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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 028 254 9193 to book your dream getaway.
When you think of Mozambique, you immediately conjure up thoughts of pristine white beaches, turquoise waters, and food – glorious food!
With an abundance of fresh fruit, plentiful fish and seafood, and over 500 years of Portuguese influence, there’s no doubting the fact that Mozambique is every foodie’s dream. Here are a handful of dishes and drinks that you simply must try on your next trip to Moz.
There’s plenty of seafood dishes to choose from in Mozambique, but prawns are by far one of the highlights: whether you like yours grilled or fried, they’re always juicy and succulent! Try prawns smothered in a fiery, Portuguese-inspire peri-peri sauce or opt for a simple garlic sauce – the choice is yours!
Paõ (pronounced pow) is an absolute must when visiting Mozambique. These freshly-baked Portuguese bread roll are baked in wood-fired ovens and can be found at every market. Make your own Prego roll by adding a minute steak and lashings of peri peri sauce – divine!
Mozambique was once the world’s largest producer of cashew nuts, and there are still nut trees growing all over the country. You can buy bags of cashes from vendors on the side of the roads, and even on the beach. You simply can’t leave Moz without trying the roasted peri peri cashews at least once!
Pronounced doysh-em, there’s nothing better than washing down some peri peri chicken with this local beer after a long day spent on the beach.
Peri Peri Chicken
Speaking of which, you’ll find peri peri chicken on offer all over Mozambique. Think succulent chicken marinated in lemon juice, lashings of garlic, and plenty of peri peri sauce and you’re on the right track. Simply delicious!
No trip to Moz is complete without at least a couple of headaches as a result of this national rum! Try mixing a tot or two with raspberry flavoured cola to make a ‘Rum and Raspberry’ – every holiday-maker’s favourite Mozambican cocktail!
Are there any Mozambican drinks or dishes that we’ve left off this list? We’d love your recommendations – drop them in the comments, below!
Traveling to Mozambique by car can seem quite daunting at first – what documentation do you need, do you need any additional safety equipment, how long will it take – but with a little planning and preparation, crossing the border into Mozambique can be a cinch!
Here’s GoBundu’s list of everything South African citizens will need when crossing the border into Moz:
Your South African passport – valid for at least 6 months after entry, and with at least 2 blank pages.
Your car registration papers and ownership documents. (If you are traveling in a car that is owned by someone else, they will need to provide you with a letter stating that you have permission to drive it across the border. This letter must be notarized and accompanied by a certified copy of the owner’s ID.
South African driver’s license.
A letter from your car insurance stating cross-border insurance.
2 x roadside emergency triangles.
2 x reflective vests – either yellow or green. These must be visible at all times, so hang them onto the back of your driver’s and passenger’s seats.
Black and white ZA sticker visible on the back of your car.
If you’re towing a trailer, boat, etc, you’ll need a blue and yellow triangle on both your car and trailer. This must be on the front-right bumper of your car, and on the back of your trailer).
If you need any additional assistance or need help finding the perfect accommodation, be sure to contact GoBundu! You can email Lize on email@example.com or call (028) 254 9193.
It’s no secret that high volumes of people are usually recorded at South Africa’s borders with Mozambique during the festive season. As a result, the Department of Home Affairs is set to extend the operational hours at the land border crossings to help avoid delays during the period of 4 December 2019 to 13 January 2020.
Furthermore, the Department of Home Affairs, the South African Polica Services (SAPS), and the South African Revenue Services (SARS) will deploy additional officials at selected points of entry during the holiday season.
EXTENDED BORDER HOURS
Lebombo – current hours of 06:00 to 00:00 will be extended to 24 hours from 13 December 2019 – 13 January 2020.
Mananga – current hours of 07:00 to 18:00 will be extended to 07:00 to 20:00 from 21 December 2019 – 24 December 2019.
Jeppe’s Reef – current hours of 07:00 to 20:00 will be extended to 07:00 to 22:00 from 21 December 2019 – 24 December 2019.
Oshoek – current hours of 07:00 to 00:00 will be extended to 24 hours from 19 December 2019 – 21 December 2019.
Mahamba – current hours of 07:00 to 22:00 will be extended to 07:00 – 00:00 on 21 December 2019 and 24 December 2019.
Kosi Bay – current hours of 08:00 to 17:00 will be extended to 06:00 to 20:00 from 13 December 2019 – 9 January 2020.
Ensure that you have all your travel documentation in order if you are entering or leaving South Africa during the festive season to help prevent unnecessary delays at the border crossings. This includes passports, visas, health certificates, permits for specified goods, vehicle insurance, and bank authorized cross-border documents for vehicles.
When traveling to Mozambique, it’s important to remember that the summer’s are hot while the weather in winter is mild. It’s hot and dry from March to September, and hot and wet during the rainy reason from October to April.
Keeping this in mind, it’s best to pacing lightweight, breezy clothing – and don’t forget your swimsuit! Here’s a list of what to pack for Mozambique:
sarongs and/ or dresses to throw over your swimsuit
Mozambique is the perfect holiday destination with plenty to offer visitors. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful break spent on pristine, white beaches or you’re in the mood for a more active getaway (think scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, fishing, and more), Mozambique covers it all.
But before you begin packing those bags, make sure that you’ve planned and prepared for the trip to Moz. Here are 3 things to do before you travel through the borders to make for a smoother trip.
Make sure you have all the necessary car papers
Drivers of South African-registered cars crossing the country’s borders must carry and present a certified copy of vehicle registration/vehicle license papers at the border gate.
If your car is still under finance, you’ll need to present a certified letter from the bank giving authorisation to take your car across the border. Make sure that this letter also indicates your dates of travel. Both the bank letter and license papers should be signed by a commissioner of oaths.
If the driver of the vehicle is not the owner, an affidavit from the police giving authorisation from the financial institution/owner to take it abroad is required. If you’re using a rental car, the driver must have a letter from the car rental company.
PLEASE NOTE: all the same rules apply to trailers, jet skis, boats and any other mode of transport that requires registration.
Declare all goods in your possession
Travelers to Mozambique must declare all goods in their possession with all the necessary documents (such as invoices or proof of purchase). Make sure that you’ve declared all valuable items (including cameras, laptops, and motorbikes, etc) at Customs. These items should also be securely stored.
Check your medical aid
It is also vital to make sure that you have medical cover when crossing any border. When entering Mozambique, you will have to buy third-party insurance – this is available at the border.
Whether you’re into scuba diving, kayaking, big game fishing, or simply want to spend your days lazing on beautiful sandy beaches, Ponta Mamoli and Ponta Malongane offer a range of exciting activities fit for the whole family. Here’s our round up of 5 of the best things to do in Ponta Mamoli and Ponta Malongane…
1. SCUBA DIVING Close to shore, Ponta Malongane offers divers over 15 beautiful coral reefs to explore. All range in different depths (up to 48 meters) and cater for both beginner and advanced divers. Popular dive sites such as Wayne’s World, Bass City, Pinnacles, and Atlantis are home to a great variety of marine life, including whale sharks, Zambezi sharks, reef sharks, potato bass, blue spotted rays, brown ribbon-tailed rays, and more.
2. BIRDING If you’re in the mood for a birding adventure, Ponta Mamoli is the place! Mozambique currently has more than 600 recorded bird species and around 500 species that breed in the country, making it the ideal destination for avid birders.
3. SWIM WITH DOLPHINS Pods of Bottlenose Dolphins are regularly seen in these waters, and many resorts offer guests the opportunity to experience close-up encounters with these majestic mammals. (This activity is done under strict conservation guidelines).
4. EXPLORE THE BARS, BAKERIES, AND CAFES IN MALONGANE In the mood for a chilled afternoon? Stock up on warm, freshly baked pãos (Portuguese rolls) at one of the local bakeries, then head home to make your own delicious, home-made Prego steak rolls. Keep an eye out for Doce Vitória Padaria & Pastelaria, a small bakery situated on the Main Road – they also have the most incredible pastries that you simply must try. Bem Vindo (which translates to ‘come to see‘) offers visitors local-style meals served in a beautiful setting overlooking the lake behind Ponta Malongane’s sand dunes. And while you’re at it, you simply must try the local Mozambican beer, 2M!
5. SNORKELING AT FREDERICO’S Snorkelling enthusiasts will love exploring the unspoilt rock pools of Fredrico’s Bay, which are teeming with a variety of bright and colourful marine life.
Have you been to Ponta Malongane or Ponta Mamoli? What are some of your favourite things to do in the area? Tell us in the comments below!
Are you planning a trip to Ponta Malongane or Ponta Mamoli in future? Contact GoBundu for all your accommodation needs – call 028 254 9193 or send a Whatsapp to 079 506 7902. You can also email Lize on firstname.lastname@example.org