General Information

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The border:

The border is open daily from 6am till 10pm.  Please confirm extended hours during holidays with Lebombo Border (+27 13 793 7311)

Documentation needed at the border:
  • Valid passport
  • Vehicle and Trailer registration papers
  • Confirm visa (not necessary for South Africans)

Expenses at the border:
  • R20/passport entrance fee
  • 60Mt for temporary import of vehicle
  • Third party insurance: R150 for vehicle R80 for any trailer


  • 95 Mt Moamba
  • 17.50 Mt Maputo
  • 20 Mt Xai-Xai (payable at bridge on return only)

Remember the shortest road is not necessarily the best road.  The tar surfaces on most of the road is good.  After Xai-Xai there is a 90km stretch under construction.  The Moamba road is a dirt road and can be very bad during the rainy seasons.

Try and avoid night driving in Mozambique

  • Available in all major towns (see direction map to Horizonte)
  • Fill up in Komatipoort, Xai-Xai, Inharrime (you will have enough fuel to travel to Inhambane.
  • No petrol cards accepted

Current Exchange rate:
  • Use the following link to determine the currency exchange
  • Money can be exchanged at the border with FX Bureau de Exchange (BP Garage Komatipoort
  • Do not change money with the locals on Mozambique side of the border
  • It is better to pay for petrol and at shops in Meticais (Rands and Dollars are also accepted. Credit cards can not be used)
  • You can draw money with your Visa card/Master card at the local banks

Duty free allowances:

Every visitor is entitled to import the following duty-free

  • Goods to the value of $ US200 (inclusive of grocery consumables)
  • One liter of spirits
  • 2,5 liters (3 bottles) of wine
  • 2 cartons (400) cigarettes
  • Children under the age of 18 to not quality for liquor allowances
  • A limited quantity of raw fish products (i.e. fish, prawns, calamari and crayfish) can be exported. Ask at the border for quantities

Speed limit and other traffic rules:
  • In villages 60kmph. Rather drive less than 60kmph - you will be fined for 61kmph
  • Do not pass still standing vehicles on a solid line - wait patiently or blow the hooter
  • Wear seat belts at all times (even sleeping passengers on the back seat)
  • You must have 2 red tri-angles in the car and also a jacket with glare stripes for when your vehicle breaks down
  • When towing you must have a triangle on the right front of your vehicle (special stickers can be bought at Outdoor warehouses in South Africa)
  • Ensure that all your lights are working (even the number plate light)

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