to get there
NB: Kosi Bay/Farazela Border opens
at 08h00 and closes at 17h00 daily
Fuel and diesel are available at Ponta do Ouro. However
unleaded fuel is only available at Kwangwanase (formerly known as
Manguzi) in South Africa.
There is a superette
in Ponta do Ouro offering a small stock of essentials. There is
a very well stocked Spar (groceries and hardware) in KwaNgwanase
in South Africa at which any last minute shopping can be done before
crossing into Mozambique. If you are driving on a Sunday, please
note that the Spar closes at 14h00.
The road from the Farazela border post
to the Tartaruga Maritima Luxury Tented
Camp is a sandy 4x4 route. If you do not have a 4x4, guests
can park their vehicles at the secure parking area about 100m before
the Kosi Bay/Farazela border post on the South African side (at
a cost of R30 a day). Tartaruga will collect guests
from the border. Transfers cost R700 return per vehicle (seats 7
to Ponta Malongane
The route from the border post to Ponta Malongane
is a series of sandy tracks with little signage. If you see the
odd sign for either Tartaruga, Ponta Mamoli or Boa Vida, you are
on the right track.
The road splits in three directions immediately as one leaves the
border customs area (the left to Maputo, to the right to Ponta do
Ouro). Choose the middle route which passes a high walled building
If the road has multiple forks, don’t get too anxious as they
are just tracks which have developed when other tracks have deteriorated
but they will eventually all meet up about 300m ahead.
After about 4kms you will pass an air strip. You may not be able
to see it but you may notice the windsock blowing in the distance.
About 1km further on you will meet the main crossroads with the
Maputo–Ponta do Ouro tracks as well as the electric power
lines heading to Ponta. Another 1km further is another crossroad
with the Maputo–Ponta tracks. Just keep straight ahead.
About 2kms further you will pass a substation on your right with
the power lines heading towards Malongane.
After about 4kms you will pass a small primary school on your left
and soon afterwards you will drive through some bush and start getting
your first view of the lake behind Ponta Malongane.
Drive around the edge of the lake for about 1km, pass the Come to
See restaurant until you reach a crossroad and a small traffic circle.
Drive around the circle and head towards the coast. The green gates
of Kangela Estate and Tartaruga Maritima will be directly ahead
of you. Proceed through the gate and follow the signs to reception.
to Tartaruga from KwaZulu-Natal, head north from Durban on the N2
and exit at Hluhluwe. Continue on the R22 through Mbazwana and KwaNgwanase
till reaching the Kosi Bay Border post.
Tartaruga is about 440 kms from Durban.
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printable map and directions
are a first time visitor to Tartaruga Maritima, it is advisable
to print out the map and directions and travel with them.
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