If you are considering a holiday in Mozambique, think about a relaxed self-drive experience where you are in control and time is of no consequence. No planes to run for, no airport hassles, no delays and no crowds. You can drive in your own vehicle or hire a reliable car to get you from A to B.

Self-drive holidays are becoming increasingly popular in Africa, especially from South Africa to Mozambique. The countries share a common border and once over this boundary, things get easier. Self-driving is an adventure – look forward to the unexpected! We have a number of the best self-drive tours for you to experience. Contact one of our consultants for advice on what to look out for and where to stay.

One route is to leave early in the morning from Johannesburg to travel the more than 500 kilometres to the border at Komatipoort. Enter Mozambique and drive the last 50 kilometres to Maputo.

At the border, you need to accurately complete the DA 341 form for your vehicle and get your compulsory third party insurance. International travellers need a passport and visa but South Africans do not need a visa. Try to get your visa before you leave your country as this can prove a stumbling block in Mozambique, and could ruin your holiday.

Always wear seat belts and observe the speed limit in Mozambique! Spot fines are common and expensive. Be careful of fraudsters at the border posts who will try to convince you that you need their help. During holiday seasons, the queues at the borders can be daunting so get there early or simply travel out of season.

Once you have reached Maputo, you can explore the food and culture for a day or two then head north to places like Inhambane, surfers’ paradise, and stay in Tofo or Barra or Massinga Beach. Catch a wave, drink real Mozambique beer and learn how to kite surf. Click here to read more about Maputo.

Then go further north to Vilankulo where you can enjoy the beaches for a while before catching a transfer to one of the Bazaruto Archipelago islands. Sink into extraordinary luxury when you book a villa on the beach resorts and indulge in fresh seafood, plenty of swims in the ocean and maybe a dive or snorkel or two.

Planning a self-drive holiday in Mozambique means creating a mixture of the remote and the social, the luxurious and the rustic. Meet the locals, taste the food, buy some curios – then self-drive back to South Africa on another route.