Going to Mozambique for the first time? Here’s a checklist of what you will need
Here’s a checklist if you’re planning to go to Mozambique for a holiday and you don’t know what you’re in for. A lot of people freak out about it because they hear all kinds of different stories from different people. After awhile you get so paranoid that you don’t know what to take and what not to take. We went camping in Mozambique for eleven days in December so I’ll tell you what not to worry about and what you need to worry about.
What to prepare when driving with your own car
1. Go to Outdoor Warehouse and get the following:
Two reflective vests
Two red triangles
The white ZA sticker
Third Party Insurance with Hollard which will cost you R150 per car.
A basic tool box (You never know what will go wrong)
2. What papers will you need?
If your car is still financed, then you’ll need a letter from the bank giving you permission to take your car across the border and also a copy of the original papers. The letter will need to have the owners name on it and also the person/s who will and might be driving the car in Mozambique. You can also make one copy of your license card, ID and passport which is certified by the police. This for when you get pulled over in Mozambique. NEVER give your real license card because they take it and force you to pay a huge fine. They will find something to fine you for. Because it’s so damn hot in Mozambique, have a few cold cokes in the car. They will let you go if you can just offer them a cold drink.
The money (Meticals) situation
We took cash in rands with us but from my experience I won’t suggest that. Rather go to the bank in SA before you go and exchange your money there. If you take rands to Mozambique, they don’t exchange it at the correct exchange rate which is normally 3.3. They do it at 3. So you lose that 0.3 which can make a big difference when trying to get meticals. We swiped our card a lot. Most places don’t accept master card so if you want to use your card to pay for things, make sure you have a VISA.
Taking food across the border
Don’t be scared to take some meat and food across the border. Just remember that it must be vacuum packed and that you should keep and take the slip with you. Also a really good idea to keep it cold/frozen is to take dry ice with you in a cooler or in one of those portable fridges. Our meat stayed frozen for days while we were camping so dry ice did the trick.
The hype about Mosquito’s
We took extreme precaution before we went. We bought mosquito repellent incense sticks, few cans of Tabbard spry, mosquito nets, glycerine soap, thick socks for the evenings and Myfliam malaria pills. A lot of people are coming back from Mozambique with Malaria so better be safe than sorry and take all the necessary precautions I mentioned above.
What car to go with? Will my toasted Atos make it to Mozambique?
Yes your toaster will make it. We heard loads of stories that the road is really crappy and that you need a 4×4 to drive to Mozambique. Ok I know of you enter Mozambique at the bottom there where Kosi Bay is, you won’t be able to drive there with a normal car. But if you’re going to the top of Mozambique through Xai-Xai and Maputo etc. you can basically drive with any car. We went with a Ford Fiesta Ambiente and we had absolutely no problems. Other friends who went along with us went with Polo’s and a Corsa Bakkie.
But let me tell you this. I’d rather go with a bakkie because when you’re there you can see much more and go a lot further than what normal cars would go. For example we went on a kayak trip one day in Tofo and we had to drive there in a 4×4 truck/bakkie. A normal car would never have made it.
So that’s it for now. I can’t think of anything else now but when I do I’ll update this post. Feel free to leave comments below this post and I’ll try and answer your questions as best I can.