S 25 44' 56, 98" / E 32 44' 29, 71"
Fly or drive?
Dependant on the nature of the holiday you want to take you can either fly or drive in to Mozambique from South Africa or any of the neighbouring countries.
Maputo International Airport has direct flights from Johannesburg, South Africa. Flights are less than two hours and vehicles are available for hire from the airport or alternatively you can make use of the Tan ‘n Biki Shuttle Services although booking is essential.
Flights are offered through Kulula.com, LAM and SAA.
From Johannesburg the trip will take anywhere between 7 – 10 hours by car, border time included, Pretoria is a bit quicker. You DO NOT need a 4x4 to get to Tan ‘n Biki, there are main roads from the border right through Maputo to the Marracuene ferry crossing, where you will need to board the vehicle ferry to cross the Inkomati River.
The main road on the island has recently been rebuilt with drainage on both sides and a regularly maintained surface. In addition the road through the sand dunes to Tan ‘n Biki has been compacted, making it easy to drive on, without the need of a 4x4 or deflating your tyres.
If travelling by car you will need:
Valid International or South African drivers license
Vehicle Registration Forms
Third Party Insurance (available at border or travel company)
Two reflective triangles, large variety
Please for additional information on travelling by vehicle.
Getting to Tan ‘n Biki
Take the N4 to Nelspruit. Carry on passed Malelane and Komatipoort straight to the Lebombo border post.
After entering into Mozambique keep on the N4, you will pass through two tollgates, the first tollgate is about 45km from the border, the second tollgate is 54 km from the first tollgate. Follow the N4 until you get the Xai-Xai board (pronounced Shai-Shai) where you must turn left!
Stay on this road for 33km, after which you will find a village with the name “Marracuene”. Here you will find a Petromoc Garage on your left hand side of the road. The road then makes a bend to the left, on the right hand side you will see a pink house, then a billboard with two hippos, and a newly erected bank called Millennium Bim. At Millennium Bim you turn right. (There is a small white concrete stone that says Marracuene Lodge 4km on your right hand side).
Drive down to the T-junction and turn left, then keep right at the next slipway, which will take you down a hill over a railway line until you get to the Nkomati River. Here you get onto the ferry with your vehicle and it will take you (both) to the other side.
After disembarking drive straight for 6km until you get to a sort of T-junction, here keep right (sign boards start here) and continue for about 600m. Turn left when you see the Tan ‘n Biki signboard and an old boat wreck.
From here follow our signs, which will lead you directly into our camp!