Useful Mozambican terms and phrases you have to know!

It is a good idea to get accustomed with common words and phrases, as well as the local culture and customs before travelling to any destination. We’ve rounded up some key insights into Mozambican culture, along with a few useful terms and phrases that you can use on your next trip to Moz.

Keep in mind that the official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, although English is also widely spoken. The majority of bantu languages, such as chopi and tonga, are spoken as well.

Here are a few key customs to keep in mind when visiting Mozambique:

• Handshaking is the common form of greetings between males.
• It is rude to visit someone and not stay for a tea and a snack.
• It is impolite to refuse food if offered.
• It is illegal to take pictures of government buildings and to drive on the beach.

Here are some common Portuguese words and phrases that you may want to remember:

Hello – Hola
Goodbye – Até logo
Good morning – Bom dia
Good afternoon – Boa tarde
Good evening – Boa noite
I am from … – Eu sou de …
Thank you – Obrigado
Excuse me – Faz favour
Friend – Amigo
How are you? – Como esta?
I am fine – Muito bem obrigado
What’s your name? – Como te chamas?
I’m English (male) – Sou Inglês
I’m English (female) – Sou Inglesa
How much does it cost? – Quanto custa?
I don’t know – Não sei
Milk – leite
Bread – pao
Beer – cerveja
Wine – vinho
Where – Onde
When – Quando
Toilets – casa da banho
I am lost – Eu estou perdido

If you’re looking for someone to assist you with planning for your Mozambican holiday, contact GoBundu’s destination specialist on lize@gobundu.com or phone GoBundu on +27 28 254 9193, or visit our website here.

For more information on what to pack for your trip, click here.

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!

TRAVEL CHECKLIST: 3 things to do before you travel to Mozambique

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.

5 of the best things to do in Ponta Malongane and Ponta Mamoli

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. 

things to do ponta malongane mamoli

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 lize@gobundu.com