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DIRECTIONS BY ROAD

Inhassoro is located on the National EN1 road, which runs between Maputo and Beira.

Directions from the North – (Zimbabwe to Inhassoro)
The distance from the Mutare border post to Inhassoro is 640kms. If you are traveling from Zimbabwe, Tete or Chimoio: follow the main Beira road and turn south at Inchope. This is the National road EN1 to Inhassoro, Vilanculos, Xai-Xai and Maputo. You will cross the Revue, Busi and Save Rivers. The turning left to Inhassoro is approximately 325 km from Inchope. Parts of the road after the Save Rive Bride are pot-holed and caution should be exercised. A 4x4 vehicle is not necessary at any stage of the journey.

Directions from the South - (South Africa (Nelspruit) to Inhassoro)
Inhassoro is 720km by road from Maputo. Follow the main toll road from Komatipoort to Maputo. Just before entering Maputo, you turn left onto the National road EN1 to the North (Xai-Xai, Inhambane, Vilanculos, Inhassoro, Beira). You will travel through Xai-Xai, Maxixe and Massinga. The Inhassoro turning is 60 km after passing the Vilanculos turning. A 4x4 vehicle is not necessary at any stage of the journey.

After turning off the EN1 to Inhassoro
Follow the narrow strip tarred road east towards the ocean for about 12 kilometres. (Pull off to the left for oncomming vehicles) Once entering Inhassoro with the sea in view, turn right at the bottom of the hill (opposite Seta) into the main street of Inhassoro passing BCI bank and a few shops. At the end of the tar turn left onto a sand road and after 200m turn right and follow the sand road (keep to the right) then over a small bridge and another 100m to the Cashewbay sign.

Before driving, please take note of all the travel tips listed on our site.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Mozambicans, South Africans and Zimbabwean passport holders are no longer required to apply for visas if their stay in each other\\\\\\\'s country does not exceed 30 days.

However, for all other passport holders, visas are still required. The onus is therefore upon International Clients to ensure that passports are valid for 6/months in order to obtain their Visas, either in your country prior to departure for Mozambique, OR when entering Mozambique at the border or airports. (please ensure that there is sufficient space in passports for the inclusion of the Visa.

You will need a passport, valid for at least 6 months after your return from Mozambique. Drivers must carry a valid drivers license, the original registration papers of the vehicle, and trailer registration papers (if applicable). Compulsory Mozambican third party insurance must be purchased at the border. A letter of permission is needed if driving a vehicle registered in someone else's name, and it helps to have this stamped at your local police station, before entering Mozambique. The law requires you to carry your passport at all times. Make at least one photocopy of your passport and all other important documents, and store them in a safe place.

BORDER POST FORMALITIES
You must report to the immigration office with your passports and vehicle registration papers in hand. On the South African side (Komatiepoort), and Zimbabwean side (Mutare): A Cusom's Official will give you a gate pass and this is to be taken to the immigration office. Fill in your vehicle / goods export form and then get your passport stamped. Hand in gate pass when driving out of South Africa/Zimbabwe.

Mozambique side (Ressano Garcia): As you go through the gate you will be handed another gate pass which is needed for Immigration, Customs - road permit and Customs Inspector. Get your passport stamped - You have to pay R12 per person; take out the compulsory 3rd party insurance (R120 per vehicle or USD 23); buy the compulsory temporary import permit for all vehicles - including boat trailers (payable in meticais Mt 30 000 (approx. R15). Proceed out of the office to a customs inspector who will then inspect your vehicle and contents. After signing the gate pass and if you have nothing to declare, on exiting the gate you hand the gate pass in.

Money can be changed at banks or visa and master cards may be used to draw money from the auto-banks

BORDER POST TIMES:
Komatipoort (Ressano Garcia) - open every day of the year between 07h00 - 19h00.

During the busy December period (generally from 20 December to 03rd January) this border stays open 24-hours.

Namaacha/Lomaacha (Swaziland/Mozambique) - opens at 07h00, closes at 18h00.

Oshoek/Ngwenya (South Africa / Swaziland) - opens at 07h00, closes at 20h00.

Kosi Bay/Ponta d' Ouro (Faranzela ) - opens at 08h00, closes at 17h00.

Forbes Border Post - Mutare.
Import Duties - Visitors to Moz. may import for personal use, free of duty & tax:
400 cigarettes
1 litre of spirits
3 bottles of wine and other goods (including groceries) to the value of US$200
Firearms are prohibited
other goods - R500
If you take in expensive items, like a laptop computer, you will be given a receipt (TIP Temporary Import Permit) which you will have to present on your return. Other goods might attract import duties, if it is thought that you wish to resell them in Mozambique.

PAST THE BORDER
The Maputo corridor is now complete, making it a good highway all the way from Gauteng. There is a total of toll fees of R 000.00 in South Africa and Mt 120.00 (about R 25.00) in Mozambique - (each way). You can pay the toll fees in Mozambique with Rands, US dollars or Meticais.

The road going north from Maputo to Vilanculos (EN 1) is generally a good tar road and was repaired in 2010/2011 and is good quality, from Vilanculos to Inhassoro has been patched with a few potholes and bad shoulder

The road from Mutare to Inhassoro is generally good but has about 30km of pot holes near the Save River Area.

Traveling after dark is NOT advisable, as there are no streetlights and sometimes the other vehicles on the road have inadequate lighting. If you do travel after dark, take it easy, especially when there are oncoming cars.

DRIVING
Check whether your insurance covers you whilst driving in Mozambique. Always keep the following documents handy: passport, drivers license, original vehicle registration papers, third party insurance certificate and temporary import permits - you may be asked to present them at various control points. It is obligatory to wear seat-belts at all times. Obey all the speed limits, normally 100 km/h on the EN1, 80 km/h on approaching villages and towns and down to 50 km/h or even 30 km/h as one drives through them. All motorists must carry a set of standard red emergency triangles. If you are towing, two triangles must be displayed, one on the front of the car and one on the rear of the trailer. Do not exceed the speed limits!

Traffic police, who wear navy and white, will only stop you for traffic violations. The civil police, who wear grey and white, usually ask to inspect your documents. If you are stopped by the police remember that politeness and a little patience go a long way. Always ask for a receipt if you have to pay a fine, for any traffic offence. Be particularly careful for pedestrians, especially when approaching stopped buses or heavy vehicles. Avoid driving at night, when animals, unmarked road repairs and vehicles without lights, are added dangers. Petrol (gasolina) and diesel (gasoleo) are available in the main towns, but unleaded petrol is only sold in Maputo, Xai Xai and Maxixe. Petrol stations are generally open from about 06:00 to about 18:00.

If you happen to be involved in an accident, you will be required to present your third party insurance, drivers license and vehicle papers. You must contact the third party insurance company immediately and will also be required to make a statement at the nearest police station. Driving on the beaches and driving without a shirt on, is illegal.

STATE OF THE ROADS
Road conditions have vastly improved over the last year.

CURRENCY
The Mozambican unit of currency is the Metical, always used in the plural form of Meticais (pronounced Meti-ca-ish).

DISTANCE
Maputo to Vilanculos 650km
Mutare to Vilanculos 700km

LAW IN MOZAMBIQUE

It is not uncommon to be stopped at one of the police checkpoints. If you follow these basic guidelines, you should not have any problems.

Wear seat belts at all times!

Keep to the speed limit as they are very particular about this- usually 60 kph in towns and 120 kph on the open road. A standard speeding fine is approx.1000 Mts (R 240.00)

Display your emergency triangles in a visible place.

Red or blue and yellow triangles are required if you are towing and need to be displayed on the front of the vehicle and back of trailer.

  • ADHERE to speed limits passing through small towns (80km/h and then 60km/h)
  • BAN on use of cell phones whilst driving.
  • IN ALL VEHICLES: - 2 Emergency Triangles per vehicle and 1 x Reflective Jacket to be worn by driver when exiting the car.
  • NO ALCOHOL open or closed permitted inside the passenger compartment of any vehicle. (ONLY in the boot)
  • SEAT BELTS to be worn at all times

Travel Map (PDF)

Inhassoro Directions &
Inhassoro town map (PDF)

If you do get stopped, be patient and polite. They will normally want to see your driver's license, triangles and reflective Jacket. Try to avoid giving the original documents to the officials. Instead, offer them a copy of the required document and smile.

Some useful words to remember are Bon Dia (Good morning);
Boa Tarde (Good afternoon);
Boa Noite (Good evening / night); Faz Favor (Please);
Obrigado (Thank you).

Don't be nervous - there is nothing to be afraid of, unless you have broken the law.

Your holiday starts when you get into the car. Travel safe and don't travel at night.


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