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Do I need a 4x4?

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Do I need a 4x4?

Hi

We're coming over to SA in March. We'll be staying in Johannesburg and then doing a road trip.

First leg is driving to Mozambique to visit Ponta for some beach time. Then we'll be driving up to Kruger for a few days.

Is a 4x4 essential, desireable or just overkill? We haven't planned a specific route yet, which may influence any opinions?

Many thanks

Sean

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1. Re: Do I need a 4x4?

YES for Moz, sand roads in this area

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Hi there,

As far as I know, no 4x4 is needed. BUT this is very dependent on your route and your accommodation in Ponto - are you goin to be staying at a beach lodge, will you need to drive on sand etc? Also, if you plan on doing a trip through Mozam to the Kruger instead of coming back into SA and to Kruger from there, then yes you will need a 4x4 as the road is dirt and not that great.

For the actual Kruger itself, no 4x4 is needed but it does definitely provide a better view point as you are higher.

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it seems you're been spontaneous and 4X4 would be safer in MOZ ...

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I can't think of any accommodation that we visited where we wouldn't have needed 4x4 in and around Ponta do Ouro or Ponta Mamoli. We don't usually use 4x4 but used it on this trip even though the distances we travelled at any one time were not huge the deep sand made life very difficult.

I agree if the OP has 4x4 going back through Moz with direct access to kruger could be a great trip. I fancy doing it myself but alas not this year . . .

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Thanks for such prompt replies!

We're staying at Ponta Malongne in a beach place, so it looks like sand is part of the package. Will it take me back to driving the sand dunes on Fraser Island (Australia) in the early 90's?? I hope so! :)

Now I just need to find a rental company that's cool about taking vehicles into Moz. Budget don't allow it. I've just Googled a route from Moz to Kruger - what an adventure that could be!

The alternative is leaving the car at the border. 300 Rand for a lift to the acommodation for the family seems reasonable (the hire company paperwork will cost around 1,200 Rand anyway!). But that cross country Moz trip looks pretty awesome.....

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Had no problem taking a rental car from Europcar through KNP to Moz coast.

We had small 4x4 although it wasn't needed when we went to Bilene. Having said that, high clearance was needed.

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7. Re: Do I need a 4x4?

Sean, for Kruger and SA you don't need 4x4. For Moz and Ponto, you need 4x4.

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8. Re: Do I need a 4x4?

Definitely! The roads in South Africa are mostly of good-very good quality, however, Mozambique is mostly sand and dirt with huge holes in it.

Especially with all the rain both countries have had recently, I would imagine the rural roads have gotten much worse!

I wouldn't risk it!

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9. Re: Do I need a 4x4?

I agree- for Ponta you need 4X4 whether coming in from the KZN border crossing or down from Maputo. I've been both ways and it's sand, sand, and more sand. Slightly less distance of sand from the KZN border.

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10. Re: Do I need a 4x4?

Not quite Fraser Island I'm afraid as the dunes are protected from 4x4 wear and tear but still fun on the main roads as there are few signposts and lots of alternative routes where the going gets tough. Like Stokeygirl we drove in from KZN. Such a quiet border crossing, no hassle and lots of folks had parked up and taken the offer of a lift. Not us though, too much fun to be had.

We stayed at Tartaruga tented camp in Ponta Malongane last August and had a lovely time in even in the winter. The lcoals were really friendly and the beach was stunning. We walked around to the local bars and stalls including in the evenings. Would love to go back when it is a little warmer!