Kruger National Park (North of Letaba Rest Camp) to Giriyondo Border Post
into The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (Mozambique)

     

A que of cars

 

Giriyonda Border Post

 

Massingir Dam on the Olifants River 5KMs

 

Potholes

Ronel Myburgh who commented on this route as follows:

 

What an absolute awesome route to take ... yes, many travellers have now realised that the route is 'slower' (due to many 'roadworks' and potholes, but still quicker and a more scenic route than through Komatipoort ...

It took us about 2 hours to get through the border post, but for a 'first timer', the friendly service was absolutely awesome on both sides ... when we came back, it took us about 20 minutes to get through.

We will be going the same route in December ...

When we left on Easter Friday, we were quite surprised to see the amount of vehicles (towing boats and jet ski's) driving through the Kruger National Park, and then realized that they are heading the same way we are !! There are surely not rivers to sail on in KNP! ... the park on the Mozambique side is also a normal gravel road to travel on, did not see a lot of animals, and with the settlements in the park it kind of made sense. The road from the park to Macaratene and Chokwe was quite bad on our way down, but when we came back on the 1st of May, majority of the road was either already gravel, or they were busy lifting the tar ... so serious roadworks are happening ... but potholes did keep us under the 70km per hour rate (on our way back we managed between 80 and 90km/h) on the gravel parts.

The EN1 from Xai Xai to Inhambane was absolutely AWESOME ... we did hit a bad storm coming back the morning of the 1st and it was a nightmare driving in the rain and darkness.

 

 

ROADS

There are an estimated 29,810km (18,631 miles) of roads in Mozambique.
Maputo with Beira are connected by tar (paved) road which is having upgrading works done.
Beira and Tete are also connected by tar road.
Road travel in southern Mozambique is much better now and possible by ordinary vehicle in a lot of places.

There are regular Bus services covering most of the country. Converted passenger trucks known as Chapas. provide the only passenger service in the more rural areas. Make sure you carry your own carry food and water on these and other long journeys. There are occasional controls on the roads to check papers, especially in the north and near the border with Zimbabwe.
Bus travel is reasonably reliable and by far the cheapest form of transport in the country, but is VERY ROUGH and is NOT for the squeamish traveler and DEFINITELY NOT for women traveling alone.
Taxis are rarely available outside large towns.
Cars can be hired from international and national agencies in Maputo and Beira. Only cash is accepted.

Landmines may make travel on the less well used roads outside of the main towns a risk, so up-to-date travel information should be obtained before going into remote areas
Driving after dark can be a high risk and dangerous because of poor road conditions in some areas, the poor maintenance of many vehicles in the country (e.g. no headlights or rear lights), as well as the threat imposed by livestock that graze on roadsides.
Hijacking is more probable after dark as well.

 

FUEL

Petrol gets more expensive the further north you go. It's advisable to fill up at the garage just before, the Komatipoort/ Ressano Garcia border, and at Manguzi before the Kosi Bay Border, as there is not always petrol at Ponta Do Ouro. Unleaded fuel is not always readily available north of Maputo.
There are reasonably reliable filling stations in Maputo, Macia, Xai-Xai, Inhambane, Maxixe, Massinga, Vilanculos and Inhassoro on the road to Beira.
A very wise precaution is to fill up at Xai-Xai, as the filling station at Quissico is not always reliable.
Diesel is about the same price in Mozambique as it is in SA (sometimes even cheaper).
Carry extra fuel so you don't get stuck without petrol!!

 

RAILWAYS

There is no railway connection between Maputo and Beira, however Beira and Tete are linked.
There is also a rail link between Lichinga and Nampula and further east at Monapo, there is a junction, with the northern line going to Nacala and the southeastern one stopping at Moçambique.
Trains also run from Maputo to Goba and Ressano Garcia.
Most trains have three classes. There is no airconditioning, very few sleeping coaches and no dining cars.
For seats it is necessary to book well in advance and train services are sporadic with many schedule disruptions.

USEFUL PHRASES

Good morning: Bom dia,
Good afternoon: Boa tarde,
Good evening: Boa noite,
See you later: Ate logo
Stay well: Fique bem
Excuse me: Faz favor
How are you: Como esta
How much: Quanto custa
Until next time: Ate a proxima
I don't understand: Nao compreendo
Thank you Obrigado (m) Obrigada (f)
I don't speak Portuguese:Nao falo Portuguese

No problem: Nao faz mal
No way: Nada
Goodbye: Adeus
Today: Hoje,
Tomorrow: Amanha,
Sorry: Desculpe
Please: Se faz favor
Okay: Tudo bem
Ladies: Senhoras
Gentlemen: Senhores
Restaurant bill: Qual e a contas
The bill: Conta

Money: Dinheiro
Receipt: Recibo
Breakfast: Matabicho
Lunch: Almoco
Dinner: Jantar
Bread: Pao
Prawns: Camarao
Beer: Cerveja
Wine: Vinho
Water: Agua
No; Nao
Yes: Sim


Coffee: Cafe
Tea: Cha
Square: Praca
Market: Mercado
Left: A esquerda
Right: A direita
Beach: Praia
Road: Rua
Car: Carro
Petrol: Gasolina
Diesel: Gasoleo
Where is?: Onde esta

 

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TOURISM BOARD;
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Caixa Postal 4758
Avenida 25 de Septembro 1203
Maputo
Tel 258 21 307 320
futur@futur.org.mz

CUSTOMS;
Agencia Nacional de Despatcho
Caixa Postal 722
Rua de Mesquita 33
Maputo
Tel 258 21 326 252
adena@zebra.vem.mz

NOTARY OFFICES IN MAPUTO
Av. Vladimir Lenine, 1472; tel. 428421
Rua Bagamoyo, 48; tel. 428422
Av. Samora Machel, 11; tel. 428417
Av Eduardo Mondlane, 2885; tel. 400578

MORE CONSULATES IN SOUTH AFRICA:

Johannesburg
Tel; (0)11 327 2943

Nelspruit
Tel (0)13 753 2089

Durban
Tel; (0)31 304 0200

Cape Town
Tel; (0)21 426 2944

Jose at MTI :
Tel (0)11 440 5281
1st Floor Crete House ,
102 Corlett Drive, Birnam.
Mozambique Visa Services: (0)11 803 9296.

 

DISTANCES

 

Beira
Chimoio
198
Chim
Ilha de Mozambique
1201
1325
Il d Moz
Inhambane
802
732
1929
Inhm
Lichinga
1676
1800
1287
2404
Lichn
Maputo
1205
1135
2332
469
2807
Mpto
Maxixe
740
670
1929
62
2342
465
Mxix
Nacala
1215
1339
118
1943
955
2346
1881
Nac
Namaacha
1282
1212
2423
546
2884
77
542
2423
Nmach
Nampula
1018
1142
183
1746
658
2149
1684
197
2226
Nmpl
Pemba
1447
1471
430
2175
1087
2578
2113
444
2655
438
Pmba
Ponta do Ouro
1322
1251
2448
585
2923
116
581
2462
193
2265
2694
Ouro
Quelimane
485
609
716
1213
1265
1616
1151
804
1693
607
1036
1732
Quel
Ressano Garcia
1324
1254
2451
558
2926
119
584
2465
58
2268
2697
235
1735
Rg
Tete
632
434
1759
1166
2234
1569
1104
1773
1646
1576
2005
1685
1043
1688
Tete
Vilanculos
465
427
1666
213
1403
918
740
1680
1511
1284
2191
790
700
 
827
Xai Xai
999
929
2126
263
2601
206
259
2140
283
1943
2372
322
1410
325
1363

 

ROAD ROUTES

The misjudgment of the distance travelled causes travelers' planning to fall apart and end up with dehydration shock . They end up doing last minute cancellations and often arrive late.

 

The road has just been repaired from Xai – Xai to Quissico and Vilanculos – Inchope with a new surface.

 

You can save 400 km coming from South Africa going straight to Zimbabwe to Beira. Beira – Pemba = 14 hours.

 

ZIMBABWE – PEMBA - By Car

Getting to Pemba 400 km or more can be saved travelling from South Africa to Masvingo to Mutare Border (missing Harare).          
Harare – Beira     - 565 km
Harare – Mutare (beautiful) Zimbabwe – Machipanda Border Mozambique
                                              280 km = good tar roads                                          3  hours
Machipanda – Chimoio                 90  km    good tar                                               1.2   hours
Chimoio – Inchope                      63 km     good tar                                                  .45 minutes
total 10     hours

 

 

 

BEIRA - PEMBA - By Car

 

Beira to Caia                       - 258 km  new highway do full up buy petrol at Caia 

                                                           money exchange to Mets                                3    hours

Caia to Mocuba                  - 278 km  road is good, Mets only                                      3    hours

There is a bridge to cross over.   The ferry no longer exists.

Mocuba – Nampevo           -   80 km  very very bad                                                      1.5 hour

Nampevo – Alto Molocue   - 110 km  good tar         1 hour                                            2.5 hours

Mocuba - Alto Molocue      - 100 km   road bad dirt, go slow, top road                           1  hour

Alto Malocue - Nampula    - 210 km   just tarred, do take dollars                                   2    hours

                                                     

Nampula- Pemba              - 420 km tarred good potholes repaired                                4.5 hours

Nampula - Ilha de Moz      - 1 hour apart

Careful at night: logging trucks not having lights or reflectors.

Should take 16 hours straight to Pemba without Ilha de Moz detour.

 

PEMBA  - TANZANIA  - By Car

 

The corridor between Mozambique and Tanzania Unity bridge is now open.  With this route plan an overnight at Mocimboa da Praia or Pangani.

 

Pemba 80 km - Sunate (Silva Macua) 110 km - Macomia tarred road is bad, lots of potholes                                                

(50km after Macomia  turn off overnight at Pangani Campsite)

Macomia 100km dirt under construction to T junction to Diaca or (Oasse)

left to Mueda 60 km beautiful tar road

Pemba to Mueda  = 350 km                                                                                              4 hours

 

Mueda – Negomano there are 4 bridges and one is damaged, not designed for heavy trucks

Mueda, do get fuel. Dirt road 160km to Negomano the road has very, thick powder dust. Caused mostly by heavy trucks going through during the rainy season.

Negomano go 80km has Immigration & Customs at Negomano Unity Bridge.

The Forestry Reserve scenery is stunning.                                                                      2 hours

 

Coming from Tanzinia - the Unity bridge of good road after the bridge ask for directions to turn off to Mueda, this is right in the middle of this good road Mueda  300m ONLY!  There are no signs for the  turn off, you will pass the turn off getting a sudden dead end and can end up in the bush. Careful especially at night!

 

Negomano cross over the bridge to Namajani. This crossing is at S11.42630 E38.48912.

On the Tanzania side 200m from the Bridge is customs & immigration, drive about 10 km's to the village Masuguru. From there the road to Chitowe to Nangomba (please, report if you can get fuel) is a long and exceptionally good gravel road (end Dec-April with very slippery spots) 2 hour  gravel road to Masasi - can get fuel.

 

Pemba to Masasi                                                                                                              11 hours     

 

ROAD AND TRAFFIC GUIDE LINE

 

Traffic Infringements guide whilst in Mozambique. The following are indications of traffic offences and the fines relating to them. This is a guide line ONLY and we cannot be responsable to the changes.

It Is A Guide Line Only

 

 

Traffic Law:

 

  • All passengers must wear their seat belts at all times

 

  • Only licensed drivers are allowed to drive vehicles, this includes driving on rural areas as well as main roads

 

  • Drivers license, temporary import papers, car registration documents and 3rd party insurance must be carried in your vehicle at all times

 

  • Speeding and traffic laws are strictly enforced. If you are fined for any contravention please request a receipt when paying.

 

  • Take precaution of pedestrians and avoid driving at night

 

  • During a car accident, ensure that you have all your documents ready to present to police, contact your third party insurance and also ensure that you receive a case number from the police.

 

  • Mobile phone usage is forbidden while driving

 

  • Maximum speed authorized in the city is 60km/h

 

  • Drinking and driving is prohibited, and is actively controlled. The police use breathalyzers and enforce road blocks. No open bottles of liquor allowed in vehicles, passengers are not allowed to consume alcohol whilst in vehicle. Blood alcohol level is limited to 0.6g/l of blood (corresponding approximately 2 glasses of beer/wine - depending on age, gender and weight can vary)

 

  • All vehicles should be equipped, in addition of the warning triangle, with a reflective jacket as well as reflective markings.
    • An Emergency Triangle must be carried in all vehicles. Each side of the triangle must be 500mm long and 50mm wide, with a thickness of about 5mm. It must be uniformly covered in red reflective material, with the back of the triangle being either white or have a 5mm wide white border. The edge of the triangle must be yellow. Remember that the reflective surface must be well-maintained and looked after, it must be visible from 100m away in the presence of light.
    • A reflective Jacket must be carried in all vehicles. Your reflective vest must be made from polyester. You must be able to close the vest in the front of it as well as be able to adjust the vest at the sides. It must be equipped with polyvinyl reflective strips in yellow or or green in the front, to the sides, as well as on the back of the vest. These strips must not be less than 400mm wide. You must wear your vest when you are at the scene of a car accident, when repairing your vehicle on the side of the road or reloading cargo that has fallen from your vehicle onto the road. For non-compliance with the new regulations for reflective vests and reflective markings, you can expect a fine between MT 500.00 and MT 1,000.00. For non-compliance with the new regulations for triangles the maximum fine is MT 500.00.
    • Reflective markings must be used on all vehicles and trailers over 10,000kg in weight or more than 6m long. Reflective markings should be placed of on the sides and the back or back edges of your vehicle as well as trailers in continuous or contiguous (in close proximity) lines. Markings must be between 0.25mm and 1.5m from the ground, and and may be extended up to 2.1m. Reflective markings must be made of yellow reflective material, and be at least 50mm wide. If a marking is not continuous, than the distance separating markings must be no more than 80% of the length of each marking. For non-compliance with the new regulations for reflective vests and reflective markings, you can expect a fine between MT 500.00 and MT 1,000.00. For non-compliance with the new regulations for triangles the maximum fine is MT 500.00.

 

 

 

 
 
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