3 Things you need to know about travel during level 3

As of today, South Africa has officially reach level 3 statuts of lockdown, which came with the announcement that business travellers can once again take to the skies. 

Although business travel is permitted during level 3 of lockdown, there’s no doubt that the travel experience will be very different during the next few months and it’s expected that travel rules and regulations will change constantly as risk levels are continuously re-assessed. 

If you’re considering travelling for work purposes, it’s advised that you meet with a professional travel consultant to advise you on airline regulations and any documentation that’s required, as well as the safety guidelines put in place by hotels and other accommodation establishments.

Here’s what you can expect and how you can prepare for any upcoming business travels: 

International travel is still off the cards

As South Africa’s borders remain closed, international passenger flights are still off the cards for now. Only local business travel can resume. 

All work and no play

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has clearly outlined that travel for recreational, leisure, or tourism purposes is not allowed for now. Air travel will be for business travel only. 

Limited flights will be available

The Ministry has revealed that Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International, and OR Tambo International Airport will open for domestic flights from Monday, June 1. Lanseria International Airport will open as soon as the availability of Port Health Officers has been confirmed.

What can be expected from accommodation establishments during level 3? 

Hotels and accommodation establishments will be open for business travellers only. The establishment will therefore likely ask travellers to confirm that they are travelling for business purposes before accepting any bookings. 

Hotels and guesthouses will have stringent health measures in place.

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.

#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.

TRAVEL ALERT: How the current land border post closures will affect those travelling from South Africa to Mozambique

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 1 April 2020 at the earliest. 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).

If you are travelling to Mozambique from Johannesburg, your best option would be to enter Mozambique through the Komatipoort border.

For those travelling from Durban, it’s advised that you stay on the N2 North to Mkuze. Don’t take the Hluhluwe turn off. There’s a wonderful Engen One Stop at Mkuze, approximately 345km from Durban, where you can stop to fill up on fuel and fill those bellies!

Continue on the N2 North – about 40km past Mkuze, you’ll see a well signposted turn-off to your right, which will take you to the Golela Border post.  It’s about 10km from the N2 turn off to the Golela Border Post.  Here, you’ll need to clear immigration and customs on both the SA and Swazi side at Golela, pay your road tax, and continue North on route MR8.  Approximately 65 km from the Golela Border Post on route MR8, you will come to Big Bend, a huge sugar mill on the right hand side. Watch out for unmarked speed humps in this area, particularly if you are towing a boat.  Approximately 5 km after you see the sugar mill on your right, you’ll need to turn right to Siteki. Route MR16. You should see the first Mabuda Farm sign at this turn off too. The road surface is poor and potholed on MR16, so take it easy – especially if you’re towing a boat or trailer.  After approximately 40km, you will come to a T junction. Turn Right to Siteki route MR7. You will start the climb over the Lebombo mountains, pass through a “foot and mouth” control point, and you’ll find Siteki at the top of the mountain. Watch out for unmarked speed humps in this area.

IMPORTANT NOTE: petrol is cheaper in Swaziland than in SA or Moz. The Galp Petrol Station in Siteki is the last fuel stop before the Mozambican Border. Directions from Siteki: Take route MR 7 approximately 30 km to the Goba border post.  Clear immigration and customs. Be sure to declare everything of value so you have the paperwork for the return trip.  Once you have left the military security boom on the Mozambican side, you will start the descent down the Lebombo mountains.  Before you get to Maputo, take the new road to Ponta do Ouro.

TRAVEL ALERT: Closed ports of entry to and from South Africa

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 1 April 2020 at the earliest. 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.

All Land-based border posts to be closed:

Namibia border:

Alexanderbay

Onseepkans

Rietfontein

Sendelingsdrfit

Botswana border:

Bray

Derdepoort

Gemsbok

McCarthys Rest

Middelputs

Mokopong

Mokgobistad

Platjan

Pondrift

Stockpoort

Swartkopfontein

Tweerivieren

Zanzibar

Mozambique border:

Pafuri

Giriyondo

Kosibay

eSwatini (Swaziland) border:

Bothashoop

Emahlatini

Josefsdal

Nerston

Onverwacht

Waverley

Lesotho border:

Boesmansnek

Makhaleng Bridge

Mononstha Pass

Ongeluksnek

Pekabridge

Ramatsiliso

Sanipass

Sephaphus Gate

Tellebridge

For those travelling to Mozambique, find directions for alternative entry points into Mozambique, here.

How does the Coronavirus affect those travelling to Mozambique?

The rapidly spreading Coronavirus has already caused havoc in many developed countries, with two cases being confirmed on the African continent (in Senegal) in the past 24 hours.

The majority of African governments have put strict screening measures in place at points of entry – especially airports. Ivory Coast, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Botswana have recorded suspected cases. All except Botswana have reported that the tests were negative. The majority of African airlines (except for Ethiopian Airlines) have cancelled scheduled flights to China.

Several African countries, including Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have been identified as being at risk and the World Health Organization (WHO) has named these as priority zones for containing the spread of the virus. A number of African governments have put certain measures aimed at detecting Coronavirus cases in place, preventing the spreading of the virus, and treating those who are infected. Some are better equipped than others, having had recent experience in tackling other epidemics like Ebola and cholera.

Mozambique has stopped issuing visas to Chinese travelers. The government has also designated isolation centers in case the virus is detected.

South Africa has set up national and provincial response teams, designated 300 health officials to ports of entry and begun screening all travelers from China.

In the meantime, a few safety measures can go a long way towards protecting travelers against infection. Here are a few that you can adopt if you’re concerned or traveling in the next few months:

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap,and dry them properly with a towel. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can also be used.
  • Avoid close contact with others who have coughs, chest infections, and/or fevers.
  • Avoid direct, unprotected contact with farm or wild animals, particularly when visiting live markets in affected areas. Preferably avoid such markets.
  • Avoid eating raw or under-cooked animal products and exercise care when handling raw meat, milk, or animal organs to prevent potential cross-contamination with uncooked foods.
  • Although face masks do not provide complete protection from the infection from an airborne disease such as this, they may provide at least some additional defence against infection.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.

These safety measures are useful when it comes to preventing any kind of infectious illness, and it’s particularly vital that international travelers take care to follows these steps.

Seek medical attention if you develop a severe fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing and/or chest pain, and to be sure to share your complete travel history with your healthcare practitioner.