Questions you have about Mozambique
|Anti-corruption hot line:||+258 82 396 9890|
|Medical Emergencies:||ER24 - 84124 or Netcare 911 - 84911|
Maputo General Hospital:
258 21 325000/9 +258 84 389 0486
|Mozambican Police:||112 or 21 400 159|
|South African High Commission:||258 84 304 4600|
|or After Hours:||258 21 490059 or 21 490059 / 21 493030|
|TRAC N4 toll route emergencies:|
|(from South Africa)||0800 87 22 64 or 082881|
|TRAC N4 toll route emergencies:|
|(from Mocambique)||+258 84 3434 346 or +258 82 3034 30|
Traffic Police: Indentified by a uniform of white shirt and navy trousers
Authorised to issue spot fines for traffic offences - insist on a ticket and official numbered receipt
Mozambique Republic Police (PRM): Identified by grey uniform
No authority to issue traffic fines ( but assist / guard traffic police), Authorised to search the vehicle and inspect you identity document
Do NOT hand over your passport or drivers licence (show it for inspection)
The Regulation for the Characteristics of Advanced Warning Signs, Reflective Vests and Reflective Signage. The present regulation applies to all vehicles and trailers on public or private roads, open to public traffic, and to the drivers.
All vehicles are to have 2 x Triangles which take the form of equilateral triangles each side of which is 500 millimetres long, and with external strips of not less than 50 millimetres wide, and uniformly covered in red reflective material.
1. All vehicles and trailers on public or private roads, open to public traffic must be equipped with a fluorescent vest with reflective stripes.
compulsory for drivers of vehicles to wear
the Vests in the following situations:
a) When repairing a vehicle at the side of the road;
b) At a road accident;
c) When loading, unloading or removing cargo which has fallen onto the road or roadside.
2. The reflective vest must be visible in the day and at night, must be made from polyester with front closing and side adjustments, with polyvinyl reflective strips in yellow or green, and be fluorescent.
3. The reflective strips must be at least 40 millimetres wide and must be placed on the front, each side and the back. FINES of 1000mts will be imposed for a breach of this law.
The ORIGINAL registration forms (vehicle trailer or Caravan) must be carried with you.
If the vehicle is financed, you must get a letter from the financing company authorizing you to bring the vehicle to Mozambique.
A Valid Third Party Insurance is imperative. These can be obtained at the border. Cost for insurance for a vehicle is R150.00, and for a trailer R80.00 (prices could change without notice. S.A. Insurnace is not valid in Mozambique
All South African vehicles must have a ZA. sticker on them, as well as a yellow triangle on blue background on the front and rear of your vehicle as well as on the back of your Trailer / Caravan if you are towing.
Watch out for areas where there is a solid white line as officials will to fine you if one or two wheels (especially on wide trailers) crosses over the centre line.
If a truck is pulling over and you want to pass, do not do so on a solid line, you will be fined.
If you are stopped at a Police Stop, ....Immediately switch on you Emergency Indicators.
If you Drive with sunglasses, and are approached by police - please remove them while talking to him / her, it is a common courtesy, and will make discussions more friendly.
A vehicle may tow a trailer with up to two axles provided the length of the vehicle and trailer is 13m, but not exceeding 19m. The Maximum width of a trailer may be 2.6m and the height a max of 4 meters.
At police checkpoints you may be required to show your drivers license and passport as well as registration papers....... NOTE: to solicit money from you, the official may hold your papers as ransom, don't get aggressive, as it will only aggravate the situation. (see emmergency Numbers if help is needed)
Wear your safety belt. (Front and Back seats), it's the Law and Traffic officers enforce these laws very strictly!
Speeding laws are strictly enforced. Obey the speed restrictions especially through villages, at the 80 km sign be doing 80 or less, similarly at 60km
Next Caution! The National speed limit is 100kph - this is now being enforced, with fines of up to 8000.00 Mtn - this law is presently under review !
The road condition from the border to Maputo is very good. It is a Toll Road with fees of 135.00 Meticais at Moamba and 25.00 Meticais in Maputo.
Once you turn left at the Xai Xai off ramp the road becomes progressively busier with road works now under-way all the way to Marracuene.
Drivers (especially Taxis and Busses) basically drive the way they want. So Please be alert!
At the two Traffic Circles, be careful as the locals don't indicate to change lane and often turn out of the traffic circle from the inner lane. After the traffic circles there is a single carriageway with no lines, which means the Taxis and trucks can, and do, overtake on the wrong side of the road. Which leaves you driving into oncoming traffic!
Once passed Marracuene the road is new all the way - including through Xai Xai and up to Namavila here the road deteriorates a little, and then improves after Quissico, then in good condition to us, so you can relax a bit, but, be vigilante for children, especially around Schools and Village areas as they play next to, and will cross the road without looking.
Take proper precautions against malaria. Prophylactics, mosquito coils and insect repellent spray are strongly recommended.
Hospitals and Doctors are available in Xai Xai and Inhambane. A clinic can be found at Inharrime, and Doctors for Life are finishing construction of a clinic near Zavora (about 30 km from us) We have a basic first aid kit for emergencies.
Money Matters (All Banks are CLOSED on Saterdays)
Banks are available in the major towns to exchange money. Local currency (Metical) can be withdrawn at ATMs in Maputo, Xai Xai, Inharrime and Inhambane.
When Changing Money, Be Aware, Watch the counting, Notes are sometimes folded double and counted as TWO.
Fuel and Oil
We suggest you fill up at the major towns such as Maputo and Xai Xai. Inharrime and Maxixe who have a regular supply of fuel & Diesel, (unleaded petrol only!)
Very limited shopping facilities are available in Inharrime with more shops, products and services being available in Inhambane & Maxixe.