Self Drive Mozambique – 10 Good Tips for a Safe Journey

self drive mozambique

Criss-crossing the dynamic landscapes of Mozambique takes some guts. Things change around every corner on a self-drive holiday through this awe-inspiring African destination. From untouched bushveld in game reserves to endless white beaches and violet oceans, Mozambique entices visitors to sample her treasures. If you self-drive, you can soak it all up in your own time.

The Perks of Driving Your Own Car Across Mozambique:

  • You get to explore corners of the country other travellers would never know existed.
  • You get to take things at your own pace – this is your custom made, tailor made holiday in paradise where you call the shots and decide when and where to eat and drink or sleep.
  • You meet people from all walks of life, locals and visitors – in border queues, country pubs, beach cafes and maybe a cultural show or live music gig
  • You pick your choice of accommodation ranging from camping and self-catering to friendly guest houses and villas to private chalets, five star hotels and pristine island lodges.
Not only is Mozambique famous for her islands, her beaches, her intact wilderness areas and her fantastic water sports, but so too is she valued for her awesome holiday accommodation in every town and province you may experience, planned or not.
Book ahead and drive there, along the 3000km shoreline or via the main artery roads leading to Maputo. If you self-drive from Johannesburg and want to head to Maputo, incorporate a few days in Kruger National Park – or start in the north of Mozambique when you take off from Malawi, Lilongwe.


Our Advice is to Take Heed of These Tips:

  • Always stay within the speed limits and respect the rules of the road. This is a busy country where bicycles, donkeys, carts, taxis, huge trucks and buses use the road at the same time. Even on the main EN1 highway, you must look out for goats and sheep, cattle and vendors at the sides of the road. When you approach a small town, slow down to 80kph, then 60kph as you enter the town. Traffic police will usually be waiting for people like you who don’t like to slow down. If you hit a speed trap, expect to pay a minimum fine of Mtn 1 000 but remember not to pay any bribes, even when you are in the wrong. Pay the due fine and ask for an official receipt.
  • Do not use your cell phone while driving.
  • Do not drive on the beaches. This is illegal and results in the wanton destruction of turtle nests and has been known to cause changes in dolphin behavior. Crabs, snails and other tiny creatures come out onto the beaches at night too.
  • Do not go off the main roads as many roads are unpassable. There may even be remnants of landmines since the civil war a few years ago.
  • Take your passport that is still valid for 6 months after your return date and make sure it has at least 2 blank pages before you set off. Make sure your driver’s license is real and up to date. South Africans do not need a Visa.
  • Ensure that you have third-party vehicle insurance so arrange this before your trip to save time and money. Make sure your insurance does cover Mozambique. Read the fine print.
  • Make certified color copies of all your legal, ID and travel documents and hide them in a separate place to your original documents. Laminate the copies to protect them.
  • You can take some things into the country with you but make sure you keep the slips from when you purchased them: alcohol (1 liter spirits or 2.25l of wine but NO beer); tobacco (200 Cigarettes or 100 Cigarillos or 50 Cigars); Perfumes (50ml of perfume or 250ml of Eau de Toilette; Pharmaceutical products (prescribed by a registered medical practitioner).
  • When loading or repairing your vehicle, or involved in an accident, by the side of the road, you are expected to wear reflective vests by law. You also need to carry 2 red triangles for breakdowns or accidents.
  • It is best to visit the country between May and October for the best weather and to avoid the heat and the South African school holidays. Travel out of season to escape the crowds.
  • It helps if you are a bit of a car mechanic as you may need to sort your car out in the middle of nowhere. Take along enough spares to get you to the nearest garage if need be: tires, jacks, fan belt, fuses, etc.

The Best Way to Self-Drive in Mozambique is the Chilled Way

Be polite to all and sundry, especially the police. Be organised – take a good guidebook and maps or GPS, taking time to explore off the beaten track. See the deserted beaches where no one else goes, camp here a while and imprint the golden sunrises on your mind forever. Sip cold Mozambique beers at local taverns and surf a wave at Tofo. Ride horses in Inhambane, dance the night away in Maputo. Take a boat to Inhaca for the day and spend a weekend tasting the decadent delights at an island lodge in the Bazaruto Archipelago.


Check out our self-drive packages here and choose the right accommodation for your exciting self-drive Mozambique road adventure today.

How to travel to Inhambane and Barra Beach Club

Barra Beach Club dhows in distance

If you want to stay at Barra Beach Club on a budget, you are doing the right thing – the extraordinary Barra peninsula is a few kilometres from Inhambane, right on the Inhambane estuary where long white sandy beaches meet the tides. Barra Beach Club is one of many different Mozambique lodges on this magical coastline, making Barra a great attraction for family beach holidays, honeymoons, romantic escapes and Barra diving holidays.

Inhambane as a base for adventure

Finding Inhambane in Mozambique is the easy part about travelling in Mozambique as it is a major town, airport and beach depot so to speak. Inhambane is also a great place for travellers to stock up en route to Beira or the stunning holiday accommodation options at Tofo and Barra beaches further north.

Welcome to one of Mozambique’s best diving and fishing regions and look out for the rare dugong cruising the bay. The region is also the largest cashew nut growing area in Mozambique and home to the nifty coconut and sweet citrus fruits.

Boardwalk at Barra Beach Club
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Barra Beach Club outdoor dining

History and modern comfort

Take time to explore the fascinating mix of African, old-world Portuguese and Muslim cultures. As long ago as the 10th century, Inhambane was the southernmost port used by the Arabs for slave trading and Vasco da Gama claimed the bay for Portugal in 1498.

Choose the 4-star Barra Beach Club for absolute comfort – settle into one of the 12 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions and quality beds with en-suite rain showers and stylish toiletries. Relax on the private beach or enjoy other recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool.

Special package deals that fit the budget

It is easy to travel to Inhambane when you know your accommodation at Barra Beach Club fits into your budget. If you book a special package deal, most extras are paid for already and all you have to do is go and unwind. Enjoy the lodge’s beachfront restaurant, with bar and swimming pool overlooking a vast blue ocean.

Getting to Barra Beach Club is possible by air or road. Drive there in a 2×4 vehicle to one of Mozambique’s most popular southern beaches where holidays rock. Only 508km from Maputo, 1035km from Johannesburg and 1080km from Durban. Better still, ask us to incorporate your flights into your hotel bill and you won’t even notice the costs. Fly in to Inhambane International Airport from Maputo or Johannesburg and Barra Beach Club will transfer you the 20km to your chic accommodation.

Corporate facilities work

What a great place to escape to for your company’s team building experience – a destination where all delegates can take part in exciting water and beach activities. What a great place for a successful think tank session, where ideas flow and important decisions are made as fluidly as the five-star service. Barra Beach Club is the ideal venue for smaller groups of up to 10 delegates but we transfer larger groups to our sister hotel, Casa Do Capitao. Here everyone gets world class service with a smile in top end venues offering state of the art technology.

Stay for longer, pay less

Get one night free at Barra Beach Club when you stay 5 or 7 nights. Stay for 5 nights pay for only 4; stay for 7 nights pay for only 6. Stay in deluxe lodge rooms and select ocean villas offering splendid views over the sparkling turquoise Indian Ocean. Get breakfast and dinner daily, finding lunch at one of many local restaurants and bars for your daily entertainment. Spend most of your time surfing, swimming, kite surfing and kayaking or soaking up incredible ocean views and coconut palm lined white beaches.

Contact one of our consultants today to organise your Barra Beach Club holiday on a budget because our package deals are super affordable.

Looking for the Perfect Family Holiday


This unspoiled country on the east coast of Africa – with a glorious Indian Ocean coastline and a choice of stunning island destinations that are simply sublime – is something of an unheralded gem in terms of African holiday locations, and now really is the time to go! At Mozambique Travel we have the experience and knowledge to help you find the best location at the right price, and nobody knows the country better than we do.

Head to the beautiful Bazaruto Islands for amazing accommodation options – the wonderful andBeyond Benguerra Lodge on the island of the same name is a quite delectable choice with superb facilities and luxurious accommodation – and you will find that you really are in a place that is unequaled for tranquillity. Or check out the wonderful Quirimbas Archipelago with amazing private island resorts such as Azura Quilalea and the beautiful seclusion of Ibo Island Lodge; few places in the world can match Mozambique for tranquil and originals locations, and we can take you to the very best of them.

Azura Quilalea

Ibo Island Lodge

andBeyond Benguerra Lodge

What to do when you are in Mozambique? The islands are surrounded by stunning coral reefs that are perfect for scuba diving, fishing is excellent throughout the area, and the amazing beaches on the Inhambane Coast are among the very best in the world. The local cuisine is quite superb with seafood dishes a specialty, while the quaint towns and villages are replete with interesting colonial architecture and teeming with history. For the very best  kid friendly holiday in a truly amazing country you can’t beat it, so why not get in touch with us at and we will help you book the holiday you know you deserve.

Self-Catering Mozambique

Vila Do Paraiso walkway
Planning a holiday to Mozambique may pose one huge question for you: should we go for an all-inclusive package deal at a well-known hotel or should we settle for a comfortable self-catering villa?


Do you want your holiday on the beach to be easy, adventurous and free of any time constraints and regulations? If you love to be free of any schedules and buffet choices or intimidating a la carte menus, choose the self-catering option. Outdoor barbeques, sunset drinks, breakfasts at midday – choose your daily schedules as you go.


Self-catering accommodation in Mozambique is diverse and exciting – from the beautiful coastal venues with ocean horizon views to those offering city lights and harbour views, this holiday destination promises every traveller something special.


The best way to start is in the North of Bilene, place of safe lagoon and open ocean – a family holiday destination not to be missed. Especially if you stay in Ngunghwa Lodge were bush trails, 15km of safe lagoon swimming and natural forests are waiting for you. Choose to stay in comfy 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom houses with shared kitchens and patios if you have eager children or book the honeymoon suite for its king size bed, complete privacy and luxury.


Also, quite far north lies the glorious Xai-Xai Eco Beach Resort in Praia de Xai Xai, Gaza Province. Discover a safe private house with 24-hour guarding service, only footsteps from the beach. Enjoy 18 newly constructed spacious houses with open plan layouts featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (main en-suite), balconies, lounge-family rooms, kitchen-dining rooms, storerooms, verandas, and carports. Cell phone reception is available.

Vila Do Paraiso

Xai Xai Beach Resort

Moving further south, book a few days into the magical self-catering resort of Tenda Tora, a mere 180km from Maputo. Choose from 3 elegant 3-bedroomed chalets, 8 2-bedroomed chalets or a single one-bedroomed unit. Revel in wonderful facilities including private plunge pools, braai areas on sunny balconies, open-plan kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms with DSTV.


When you don’t feel like cooking, head on down to the Saboroso Restaurant and Bar for their famous Saboroso hurricane cocktail and wholesome food.


Get back into your 4×4 and cruise further down the picturesque Mozambique coast to Inhambane and if you are in a group, settle into the Group House at Bayview Lodge. Right on the Praia da Barra, this superior self-catering accommodation ensures you relax in fully serviced surrounds on the beach. Enjoy air-conditioning, fresh linen and bath towels daily, mosquito nets and tasteful décor. Honeymoon couples will love the one-bedroomed units for peace and privacy.


Mozambique is known for its surfers’ paradise at Tofo Point, 22km from Inhambane. Take your family there on holiday and stay at the charming Casa Barry in delightful chalets boasting lounges, kitchens, bathrooms with showers, huge verandas and braai facilities. The thatched bungalows offer plenty of room in a choice of 2-bedroomed or 3-bedroomed units – or enjoy the single roomed units tucked away in the sand dunes, closer to nature.


Make the Archipelago Resort your home for a few days in Vilanculos, stunning water sport and harbour mecca. Dive into the crystal-clear pool set in lush gardens tucked between 18 Indonesian styled, fully equipped, self-catering casas. Experience true comfort with en-suite bathrooms, additional loft bedrooms with 2 single beds, living & dining room areas, fully equipped kitchens, ceiling fans and magnificent verandas overlooking the Bazaruto Archipelago


Another choice of intimate self-catering accommodation in Vilankulo is the quaint Casa Babi where 6 friendly dogs will accompany you on your daily beach walk. A fantastic boutique hotel in Mozambique where you are guaranteed personalised service in a home-away-from-home atmosphere. Stay in a deluxe sea view room with a private veranda from where you can watch whales lob tail and dolphins play in the waves. The Tucul is the ideal cottage for families who love to be away from the crowds – superbly placed in a lush garden, enjoy the self-catering vibe with great patio, fully-equipped kitchen, comfy lounge and 2 en-suite bedrooms with bath.


Not far off lies more exclusive self-catering accommodation at Ebony Beach where 2 luxury villas each sleep 8 guests at one time. Booking the double story villa means access to 4 bedrooms, built entirely from indigenous materials and handcrafted timber. Private veranda with a swimming pool, panoramic sea views, king size beds downstairs and twin beds upstairs. The second single story villa also has direct beach access with four en-suite bedrooms and great for children. Both villas are self-catering units and have DSTV & tea and coffee making facilities.


If you prefer to live within the safety of an estate in Vilankulo, head for 6 luxury thatched villas at Vila do Paraiso resort. These free-standing double-storey houses promise wonderful ocean views from lush tropical gardens within a fully secured 24-hour patrolled perimeter. Enjoy these conveniences and luxuries in each villa:
  • Air-conditioning
  • En-suite bathrooms with a shower or bath
  • Ample cupboard space
  • Bed linen and bath towels
  • Mosquito nets for each bed
  • Selected upstairs bedrooms have personal balconies.


Drive to the southernmost point of Mozambique and you find Ponto do Ouro where all kinds of self-catering establishments catch your eye. We love Ponta View Hotel with its lovely communal swimming pool and braai are. The outside shower is great for rinsing down after a long ocean swim and you can also make use of the laundry area. But best of all is the quality self-catering units on varying levels, except top level which is not self-catering:
  • Ground-Level – Two x 6 sleepers with ocean views: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (one with shower, one with shower & bath), air conditioning
  • Middle Level – Two x 6 sleepers with ocean views: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (one with shower, one with shower & bath), air conditioning


Wander around Ponto do Ouro and you will find the attractive Tri-M Wave Lodge, known as a pot of gold for families, couples and international travellers to Mozambique. Cook your own food then find time to chat at the pool bar with its lovely fireplace. Or enjoy a communal dinner at the gas braai and open pit braai area under the African stars. 10 self-catering units offer double beds in one bedroom, a second bedroom with 2 single beds, air-conditioning and fully serviced daily. Book your self-catering accommodation now.


Why take a Holiday in Mozambique?


The gloriously friendly east African country of Mozambique, with its amazing Indian Ocean coastline and stunning white sand beaches, is fast becoming a popular place as more tourists discover its hidden delights. As the experts in travel to the country this is one reason we recommend you come now – before the best resorts begin to attract crowds as the similarly priced resorts in the likes of Zanzibar and Mauritius. So what other reasons are there to holiday in Mozambique? There’s the weather, the amazing choice of resorts and accommodation, and then there’s the cuisine.

Just as it is famous for some of the best beaches in the world – especially those on the amazing Inhambane coast and the islands off the shore – so Mozambique is famous for exquisite food. Dine in any of the many restaurants in the delightful capital city, Maputo, and you will be able to try a range of exciting seafood dishes that display a combination of African and Portuguese influence, which results in a fine combination of flavours that can only serve to delight and inspire.

If you are in self catering accommodation then the markets in the provincial towns are ideal for getting fresh produce to cook on the barbecue of kitchen back at you accommodation; in cases where a houseman is present you will find they may be more than happy to drive you to the nearest town and help you buy the best goods. Inhambane town is particularly revered for fine seafood, fruit and vegetables, cooked and grown locally and ready for use. Mozambique really does offer a chance to enjoy a taste of cuisine that is unique to the region, and that seafood lovers, in particular, will enjoy.

Why should you book your stay in Mozambique with us? As we have such a lengthy relationship with the best resorts we are able to offer you great deals on accommodation in the finest locations, and we could save as much as 15% on the cover price in some instances. Our team of expert travel consultants know Mozambique better than anyone and can help put together  package ideas that includes everything you could need. There’s no need to shop around more for the best deal – get in touch with us right now, and we will help you book a Mozambique holiday that you will remember for a lifetime.

Travel Guide – Your Questions Answered on Inhambane

Castelo do Mar Inhambane Mozambique

Inhambane is one of those comfortable Mozambique holiday towns loved by South Africans and other travellers. Not only is it a place of historical wonder but so too is it a place of sunshine, blue seas and fantastic accommodation options. There is also so much to do in Inhambane, the diving and fishing centre for holidaymakers all year round.

It was Vasco da Gama who called it ‘Land of the Gentle People’ all those years ago when he pulled into this beautiful Mozambique bay to get supplies. The Portuguese set up a trading post here and now Inhambane has the largest fleet of working dhows in the country.

Getting to Inhambane:

You can drive or fly in to Inhambane from Johannesburg and Maputo. Most roads are accessible by normal cars but some lodges require a 4×4 vehicle to get in. You drive more than 1 000 kilometres from Johannesburg, 580 kilometres from Kruger and 480 kilometres from Maputo. The Inhambane airport is busy with regular flights from South Africa, Maputo and overseas.

Getting to Inhambane beaches from the town is easy as Tofo and Barra Peninsula are located a close 25 kilometres away. Get to the hidden gems of Guinjata Bay, Jangamo Beach and Pandane Beach with a 4×4 vehicle and the Pomene estuary where unspoilt beaches and great fishing are yours for the taking. Contact one of our consultants today to arrange your Inhambane holiday.

Come to this historic city with its old architecture, its magnificent white beaches and vibrant nightlife. You can choose solitude out of season or a raucous crowded time in season – South Africans flock into Inhambane for their annual Mozambique Easter and Christmas holidays!

Don’t forget your visas, passports and sense of humour when travelling into Mozambique. Always bring sun cream, hats, malaria medication and insect repellent. Book your Inhambane holiday break in Mozambique today!

Stunning Massinga Beach

Massinga Beach Lodge

Mozambique, with its wonderful Indian Ocean coastline and magnificent beaches, is a quite spectacular country with much to offer the holidaymaker. A friendly and welcoming country where the Portuguese colonial influence is still evident, many people enjoy Mozambique beach holidays thanks to the relaxed ambience and amazing weather, and the Inhambane Province is famous for having some of the best in Mozambique accommodation. Massinga Beach, stunning lodge overlooking a glorious stretch of private beach that is simply second to none, is surely one of the finest examples, and offers amazing accommodation in a truly exotic location.

The Inhambane Coast is a stunning place to be, and Massinga Beach offers you the very best of Mozambique beach resorts. A choice of accommodation includes four comfortable standard rooms, complete with all necessary amenities, 12 Ocean View Chalets which come complete with all facilities, luxurious living and sleeping areas, air conditioning and a wonderful private deck, plus the magnificent choice of 16 Ocean Front Deluxe rooms, which are specially designed for those looking for a romantic break in what must be one of the most romantic places on earth. With wonderful blue ocean waters, the stunning beach and amazing views, what more could you want from your Mozambique holiday accommodation?

Facilities at Massinga Beach are such that it provides the complete Mozambique holiday package; the leisure centre on site includes a bar and pool plus TV, a lounge and library, while the restaurant serves meals at regular times, many of them local dishes that simply have to be tried. Diving and fishing are available off the beach, and the resort offers a variety of other leisure activities for those who are not satisfied to simply relax in one of the most wonderful Mozambique beach resorts of all.

As a choice for Mozambique holiday accommodation Massinga Beach has few equals. With a team of experienced advisers who know the world of Mozambique holiday packages thoroughly, we can help you find the perfect holiday, honeymoon or romantic break in this or one of many other resorts throughout the country and the islands, and at the best prices on the market. with many specials on Mozambique hotels and lodges, you will find that our rates are excellent and our customer service exceptional, so why not get in touch now, and we will help you to book that specials romantic break or family holiday in one of the finest resorts in Mozambique?