Tips when you are traveling to Ponta do Ouro
All non South African passport holders require a visa to enter in Mozambique that can be purchased at the Kosi Bay/Ponta Do Ouro border – currently they cost approximately R 650 per visa.
Other way to obtain your visa is at the Mozambican Embassies and Consulates.
You will also need 2 ID photos to accompany your application, and a passport that is still valid for another 6 months minimum. Make sure you complete all the requirements.
Mozambique is a malaria risk area and you should consult your doctor for advice on taking prophylactics. However, Ponta do Ouro is a very low risk area. In addition, Lar Do Ouro Guest Lodge has netting on all doors and windows and takes every precaution possible, but don’t forget to bring your mosquito repellent.
Crossing the border with your vehicle
When crossing the border with your 4×4, please note that you will need your car registration papers when crossing the border. You will also be required to take out third party insurance, currently costing approximately R 180.00 per vehicle. Boats, trailers and others are extra.
For those traveling on a 2×4 car, we suggest you to park your car at the parking lot on the SA border side and organize a border transfer.
Parking costs at the border are R 30 per day. Border transfer is R 80 per person return and please be aware that prices may change over peak season.
The border is open from 08 am to 5 pm each day. Please check times for peak season periods.
Ponta Do Ouro has one bank, BCI, with 2 ATM machines where you can only draw money with VISA cards. MasterCard and Dinners cards are accepted only in limited places. We suggest that you carry some money, as some places do not have card facilities at all. You can pay with ZAR or Meticais (local currency) exchange rates change from place to place. And there is very limited change, so make sure you bring coins.
There is a pharmacy at the village centre, where you can buy the basic needs, including tablets for motion sickness.
Quad bikes can only be driven from 6am to 10pm, no under 16 years old allowed. Police will take measures. Respect authorities at all times.
Make sure to get all fishing, spear fishing, boat and Jet Ski licenses before taking your vessels and equipment to the beach. The Maritime office is opened from 8am to 3pm, weekdays. Getting a license on Saturdays and Sundays is possible but there will be an extra fee.
Above all, plan your trip and bring a smile with you.