Our pick of the best Summer holiday beach reads

Are you in the process of planning and packing for your next beach holiday? May we remind you to pack your swimming costume, sunscreen… and that all important beach read, of course!

We’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite beach reads – read our reviews and take your pick! (And don’t forget to leave a comment sharing your favourite book!)

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes (R220)

The latest book from international best-selling author, Marian Keyes, revolves around the Caseys, a large, Irish family who love a good excuse to get together, be it for an anniversary, birthdays, or the holidays. The Casey brothers, Johnny, Ed, and Liam seem close enough, and their wives all appear to get along – like one big, happy family. Or is it? Resentments fester under the surface in this hilarious book that willl have you reading well into the wee hours. Available at your nearest Exclusive Books.

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (R282)

This Sunday Times bestseller has been described as “one of the strongest and most affecting works in Allende’s long career” by The New York Times Book Review, which says it all! Victor Dalmau is a young doctor during the Spanish Civil War – a tragedy that leaves his life (and the fate of his country) forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, Roser, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile. When opportunity to seek refuge arises, they board a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to Chile, the promised ‘long petal of sea and wine and snow’. There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.

The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker by Joanne Nel (R333)

As the wife of retired ship’s doctor Dr Henry Parker, Evelyn is living out her twilight years aboard the Golden Sunset. Every night she dresses for dinner tells her fellow passengers stories of a glamorous life spent travelling the world in luxury. When retired ship doctor Henry goes missing, his glamorous wife Evelyn sets off and searches every nook and cranny of the grand ocean liner the Golden Sunset to find him. Misadventures are had, new friends are made, and scandalous behaviour noted – all news to Evelyn. If only she could remember the events of the night before as clearly as she can recall the first time she met Henry back in 1953, abandoning her dreams of becoming a midwife to be a wife instead . Why is it so hard to forget some things and so hard to remember others? And where is Henry?

The Pact by Amy Heydenrych (R185)

A gripping and chilling suspense novel by esteemed South African author, Amy Heydenrych. When Freya arrives at her dream job at the city’s hottest start-up, she can’t wait to begin her new and exciting life – including dating her new colleague, Jay. However, fellow employee and Jay’s ex, Nicole, seems intent on making Freya’s life a misery. After a big deadline, where Nicole continually picks on her, Freya snaps and tells Jay about the bullying and together they concoct a revenge prank. The next morning, Nicole is found dead in her apartment . . . Is this just a prank gone wrong? Or does Freya know someone who is capable of murder – and could she be next?

Mozambique: Frequently asked questions

If you’re planning a trip to Mozambique, you might have a few questions before paying your deposit and securing your accommodation. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions that we get about Mozambique – we hope this helps!

What is the currency in Mozambique, and what is the exchange rate?

Mozambique’s official currency is the Metical (or Meticais in its plural form), but if you’re travelling in southern Mozambique both the South African Rand and US Dollar are accepted. If you’re travelling in the north, it’s best to carry US Dollars.

The exchange rate fluctuates daily, but as of publishing (25 February 2020), 1 Mozambican Metical equals approximately 0,29 South African Rand.

Can I use my credit card in Mozambique?

Most large resorts and lodges accept Mastercard and Visa, but many smaller lodges do’t have credit card facilities and prefer cash transactions, so it’s best to keep cash on you at all times.

What is the time difference between South Africa and Mozambique?

There is no time difference between South African and Mozambique. Mozambique is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, and Daylight Saving Time is not applied.

Do I need a Visa to enter Mozambique?

South African passport holders don’t need a Visa to enter Mozambique, provided that their overall stay is less than 30 days. Other passport holders will require a Visa – it’s best to contact your nearest consulate for more information.

How much should I tip waiters and other staff?

In restaurants, it’s customary to tip the usual 10 – 14% of your bill, as in South Africa. Check with the owner of your accommodation to find out what their recommendation is when tipping staff.

What plug points to they use in Mozambique? Do I need to bring a special adaptor?

South African-style plugs with 2 circular metal pins above the large circular grounding pin is used in Mozambique.

Are you planning a trip to Moz? Send us a quick email (lize@gobundu.com) or call 028 254 9193 and we’ll help you book your dream getaway. Our destination specialists are also more than happy to answer any other questions you might have!

PS: You might also want to browse our selection of incredible accommodation options to suit all needs and budgets, here.

When is the best time to visit Mozambique?

It’s generally accepted that the best time to visit Mozambique is during the Autumn or Winter months (from March to October), when humidity and rainfall is at its lowest and temperatures are much cooler.

The weather is still surprisingly warm during these months, and the conditions for diving and snorkelling are excellent. Better still is the fact that there’s less chance of tropical cyclones or flooded roads – and there are also fewer mosquitoes during this time!

And apart from the few weeks of South African school holidays (over the Easter period and in July), you’ll also find that prices are lower than during the peak holiday period over Christmas and New Year, and it’s also less crowded.

So if you’re thinking of booking that beach break to Moz, now’s the time! GoBundu still has a few accommodation options available over the March school holidays and Easter break, so send us a quick email (lize@gobundu.com) or call 028 254 9193 to book your dream getaway.

PS: Don’t miss our list of things you simply must pack for your trip to Moz!

Our pick of the best insect repellents

One of the most important items to pack when travelling to Mozambique (or to parts of southern Africa in general) is a good quality insect repellent to help keep mosquitoes, midges, and other insects at bay.

But with a plethora of products to choose from, how do you know which one is best? We’ve rounded up a selection of our favourites… tried, tested, and love by the GoBundu team!

Peaceful Sleep Mosquito Repellent Aerosol Spray

A trusted product used (and loved) by many South Africans, Peaceful Sleep is also GoBundu’s director, Chantelle’s top pick whenever she heads to Moz with her family. It boasts a non-greasy, perspirant-proof formulation that’s great at protecting you and your family against the bites of mosquitoes, fleas, and flies. They also have a ‘Family Care’ variant that’s ideal for young children and babies over the age of 6 months.

Pure Beginnings 100% Natural Insect Repellent

Available in both a spray and stick form, this 100% natural insect repellent is Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) free, so safe to use on your little ones. The combination of citronella, lemon eucalyptus, neem and lemon bush help repel insects and mosquitoes naturally.

Oh-Lief Natural Products Insect Balm

Another natural option, this Insect Balm from Oh-Lief (a beloved South African brand) is great for use on more sensitive skin types. We love that it comes in a compact, travel-friendly tub – no risk of spills or leakages!

On Guard Insect Repellent Gel

We love the gel formulation of this safe, powerful, and long-lasting insect repellent that helps prevent insect bites whilst protecting and moisturising your skin at the same time.

Do you have any tried-and-test insect repellents that you swear by? Leave a comment below – we’d love to hear your suggestions!

IMAGE CREDIT: Oh-Lief Natural Products (source)