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Mozambique’s main destinations of Maputo, Inhambane, Bazaruto Archipelago, Gorongosa National Park, Ilha de Mozambique and the Quirimbas Archipelago can be accessed by air with LAM – the national carrier of Mozambique. The airline offers domestic flights as well as international flights, connecting Mozambique with Johannesburg (South Africa) and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) in order to facilitate connecting flights to Europe and the rest of the world. There are regular direct flights between Johannesburg and either Maputo, Inhambane, Vilanculos and Pemba with LAM. E tickets are issued for LAM flights.
Alternatively, the South African airline Airlink also offers regular direct flights between Johannesburg and Beira (closest airport to Gorongosa National Park) and Pemba (in order to access the Quirimbas Archipelago and surrounding areas). E tickets are issued for Airlink flights.
Federal Airlines, trading as Pelican Air Services, offer a reliable daily* scheduled flight between Johannesburg and Vilanculos, the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. The airline also offers a stop over three times per week at the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, making it possible to combine the beauty of the greater Kruger National Park and its surrounding private game reserves, such as the Sabi Sands, with the azure waters and tranquil beauty of the Bazaruto Archipelago lodges. Pelican Air is a paperless airline and a voucher will be issued for these flights.
Visas can be secured at all main airports in Mozambique. However, we strongly recommend that guests always try to arrange their required visas in advance as the process in Mozambique can be a very long and time consuming one resulting in delays in the onward journey.
Island and remote game lodge destinations are normally all accessed by a light aircraft transfer flights. There is a strict luggage restriction on these flights with the general rule being a maximum of 15 kg per person, including hand luggage, packed in soft luggage only. Hard cases may not be accepted and additional or overweight luggage will only be taken at the discretion of the pilot. A charge will be applicable for overweight luggage and luggage may only arrive on a secondary flight when available.
Mozambique Voyages can gladly assist with any of the required flight bookings, please contact us
*daily – Pelican Air limits its daily flights to only three to four days a week during low season periods such as January and February. Subject to change.
Mozambique can be accessed by road from South Africa by crossing the Komatipoort / Ressano Garcia border post or alternatively the Kosi Bay border post. Kindly note that border crossings can either be a quick or a long and tedious process, with the later normally being the norm. Enough time should therefore be allowed when a border crossing is included in the day’s itinerary. The road from South Africa to Maputo, via the Komatipoort / Ressano Garcia border post, is a well maintained tarred road. The main roads in Mozambique, from Maputo up to Beira, are generally in a good condition but there are still sections that are marred by potholes and care should always be taken when driving. Sand / dirt or gravel roads should only be attempted by 4x4 vehicles unless the road in well maintained. The road network in the southern part of Mozambique, from Maputo down to Ponta do Ouro, is mainly sand roads and therefore not accessible by normal sedan vehicles – a 4x4 drive vehicle is essential.
A third border crossing into Mozambique from South African is the Giriyondo border post. This border crossing connects the Kruger National Park with the Great Limpopo Transfrontier National Park. The border post is generally a lot quieter than the other border posts. It is ideally suited to self drive travellers exploring Kruger and the Transfrontier Park before travelling through to the beaches of Mozambique. Giriyondo border post operates on different hours and attention should be give to this to allow for sufficient time to arrive at the border, finalize all required procedures and then still travel onto the next destination before nightfall.
We strongly advise against driving at night in Mozambique. Special attention and care should always be given to farm and / or domestic animals as these are not always fenced in and may wander across the road without notice. Quite a few roads pass through the centre of small towns and villages as well. Clients who do decide to self drive should always remain on the main roads and not divert of the indicated routing.
Visas can be secured at the border posts to Mozambique. However, we strongly recommend that guests always try to arrange their required visas in advance as the process in Mozambique can be a very long and time consuming one resulting in delays in the onward journey.
Mozambique Voyages can gladly assist with arranging road transfers or car rental requirements, please contact us