Great news for South Africans travelling to Mozambique for the holidays, Africa’s longest suspension bridge between Maputo and Kosi Bay in KZN is officially open for public use! The innovative new Ponte Maputo-Catembe Bridge will cut down the 6-hour long travel time from Kosi Bay, South Africa to Maputo, Mozambique to just 90 minutes!
Maputo-Catembe or Ponte Maputo-Catembe Bridge is a 3km twin-tower bridge that extends around 680m over Espirito Santo estuary in the Maputo Bay. The opening of this road means that people travelling between Maputo and Kwa-Zulu Natal will no longer to have to make the quarter-day journey, leaving more time for leisure, especially during the summer holiday season! The bridge will also reduce the need to use the unreliable ferry that was required to cross the bay in the past.
Financed by China, the bridge cost around R11 billion to construct and was built using high-quality concrete with the aim of giving the bridge a lifespan of over 100 years. The charge to cross the bridge will be around R40 or $3 per vehicle.