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)

6 of the best things to eat and drink in Mozambique

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.

Prawns

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

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!

Cashews

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!

2M

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!

Tipo Tinto

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!

TRAVEL CHECKLIST: everything you need when crossing the border into Mozambique

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.
  • Third-party 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 lize@gobundu.com or call (028) 254 9193.

Extended hours at Mozambique border posts for festive season 2019

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

MPUMALANGA:

  • 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.

KWAZULU-NATAL

  • 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.

What to pack for Mozambique

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:

What to pack mozambique

  • swimming costume
  • sarongs and/ or dresses to throw over your swimsuit
  • waterproof sandals or slops to wear on the beach
  • beach towels
  • shorts
  • t-shirts
  • lightweight (preferably cotton) sleeping clothes/ pajamas
  • a hat
  • long dresses or lightweight long trousers to keep mozzies at bay at night
  • sunscreen (see here for our pick of the best sunscreens)
  • After-sun or Aloe Vera gel
  • Tabard
  • linen and bath towels (if your accommodation doesn’t provide – check with them before you travel)
  • DStv decoder and SIM card (check with your accommodation)
  • Snorkelling gear, fishing rods, etc

Need help planning your beach break in Moz? Contact GoBundu and let us do the work for you – email Lize on lize@gobundu.com for more.