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Information on Giriyondo Access Point

A minimum of one night stay in either Kruger National Park or Limpopo National Park is required to be allowed to pass through the Giriyondo or Pafuri border posts. If documentary proof of such booking in the official overnight accommodation within these two parks cannot be provided, visitors will not be allowed to cross these two border posts. The date of such official booking must correspond with the date of crossing one of the border posts in that the date of the booking must either directly precede or directly follow the date of the official accommodation booking.

Kruger National Park, with the Parque Nacional do Limpopo, and Gonarhezou National Park form part of the Great Limpopo Tranfrontier Park, a cross-border conservation initiative between Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique.

With the Giriyondo Access Facility between South Africa and Mozambique operational, there are new travel routes open to park visitors.

The following is some information about the Giriyondo Access Point between Mozambique and South Africa. Please note that we cannot guarantee the absolute accuracy of this information, however we will try and keep it up to date. We hope this assists people who would like to make use of the Giriyondo Access Facility in the future.

The Giriyondo Tourist Access Facility is open from 08:00 until 16:00 (October – March) and from 08:00 until 15:00 (April – September) and is only open for 4x4 vehicles as the roads within the Parque Nacional do Limpopo are still being developed. It is also not open to commercial traffic as its role is to facilitate tourist movement within the GLTP. Therefore, no vehicles with an excess of a maximum of four tons axle load are allowed.

Visitors using the facility should allow enough time to reach their destinations whilst adhering to speed regulations within the KNP. Visitors who do not reach the Giriyondo Tourist Access Facility in time will be required to overnight at the closest camp as it is against KNP regulations to travel after normal gate closing times.

It is approximately 95kms (at least two hours, 15 minutes traveling time) between Phalaborwa Entrance Gate and the Giriyondo Tourist Access Facility and approximately 75kms (at least two hours) between Giriyondo and Massingir. Boats and trailers will be allowed “at the owners’ risk” and the transport of firearms not allowed except if the owner can provide the necessary export permits.

What you need before the time:

Guests must ensure that they have their valid passports, all the relevant registration documents for their vehicles and permission from the owner of the vehicle or the bank as per the requirement at other Mozambique/South Africa border posts.

South Africans note: if you are not the titleholder of the documents, you also require a letter from the titleholder to take the car out of South Africa.

Travelling from Maputo:

Remember: DO NOT SPEED – there are people, children and animals crossing the road.

NB: If you are traveling from the Mozambique side, you need to purchase your permit at the Park’s offices in the town of Massingir

From Massingir town you travel a short distance to the Massingir dam to get to the Park gates.

In the Parque Nacional do Limpopo:

The speed limit inside the Park varies from 40km/h to 20km/h.

It is advisable to use a GPS in the Limpopo Park – signboards are scarse and the roads can be somewhat confusing. Any vehicle with high ground clearance will make it although one might need a 4x4 after heavy rains.

The roads are narrow, thus you have to go into the thick sand next to the road to give way for approaching vehicles and agains a 4x4 may be required-check beforehand.. . If there are people on the road DO NOT speed right up to them – slow down, give them time to get out of the road and pass them slowly.

Please give people right of way.

Do not take video or photographs of people without asking permission first.

Border procedures:

South Africa to Mozambique: South African side

Important to remember:

South Africa to Mozambique: Mozambique side

Some points to remember:

Most of all, enjoy your trip and the wonderful experiences offered by the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

Please see the following brochure information relating to the Parque Nacional do Limpopo: