|Contact :||Bruce Hopwood|
|Local Tel :||035-3407013|
|INT Tel :||+27-35-3407013|
Situated in the extreme south of the pristine Mozambique coastline, alongside
Ponta Malongane (16km from the South African border), our private and exclusive
self-catering luxury, tented camp offers comfort, privacy and tranquility to the
discerning nature lover and adventurer.
The beautiful beaches, inland lakes and swamps, warm water, all-year round sub-tropical climate, coral reefs and adventure trails provide an eco-system close to civilisation for those nature lovers and adventurers who wish to be away from the 'madding crowds'.
This exclusive, yet rustic retreat, where SA Rands are the preferred currency, is only accessible by 4x4 vehicles and is only 665kms from Johannesburg and just over 500 kms from Durban.
The area between Ponta do Oura, Inhaca Island and Maputo is a nature lover's paradise due to its totally unspoilt, undeveloped coastline and low population density.
The region enjoys a sub-tropical climate, with most of the rainfall falling between December and March. The summer months from November to April are characterised by warm temperatures accompanied by relatively high humidity levels whereas the winter months are moderate to warm with much lower levels of humidity.
January +/- 32 degrees C
April +/- 23 degrees C
July +/- 20 degrees C
October +/- 25 degrees C
The warm waters of the Mozambique current flow southwards from Madagascar to within 10kms of the coastline. The sea temperature generally tracks the land temperature and will go up to 28 degrees C in the summer months and down to 21 degrees C in the winter months. This is an ideal ecosystem for the vast number of species of game and reef fish, dolphins, whales and turtles that traverse the area as well as for all or their other activities suited to an all-year round warm water location.
The coastline from Ponta do Oura to Inhaca Island is saturated with the most beautiful and pristine hard and soft coral reefs, home to a bewildering variety of game and reef fish, turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks and rays. Unlike the coral reefs in South Africa, most of these reefs have remained untouched for nearly two decades during the civil war. This again provides an ideal ecosystem for scuba divers and snorkellers alike.
The terrain consists of long and uninterrupted stretches of white sandy beaches, high primary sand dunes, coastal forests, inland flood plains and numerous lakes and accompanying marshlands, making it an ideal playground for 4x4 vehicle/biking and hiking enthusiasts. The roads from the South African border to the various locations are currently sand roads and therefore require 4x4 vehicles to adequately traverse them. However, use of vehicles of any description is strictly prohibited along the beaches.
In order to make use of these activities, guests are however required to bring along whatever equipment and accessories that they may require as very little, apart from diving equipment, is available for hire in the area.
NB: Kosi Bay/Farazela Border opens at 08h00 and closes at 17h00 daily
Fuel & Diesel
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
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
Road to Ponta Malongane
Once through the border post take the road to the left (following signs for
Ponta Malongane/Ponta Mimoli and the small blue signs for Tartaruga Maritima)
for about 13 kms until you reach the gate to Kangela Estates. Tartaruga Maritima
Luxury Tented Camp is inside Kangela Estate.
The shortest and most direct route for travelling from Gauteng is on the N2 via
Ermelo and turning off before Mkhuze for the Kosi Bay border post via Jozini and
KwaNganase. However the N17 and the N2 between Bethal and Piet Retief are in a
bad state and extensive road works are only expected to be completed by
September 2012. At times there are as many as seven Stop/Go controls on this
route, often with delays of up to 20 minutes at each stop. It is recommended
that motorists consult the updated Route Reports issued by the Automobile
Association of SA (www.aa.co.za) for the latest information. In the meantime it
is recommended that motorists travelling to Bethal detour on the R35 as far as
Morgenzon and then get on the R39 for Ermelo. After Ermelo it is recommended to
detour on the R65 to Amsterdam and then proceed to Piet Retief on the R33. These
two detours add less than 50kms to the journey but more than makes up in time
saved by not sitting at Stop/Go's or dealing with pothole damage to your tyres.
About 10kms before reaching Mkhuze exit the N2 and take the road to Jozini.
Continue on this road, through Kwangwanase till reaching the Kosi Bay Border.
Tartaruga is about 665 kms from Johannesburg.