Dive Camp – Visitors Hints & Guide
thanks for booking with us – we certainly value your support and will
try and do everything to make your stay with us as enjoyable as
are some tips you might find useful - please read thru’ carefully
before departure and contact Katya at the office should you have any
border is open from 8am – 5pm. On arrival, first clear SA immigration,
(brick building on left) and then cross over to the Mocambican side and
building on right – ask for forms from counter first so you can fill
in while queuing) All persons entering Mocambique require a valid
visa. If you intend taking a vehicle over the border, get one of
your party to sort out the temporary importation permit, (corrugated
iron building on the left - obtain necessary forms before queuing.)
normal weekends its possible to drive thru to the Mocambique side of the
border, unpack your vehicle with the stuff you are taking to Ponta, then
drive back to the vehicle park on the SA side of the border (fenced,
shade cloth are on left as you arrive) Walk back to join your group.
weekends are sometimes a problem with the number of people trying to get
through the border. If possible try to follow the same procedure, but
sometimes the SA authorities might change procedures to control traffic.
make contact with driver of the collection vehicle on your arrival!!
note that the vehicle usually used for collections is a green
“Safari” Land Rover. While perhaps not offering the
air-conditioning, they certainly are rugged and are required to get
through to Ponta with all the luggage. In any event it is only a 12 Km
ride so enjoy the open-air ride & scenery!
Border – Ponta
or last day of Long Weekend
12.00 pm 3.30pm
collection vehicle will wait for 30 minutes after the collection time
you not arrive within this time he will return to Ponta. Should he have
to later return to the border to collect you, you will be required to
pay an additional R80.00 pp collection fee. Please also note that should
it require additional trips to transport everyone, these will be done
strictly on a first come basis. These collection times may be changed
should circumstances warrant – please confirm with booking office.
time to Ponta from Gauteng is, depending on stops and how you drive,
between 6 and 9 hours. Durban is 5 – 6 hours. Make allowance for
unforeseen contingencies like fog, cows in the road, etc. When traveling
at night please beware of cows in the road, and potholes on either side
of Pongola Town, and for a short section around the Pongola River bridge
at Ndumu. The road from Josini to the Kosi Bay border is generally very
Cards and cheques are not accepted anywhere at Ponta. Please ensure you
take sufficient cash for your extra dives, drinks, etc. SA Rands is the
main currency used at Ponta.
Adventures Dive Camp
camp is situated on the left at the entrance to the campsite, directly
opposite the campsite reception. After checking in at reception, park in
front of the Dive Camp, where you will be allocated your accommodation.
traditional Mozambican reed hut with a cement floor and either a double,
or 2 single beds, mattress and bedding. Far more spacious than a tent,
and supplied with an electric light. (Mosquito net for hire – on
request). Electric Light
Please note, as the barracas adjoin each other they only offer the same privacy as a tent – they are not totally independent units
Dive Tent: a canvas dome tent with 2 camp beds, and bedding. Also with
electric light. Erected on a cement floor, under a weatherproof reed
Outside Tent: same as Dive tent, but pitched directly outside of Dive
Camp, under trees. Enjoys all the dive camp amenities.
dive camp is supplied with electricity from the local campsite. Because
of the limited supply no power points are available in the Dive Camp.
There are electric lights in each tent and barracas. We strongly
recommend that you take a torch. Connecting of private refrigerators,
hair dryers, etc to any plug point in the camp is not allowed.
/ Ice VERY IMPORTANT – READ CAREFULLY
space is available for hire at the camp, and is strictly limited to
foodstuffs. Under no circumstances can cold drinks, beers, etc be placed
in the freezers. Rental rate is per container with a maximum size of
30cm on any dimension. Ice can be purchased at the Dive Camp and drinks
kept cold in your cooler box. Remember to take you cooler box
space must be pre booked and pre paid. Freezer space cannot be hired
directly at Ponta
toilets and showers, with hot and cold water, are situated just outside
the dive camp area.
Planning takes place inside the dining area at the Dive Camp at 6.00pm
every evening. Obviously on you arrival day you would not have a dive
planned. Please contact the beach controller or camp manager to arrange
a place on the first available boat.
like Sodwana, the Kruger Park, and virtually the whole East Coast of
Africa from Empangeni northwards, falls in a Malaria belt. Although we
have no knowledge of any of our clients ever contracting Malaria, we
suggest you take the necessary precautions.
Tabard, Mosquito sprays, coils, etc. Should you forget, insect repellant
is available from the dive shop. Contact British Airways travel clinic
for recommended prophylactic.
nets are available for hire – contact Scuba Adventures Dive Camp
dive camp is essentially self-catering, with crockery and cutlery
supplied. A fire for barbeque is made each night in the barbeque area.
you not wish to self cater, meal vouchers are available for the
“Fishmonger Restaurant” one of Mozambique’s top seafood
restaurants. These are offered at a discounted rate for clients of the
dive camp - please arrange with booking office prior to departure.
are a few local shops in Ponta selling a limited range of groceries and
drink. Because of importation tax these tend to be expensive, and it is
recommended that you bring all supplies with you from RSA.
Rugby and Sporting events:
African DSTV is available at the Fishmonger Restaurant. All major rugby,
football, and sporting events are screened live.
Scuba & Adventure Centre, & Shopping:
scuba equipment and beachwear is available from Mocambique Scuba
& Adventure Centre situated in the Marlim center in the town
square. The “Famous Dive Sites” T-Shirt series, featuring all the
well-known reefs of Ponta, including Pinnacles and Bass City, are
available from the shop as well.
equipment, and cylinders, are available for rental, from the Dive Camp.
You will be required to leave your passport as security when renting
equipment. Please note it is essential that this equipment be pre booked
when booking your dive package in Johannesburg.
What to take
important – take sufficient cash for all your needs
Cards & Cheques are not accepted anywhere in Ponta
COOLER BOXES TO KEEP YOUR DRINKS IN.