Useful InfoThings you should know before heading out
Compulsory Requirements & Documentation
Child travelling requirements
From 1 June 2015, there are new regulations aimed at improving the safety of children travelling in and out of South Africa. Children under the age of 18 will require an unabridged birth certificate together with a valid passport when travelling abroad. These can be obtained from your local Department of Home Affairs. Allow up to 8 weeks for processing.
Child and both parents
- Parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate and a valid passport for the child.
Child and one parent
- Parent must produce an unabridged birth certificate and a valid passport, and a court order/death certificate/affidavit confirming the absent parent has given permission for the child to travel.
Child and guardian
- Guardian must produce an unabridged birth certificate and a valid passport, and a court order/death
certificate/affidavit confirming the parents have given permission for the child to travel.
- Child must produce an unabridged birth certificate and a valid passport, and a court order/death certificate/affidavit confirming permission to travel from both parents or a legal guardian. A letter from the person who will receive the child in South Africa including their full contact details and a certified copy of their ID/Passport must be produced.
Vehicle Registration Papers
If your vehicle is under finance from the bank, you will need a letter from the bank authorizing you to take it over the border. The bank will probably also still hold the actual registration certificate, so you will have to get a faxed or scanned copy from them. (Make photocopies of any faxes). If you are in any way not the owner of the vehicle you will have to get a certified letter from the owner stating that you have been given permission to take the vehicle across the border.
You will need a letter from your insurance company confirming that your vehicle is insured and for which countries.
Vehicle Import Papers
Temporary vehicle import papers (DA341 form, only available at the border).
Also declare items such as generators, fridge/freezers & camping/fishing equipment.
Certificate of Registration for vehicles & trailers
You will need certified copies of these documents.
Valid Driver’s Licence
South African and all international licences are accepted. Keep your licence & vehicle papers on you at all times.
Passports that will not expire within 6 months of visit are required for adults & children. Visas are not required by SA passport holders for tourism purposes for a stay of up to 30 days. Visas are required by all non-South African Passport holders. Travellers entering from Swaziland will have to complete all necessary Swaziland documentation.
Check that your medical Aid provides medical insurance in Mozambique. If necessary buy a temporary policy through a reliable travel agent in South Africa. Emergency road or air evacuation can be very costly.
Vehicle stickers and accessories
- A black & white ZA sticker on the back of the vehicle & all trailers.
- If towing a trailer display a yellow triangle on square blue background on both the front of the vehicle and the rear of the vehicle. Trailers must display a full chevron or reflectors on the rear.
- Two red warning triangles for use in case of breakdowns must be kept in the vehicle along with a fluorescent vest. This must be worn at night when outside of the vehicle during a breakdown. A traffic officer may issue a fine if these requirements are not met.
Fines may be issued for the following offences:
- Driver of vehicle talking on a mobile phone and not making use of a hands-free kit during travelling
- Drinking & driving
- Opened bottles of liquor in vehicle
- Not obeying speed limits:
- Car with no trailer : Max speed within towns – 60km/hr, Max speed outside of towns – 120km/hr
- Car with trailer : Max speed within towns – 60km/hr, Max speed outside of towns – 100km/hr
Border Post Hours
Komatipoort Ressano Garcia
Opens : 06h00 and Closes : 22h00
Opens : 08h00 and Closes : 17h00
Kosi Bay/Ponta d’Ouro
Opens : 08h00 and Closes : 17h00
Opens : 07h00 and Closes : 18h00
These times may vary during high seasons
- Fuel is generally more expensive in Mozambique. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, but not by garage card.
- Ensure that all your vehicle and trailer indicators and lights are working.
- Make allowances for road condition. Main roads are mostly tarred, but the quality varies.
- Avoid travelling at night if possible as there are vehicles without lights or reflectors and many pedestrians and cyclists on/beside the road.
- Broken down vehicles are left in the road, sometimes indicated by tree branches. If you have to drive after dark then drive slowly.
- It is advisable to carry spare fan belts and spare trailer wheel bearings as spare parts are difficult to come by.
- Take a decent tow rope.
- Ensure that all front and rear passengers wear seatbelts at all times.
- It is illegal to drive on the beach unless you are launching a boat. Offenders could have their vehicles impounded. A Mozambican boat launching permit is obtainable from the Maritime office in any major town along the coast or from resorts. Launch fees vary depending on the boat and are valid for 30 days. Spear fishing & deep sea fishing licences also last for 30 days. Should you buy fish to take home it is also advisable to purchase a fishing permit.
- Cell phone Coverage: Have roaming enabled or buy a local sim card and buy pre-paid airtime.
- Internet coverage: 3G networks are available. You can buy a local modem with data in town. There is Wifi available at the bar/restaurant.
- Currency: Local currency is the metical (plural: meticais). Currency can be exchanged at any bank in Mozambique.
- Malaria. Mozambique is a high risk malaria area. Please consult your family practitioner with regards to effective treatments against Malaria. Please remember to take sufficient amounts of mosquito repellent.
- Water. The water at the lodge is supplied by our own borehole and is safe for drinking. Bottled water is available at the bar and in town.
What to bring
Please bring along the following Items:
- Towels – bath & swimming
- First Aid Kit
- Toilet Paper
- Dish Washing Liquid
- Washing Powder
- Black Refuse Bags
- Mosquito repellent