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Before You Leave
Make sure you have:
At the Border (On the SA Size):
At the Border (On the Mozambique Side):
The EN1, Mozambique’s main tar road leading north from Maputo, is in a good condition. It is 80 kilometres from the Ressano Garcia Border Post to Maputo, and from there Xai Xai is 220 kilometres away. The 15-kilometre road from Xai Xai’s main town to the beach town is tarred and the last 2 kilometres leading to Reef Resort is on a sandy beach road, which is fine for a regular car. A 4×4 is not necessary, unless you are planning to explore the area. Some roads are very sandy and a 4×4 will come in handy then!
It is imperative to adhere to the speed limits in Mozambique. Speed limits are generally 100 to 120 kilometres per hour on the open roads (100 kilometres if you are towing a boat or trailer) and 60 to 80 kilometres per hour in built up areas (50 kilometres if you are towing). Always be on the lookout for the road signs.
There are regular traffic police checks and a speed fine could cost you between 1000 and 3000 Meticais. This would have to be paid on the spot and it is certainly not a pleasant way to start your holiday. So buckle up and drive safely and slowly where necessary.
Always be on the lookout for pedestrians, stray dogs, cattle and un-roadworthy vehicles.
If You Are Stopped:
Be polite. Original copies of documents are required by law, but try a certified copy first. If you have broken the law (by speeding) you will be fined and you can either pay on the spot – get an official receipt – and if you do not have cash to pay the fine, your driver’s license will be confiscated and you will have to drive to the nearest town to pay. Not all the towns have ATM’s. So, you may have to drive back later to pay the fine and collect your license.
(Johannesburg to Xai Xai = 750 kilometres)
via Phalaborwa / Kruger National Park:
(Phalaborwa to Xai Xai = 410 kilometres)
(Durban to Xai Xai = 790 kilometres)