Thinking of ditching the plane ride and long airport queues and opting for a self-drive adventure to Mozambique?
The good news is that a self-drive to Mozambique will open up Africa’s many gems in just one trip. Experience bush, beach and city living, with the added benefit of having no time constraints.
On the flip side (so no real bad news really): you may have to put some more detailed thought into your planning and preparation before you hit the road.
Mozambique specialist Dana Tours, offers ten helpful tips for your self-drive adventure to Mozambique:
- While you may be eager to explore the many nooks and crannies, do not venture off the main roads, as some roads are not vehicle friendly.
- Make sure to comply with all road regulations to avoid fines. If you are issued with a traffic fine be sure to request a receipt once the fine has been paid.
- You will require a passport which is valid for at least six months after the date of your return. Your passport will also need to have at least two blank pages.
- You will require a valid driver’s license.
- In addition to carrying your original travel documentation such as your passport, driver’s license, ID documents and vehicle registration papers, also make certified colour copies of these documents and keep them in a separate location to your original documents. It is a good idea to laminate these copies.
- Your vehicle and baggage may be subject to inspection regardless of the type of declaration that you have made and it is best to comply without hesitation to any such requests. You are within your rights to witness any such search.
- You will need to make sure that you have third party vehicle insurance. You can sort this out at the border, but it saves time to do this before setting out on your trip. For added peace of mind, ensure that the insurance you do have covers Mozambique and that is clearly mentioned within the documents.
- If the vehicle you are using is registered in another person’s name or owned by the bank, ensure that you have a certified letter with you stating that you are authorised to drive the vehicle.
- By law in Mozambique all vehicles must carry a reflective vest which must be worn by the car’s occupants when repairing or loading a vehicle at the side of the road or at the scene of an accident. All vehicles travelling in Mozambique must have two red hazard triangles and fire extinguishers. Keep in mind that should you be stopped at roadblock, failure to produce these items may lead to a fine.
- When entering Mozambique, you don’t need to declare up to US$ 5,000 in cash or travellers cheques. You are required to declare anything above this limit to the customs officials of Mozambique.
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