Going to Mozambique for the first time? Here’s a checklist of what you will need


Hi. I'm currently 33 years old and I'm a full time web developer. I love my wife and... my two cats! The main goal of this blog is to help other South Africans with product reviews, how to articles and updated science and tech news. There are many things that's not very clearly explained like how to do your tax or how to renew your car license for example. So hopefully this blog can be useful to others.

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21 Responses

  1. Jolene says:

    Love this – agree 😉

  2. johan says:

    thank you so much, i was scared shitless of cannibals and big pots! going there friday by car.. If I drive a company car that’s paid for, I;m sure a letter will do?

  3. Earnest says:

    thank you. Your information really helped me for my trip to Mozambique

  4. Lauren says:

    Hi there,
    Thanks for all the info, just want to find out, if I get the third party
    Insurance from Hollard, do I present that at the border as I
    Have read that one can pay for that at the border too?
    Also those yellow triangles stickers, where do I stick them
    Specifically, what are they for and do I still need the red triangles
    Over and above those and the ones that come standard
    In my vehicle?
    Thanks very much
    Lauren Malan

    • Francdore says:

      Hi. You can either buy it beforehand at any Outdoor Warehouse or when we went there was small “containers” where you can buy 3rd party insurance. But I just feel safer to buy it beforehand. You don’t need to show it to them unless they ask for it.

      The yellow triangles needs to go on your cars front bumper. That’s only if you have a trailer hooked on the back of your car. More important, you need the ZA sticker/magnet on the back of your car.

      Yes you need to have one red triangle (the standard one is fine) in your car and also two yellow safety vests.

      Hope this helps.


  5. Malcolm Henry says:

    Thanks for the info but I think you need to amend your statement about malaria. You may have been lucky but there have been a number of tourists coming out of Tofu this month with malaria including one tourist death and 9 local deaths. Malaria kills over a million people a year in Sub-Saharan Africa and therefore prophylaxis for Mozambique all year round is highly recommended!! Contact SASTM (SA Society of Travel Medicine) for up to date advice, Regards Dr Malcolm Henry

    • Francdore says:

      Hey. Thanks for your comment. I have amended that part about Malaria. After I wrote this post, one of my friends got Malaria so you’re right. Please take all the necessary precautions when going to Mozambique.

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  7. John says:

    What documentation / insurance do I need for a trailer?

    I heard the latest scam is they don’t stamp yr passport then on your way out fleece you for no entry stamp.
    Make sure each person gets their own passport stamped.

  8. jaimey says:

    hi can a person take things like cooldrink and sweets through must that also be vacum packed and can you use rands in Ponta Da ouro and is there Atms to draw money.

    • Francois says:

      Hi. Yes you can take cooldrinks and sweets. They don’t really check your car or anything. Just don’t let anyone at the border offer you for help. Do everything yourself and don’t give anyone your passport.

  9. Ashlen says:

    Hi, If I catch fish, will I be able to bring it back to South Africa?

    • Francois says:


      Apparently there’s a posters on the walls at the border on the SA side saying: “You may not be in possession of any marine goods,fish,dried fish etc if you don’t have a permit for it.”

      “Travelers wanting to take fish home and transport it by vehicle are advised to Purchase a fishing permit irrespective. These can be purchased from the Fisheries Departments in the various Provinces. You will need to take your passport with you should you want to obtain a permit. The Fisheries officials like to sit at Xai-Xai and stop the Ski-Boaters and search them for fish. If you do not have a permit irrespective of the laws you are fines.”

  10. Ashlen says:

    Thank You for that, it is my first time going so I rather be safe than sorry, any clue as to where I could possibly get the permits? Will I get it in South Africa or do I apply for the permit once in Mozam?

  11. Dwayne Nelson says:

    I am planning on going to Mozambique BUT I want to hire a 4×4 in South Africa to do 4×4 trails and to see more etc… BUT all the 4×4 hire companies in South Africa charge at least R20,000 or over R15,000, is that how it is how can I get away with something cheaper ?

  12. Rakhi says:

    I’m going to be driving down to maputo but am not sure are we allowed to take alcohol?

  13. Hannes van der Westhuizen says:

    I have given a 7 day Holiday by Leisure Portfolio Association to go to MORRUMBENE BEACH RESORT what time of the year will be the best to go and will my ISUZU KB 300 D/C 4 X 2 with a differential lock be able to get me there.

    Can I take frozen meat with and how many?
    We will only be two people.

    What is the distance from Komatipoort to Maputo.
    And from Maputo to Inhambanne


  14. Tiaan says:

    Hey man, great post. Appreciate the effort. This will make things a lot easier for me.

    How much money would you suggest taking (in rands)? I’m going for an 11 day stay in a lodge.

  15. Monique says:

    Hi! My passport is in my maiden name which I got in 2013. I got married in 2017, but didn’t change my passport as it was still valid… We are planning to travel to Mozambique next week Thursday so I don’t have time changing my passport, it is our first time travelling abroad… Will I be allowed to cross the boarder? And will I need an unabridged marriage certificate or will an abridged marriage certificate be OK.

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