A sea of tarmac stretched out before you; nothing but the wind in your hair, the open road and an adventure lust urging you onward. So begins your self-drive journey into the heart of mystical Mozambique, after all, exploring territories on your own terms is bound to be memorable.
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So, what makes a Mozambique self-drive trip so special?
Apart from the serene surrounds of oceanic beauty that makes up Mozambique, a self-drive allows for the freedom of no time constraints (besides your own), leaving enough room for you and your adventure buddies to explore the vast offerings of Mozambique.
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Things you need to remember on your self-drive in Mozambique
1. Do NOT venture off the newly restored and built roads, as there are still many active landmines scattered throughout Mozambique, remnants of many years of unrest due to civil war in the country.
2. A self-drive basically entails hiring a vehicle and driving it (without the aid of a driver or guide). Visitors tend to hire 4x4s in South Africa; however one should expect to pay vehicle fees when crossing the borders into Mozambique.
3. Take note that some Mozambique police officials make it a habit to fine drivers for seemingly trivial reasons, resulting in hefty traffic fines.
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Mozambique is fast becoming a hub for self-drive enthusiasts, and this can be due in large to the improvements done to road infrastructure in the country. After years of war-fuelled destruction, Mozambique has in the recent few years begun its ascent back into a tourist destination of choice.
A negative side-effect to the influx of self-drivers into Mozambique is the fact that the terrain surrounds of Mozambique are under constant threat of being damaged, as many drivers choose to ignore the fact that beach driving is illegal in Mozambique. The result of this has been the destruction of turtle nesting grounds, as well as the modification of dolphin behaviour in the surrounds.
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Always keep in mind that any terrain visited by 4×4 on a self-drive journey should be maintained, and the philosophy of leaving an area as one found it is a big must when on a self-drive trip in Mozambique.