Help feed a family of 4 for as little R120 with the Feed Malongane Initiative

If you’ve ever visited Malongane, you’ve fallen in love. You’ve fallen in love with the beautiful beaches, the turquoise ocean, the peace and tranquility – but most of all, you’ve fallen in love with the people. The beautiful local community who treat every single visitor like a long-lost brother or sister.

On 27 March 2020, the Mozambican border closed. In the blink of an eye, the people of Malongane – who rely heavily on tourism to make a livelihood – lost their income. Overnight, the vibrant Malongane we’ve all come to love turned into a ghost town. The only ones left are the same friendly locals we’ve come to love – but now with empty tummies and living in fear. They don’t expect it, but they need your help right now.

Just R120 will feed a Malongane family of 4 for a week. Please consider donating as much – or as little – as you possibly can to this very worthy cause. Every little bit helps – whether it’s R20 or R200, it will all go towards feeding a family in Malongane.

Your contribution will be so much more than food – it will bring hope, inspiration and the assurance that we are all in this fight together.

Donations to Feed Malongane to be made into the following account. Every single cent will go towards feeding a family in Malongane.

First National Bank
CC Ward
Account no : 62603557200
Branch 256505

Please include your name and surname when making a donation, as we would like to thank all our sponsors on the GoBundu and Feed Malongane Initiative Facebook page.


Last week, the Feed Malongane Initiative fed 30 families – and we hope to see this number grow. GoBundu is full in support of this fantatic initiative, and we hope that you’ll join forces with us as we work together to Feed Malongane.

Itching to travel? Here’s how to approach travel during 2020 #Coronavirus

At the beginning of 2020, many trends analysts predicted that travel would continue to rise – but no one could have predicted the global pandemic that we’re currently faced with. Many travel plans have suddenly come to a complete stand-still with many travel-related businesses, hotels, and airlines affected.

Here at GoBundu, we’ve been keeping an ear-to-the-ground and have rounded up a few tip for those travellers who are wondering what to do next.

Start planing for your next holiday

If you’re anything like u, you’re itching to start travelling again. But with no definite timeline in mind, it can be difficult to know when to start planning for your next getaway. Our advice? Start planning ahead now – and take advantage of some incredible deals while you’re at it.

According to many experts, it appears that COVID-19 may ease off during the period of September to December 2020, so if you’re plotting your next escape, we recommend that you book for a time during (or after) this window. 

There are many short-term holiday rentals in Mozambique that are currently offering amazing deals, so we suggest you start there. Contact us by emailing lize@gobundu.com for the latest specials!

Postpone – rather than cancelling

Already have travel plans booked? One thing we don’t recommend doing is cancelling your trip – rather contact your accommodation and other service providers to find out about postponing your trip.

Consider a staycation – or visit a neighbouring country

Although it may be difficult to plan a big overseas trip given the uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic, now’s the perfect time to explore South African and its surrounding countries – especially with the incredible travel deals and discounts on offer at the moment. Coffee Bay, Franschhoek, Greyton, McGregor, the Kruger National Park, Nottingham Road, Riebeek-Kasteel, Tulbagh, the Wild Coast, and Wilderness are just a few local gems to choose from – and the list goes on! It’ll be a great time to try new hotels and restaurants, and to support local businesses as they’re coming back together.

 And if you’re itching to get your passport stamped, we suggest taking a trip to Mozambique, which is always a good idea as it’s incredibly well priced and an easy road trip from Gauteng and KZN. 

TO FIND ACCOMMODATION AND GREAT DEALS, CLICK HERE.

TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance isn’t our area of expertise, but we do recommend finding an appropriate provider at this time. We recommend Travel Insurance Consultants (TIC) . 

When taking out travel insurance, ensure that you read all clauses and conditions carefully to see if they suitably cover events such as a pandemic. COVID-19 has proved that disruptions can arise quickly, so this is very important! Keep in mind that a standard travel insurance policy won’t cover fear-based cancellations. It will only protect you if your travel plans are disrupted – think medical emergencies, travel delays and lost luggage. 

#Lockdown Recipe: GoBundu’s Gin Quarantini

Just because you can’t head out to your favourite bar doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself to a fancy cocktail. Why not use the last of your gin to whip up GoBundu’s Gin Quarantine? Because let’s face it: we could all do with a stiff drink during these trying times!

INGREDIENTS

5 parts gin
1 part dry vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters

METHOD

Build all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe (the fancy name for a martini glass) and garnish with a lemon twist. Bottoms up!

Must-see travel shows on Netflix

If social distancing has got you hunkering after a spot of armchair travel, you’ve landed on the right spot! Here are some of the Gobundu team’s must-watch travel shows and documentaries that you can stream on Netflix tonight!

Instant Hotel

Instant Hotel combines all the best things about a travel show and a reality competition show: it’s got wish-fulfillment thanks to beautifully designed destinations, as well as sabotage, retribution, and fascinating relationship dynamics. Two seasons of this Australian series are available on Netflix now.

The Kindness Diaries

You may not have pegged this series, which features host Leon Logothetis traveling the world on a vintage motorbike as a travel show upon first glance, but it gives viewers a totally unique take on travel with each episode’s journey depending on the kindness of complete strangers.

Chef’s Table

Each episode of this Emmy-nominated docuseries visits a different international location for an in-depth interview with one of the world’s most renowned chefs.

Jack Whitehall – Travels with my father

If you’re in the mood for some lighthearted viewing, this is ideal. Comedian Jack Whitehall travels the globe with his somewhat stoic father, and hilarity ensues. We binge-watched this one in a weekend!

Are there any wanderlust-inducing travel shows or documentaries that you’ve watched lately? We’d love your recommendations – drop them in the comments, below.

Our top tips for road tripping with kids

Are you planning a road trip with young children in tow? You might be panicking and wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into, but GoBundu is here to save the day with our tried-and-tested tips for road tripping with kids.

First thing’s first: give yourself ample time

Make sure that you plan your trip – as well as each rest stop – ahead of time. Schedule in regular stops for young ones to stretch their little legs (and for mom and dad to stock up on some much-needed coffee!) Plan on taking a rest stop roughly every two to three hours along your journey, and be sure to give yourself enough time for these stops.

Leave while the kids are still asleep

It’s a good idea to leave during the early hours of the morning while it’s still dark, as it’s likely that your children will fall right back asleep and it will shorten awake time during the journey considerably.

Pack extra clothes within easy reach

Make sure that you have spare clothes handy without having to unpack half the car – particularly helpful for younger children who are prone to spills or accidents. Also ensure that you have baby wipes for wiping sticky hands and faces, cleaning up messes in the car, and more!

It’s a good idea to also bring your little one’s blanket or teddy from home. Not only do these provide a familiar cuddle item, they can keep your child warm during naps or giving your child something to lean their head against in their car seat.

Pack cleverly

We love the idea of having each day;s outfit packed in a separate Ziplock bag, so you can just grab a bag and it’s filled with everything that your little one needs (shirt, pants, underwear, socks, etc). Makes planning and packing for your trip that much easier!

Stock up on snacks

There’s nothing worse than a hangry toddler, so make sure that you have plenty of snacks and juice boxes on hand for when your little one gets peckish. Mini cheese squares, grapes (cut in half to prevent choking), droe wors, cold meats, and Provitas are all great snack options for long road trips.

Create a pulley system for snacks

Use a bucket and rope to create a pulley system to easily hand over snacks, toys, or books from the front seat to the back. Beats having to turn around and lean over any day!

Do a countdown

Children love doing countdowns, so try offering them a new activity, toy, or book once every hour passes. This not only keeps them busy, but also helps to communicate how many hours have passed.

Try doing a Scavenger hunt

Before leaving for your trip, write down or draw pictures of things that your little ones can look out for throughout the journey, put it on a clipboard, and give them a pencil or crayon so that they can tick things off a they go. This is a great activity for older children, and can include things like a blue car, a wind mill, a specific border post, an ostrich, etc.

Create a DIY colouring case

Use an empty DVD case to hold a notepad and some crayons for a portable colouring case.

Download audio books for the road

Join Audible and download a few family friendly audio books for the road. These won’t only keep the kids entertained, but will also ensure that the driver is entertained and stays alert.

Download movies on Netflix

Sign into your Netflix account on your laptop, and download a few of your kids’ favourite shows and movies ahead of your trip. Be sure to charge your laptop before leaving, and let your kids enjoy their favourite film when things start to get a little hairy.

Do you have any great tips for travelling with young children to add to the list? Be sure to leave your advice in a comment below – who knows, you might just be a fellow parent’s saving grace!

#Lockdown recipe: deliciously fresh and easy Portuguese rolls

If you haven’t tried your hand at baking yet during this national #lockdown, now’s the time! We found this easy recipe to bake fresh Portuguese rolls in the comfort of your own home – pair them with a scrumptious Portuguese-style chicken (recipe here) and salad for a Mozambican-inspired feast!

Watch this space and we continue to share some of our favourite Mozambican-inspired recipes over the next few weeks. Let us know if you try them (better yet – share a pic on Instagram and tag us in it!)

Easy Portuguese-style rolls

Preparation time: 2 hours and 15 minutes | Baking time: roughly 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 180 ml warm water
  • 140 ml milk
  • 20 g butter
  • 7 g dried yeast
  • 7 g sugar
  • 500 g bread flour
  • 7 g salt

METHOD:

  • Add milk, water, sugar and yeast to a mixing bowl and leave to stand for 5 minutes so that the yeast can start to activate.
  • Add flour, butter and salt, then mix in a stand mixer for roughly 5 to 10 minutes – until you have a soft dough. This dough will be softer than normal bread dough, thanks to the addition of milk and butter.
  • Place dough into a well-oiled bowl and cover with cling film or a clean dish cloth. Leave it to stand in a warm spot for about an hour.
  • After an hour, split the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll them into balls. Pinch each side for a traditional, Portuguese-style look and placeonto a lined baking sheet.
  • Slash each piece of dough with a sharp knife and cover with a clean dish cloth for another hour. In the meantime, pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Once your rolls have doubled in size, sprinkle them with flour and bake in the centre of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until brown.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack.

TIP: These rolls are best served fresh and warm. (Otherwise leave to cool completely for storage)

Last chance to get 20% off select holiday homes in Moz!

GoBundu is offering travellers 20% off selected holiday homes when you book on or before 15 April 2020 – that’s today!

This special applies to travel dates between 15 April and 31 July 2020.Midweek, low season dates only, and a minimum 2 night stay.

Here are some of our top picks…

CAMPISMO NINHO 41

Campismo Ninho Estate is situated in Ponta Malongane. The estate consists of privately owned houses, as well as a communal swimming pool, restaurant and bar overlooking the sea. House 41 is a tastefully decorated, double-storey beach house, which boasts 5 en-suite bedrooms. The house can be rented as a whole or separately – click here for more info or to book.

MAR AZUL 27A

Mar Azul 27A is a 3 bedroom cottage situated on the highest point of Mar Azul Estate in Ponta Malongane.  This cottage has breathtaking sea views. Click here for more info or to book.

BALEIA AZUL 15

This beautiful house is situated in Ponta Mamoli in Baleia Azul Estate. The accommodation is built in the form of a lodge with 4 bedroom cottages standing separate to the main living area. Click here for more info.

Click here to see all our specials!

INSIDE LOOK: Aloha 1 has had a stunning revamp!

One of GoBundu’s most popular properties, Aloha 1, which is situated right on the beach in Aloha Estate, Ponta Mamoli, has recently undergone a beautiful transformation.

The house boasts four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a stunning living area, as well as a private wooden walkway – elevated above the dune vegetation – that leads directly from the private pool onto the beach.

It also has its own private gazebo with a table and chairs, which is situated on the beach and is the perfect spot for relaxing – a cocktail in one hand and good book in the other – while watching the kids play on the beach.

For more information on this stunning house – or to make a reservation – click here.

#Lockdown Recipe: Portuguese-style chicken

We’re just over two weeks into #lockdown here in South Africa, and it seems that just about everyone has taken to the kitchen to bake and cook up a storm!

If you’d planned on spending the Easter break in Mozambique and you’re looking for a way to bring a little bit of Moz to your life, look no further! We’ll be sharing some of our favourite Mozambican-inspired recipes for you to try over the next few weeks. Let us know if you try them (better yet – share a pic on Instagram and tag us in it!)

PORTUGUESE-STYLE CHICKEN (serves 4)

Preparation time: 15 minutes (plus 6 hours to marinade) | Cooking time: 40 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 small (about 550g each) whole chickens, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) fresh lemon juice
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons oregano 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red chilli – deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Lemon wedges, to serve

METHOD

  • Place 1 chicken, breast-side down, on a clean work surface. Use kitchen scissors or poultry shears to cut down both sides of backbone and discard. Turn chicken, breast-side up, and push down to flatten. Tuck wings under. Pat dry with paper towel. Repeat with remaining chicken. Use a knife to make several 5mm deep and 4cm long cuts into chicken meat. Place in a glass or ceramic baking dish.
  • Combine the lemon juice, oil, paprika, oregano, sugar, garlic, chilli, and salt in a bowl. Season with pepper. Pour over the chicken and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 6 hours to develop the flavours.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C. Place chicken and marinade in a roasting pan. Roast in oven, basting occasionally with pan juices, for 40 minutes or until brown and juices run clean when chicken is pierced with a skewer. Remove from oven and cover with foil. Set aside for 5 minutes to rest.
  • Cut each chicken in half and serve with lemon wedges, salad, and fresh Portuguese rolls.

Image source: Taste.com

TRAVEL ALERT: Update on Covid-19 and travel plans to Mozambique

With increasing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus and its impact on South Africans, many people are reconsidering their upcoming trips to Mozambique.

As per the Presidential address on Sunday, 15 March 2020, South African citizens are advised to refrain from all forms of travel to or through the European Union, United States, United Kingdom and other identified high-risk countries such as China, Iran and South Korea. This is effective immediately.

Mozambique, on the other hand, is considered a low-risk travel destination, with its long, warm summers (it’s been suggested that the virus does not do well in a hot climate), its low population density, and remote beaches. The South African government has stated that domestic travel –  particularly by air, rail, and public transport, such as taxis and bus – is discouraged. Since travel to Mozambique from South Africa is done via road, with no air travel required, we feel that travelling to Mozambique remains a relatively safe and viable option at this time.

For many South Africans travelling from busy city centres, an escape to the safety of a low-risk, remote beach house in Mozambique might seem like the ideal option – particularly with the extension of school holidays and many companies offering their employees the option to work from home.

South Africa has 72 ports of entry in the country which are land, sea and air ports.  Of the 53 land ports, 35 will be shut down with effect from Monday 16 March and will be closed until further notice. Land-based border posts that will be closed and effect those travelling from South Africa to Mozambique are Pafuri, Giriyondo, and the Kosibay border posts. (For a full list of land-based border posts that will be closed from 16 March 2020, click here).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CANCELLATIONS:

  1. For those clients who decide, on their own initiative, that they don’t feel comfortable with travelling and incurring any risk of contracting or spreading the virus, normal cancellation fees* would apply.
  2. If all borders have been closed and clients are not able to reach Mozambique, GoBundu will hold deposits for a future booking. Please note that seasonal rates apply and that future bookings are dependent on availability. Clients will have to travel within 15 months of cancellation, and must book to stay at the same accommodation.
  3. GoBundu always encourages clients to take out travel insurance when booking. Travel insurance needs to be paid for within 48 hours of paying for your accommodation. For any information regarding travel insurance, click here.

*GoBundu’s cancellation policy states that no refunds will be made towards any cancellations made within 30 days of your arrival date.  Any cancellations made with at least 30 days’ notice will result in a 25% loss of your total invoice. However, due to the current circumstances, GoBundu will be relaxing their cancellation policy for people travelling between 16 March and 14 April 2020. GoBundu is allowing clients travelling to Mozambique between 16 March 2020 and 14 April 2020 to postpone their travel dates – please note that these Clients will have to travel within 15 months of cancellation, and must book to stay at the same accommodation. Seasonal rates apply and future bookings are dependent on availability.