Villa Espanhola

Lodge GPS coordinates: S25’ 17.436, E 033’ 14.305’

Travel time indication (rough guide only):

Johannesburg to Bilene: 7 hours

Jhb – 4 hr – Komati border – 1 hr – Maputo – 2 hr – Bilene

Durban to Bilene: 9 hours

Durban – 4 hr – Golela border (Swaziland)- 2hr – Goba border (Mozambique) – 1hr –  Maputo – 2 hr – Bilene

 

Summary directions

From border posts to Maputo

From Maputo north (towards Xai-Xai) on EN1 for 165 km

Turn right at Macia for another 33 km to Bilene

 

Directions from Johannesburg

Take N4 (Witbank highway – very good condition) from Johannesburg to Nelspruit.

Continue on the N4 to Komatipoort, the last town on the South Africa side.

+/- 50 km from Komatipoort you will go through the last SA tollgate.

Just past Komatipoort is the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia Border Post.

Once you are on the Mozambique side, follow the N4 (now called the EN4) for another 100 km (62.1 miles) to the capital city of Maputo.

35km’s after the border you will come to the 1st Mozambique toll road.

+/- 45 km after the tollgate you should turn left at a set of traffic lights in Matola (Shoprite on left side. To shop at Shoprite or eat at the restaurant, you will have to turn left into the parking before the traffic lights, no entrance after traffic lights to Shoprite/toilets/restaurant.)

After you turned left at traffic lights, travel 6km to another tollgate .

Through tollgate (only Mts change).

After 3kms you will see a sign to Xai-Xai (EN 1), just before you cross over a large bridge.

Turn left (take Xai-Xai off ramp). (Turning right will take you to Maputo.)

Follow directions to Xai-Xai for 165 km to a town called Macia. You will be going through a lot of robots, traffic circles and small towns.

  • After about 15 km on EN1you will pass a weighbridge (Traffic cops/inspectors).
  • After about 50 km on EN1 you will get the first and only Ultra City. (Good stop for clean toilets, food and fuel).

On route to Bilene you will go through the following towns:

Maluana, Manhica, Palmeira, 3 de Fevereiro, Magul,  Traffic control center, Macia.

+/- 165 from Maputo at Macia (BP fuel station on left) and Shoprite supermarket on the right, turn right off the main road to Bilene. There is a sign “Praia do Bilene”.

Travel+/- 33 km to Bilene and you will reach a traffic circle.

Leave the traffic circle (3:00 position) so the Hotel (yellow building) is on your left hand side.

Follow road for 2km to the T junction and turn right.

After 500m the tar ends and becomes a pavement and you will see the Villa Espanhola signage.

After 500m take the 1st road left. Follow the road, it will turn to the right.

Villa Espanhola’s gate will be on your left hand side.

 

Directions from Durban through Swaziland

Travel on the N2 past Richardsbay, Empangeni, Mtubatuba, Hluhluwe , Mkuze and Pongola Game Reserve entrance on right.

Turn right at Golela/Swaziland sign (this is before Pongola town) to travel +/- 10 km to the border.

As you cross the Golela/Lavumisa border you will reach a very large traffic circle, keep straight. You will pass USA Distillers on your left and Shell and Sugar Mill on your right.

+/- 60km from border, turn right toward Siteki (MR16 Siteki/Maputo) (this is after the Big Bend road to the left).

+/- 30 km turn right at the T-junction towards Siteki.

+/- 10 km in Siteki town turn left to Goba border post.

+/- 30 km further on you will reach Goba border post (Mhlumeni border – Mozambique).

From Goba follow road to Maputo for +/- 45 km.

Turn right at T-junction, towards Maputo for another +/-30km.

As you enter Matola you will pass the Shoprite center on your left.

6km Further you will reach a tollgate

Through tollgate (only Mts change).

After 3kms you will see a sign to Xai-Xai (EN 1), just before you cross over a large bridge.

Turn left (take Xai-Xai off ramp). (Turning right will take you to Maputo.)

Follow directions to Xai-Xai for 165 km to a town called Macia. You will be going through a lot of robots, traffic circles and small towns.

  • After about 15 km on EN1you will pass a weighbridge (Traffic cops/inspectors).
  • After about 50 km on EN1 you will get the first and only Ultra City. (Good stop for clean toilets, food and fuel).

On route to Bilene you will go through the following towns:

Maluana, Manhica , Palmeira, 3 de fevereiro , Magul, Traffic control center, Macia.

+/- 165 from Maputo at Macia (BP fuel station on left) and Shoprite supermarket on the right turn right off the main road to Bilene There is a sign “Praia do Bilene”.

Travel+/- 33 km to Bilene, you will see a river on the left and reach a traffic circle.

Leave the traffic circle (3:00 position) so the Hotel (yellow building) is on your left hand side.

Follow road for 2km to the T junction and turn right.

After 500m the tar ends and becomes a pavement and you will see the Villa Espanhola signage .

After 500m take the 1st road left. Follow the road, it will turn to the right.

Villa Espanhola’s gate will be on your left hand side.

 

(map to be included here)

 

Airport information

 

The main access to Mozambique is via Johannesburg in South Africa, although TAP Air Portugal (www.flytap.com) and LAM Mozambique Airlines (www.flylam.co.za) operate direct services to Maputo from Lisbon.

From Johannesburg connecting flights to Maputo are operated by South African Airways (www.flysaa.com) and LAM while other operators serve Inhambane, Pemba and Vilancilos. LAM’s domestic services connect Maputo with the country’s major cities and tourist destinations.

Flights to Mozambique thus available from

  • South Africa: Durban, Cape Town and Mpumalanga
  • Portugal: Lisbon
  • Tanzania: Dar es Salaam
  • Kenya: Nairobi
  • Zimbabwe: Harare

International Airports
Mavalane International (MPM), five miles (8 km) north of Maputo.

Beira (BEW), eight miles (13 km) from the city Beira.

Inhambane, Lichinga, Nampula, Pemba and Vilanculos.

 

Car hire information

International car hire companies are represented in Maputo and Beira, including Avis (www.avis.co.za) and Europcar (www.Europcar.com).

Distances – from Bilene

Maputo         167 km

Macia                       32 km

Xai Xai            50 km

Chokwe          90 km

Chidenguele   110 km

Matola          115 km