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Ponta do Ouro FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique

Is there a fuel station in Ponta do Ouro?

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

Fuel is cheaper in their local currency (meticais) compared to rands (or dollars). We suggest you fill-up before entering Mozambique's borders and fuel 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 you enter Mozambique in a 4x4 because you won't be limited to where you can travel as well as the possibility of getting stuck. Note: Some borders require a 4x4 to cross. Read more about the border you are travelling through here: Mozambique Borders & Times.

For soft / loose sand driving, we recommend you deflate your tire pressures to about 1.4 bar.

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

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

Directions from Johannesburg / Pretoria to Ponta do Ouro:

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 'Kosi Bay' and 'Border Post'. Stop over at Manguzi, where you can fill up with petrol and get basic supplies.

Directions from Durban to Ponta do Ouro:

From Durban, Travel North along the N2 highway, past Richards Bay, Mtubatuba and the St Lucia turn-off (don't take this turn-off).

Approximately 50km from the St Lucia turn-off, turn right onto the R22, (into and past Hluhluwe) for approximately 130km where you will reach a t-junction (R22 ends).

Turn right and follow this road (don't forget to stopover at Manguzi en-route for fuel and supplies - see tip above) for approximately 40km where you will eventually reach the Kosi bay Border.

Directions from Durban to Ponta do Ouro (scenic route):

From Durban, Travel North along the N2 highway, past Richards Bay, Mtubatuba and the St Lucia turn-off. When you reach Mkuze, continue 10km further along the N2 and then turn right (look out for signs going to Jozini Dam Wall).

This route take you through the scenic mountain pass which overlooks the Jozini Dam. Continue travelling on this road (don't turn right into D1823 road) until you go through the town of Jozini (fuel and supplies can be bought here) where you must keep left which will take you over the Jozini Dam wall. Once you go over the dam wall, continue to travel straight (don't turn right into the D1836 road).

Follow this road until you reach a T-junction. Turn Right onto the P522 and stay on this road for approximately 73km (don't take any left or right turns during this stretch) where you will eventually pass Manguzi (another stopover for fuel and supplies) and reach the Kosi bay Border.

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 withdraw a sufficient amount of money in the country you are travelling from to avoid inconveniences. Keep your money in a safe / discreet place.

Are there credit card facilities in Ponta do Ouro?

We advise you confirm prior with the lodge you're staying at if they offer credit card facilities. Otherwise cash is only accepted in small shops and markets.

I want to avoid roaming fees. Can I buy a Mozambican sim card in Ponta do Ouro?

Yes, both Ponta do Ouro & Ponta Malongane (villages are 7km apart) have shops where one can purchase sim cards + data.

Is there a shop or market where I can buy groceries and supplies 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. 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 and do I need to take anti-malaria medication?

Yes, Mozambique as a whole is a malaria risk area / country. We recommend you take precautions and visit your nearest doctor (you need a prescription for anti-malaria medication) to prescribe you with what's recommended before you leave for Mozambique.

It is strongly advised that you take other prophylactics like insect repellent sprays, mosquito coils, light long sleeve tops and bottoms to further prevent bites (especially during late afternoons, evenings and mornings).

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