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MOZAMBIQUE

 

A MUST VISIT DESTINATION FOR YOUNG AND OLD

 

10 – 24 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

FOURTEEN DAYS OF PURE MOZAMBICAN MAGIC VISITING MANY POPULAR DESTINATIONS IN SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE

 

Our visit to Mozambique will start at Tan n Biki in Marracuen, just north of Maputo, where we will set camp for the first two nights. The Nkomati River and the Indian Ocean form two of the boundaries to Tan n Biki. After spending much time on the road to reach the rendezvous, it is a welcome two days relaxing before moving on. Departing from Tan n Biki we will travel north to Inhambane, our furthest point north, where we will set camp at Jeffs Palm Resort for four nights. The reason for the four nights is that there is so much to do around Inhambane. Snorkelling should be on the top of your to-do list. You may wish to try your hand at fishing, exploring the coast line in your own 4x4 vehicle, visit one or more of the many well-known eateries like Barra Lodge at Ponto da Barra and Praia do Tofo. A visit to one of the islands or crossing the bay to Maxixe in one of the local dhow boats will always ensure many highlights. Another option would be to visit to the local market for fresh local seafood or souvenirs can be purchased for friends back home. There are lots to do and too little time to do everything.   

 

 

Zavora Lodge, our next destination heading south, situated in the Praia de Zavora Bay, is home to one of the finest stretches of coastline in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique. We will be setting camp for three nights at the Altertros camp at Zavora Lodge with a bird’s eye view over the beach and bay. Activities that could be considered are fishing, snorkelling, whale watching and swimming. On previous visits people have said that having snorkelled in different destinations around the world they still found this is to be the best snorkelling experience. A visit to the local lighthouse will give you a bird’s eye view over the many inland lakes and beautiful beaches. The lodge also offers a restaurant and a bar that can be used throughout our visit. Daily catches from the sea by the locals, like fish, prawns and lobster are on offer on a regular basis at very realistic prices. As all our camps are in close proximity to these beautiful beaches, there will be many opportunities to purchase seafood from the locals. The other option would be to visit one of the local markets; this is a must, to purchase your seafood and other supplies. This will satisfy anybody’s seafood taste buds, at very realistic prices.

 

Nhambavale Lodge, close to the town of Chidenquele approximately 270 km north of Maputo, is where we will set camp for the next three nights on our way south. Nhambavale Lodge is always a popular destination and is situated on the bank of a 27km pristine lake where numerous water activities are on offer. The restaurant and bar, with wooden deck overlooking the lake, has a large rock stairway leading down into the warm water of the lake. You have the choice of either enjoying a sun downer on the deck or in the warm water of the lake. The ocean is not far away and here you will once again have the opportunity to indulge in whale watching or just relax on the beach and enjoy the Indian Ocean. During our stay at this unique resort we will visit a river mouth where a shipwreck and a barge ran aground in close proximity to the resort.  An activity that is always very popular as we have to cross a local bridge twice. We can enjoy a light picnic lunch on the beach.

 

To celebrate our last day in this spectacular country, we will stop in the town of Bilene where will set camp at Laguna Camp. Here we will enjoy our last two evenings together as a group around the communal camp fire. The last morning will see the official end to the Mozambique overland adventure before heading home with many options to choose from. You might consider exiting Mozambique through Komatiepoort, exit through Swaziland or cross the ferry in Maputo and visit the popular Ponta do Aora in southern Mozambique before crossing the border into Kwazulu Natal. You may even consider spending a day or two in Ponta do Aora and dive with the dolphins. 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION


All information supplied in the agenda is given in good faith by Cederberg 4x4 and compiled from the latest information available at the time.  The activity times, as indicated on the agenda, are subject to change without notice and at the sole discretion of the guide.

 

Vehicles :  Only vehicles WITH LOW RANGE capabilities can be accommodated.
Trailers/Caravans :  Off-Road Caravans and Trailers can be accommodated.
Guide :     Coenie Moll.

 

RENDEZVOUS


PLACE : TAN N BIKI In MARRACUEN just north of MAPUTO.
    GPS Coordinates: S 25 44’ 56.98”  E032 44’ 29.71”

DATE   :  MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2018.

TIME   :  Arrive anytime during the day but not later than 17h00.

 

ITINERARY

 

DESTINATION 1 – (Arrive Monday 10 September – Depart Wednesday 12 September (2 x nights)


Enter Mozambique through any of the many border options en-route to Maputo, the capital of the country.  Continue on the main road north from Maputo to our rendezvous at Tan n Biki where the Indian Ocean and the Nkomati River form two of the boundaries of the lodge. Here we will set camp for two nights with good facilities, giving all enough time to relax after a long drive before we head north. Plan your early arrival should you wish to visit Maputo before heading for Tan n Biki.

DESTINATION 2 – (Arrive Wednesday 12 September – Depart Sunday 16 September (4 x nights)

 

Jeff’s Palm Resort, our next destination approximately 30km south of Inhambane, is a campsite in very close proximity to the beach under palms with beautiful views over the ocean. This is sure to be one of the highlights of our Mozambique tour. During our stay at Jeff’s Palm Resort we will visit the popular market in Inhambane followed by a visit to Barra Lodge where a light lunch can be enjoyed for your own account. No visit to Jeff’s Palm Resort will be complete if you do not partake in one or more of the very popular snorkelling trips on offer. The snorkelling offered at Jeff’s Palm Resort is overseen by professional instructors and is definitely worth every moment. This snorkel diving is user friendly for the whole family. The snorkel diving will take place on one of the many popular diving reefs along the coast. The weather, wind and tide will determine when we enjoy this optional snorkel dive. This is a must for young and old.

DESTINATION 3 – (Arrive Sunday 16 September – Depart Wednesday 19 September (3 x nights)


Our next destination is Ponta Zavora Lodge, where a lighthouse is keeping an ever-watchful eye over the camp and the bay, with pristine white beaches below and excellent diving opportunities. A three-night camp, where you can enjoy snorkelling, long walks on the pristine white beaches, visiting the light house or exploring the surrounding area either on foot or in your vehicle. A reef has formed a large natural tidal pool that is perfect for diving at low tide. Here a large variety of tropical fish will be seen and is very safe for the whole family to use.
 

DESTINATION 4 – (Arrive Wednesday 19 September – Depart Saturday 22 September(3 x nights)


This morning we travel to Nhambavale Lodge in close proximity to the village of Chidenguele, located 270km north of Maputo.  Camping accommodation offers shaded grassed camping, nestled on the banks of a 27km pristine lake and within a short distance from the sea.  Here many options are available.  The Resort has an open sided restaurant & bar area, with a large rock stairway leading into the lake. The Bar has board games, books, darts and satellite TV. Activities include swimming, fishing, jet-skiing, snorkelling, diving, hiking, quad biking, whale watching, canoes for hire and volleyball. An option would be to visit a barge and a ship that ran aground in close proximity to one another. That afternoon we can enjoy an amazing sunset; yes, a sunset on the east coast of Africa, over the beautiful inland lake.  Another one of the many delights you will experience.

DESTINATION 5 – (Arrive Saturday 22 September – Depart Monday 24 September (2 x nights)


The town of Bilene approximately 140km north of Maputo will be our last destination on our way heading south. Here we will set camp at Laguna Camp for the last time as a group and enjoy our communal camp fire and braai. As our Mozambique trip officially ends here, you might consider spending more time in Bilene. There are many places of interest that one can visit here, as well as explore the many back roads and even try and find the low-water bridges of way back when. We have been told that there should be three low-water bridges that link Bilene and Maputo via back roads not normally used by visitors. A visit to the local beach would be another option. The next morning we will say our good-byes and head off home along one of the many options available.

PRE-TRIP MEETNG
A pre-trip briefing/meeting will be held on Wednesday 22 August 2018. The venue will be announced closer to the time.

 

CATERING
You must be totally self-sufficient for all meals for the duration of this tour. A variety of seafood can be purchased en-route at very realistic prices. Dinner can be enjoyed at some of the resorts we will visit. These meals will be for your own account.

 

ACCOMMODATION
As this excursion is offered as a camping excursion, everyone must be equipped accordingly. Most, but not all, of the campsites we will be visiting have electricity points, although some of them do make use of generator power available at only certain times of the day. Remember your electrical extension leads and multi-plugs.

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES
All the campsites we are visiting have full ablution facilities.

 

HEALTH / MALARIA
It is important to realize that Mozambique falls within a year-round high risk MALARIA AREA.  We suggest every participant consult their doctor or Travel Clinic and obtain medical advice with regards to their personal needs and requirements.

 

CLIMATE / CLOTHING
Long sleeve shirts, trousers and socks provide protection against the sun and are advisable for the evenings when mosquitoes are active.
Remember mosquito coils, citronella candles, mosquito spray and any other precaution you prefer.
Always safe to have rain gear handy at all times.
Remember to pack warm trousers, a jersey and a jacket.  Being near to the coast, temperatures can vary considerable from day to night.
Always advisable to pack comfortable walking shoes, boots or closed shoes, especially for evening wear around the fire, when night creatures are most active. 
Remember to have your bathing costumes on hand at all times.
Advisable to have a broad-rim hat and sun block available.

 

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS
All vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition.
Always have your spare keys with you when on tour.
Recovery points fitted to the front and rear on your vehicle are a prerequisite.
Your own Kinetic/recovery strap will be advisable.
A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge will be required to deflate/inflate tyres.
Please ensure that a fire extinguisher is mounted in your vehicle.
All vehicles to carry their own personal medical kit.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed. Loose items become missiles.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING MINOR CHILDREN
Contact your nearest Home Affairs office for information regarding unabridged birth certificates for children and other information regarding taking children across the border. The inception date for the unabridged birth certificates law has been enforced from 1 June 2014. See this link for information
http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/475-home-affairs-encourages-parents-to-get-unabridged-birth-certificates-for-children

 

Water - It is advisable to carry your own drinking water as far as possible. 
Water – All campsites have water available.
Electricity is available at most of the campsites. Remember long extension leads and multi plugs.
No wood may be taken across the border. All wood will be purchased in Mozambique.
Most camps supply garbage bins.  We will not have to carry garbage out.
A communal braai area will be determined on arrival at the campsite. 
Only one communal fire permitted for the group.
Consider bringing a portable braai to be used in the communal braai area.
It is advisable to always have an umbrella or awning available.
No electric kettles to be used on trips as most camps have limited electricity.
No generators permitted on trips.

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE
Sufficient fuel stops will be made en-route, eliminating the need to carry additional fuel for the duration of the trip. Please ensure that your vehicle is refuelled in Maputo before heading north to the rendezvous.


29MHz RADIOS
Communication between participating vehicles on any 4x4 excursion is important for many reasons. It ensures the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on a 4x4 trail, where drivers can communicate with one another as regards to their location and situation as well as being able to call for assistance should this be necessary, not to mention the interesting information that is shared with participants. The fun part is the many interesting stories that are shared among participants, taking the boredom out of the long distances we need to travel to enjoy the great outdoors.

 

If your 4x4 vehicle is fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio please ensure that channel 1, 14 and 23 is open and working for this excursion.

We suggest all 4x4 vehicles that don’t have a 29MHz two-way radio, HIRE one from us at a nominal fee of R600-00 for the full period. 

 

Should you wish to make a once-off investment and purchase a 29MHz radio, we have negotiated a special deal for all Cederberg 4x4 participants.  For more information, contact Marina on 021 910 1363. 

 

INCLUDED
All camp fees for the duration of the tour in Mozambique.
Cederberg 4x4 coordinating and facilitating fees.
All guide fees.

 

EXCLUDED
Any activities participants wish to partake in during the tour.

 

COST
R6750-00 per adult.
R6750-00 per child 13 yrs and older.
R3550-00 per child between 12yrs and 5yrs.
FREE – Children 4yrs and younger.

R600-00 Radio hire, should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio.

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS

Should you wish to join us on this excursion, please contact Marina immediately to obtain the booking form for this excursion.

 

-We can only accommodate a maximum of 12 vehicles on this overland adventure. 

-All Cederberg 4x4 excursions are subject to a minimum of 8 x vehicles.
-All bookings are made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
-To secure your place, contact Marina for a Cederberg 4x4 booking form.
-Your completed and signed booking form will confirm your intent to partake in this excursion. 
-A 25% deposit is required to confirm your intent to partake in this excursion.
-The balance is payable on or before Monday 13 August 2018.
-Your completed and signed booking form binds you to all conditions on page one and two of the booking form.
-Should you wish to cancel or withdraw after booking for this trip, you will be required to find other people to take your place before any refunds will be considered.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  NO PETS ARE ALLOWED

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACTCOENIE on 083 675 6194 or MARINA on 021 910 1363

 

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