In an idyllic town known as Bilene, is a piece of paradise called Praia do Cossa Resort Hotel. Surrounded by majestic views, pearl white sand beaches and serene clear blue lake waters, there is no place you would rather be.
Praia do Cossa offers exclusive and luxurious self-catering accommodations inspired by Mozambique’s rich cultural heritage of the tropical bright atmosphere. The attraction of the extensive stretch of the lake is an ideal haven to relax and to engage in the various activities offered.
Take note of the speed limits as they reduce down to 60km/h when passing through villages. Traffic officials use radar as a means of trapping. If traffic officials stop you, be courteous and polite. If you are in the wrong, pay the fine but insist on a receipt. Please be aware that only police in white uniforms are allowed to stop and fine you for traffic violations. Please do not drive after dark as there are a lot of unroadworthy vehicles on the road without lights or reflectors. Pedestrians can also be a problem as most villages are alongside the road.
Buy third party insurance – it is compulsory. You can do this at the border and it is valid for 30 days. The cost is approximately R150,00 for a vehicle and, if you are towing, it will cost an additional R80,00. You will be given an insurance form – keep it safe as you may be asked to produce it by border officials or traffic police.
Check your paperwork: get all your documents together. Make sure you have:
Passport (minimum 6 months validity remaining)
South African citizens no longer require visas, with the duration of stay being limited to 30 days. For other nationalities, please contact the Mozambique Consulate on 031 562 1119 for further details. Pay attention to the duration of your stay.
Vehicle registration papers – if the vehicle is not registered in your name then obtain a notarised and stamped letter of authorization from the owner of the vehicle allowing you to drive and to take the vehicle cross border to Mozambique.
Financing of vehicle – If your vehicle is still being financed, get a letter from your bank allowing your vehicle to cross the border
Insurance – Get a letter from your insurance company showing that your vehicle is comprehensively insured for the cross border country that you are entering
Valid driver’s license – must be carried at all times while driving.
Two Warning triangles (does need to be displayed, in case of emergency)
A temporary import permit is to be filled in at the border with all declared items itemised on it including serial numbers and value. This permit is to remain with the vehicle at all times.
All South African vehicles must display a ZA sticker, as well as a yellow triangle on a blue background when towing a trailer (can be purchased at any AA Auto shop).
Reflective yellow vest must be carried in your vehicle to be worn in the case of an emergency.
Each vehicle to be equipped with a small fire extinguisher.
Fill your vehicle at the border (Komatipoort) or in Swaziland at Siteki. Petrol is cheaper in South Africa and Swaziland. Both unleaded petrol and diesel are available in Maputo, Macia and Bilene.
We can recommend the following stops for toilet facilities, ex Durban – Mkuze, Nisela Lodge, Goba Swaziland border post (R 2.00 fee for paper), BP before toll at Matola/Maputo, Engen garage in Manihca and a fee of 5 meticais charged. Ex Jhb Sasol at Komatipoort, then as for ex Durban.
Golela : Normal operating hours are from 07h00 – 22h00 daily. During the Festive Season these hours are extended. The border post can be contacted on 034 435 1070 (please phone to enquire about extended hours).
Namaacha : Normal operating hours are 24 hours a day. The Mozambique border post (Namaacha) can be contacted on +258 21 960090 and the Swaziland border post (Lomahasha) can be contacted on +268 207 9120 (If in doubt please phone before leaving).
Komatipoort : Normal operating hours are 24 hours a day. The border post can be contacted on 013 793 7311 (please phone before leaving).