It is necessary to spend at least 1 night in either the Kruger Park or in the Transfronteir Park if you are travelling via Giriyondo.
(Phalaborwa to Xai Xai = 410 kilometres)
Lomahasha / Namaacha Border Post
The border post closest to Maputo between Swaziland and Mozambique is situated in the north-eastern corner of Swaziland.
On the Swazi side it is known as Lomahasha and on the Mozambican side as Namaacha. The road between Swaziland and Maputo via Lomahasha / Namaacha is not part of the N4 / EN4 TRAC toll road, but is generally considered to be in a good condition. It provides access to the second biggest port for Swaziland's importers and exporters and an alternative to Richard's Bay.
Port Maputo is also closer to Swaziland's urban areas than Richard's Bay in South Africa. Opening hours Mozambique / Swaziland Lomahasha / Namaacha 7:00 – 17:00
With the opening of the Transfrontier National Park in December 2005, Xai Xai has become even more accessible to South Africans and although it is the more scenic route, it is also the route for the more adventurous traveller.
The journey takes you through the Kruger National Park's Phalaborwa Gate and on to the Giriyondo Border Post (95 kilometres).
After going through the formalities at the border, you will travel through the Transfrontier Park on the dirt road with speed bumps at intervals (75 kilometres);
The journey from Massangir Dam to Chokwe is on an old tarred road with potholes and uneven road surfaces. We have noticed that there have been attempts to fix this road and we are sure that it will improve;
About 100 kilometres after Massangir Dam you will reach a T-junction where you turn right towards Chokwe, which is 20 kilometres further. The road improves after this Tt-junction but as always, be on the lookout for pedestrians, stray dogs and cattle;
Continue on from Chokwe for another 60 kilometres to Macia where you will turn on to the EN1 and enjoy the last 60 kilometres stretch to Xai Xai on a well maintained tarred road.