How to get there
The Kosi Bay border post is the closest and best way to get to Ponta do Ouro. It is open from 08:00 till 17:00, 7 days a week. The last few kilometres between Mar e Sol and the border must be crossed using a 4x4. This is very important as the roads are very soft and sandy. Normal vehicles will not be allowed to make the journey. It is also important that you let your tyres down before you leave the border (between 1.2 and 1.5 bars).
If you do not own a 4x4, you can park your car at the border at a cost of R30 per day at Skelm's Parking (082 624 6518) which is secure. You can arrange for a border transfer to Mar e Sol by calling 00258 84 330-3859 (Moya Kite and Surf).
From Johannesburg we recommend the following route (approximately 7 hours non-stop):
- Witbank - N12 via East Rand or N4 via Pretoria
- Hendrina - N11
- Ermelo - N11
or on the new N17 route
- Take N3 South
- Bethal - N17 (Past Spings)
- Ermelo - N17
- Piet Retief - N2
- Pongola - N2
- Jozini (Turn left off N2 go over mountain pass and through JoZini Town)
- Jozini Dam (Turn left at the T Junction and proceed over the dam wall)
- Follow signs that say Kosi Bay until you see border post signs, there is one right turn at a T junction.
- Past Tembe Elephant Reserve
- Last town eManguzi - good Spar, banks and fuel - 28km from border
GPS co-ords 26 50 46 S 32 53 27 E
Please make sure you leave enough time to get to the border. The last portion of the journey is on dirt road. There is also a possibility of holdups due to road works in the area.
Costs and what you'll need
No charge for South African passport holders when entering Mozambique.
3rd party insurance (available at the border) about R150 for your car and R80 for your trailer.
Temporary import permits for your vehicle and whatever you are towing are free.
Vehicle and trailer registration papers (If you're taking them through the border).
Visas (if you do not have a South African passport)
Visas are required for any non-South African passport. Certain visas can be purchased at the border otherwise, visas can be purchased from the Mozambican embassy in your country.
Contact details for embassies in South Africa:
Pretoria 012 343 0957
Durban 031 304 0200
Cape Town 021 26 2944
Nelspruit 013 752 7396