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Directions & Map

The GPS co-ordinates are :

Camp Carlos: 26º04'59.60"S 32º57'09.90"E

Harbour Master: 25º58'37.37"S 32º34'16.25"E

Club Nautica: 25º58'52.80"S 32º35'07.25"E

Club Naval: 25º57'35.55"S 32º35'45.82"E

Camp Carlos is only accessible with a 4 x 4 vehicle through the Elephant Park or with a boat via Maputo.

WITHOUT YOUR OWN BOAT

FROM DURBAN

Take the N2 highway and continue north. After Mkuze take the Jozini turn-off. Drive through the small town of Jozini, over the dam wall and continue towards the border post at Ponta de Oura. *From there on follow the directions below

FROM PRETORIA / JOHANNESBURG

Take the N4 East & go through the Komatipoort Border Post. Drive towards Maputo on the EN4. After about 40km turn right onto Route 251. Follow this road for 40km until it joins the  EN5. Follow the EN5 East for 5km until you reach the town of Boane. In Boane turn right onto Route 202 towards Bela-Vista. After about 60km you will reach a T-junction close to Bela Vista. Turn right onto Route 201 towards Ponta Do Oura. After about 27 km, turn right to the Elephant Park's Northern Gate. Follow the instructions below for OPTION 1: Entering through Northen gate of Elephant park.

Alternatively, take the N4 east. After Witbank, turn off onto the N11 towards Hendrina / Ermelo. After Ermelo take the N2 towards Pongola. When you have passed Pongola drive until you reach the Jozini turn off on your left. Drive towards Ponta de Oura border post. *From there on follow the directions below.

Directions from Ponta de Oura border post

OPTION 1: Entering through Northern gate of Elephant park

  • Ponta border post time 08h00 - 17h00
  • Deflate the vehicle and trailor's tires.
  • Immediately turn left once through the border post .It will look as if you pass through a taxi rank. 26º51'83.60"S 32º49'76.20"E
  • After about 8,5km you will cross the Power lines. Follow them all the way. Don't turn off.
  • Next turn off is slightly to your right. 26º31'46.85"S 32º43'13.83"E
  • Keep on this road until you reach the gate. 26º30'18.23"S 32º43'01.13"E .Entrance fee is R133 per person and R133 per vehicle. (This fee has to be paid again on return). (Fees are subject to change) Follow the transmission lines. Remember to keep your receipt to display at gate when returning. Otherwise you have to pay again!
  • Follow the power lines. Pass power pole no.353 at 26º26'70.30"S 32º51'45.30"E Keep straight on.
  • Santa Maria town. Turn right. 26º06'13.34"S 32º55'37.82"E Follow the signs for Torres camp. Keep left.
  • Beach: No driving on the beaches is allowed. Please off-load all luggage at the chain barring road access to the beach. 26° 5'34.47"S - 32°57'2.95"E.Phone Santos (Camp Manager) at +258 84 487 9584  to come and fetch you with the rubber duck. Santos and the camp staff will handle all your luggage. The trip on the rubber duck takes 5 min. Parking is available at R30 per vehicle per day.

It takes about 5 adventurous hours to reach Camp Carlos from Ponta border post.

OPTION 2: Entering through Southern gate of Elephant park.

  • This is your best option.
  • During heavy rainfall this route is not recommended because of the rising water level of the lakes that you have to drive through. Please check that all the passports have been stamped by Immigration on SA and Mozambican side.
  • Ponta border post time. 08h00 - 17h00
  • Deflate the vehicle and trailer's tires
  • Immediately turn left once through the border post. It will look as if you pass through a taxi rank. 26º51'83.60"S 32º49'76.20"E
  • After about 8,5km turn right at Ponta Mamoli sign. 26º46'44.20"S 32º48'60.8"E Drive for 3km until next turn off.
  • Next turn off is to your right. 26º44'97.60"S 32º49'21.80"E Short tar road for about 3.2km.
  • Turn off to your left at 26º44'23.70"S 32º51'01.40"E
  • Entering Elephant park through south gate. 26º36'46.90"S 32º50'62.90"E. Entrance fee is R133 per person and R133 per vehicle. (This fee has to be paid again on return if you stayed longer than 2 nights). (Fees are subject to change) Follow transmission lines. Remember to keep your receipt to display at gate when returning. Otherwise you have to pay again!
  • Drive for about 19km until you get power pole no. 353. 26º26'70.30"S 32º51'45.30"E Turn right.
  • Drive for about 44km to Santa maria town. Turn right. 26º06'13.34"S 32º55'37.82"E Follow the Torres camp signs. Keep left.
  • Beach: No driving on the beaches is allowed. Please off-load all luggage at the chain barring road access to the beach. 26° 5'34.47"S - 32°57'2.95"E.Phone Santos (Camp manager) at +258 84 487 9584 to come and fetch you with the rubber duck. Santos and the camp staff will handle all your luggage. The trip on the rubber duck takes about 5 min. Parking is available at R30 per vehicle per day.

This route is not recommended for towing a boat. You can however tow a trailer or Jet-ski

Procedure through border post

  • Stamp your passport
  • Your vehicle will be inspected by the police
  • Walk over to the Mozambican side
  • Fill in the passport forms
  • Fill in the permit for vehicles and pay R10.00
  • Pay third party insurance R150.00/vehicle and R80.00/trailer
  • You are now ready to proceed to Camp Carlo
  • Handy items for the road - Tyre pressure gauge
  • Compressor for the tires
  • Recovery strap
  • Shovel (if you get stuck in the sand)
  • Drinks and something to eat
  • First aid kit
  • Torch
  • Toilet paper

PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR VEHICLE REGISTRATION PAPERS AND A LETTER FROM THE OWNER IF IT IS NOT YOUR OWN VEHICLE. PASSPORTS!

WITH YOUR OWN BOAT

If you want to use your own boat for fishing, you have to drive from Maputo across Maputo bay to Camp Carlos. It will take you approximately 1 hour depending on the tide and the weather. Remember to first obtain permission from the Harbor Master before your departure from Club Nautica or Club Naval in Maputo.

FROM DURBAN

Take the N2 north towards Pongola. At Golela border post you enter Swaziland and drive towards the Goba border post just after Siteki. From Goba you continue downwards towards Maputo. Remember to visit the Harbor Master before your departure from Club Nautica or Club Naval.

FROM PRETORIA / JOHANNESBURG

Take the N4 east. Drive until you reach the Komati border post. Remember all relevant documentation. After you have crossed the border take the highway towards the EN4, all the way to Maputo.

Procedures at border posts

Golela:

  • First fill in the permit papers for your vehicle before you go to customs
  • Stamp your passport
  • Walk to the Swaziland side
  • Fill in the passport forms
  • Pay R50.00 road fund

Goba:

  • Stamp passport
  • Fill in the permit papers for your vehicle
  • Drive to the Mozambican side
  • Stamp your passport
  • Fill in the permit for your vehicle R10.00
  • Pay third party insurance R150.00/vehicle, R80.00/trailer
  • You can exchange your money here
  • Your vehicle will be inspected by an officer. He will give you a gate pass. Make sure it is signed.
  • Proceed to the boom and show your gate pass.

*Remember the Foot and Mouth control point just after Siteki when you return from Mozambique. Be aware that fresh meat can be confiscated if found.

Procedure at Harbour Master

Allow 1 hour for paper work at Harbour Master before proceeding to Club Nautica or Club Naval. His office is on the quay at the harbour. *See GPS co-ordinates above and map

Launching fees

Compulsary:

  • Skippers license
  • Seaworthy certificate
  • Safety equipment
  • The Harbour Master will inspect your boat. Please ask for directions to the permit office.
  • Take out a boat permit and fishing license that is payable in meticais.
  • Proceed to Club Nautica or Club Naval. *See GPS co-ordinates above and map
  • There is parking available for your vehicle and trailer at a minimum fee
  • Security is available but nothing is guaranteed
  • Show your boat permit before launching

Safety Gear (click here)

Important! Please make sure that the weather conditions are favourable to leave Maputo. Rather leave on high tide. There is a lot of sand-banks and islands during low tide.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A BOAT ...

A boat will be available which will take you from Maputo to Camp Carlos. Please contact Ricardo at +258 84 398 1339 for a quotation of a charter over the bay. Remember to contact Ricardo in advance.

Info to travelers to Mozambique

The new law (to prevent child trafficking);

To Enter any country from South Africa , Eg Mozambique
From 01 October 2014, you will need;

  • the child must have a valid Passport
  • a Unabridged birth certificate,
  • And, where 1 spouse is not there, an affidavit from the other spouse, supporting the child traveling abroad/across the S.A border +  A certified copy of the authorisee’s passport.

BUT
If you do not have an unabridged birth certificate, it takes 3 months to get one from application date. So, any of you planning to leave the country in Dec, better get the form from Home affairs and apply now.

Mozambique Road Rules & Fines

Clearance of Travellers

Lebombo Port of Entry (POE) will clear people travelling in buses and taxis at the Komatipoort Commercial Facility (7km before the main Port of Entry) from 14-25 December 2012. It is signposted as the Lebombo Border Dry Port.
Other Ports of Entry will clear people at their main and outside buildings where applicable.

Port of Entry Requirement (RSA side)

No individual is allowed to import or export firearm(s) without a permit

All South African registered vehicles to be taken to Mozambique or Swaziland should have the following documentation:

Vehicle Registration Documents,

Where the vehicle is financed by the bank, SAPS and SARS Customs will require a letter from the financial institution/bank authorising the driver to take the vehicle out of the country,

Where the vehicle is owned by a company, SAPS and SARS Customs will require a letter on the company letterhead authorising the driver to take the vehicle out of the country. This should include the vehicle insurance

Emergency passports are issued at Home Affairs offices in various towns/cities. No person including children will be allowed through the port of entry without a valid passport (at least one page of the passport should be unused) – Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

Foreigners entering South Africa should have a passport valid for 30 days after the expiry of the period of the visit. – DHA.

Travellers should ensure that they declare all goods in their possession with all necessary documentation such as invoices or proof of purchase. All imported second-hand clothing entering the country needs to be accompanied by a permit from DTI (Department of Trade & Industry) – SARS Customs.

All valuable items such as motorbikes, cameras and laptops are to be declared at Customs – SARS Customs. These items should also be securely stored.

No agricultural and animal products including live animals even for personal consumption are allowed to enter the country (RSA) without a permit.

Such goods will be detained if permits are not available – Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

All corpses (bodies of deceased persons) need a permit to enter the country – Mpumalanga Department of Health & Social Services – (MDOH & SS)
Travellers going abroad or coming into the country are only allowed to bring medicine which will last for 30 days if they are in possession of the doctor’s prescription – MDOH & SS.

People travelling to and from yellow fever countries (e.g. Angola, Congo, Nigeria, etc) must be in possession of a yellow fever certificate – MDOH & SS (INNOCULATION)

All RSA permit holders (work or study) are no longer allowed to claim a VAT refund when they export goods. They can only claim on expiry of their permit within 90 days period before their final departure from RSA – VAT Refund Administrators (VRA)
Port of Entry Requirement (Mozambique side)

Revenue or fees to be paid at Ressano-Garcia POE (Mozambique side) when entering.

Customs Fees:

Goods entering Mozambique are liable for duties / taxes depending on the quantity and quality thereof
Third Party Insurance (Can be purchased at the Ressano Garcia Border Post):
Motorbike R80.00,
Vehicle R150.00,
Vehicle pulling a trailer or caravan R230.00,
Trucks or any vehicle carrying commercial goods R200.00 and
Trucks or any vehicle pulling a trailer carrying commercial goods R300.

Currency:

Rands and Meticals are accepted for payment of the above services.
Port of Entry Requirement (Swaziland side)

Customs charges a road tax on all non-Swaziland registered vehicles entering Swaziland as follows:
Vehicles (non-commercial) R50,
Trucks and other commercial vehicles R80

Currency:

  • Rands or Emalangeni are accepted for payment at Swaziland Ports of Entry
  • It should further be noted that Mpumalanga Ports of Entry including those of neighbouring countries do not have credit card facilities (card swiping machines).
  • MCLI requests that all stakeholders take note of the following:
  • A valid Driver’s license is required (All SADC issued and International Driver’s licenses are accepted)
  • Third Party Insurance for Mozambique is required.
  • Your original vehicle registration papers if you own the vehicle or if the vehicle is still financed by the bank, you will require a letter from your bank granting you permission to take the vehicle across the border.
  • A blue and yellow triangle sticker in the front of the vehicle if you are towing any type of trailer.
  • Travellers to Mozambique are required by law to carry a ZA sticker, reflective vest and two red emergency triangles.
  • Keep your passport on you at all times
  • No animals or pets whatsoever are permitted to be carried across the border.

Transport operators from South Africa who are moving across the border are required to have permits issued by the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (CBRTA). Please note that the CBRTA will be issuing Special Permits for the Festive Period commencing from 10 December 2012 until 20 January 2012.For enquiries in this regard, call the CBRTA on +27-(0)-348-1357 and for any complaints or tip-offs relating to corruption, call 0800-000-594.

PLEASE WORK WITH MCLI AND ITS STAKEHOLDERS TO STAMP OUT CORRUPTION AT OUR BORDER POST! CORRUPTION COSTS YOU MONEY AND TIME AND SEVERELY COMPROMISES THE POOR AND THE ABILITY OF TRADE AND INVESTMENT BENEFITS TO BE PASSED ON TO OUR REGION!

There are many individuals working on both sides of the border who are passing themselves off as government officials and who offer to complete documentation on behalf of travellers for a fee. These individuals are fraudsters and should be avoided categorically. Please also note that no fees are payable on either side of the border for the completion of documents. If you are unsure please ask for official identification and an official government receipt.

Please also do not use the runners at the border post who offer to speed your thoroughfare and jump the immigration queues for a fee. This makes you party to fraud and corruption and undermines the efforts of the relevant government departments to stamp out corruption and provide an effective service.

Important for drivers at all times to carry their driver’s licence, proof of insurance and vehicle documents for bringing their vehicles back into SA.
It is advisable (not a requirement) to obtain an international driver’s licence for travel across the border, whether to Mozambique or to South Africa. These are available from the AA and most travel agents.

Third party insurance for South African vehicles crossing the border is compulsory and can be obtained from various outlets at the border and at Komatipoort, agents at the Lebombo Border Dry Port, as well as the BP garage on the N4 1km before the Lebombo Border Post. These service providers will also assist with necessary documentation for your trip across the border. In the event of an accident involving a third party the first line of call is the insurance company.

Night-time travellers should be aware of pedestrians and stray animals on the road.
Officials at both Ports of Entry, i.e. Lebombo and Ressano Garcia, have requested that travellers do not use their parking spot at the border post as a point to take a refreshment break, as this contributes to the congestion of the facility. It is recommended that you stop for refreshment breaks before or after the Port of Entry.

Alternatively, tourists may want to travel to Mozambique via Swaziland through the Jeppes Reef Border post (From the N4 just after Malelane) or the Mananga Border post (from the N4 just after Komatipoort), crossing into Mozambique through the Lomahasha Border Post.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Should travellers encounter difficulties with traffic police or other authorities en route to their destinations, particularly if these officers are attempting to illicit bribes or are threatening, you are advised to do the following:

  • Be as cooperative as possible
  • Insist on a written or officially printed fine
  • Don’t pay the fine to the police officer, but take it to the nearest police station for payment and get an official receipt; stamped if possible.
  • If the police/traffic officers request a bribe, ensure that you take the name of the officer, and ensure that the location and time of the road block is noted. Without this information there can be no recourse.
  • Do not pay the bribe!

If in Mozambique, report this to the SA High Commission or pass it on to MCLI to take up. If police insist on escorting you to the nearest police station (the escort may often not be the closest police station), or if you are unsure of the legitimacy of the charge, call the SA High Commission in Maputo for advice or assistance on +258 21 49 0059/3030 or their after-hours duty officer on +258 84 304 4600.

If in South Africa, the same principles apply and incidents should be reported to the Mpumalanga Traffic Department on their hotline 0800 202 775
TRAC Help Desk (N4 and EN4 Only) - If you are involved in an accident, have a flat tyre, overheated engine or smashed windscreen, dial for assistance from the TRAC rescue team nearest to you.

The IOM’s Southern African Counter-Trafficking Assistance Programme (SACTAP):
Mozambique Regional Office: +258-21-310-779
South Africa Regional Office: +27-(0)12-342-2789
Swaziland Regional Office: +263-4-335-044/048