LAM (reliable, good Mozambican airline) operates domestic flights between Maputo, Beira, Vilankulos, Pemba and Inhambane.
Inhambane is approximately half an hours drive from Lake Poelela by car. International flights from South Africa into Mozambique land at Maputo International Airport, as well as at Beira, Inhambane and Vilankulos airports.
Additional to the above Pelican Airways and Swazi Air also have flights available to and within Mozambique.
If you fly direct to Inhambane, transfers can be arranged to Lake Poelela.
Alternatively you can fly directly to Maputo and hire a vehicle for the drive to Lake Poelela and Ponta Zavora, passing through palm groves and quaint towns.
From Johannesburg—The most frequented route is from Johannesburg along the N4 toll road via Witbank, Nelspruit and the Lebombo/Resano Garcia Border Post to Maputo. Roads and bridges are in good condition, and it is possible to drive in a two-wheel-drive vehicle, even during wet season. However, 4 wheel drive vehicles are more suitable to the areas off the main roads.
Alternative route via Kruger National Park. Travelers are now able to travel through the Kruger National Park (this is a pleasant drive offering game viewing).
From the Kruger National Park, you arrive at Giriyondo Border Post, then through the Limpopo National Park to the Massingir Dam (4 x 4 vehicles required during the wet season).
After departing from Massingir, the road is tarred to the EN1 Highway. Visitors to the Kruger Park are advised to plan their trips as the K N Park closes its gates at 6 pm and re-open at 6 am each morning.
From Maputo you would keep driving on the EN1, passing through a number of small settlements, until you reach Xai-Xai, (approx 175 km’s from Maputo) which is a good place to re-fuel).
From Xai-Xai travelers remain on the EN1, watching out for potholes on an 80 km’s stretch of road which is currently under construction. Quissico is the following town, approx 80 km from Xai-Xai is the first place of note one arrives at in the Inhambane Province.
Set high on a hill you have magnificent view of lagoons and Lake Poelela.
Keep on the EN1 until you reach Inharrime town (approx 35 km’s from Quissico). Approximately 8 km’s from Inharrime, turn right at the sign post to Zavora and continue on this gravel road for 12 km’s until you turn off to the right at the sign marked Lake Poelela. The sand road from the run-off will lead you to the lake water front and then to Ponta Zavora Development