Everything you Need to Know about Self-Drive Holidays to Mozambique

Self-drive holidays into Mozambique are extremely popular with South Africans. The festive season sees Mozambique filled to the brim with holidaymakers from Johannesburg, Durban and surrounds.  This is an adventure from start to finish. We have all the tips you need to know about safe self-driving to Mozambique.

It is easy to drive from South Africa to destinations like Maputo, Inhambane, Tofo, Bilene and the southern regions of Ponta do Ouro and Ponta Mamoli. The roads have been tarred and the incredible addition of the Catembe-Maputo suspension bridge has made a huge difference to self-drive road users. 

Distances to travel can be deceiving and there are things to consider such as the ubiquitous Mozambique police, and all the paperwork you need to carry with you. If you don’t like crowded beaches, avoid travelling to Mozambique during the South African school holidays as everyone descends on the coast during December/January, April, June/July and October. Avoid travelling during the rainy season, November to April, when it is also unbearably hot.

Carrying the Essential in a Self-Drive Holiday Through Mozambique

  • Paperwork – carry your car registration papers or the letter of permission from the bank if you are still paying off your car. Take your licence paper and your valid driver’s licence. Passports must be updated. 
  • Insurance – third party vehicle insurance is a necessity so do it before you leave on holiday, and you can show the evidence at borders and road blocks. You may need a letter from your insurance broker.
  • Reflective vests, two red triangles, stickers – police look for all these things in your vehicle. The stickers are for the towing of trailers, boats or caravans. The red triangles go in front of and behind the vehicle should you break down or get a flat wheel. 
  • Spares and services – make sure your car is serviced and that you have spares of necessities in case you break down in the middle of nowhere!

Some Incredible Self-Drive Destinations in Mozambique

Cabo Beach Villas – choose to self-drive to Maputo and then catch a boat transfer to Cabo Beach Villas on the Santa Maria Peninsula. Leave your car there at the Santa Maria Village and settle into gorgeous tropical beach styled chalets where space is not an issue. Spread out and relax on private decks with peacock blue swimming pools, delightful kitchens and dining areas, comfy chic living areas and mind-blowing views over Inhaca Island and the Hells Gate channel. You can still use your car to explore the village and get supplies in Maputo. 

White Pearl Resorts – a self-drive holiday to Ponta Mamoli is now also in your hands thanks to the new tar road to Kosi Bay. Take a detour through the awe-inspiring Maputo Special Reserve to see elephants, hippos, black backed jackals and a wealth of birds and antelope.   When you get to your southern Mozambique destination, you an settle into one of 22 private villas, all strategically placed in the dense vegetation with panoramic sea views. Luxury awaits the lonely driver! 

Just in Time Resort – less than 7 hours’ drive from Johannesburg, hassle-free self-catering holidays await in Bilene. Just in Time Resort is located in a tropical haven on an inland lake perfect for swimming and water sports at Bilene Mozambique. This mini-Mediterranean destination is fast becoming an exciting haven for birdwatchers while fun-lovers can bring their own quads, motorcycles, go-karts, jet-skis and boats. Fully equipped log cabins ensure you have hassle-free holidays with all the necessary amenities.

Excellent Choice of Self-catering Accommodation on a Self-Drive Getaway

Check out our excellent choice of self-catering resorts and accommodation in Mozambique and at Mozambique Travel we know that self-cater and self-drive holidays are very popular. 

We love Bilene and its self-catering options in the delightful Serenity, an idyllic self-catering Mozambique family holiday lodge on the edge of the warm saltwater lagoon and footsteps from the Indian Ocean. Serenity is about escaping the rush and relaxing. Choose either a six-sleeper house or one of three chalets that sleep four. 

In Vilanculos, Eden Bay Eco Lodge is best described as luxury under canvas accommodation – you can choose from a self-catering option or full board and the food, particularly the seafood is excellent. Add to that Eden’s own little swimming pool, awesome sea views and easy access to their pristine secluded beach and you begin to get the ingredients of a stunning tropical Mozambican beach holiday. 

South Africans take a trip to Mozambique when they need a break from it all. This is exactly why our Travel Specialists spend so much time putting together the best holiday packages for local residents that accommodate all your vacation needs.