It's a lot closer than you think!
INFORMATION - HOW TO GET THERE
From Johannesburg take the N12 through Witbank to the Middleburg Toll – 45 mins after toll take right turn to Carolina through to Amsterdam then on to Piet Retief through Pongola. Alternative route which cuts an hour off the trip – take N17 from Carnival City in Dalpark and go straight through to Ermelo – Piet Retief – Pongola – Jozini – Kosi Bay. Approx 52km after Pongola turn left to Jozini.
Follow the road through Jozini town and as you leave the town the road forks - Take the left road over the Jozini Dam wall Stay on this main tar road. There are several junctions and turns but keep following the signs for ‘Kosi bay forest reserve’.
After 100km or so you will arrive in Manguzi this is the last town before the border, good place to tank up with fuel and buy any extra supplies.
Drive out of Manguzi and follow the road for approx 20km and you will arrive at the border.
If you are in a 4wd or high clearance vehicle (preferably with diff lock) you can cross onto the sandy Mozambique side.
As soon as you leave the border you have several road options (all sandy tracks) some lodges are well signed, but there is a general guide starting from the left track as you face them. Left hand track goes through to Ponta Mamoli. Middle tracks (usually 3) go through to Ponta Malongane, Tartaruga, Vista Alta right hand track goes to Ponta Village.
You can get to all the lodges from Ponta village. Following Coco Rico signs helps. Usually everyone is very helpful and will point you in the right direction. The distance from Johannesburg is approximately 650kms.
BORDER TRANSFER TO THE BEACH
Ponta do Ouro is best accessed through the Kosi Bay/Farazela border. The border post is open 7 days a week (08h00 to 17h00). Between the border and the Maresol complex on the beach-front a 4 x 4 vehicle is required to negotiate the terrain as the road consists mainly of sand dunes and soft sandy soil. Please note that you will need a copy of your car registration certificate as well as a letter from your insurance company in SA stating ‘car is insured out of country’. You will also need to get a temporary driving licence on the Mozambique side. Thereafter, you need to purchase third party insurance. This can be purchased in South Africa ahead of time at Outdoor Warehouse (or at the border post). The short journey from border to unit will take you approximately 20 – 25 minutes.
However, should you NOT have a 4 x 4, border transfers to the resort can be arranged. The tar road ends on the South African side of the border, so if you have a sedan you can park your car at the South African Police Station and after unloading drive back into South Africa to park your car in a secure privately-owned parking area on the South African side. This costs R40 per day and is perfectly safe.
You will need to arrange your own transfer with Sandra or her husband Oros who are both local Mozambicans. Sandra, however, is the main driver.
Here are their numbers - both are on Whatsapp:
Please whatsapp Sandra when you get to Jozini and mention that you are passing through Jozini. Alternatively, if you are using GPS then you can let her know when you are an hour away. It is important to communicate with her as regards your time of arrival as she then knows how much time she must allow herself to get to the Kosi Bay border. There have been times when she has been kept waiting for over 5 hours.
Finally, remember to liaise with her when she drops you off at the Maresol house number 20 in order to take you back to the border again. (Should you have difficulty in raising them please contact Noreen in Benoni on 065 144 0767)
NB: Please note that ALL Pricing referenced on this website is subject to change, and for this reason, it is only made available to you as a guideline.
Kindly note that whilst it is possible to get fuel from the small petrol station in the village, you would be well advised to rather consider filling up your tank in Maputo or Manguzi, since fuel may not always be available in Ponta, especially during the Low Season.