Cape Town - A new bridge linking Maputo Bay to KZN will be able to cut four hours' travelling time for road trippers driving between the two neighbouring countries.
The only ways to access Maputo from SA by car at this stage is via the southern segment border post of Kosi Bay in the north of KwaZulu-Natal.
Drivers can also go through Swaziland at the Golela border post, and then through Swaziland enter Mozambique at the Namaacha border post.
For access to the rest of Mozambique, driver can go via the Komatipoort or Lebombo border posts, or the Giriyondo border post in the Kruger National Park.
All of these routes involve very long drives on bad roads.
The new bridge project - which sees the construction of Africa’s largest suspension bridge - is facilitated by the Mozambican and Chinese governments, but will be of value to South African holiday-makers longing to experience the tropical waters of Mozambique more quickly.
The project is due for completion in December 2017.
The bridge is reported to give direct access to Catembe, over the Bay of Maputo and the town of Ponto de Ouro. Drivers would still gain access to Mozambique through the border post.
There are also plans to renovate the border gate between the two countries, IOL reported.
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