Ponta do Ouro FAQ, Mozambique

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Ponta do Ouro FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Ponta do Ouro?

    Yes, there is a petrol station in Ponta do Ouro, although its best to fill up your tank in Manguzi (town on-route and just before the Mozambique / Kozi Bay Border) because there has been cases in Ponta do Ouro where the fuel has been contaminated.

    Keep in mind that it's best to pay for petrol in local currency (Meticais) as it is more expensive to pay for petrol in Rands or Dollars. Petrol is more expensive the further north you travel!

  • Do I need a 4x4 to get to Ponta do Ouro?

    Yes, although you can drive up to the Mozambican Border in a normal sedan car where there is safe parking (Skelm's Parking - 082 624 6518) for you to park your vehicle during your stay in Ponta do Ouro. The Parking bay is on the South African side and has security. Fees are approximately R30 per night per vehicle (price is subject to change).

    Transfers services from the Mozambican Border to Ponta do Ouro via 4x4 are offered at a fee. Check with the lodge that you are staying at, if they provide a transfer service from the Border to Ponta do Ouro!

    We always recommend that you do take a 4x4, because you won't be limited to exploration and you will be able to get around much easier without the possibility of getting stuck.

    Tyres should be deflated to -800 bar to be able to drive on the soft sand.

  • What time does the Mozambique border open at Ponta do Ouro / Kozi Bay?

    Opening times are from 08:00 - 17:00 / 7 days a week. Be at the border early because during the holiday period, there can be a large que of cars waiting to get through the border. Take this into account when timing your travel to Ponta do Ouro. Note: DO NOT BE LATE! Plan your trip wisely so that you do not get to the border too late as the border closes 5pm sharp!

  • How far and how long does it take to get to the Mozambique border at Ponta do Ouro / Kozi Bay?

    Distance from Johannesburg to Mozambique border at Ponta do Ouro / Kozi Bay is approx. 630km (5-6 hour journey - all depending on weather, road constructions and conditions etc.)

    Distance from Durban to Mozambique border at Ponta do Ouro / Kozi Bay is approx. 460km (4-5 hour journey - all depending on weather, road constructions and conditions etc.)

  • What is the fastest route to get to the Mozambique border at Ponta do Ouro / Kozi Bay?

    Ponta do Ouro from Johannesburg:
    The best route is to go along the N17 to Bethal and Ermelo > onto the N2 past Piet Retief > past Pongola > Turn left just after the Pongolapoort / Jozini Dam off the N2 highway > Drive though the mountain pass and over the Jozini Dam wall > Follow signs to 'Kozi Bay' and 'Border Post'. Stop over at Manguzi, where you can fill up with petrol and get basic supplies.

    Ponta do Ouro from Durban:
    There are 2 routes you can take to go to Ponta do Ouro.

    1) From Durban, head North along the N2 > past richards bay and take a right on the R22 just past Hluhluwe. > Drive along the R22 until you reach a t-junction > where you will turn right towards Manguzi (last stop-over town where you can fill up with petrol and get basic supplies) and the Mozambique Border Post.

    2) This is the scenic route which takes you further North on the N2 and over the Jozini Dam wall. > From Durban, head North along the N2, past richards bay, past Hluhluwe and just after Mkuze and Just before the Pongolapoort / Jozini Dam > take a right towards Jozini Dam Wall. > Drive though the mountain pass and over the Jozini Dam wall > Follow signs to 'Kozi Bay' and 'Border Post'. > Stop over at Manguzi, where you can fill up with petrol and get basic supplies.

  • Can I hire a 4x4 in Ponta do Ouro?

    No, there is no car rental services in Ponta do Ouro - only in main towns and cities in Mozambique.

  • Are there Banks or ATMS in Ponta do Ouro?

    Yes, there is a bank with ATMs that only accept Visa Credit Cards.

    Be prepared and draw more than enough money in South Africa to avoid inconveniences. Keep the money in a safe / discreet place.

  • Are there credit card facilities in Ponta do Ouro?

    You will have to check with the lodge that you are staying at if they have credit card facilities.

    Best to check first to avoid dissapointment.

  • Is there a shopping mall or can I buy groceries in Ponta do Ouro?

    Yes, there is 1 shopping centre in Ponta do Ouro, which has all the basics.

    We also advise that you buy and take your own vacuum packed meat from South Africa for the first night or 2 (if you are going to be self catering) in a cooler box with ice so that you can ground and get to know the area. Check with the Lodge if they sell ice or if they have a freezer to store your meat during your stay.

  • Is Ponta do Ouro a Malaria area? Do I need to take Malaria Tablets?

    Yes, Mozambique as a whole is a Malaria risk Area / Country. We recommend you take precautions and visit your nearest Doctor (you now need a prescription for Malaria Tablets) to prescribe you with what's recommended.

    Be prepared and take other Prophylactics like Insect Repellent sprays, Mosquito Coils, light long sleeve tops and bottoms to further prevent bites.

Tip:

Ponta do Ouro is very popular amongst South Africans during the Holiday Seasons because is located so close to South Africa - on the Kozi Bay border, which is only a 5 hour drive from Durban. A 4x4 vehicle is required to get to Ponta do Ouro from Kosi Bay Border, BUT there is safe parking (at a daily fee) at the border for normal sedan vehicles. Transfers from the Border to Ponta do Ouro is also offered.

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