Although many cars of various sizes have been used to get to the resort, a 4×4 or 4×2 (diff lock) vehicle is recommended to access the lodge.
All chalets have a fridge/freezer. Visitors are requested to bring own beach & bath towels.
Due to the nature of the design of the casita, being log cabins with “thatch” roofs, wood fires are not permitted and charcoal is for sale at the resort shop.
The road to Areia Branca Lodge is flooded for 2 hours either side of spring-high tide. Please contact us for the tide times for your due date of arrival.
In addition to the house-cleaning services included in the chalet rate, full time labour is available at approximately ZAR50.00 per day – book at reception.
From the SOUTH
- Follow the EN1 north from MAPUTO, up through XAI-XAI.
- Continue north (on EN1) through the following towns (only listed the larger towns) of: Chindenquele, Quissico, Inharrime and at the town of LINDELA, you turn off (right) towards INHAMBANE.
From the NORTH
- Follow the EN1 south from INHASSORO, PAMBARRA, VILANCULOS, down through MAPINHANE.
- Continue south (on EN1) through the following towns (only listed the larger towns) of: Cheline, Unguana, Massinga through the town of MAXIXE – from the KFC (Kentucky) in Maxixe 21.6km turn left on a small tar road (short-cut), if you miss this continue to the town of LINDELA, where you turn off (left) towards INHAMBANE.
From the LINDELA turn off
- Travel 34Km into Inhambane city until you reach the jetty / harbour on your left. Immediately after the jetty you turn right on to the Barra/Tofo Road. Travel until you reach a circle, here you exit at the 3rd exit (this road exits into a cross-road). Continue on this road, you will also pass the turn-off to the Inhambane Airport.
- You are now on the road to Tofo and Barra. Continue on this road for about 15Km until you reach a small settlement (Bakery on your left) known as the BARBALAZA corner – there is a wall in the middle of the crossing with lots of sign-posts, a tar road is turning out to the right towards Tofo. Continue straight (left of the wall), DO NOT turn right towards TOFO. Continue approximately 8km.
- The tar road will end in a T-junction. Turn left on the sand road and continue for 3km, passing some local stalls on your left and other lodges on your right.
- You will then reach the Lagoon, when it is Low tide there will be sand, cross straight over (follow the other tracks, be careful of shallow pools). There is a new stone bridge built on your right, which you could use when open – possible toll fees payable.
- At the end of the bridge continue left along the shore line (water on you left and land on your right). Continue for 800m and you will see the AREIA BRANCA LODGE
What You Need To Enter The Country
Passports are required for all visitors to Mozambique. South African passport holders DO NOT need visa’s. Other nationalities need to apply for visa’s. These may be obtained at consular offices or at the various points of entry into the country. Please note that visa applications done at point of entry can take time so take this into account when planning your travel.
Original vehicle registration papers if driving yourself is required. If the vehicle is owned by the bank, then a letter from the bank stating that you are allowed to take the vehicle across the border. Driver’s license and emergency triangles.
We advise AGAINST changing money at the border, as the locals have a trick or two up their sleeves and you might find yourselves being done in and a few bucks short.
You can safely convert at any Bank in Mozambique. For Exchange rate you can Google the published BCI of FNB Bank Exchange rates to give you an idea of the going rate. Currently the Banks in Mozambique gives the best rates – you just need your passport to exchange.
It is important to note that although there are a number of ATM’s in the area, it is sometimes difficult to access “Master Card” and it is preferable to use “VISA”.
SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER – Komatipoort
- They normally keep the pile-up OUTSIDE the border post, so inside you will find it fairly open and easy to move through.
- While driving through the gate an Official will give you a Gate pass*(long white slip), with car Registration and nr of people. Go through and park – go to the Customs Office – everyone must get out.
- Driver of vehicle must obtain Stamp 1 from Custom official inside, on the Gate pass.
- Everyone to obtain Passport Stamps from Immigration counters.
- Driver of vehicle must also obtain Stamp 2 from Immigration official who stamped Passport.
- Get back to your vehicle and drive towards Mozambique side – SA official will collect your Gate pass.
*On the South African Side, the Gate pass is not always issued, just ask at the passport counter if it is needed, as confirmation.
MOZAMBIQUE BORDER – Ressano Garcia
MONEY NOTE: The only items to be paid for on the Mozambique side is:
- 3rd Party Insurance (if not obtained beforehand) for vehicle and trailer.
- If you are a Foreigner (not SA) and require a visa (if not obtained beforehand).
- THAT is IT!
Note: Runners – It is a personal choice if you want to use them or not.
- They can be a bit overwhelming for first time border crossers, do not feel intimidated, it is part of their strategy. They look like officials, with name tags, but the only officials are the ones in police type uniforms.
- You will be expected to pay a fee for their service which varies, and quick service is not a guarantee.
- You should have no problem doing the below steps yourself with ease.
The DO NOT’s
- Hand your Passports or Car Papers to anyone, except the officials in uniform behind the counter.
- No one is allowed to check your money, except a Customs official searching your vehicle.
**Gate pass on Mozambique side is a MUST!
- Obtain your Gate pass** from Official as you enter (long white slip), you might need to complete it yourself, with Registration number and number of people. Drive through, park and go to the Customs Offices.
- Obtain Passports stamps at the Immigration counter (validate stamp and date).
- Driver to move to the Customs Counter
Collect Temporary Import Permit (TIP) form from Customs Counter and complete. The forms are in Portuguese (lately bi-lingual), you can obtain a sample under Files on the DriveMoz site. Here you will need your vehicle and trailer registration papers to complete the form.
- Declare trailers, fridges, bicycles, quads and other big items of value on this form. If not on the list you might have problems when leaving the country and they are NOT on the list.
- Once completed return to counter for stamp & signature.
Provide your Gate Pass to the Customs Official and get Stamp / Signature 1.
- Go outside and find a Customs Official (in Blue Uniform with beret), he will search your vehicle and provide the Signature 2 on the Gate pass.
- Obtain your 3rd Party Insurance, at any one of the kiosks (Hollard, Global Alliance, etc) to purchase your insurance.
- You can purchase your compulsory 3rd Party Insurance for Mozambique online, before the time (to save time).
- Get back in your vehicle and proceed to gate, where they will collect your Gate Pass.
- At the Lebombo / Ressano Garcia Border, on the Mozambique side about 4km pass the border there is a Truck Customs turn-off, you might be stopped here for a search as well, remain calm and friendly at all times.
The Maputo corridor is a good highway all the way from Gauteng. You can pay the toll fees in Mozambique with Rands, US dollars or Meticais but no cards are accepted on the Moz side.
The road going north from Maputo (EN 1 – National Road #1) is generally a good tar road.
It is not uncommon to be stopped at one of the police checkpoints. If you follow these basic guidelines, you should not have any problems.
- Wear seat belts all the time.
- Stick to the speed limit – This is usually 60/40 kph in towns and 100 kph on the open road.
- Display your emergency triangles in a visible place.
- Blue and yellow are required if you are towing and need to be displayed on the front of the vehicle and back of trailer.
- If you do get stopped, be patient and polite. They will normally want to see your driver’s license and 3rd party insurance (purchased at the border). Start a conversation and be friendly and humorous. Some useful words are Bom Dia (Good morning); Boa Tarde (Good afternoon); Boa Noite (Good evening / night); Faz Favor (Please); Obrigado (Thank you). Don’t be nervous and flustered – there is nothing to be afraid of (unless you’ve broken the law!)
- SA Learner License (any vehicle) is not accepted in Mozambique.
- No alcohol (open or closed) is allowed in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
- No firearms are to be brought into Mozambique – Besides the fact that you will not need a gun, if the authorities find you with one, expect to be in deep trouble.
Some strains of malaria found in Mozambique are resistant to Chloroquin.
Speak to your doctor for advice on which drug treatment programme will best suit you and your family. There are homeopathic alternatives available.
Always have insect repellent in either aerosol or cream for application to the exposed skin in the evenings at a preventative measure.
For further information contact: Linksfield Malaria Clinic +27 11 647-3654.
Fuel and Distances
At all of the following places there is fuel available
- Komatipoort to Maputo – 95km
- Maputo to Macia – 160km
- Macia to Xai Xai – 61km
- Xai Xia to Quisico – 90km
- Quisico to Inhambane – 120km
- Inhambane to Areia Branca- 26km
Medical problems – most major towns have a hospital or clinic. These places are fine to use for minor problems, for example if you need stitches. They are excellent for things like malaria tests. The equipment is sterile and you get the result in 15 minutes.
Medical Evacuation Insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you do not already have a policy covering the area of Mozambique, please contact Travelinsure Travel Insurance / 0861 467873 – www.travelinsure.co.za
A small price to pay in the event that anything should happen to you while visiting Mozambique.
TAKE CARE, ENJOY YOUR TRIP – LIFE’S A JOURNEY, ENJOY THE RIDE.
Things To Take
Before you cross the border
- ZA Sticker (SA travellers only) – on back of vehicle & trailer, right hand side / driver side
- Triangle Sticker Blue and Yellow (only If towing) – small triangle on front of vehicle on driver side, large triangle on the back of trailer on the driver side as well
- DriveMoz Sticker (recommend) – On top of window (for officials to see if window is rolled down), or door pillar
- Emergency Red Triangles (2x)
- a Fire-Extinguisher for vehicle – (check expiry date)
- Vehicle Checks – Ensure it has been serviced, Check wheel bearings on vehicle and trailer (remember the spare wheels), Check rain wipers to be in good condition
- Letter from your Insurance to note you are traveling across the border (SA travellers only) – Including trailer
- Reflective Vests (2x) – visibly displayed when driving in Mozambique
- Driver’s license
- Documents forwarded by the Lodge & Directions
- Your Emergency Contact Numbers – Medical Aid, for traveling across the border, Insurance
NECESSITIES for your Vist
- Insect Repellent
- Torches & Batteries
- Tyre Gauge & Pump
- Own Towels (Bath & Beach)
- Dishwashing Liquid
- Toilet paper
- Any special medication
- Malaria Tablets
- Hat, Sun glasses and Camera
- Double Adaptors for cell phones chargers
- Braai “rooster” (folding)
- Bring CD’s / MP3 player for your trip, since here is no English radio reception
Chalets Contain: upright Fridge, with Freezer in top third, most kitchen utensils, 2x plate gas stove, 1x loose standing fan, Mosquito Nets
The tropical climate has two seasons – dry and wet. The wet season is from October to March and the dry season lasts from April to November. Temperatures range from 20 c in July to 29 c in January.
Mangroves and coconut palms are common along the coast. The temperature range between day and night is not extreme.
Summer can be very hot although not too humid due to a generally low rainfall. Winter is very pleasant and a light jersey may be required in the evenings. The winter days are also a lot shorter. Sea temperatures vary between 22 degrees centigrade in winter to 29 in summer.
Boats and Beaches
Boats may only be launched from designated areas . Keep the safety of the people on the beach in mind. No vehicles are allowed on the beach unless launching a boat. Do not buy shells from the locals.
LAUNCHING & FISHING PERMITS
The law in Mozambique requires permits for launching and fishing. The permits are obtainable from Reception or Maritime offices in any major town.