TRAVEL CHECKLIST: everything you need when crossing the border into Mozambique

Traveling to Mozambique by car can seem quite daunting at first – what documentation do you need, do you need any additional safety equipment, how long will it take – but with a little planning and preparation, crossing the border into Mozambique can be a cinch!

Here’s GoBundu’s list of everything South African citizens will need when crossing the border into Moz:

  • Your South African passport – valid for at least 6 months after entry, and with at least 2 blank pages.
  • Your car registration papers and ownership documents. (If you are traveling in a car that is owned by someone else, they will need to provide you with a letter stating that you have permission to drive it across the border. This letter must be notarized and accompanied by a certified copy of the owner’s ID.
  • South African driver’s license.
  • A letter from your car insurance stating cross-border insurance.
  • Third-party insurance.
  • 2 x roadside emergency triangles.
  • 2 x reflective vests – either yellow or green. These must be visible at all times, so hang them onto the back of your driver’s and passenger’s seats.
  • Black and white ZA sticker visible on the back of your car.
  • If you’re towing a trailer, boat, etc, you’ll need a blue and yellow triangle on both your car and trailer. This must be on the front-right bumper of your car, and on the back of your trailer).

If you need any additional assistance or need help finding the perfect accommodation, be sure to contact GoBundu! You can email Lize on lize@gobundu.com or call (028) 254 9193.

Extended hours at Mozambique border posts for festive season 2019

It’s no secret that high volumes of people are usually recorded at South Africa’s borders with Mozambique during the festive season. As a result, the Department of Home Affairs is set to extend the operational hours at the land border crossings to help avoid delays during the period of 4 December 2019 to 13 January 2020.

Furthermore, the Department of Home Affairs, the South African Polica Services (SAPS), and the South African Revenue Services (SARS) will deploy additional officials at selected points of entry during the holiday season.

EXTENDED BORDER HOURS

MPUMALANGA:

  • Lebombo – current hours of 06:00 to 00:00 will be extended to 24 hours from 13 December 2019 – 13 January 2020.
  • Mananga – current hours of 07:00 to 18:00 will be extended to 07:00 to 20:00 from 21 December 2019 – 24 December 2019.
  • Jeppe’s Reef – current hours of 07:00 to 20:00 will be extended to 07:00 to 22:00 from 21 December 2019 – 24 December 2019.
  • Oshoek – current hours of 07:00 to 00:00 will be extended to 24 hours from 19 December 2019 – 21 December 2019.
  • Mahamba – current hours of 07:00 to 22:00 will be extended to 07:00 – 00:00 on 21 December 2019 and 24 December 2019.

KWAZULU-NATAL

  • Kosi Bay – current hours of 08:00 to 17:00 will be extended to 06:00 to 20:00 from 13 December 2019 – 9 January 2020.

Ensure that you have all your travel documentation in order if you are entering or leaving South Africa during the festive season to help prevent unnecessary delays at the border crossings. This includes passports, visas, health certificates, permits for specified goods, vehicle insurance, and bank authorized cross-border documents for vehicles.

What to pack for Mozambique

When traveling to Mozambique, it’s important to remember that the summer’s are hot while the weather in winter is mild. It’s hot and dry from March to September, and hot and wet during the rainy reason from October to April.

Keeping this in mind, it’s best to pacing lightweight, breezy clothing – and don’t forget your swimsuit! Here’s a list of what to pack for Mozambique:

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  • swimming costume
  • sarongs and/ or dresses to throw over your swimsuit
  • waterproof sandals or slops to wear on the beach
  • beach towels
  • shorts
  • t-shirts
  • lightweight (preferably cotton) sleeping clothes/ pajamas
  • a hat
  • long dresses or lightweight long trousers to keep mozzies at bay at night
  • sunscreen (see here for our pick of the best sunscreens)
  • After-sun or Aloe Vera gel
  • Tabard
  • linen and bath towels (if your accommodation doesn’t provide – check with them before you travel)
  • DStv decoder and SIM card (check with your accommodation)
  • Snorkelling gear, fishing rods, etc

Need help planning your beach break in Moz? Contact GoBundu and let us do the work for you – email Lize on lize@gobundu.com for more.

TRAVEL CHECKLIST: 3 things to do before you travel to Mozambique

Mozambique is the perfect holiday destination with plenty to offer visitors. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful break spent on pristine, white beaches or you’re in the mood for a more active getaway (think scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, fishing, and more), Mozambique covers it all.

But before you begin packing those bags, make sure that you’ve planned and prepared for the trip to Moz. Here are 3 things to do before you travel through the borders to make for a smoother trip.

Make sure you have all the necessary car papers

Drivers of South African-registered cars crossing the country’s borders must carry and present a certified copy of vehicle registration/vehicle license papers at the border gate.

If your car is still under finance, you’ll need to present a certified letter from the bank giving authorisation to take your car across the border. Make sure that this letter also indicates your dates of travel. Both the bank letter and license papers should be signed by a commissioner of oaths.

If the driver of the vehicle is not the owner, an affidavit from the police giving authorisation from the financial institution/owner to take it abroad is required. If you’re using a rental car, the driver must have a letter from the car rental company.

  • PLEASE NOTE: all the same rules apply to trailers, jet skis, boats and any other mode of transport that requires registration.

Declare all goods in your possession

Travelers to Mozambique must declare all goods in their possession with all the necessary documents (such as invoices or proof of purchase). Make sure that you’ve declared all valuable items (including cameras, laptops, and motorbikes, etc) at Customs. These items should also be securely stored.

Check your medical aid

It is also vital to make sure that you have medical cover when crossing any border. When entering Mozambique, you will have to buy third-party insurance – this is available at the border.

5 of the best things to do in Ponta Malongane and Ponta Mamoli

Whether you’re into scuba diving, kayaking, big game fishing, or simply want to spend your days lazing on beautiful sandy beaches, Ponta Mamoli and Ponta Malongane offer a range of exciting activities fit for the whole family. Here’s our round up of 5 of the best things to do in Ponta Mamoli and Ponta Malongane…

1. SCUBA DIVING
Close to shore, Ponta Malongane offers divers over 15 beautiful coral reefs to explore. All range in different depths (up to 48 meters) and cater for both beginner and advanced divers. Popular dive sites such as Wayne’s World, Bass City, Pinnacles, and Atlantis are home to a great variety of marine life, including whale sharks, Zambezi sharks, reef sharks, potato bass, blue spotted rays, brown ribbon-tailed rays, and more.

2. BIRDING 
If you’re in the mood for a birding adventure, Ponta Mamoli is the place! Mozambique currently has more than 600 recorded bird species and around 500 species that breed in the country, making it the ideal destination for avid birders. 

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3. SWIM WITH DOLPHINS
Pods of Bottlenose Dolphins are regularly seen in these waters, and many resorts offer guests the opportunity to experience close-up encounters with these majestic mammals. (This activity is done under strict conservation guidelines).

4. EXPLORE THE BARS, BAKERIES, AND CAFES IN MALONGANE
In the mood for a chilled afternoon? Stock up on warm, freshly baked pãos (Portuguese rolls) at one of the local bakeries, then head home to make your own delicious, home-made Prego steak rolls. Keep an eye out for Doce Vitória Padaria & Pastelaria, a small bakery situated on the Main Road – they also have the most incredible pastries that you simply must try. Bem Vindo (which translates to ‘come to see‘) offers visitors local-style meals served in a beautiful setting overlooking the lake behind Ponta Malongane’s sand dunes. And while you’re at it, you simply must try the local Mozambican beer, 2M! 

5. SNORKELING AT FREDERICO’S
Snorkelling enthusiasts will love exploring the unspoilt rock pools of Fredrico’s Bay, which are teeming with a variety of bright and colourful marine life. 

Have you been to Ponta Malongane or Ponta Mamoli? What are some of your favourite things to do in the area? Tell us in the comments below!

Are you planning a trip to Ponta Malongane or Ponta Mamoli in future? Contact GoBundu for all your accommodation needs – call 028 254 9193 or send a Whatsapp to 079 506 7902. You can also email Lize on lize@gobundu.com