Palm trees, sugar-white sand and tropical waves are calling your name this December! Travelstart and SafariNow bring you a great choice of wallet-friendly accommodation in Mozambique for under R400 per person per night to make sure you get the most for your money this summer.
Manico Camp, Inhaca island
Price from R350 per person sharing a self-catering bush cabin.
With its clear water and coral reefs picturesque Inhaca Island, just off the coast of Maputo, is popular as a diving, snorkelling and fishing destination. Manica Camp offers log cabins, bush cabins, a tented camp, and campsites with power points and ablutions facilities with hot and cold water all at very reasonable prices.
The camp has a well-appointed kitchen equipped with ample freezing facilities. Relax on the beach or take advantage of the many activities available from deep-sea fishing to whale watching, hiking trails, fly-fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, sea kayaking, and daily trips to Portuguese Island.
Getting to Inhaca Island
Maputo is an easy 1 hour and 5 minute flight from Joburg to Maputo, Manico Camp will help you arrange an airport shuttle from Maputo International Airport and a boat crossing (50 minutes).
There is also the option of the government ferry Nyaleti leaves Maputo’s Catembe pier at 7.30am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (Mtc400). Then departs from Inhaca at 3pm. The crossing takes 3 hours.
Maputo is an easy drive from KZN and Johannesburg, just be sure to have the following documents with you if you are taking your vehicle across the border:
- The original vehicle registration papers, or a SAPS certified copy, not older than 3 months.
- If the vehicle is still under a lease or installment agreement with a financial institution you will require a letter from the financial institution giving you permission to take the vehicle into Mozambique.
- Compulsory third party liability insurance certificate.
International and South African driver’s licenses are recognised in Mozambique.
South Africans may visit Mozambique visa-free for 30 days. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your date of return.
Remember minors need to travel with their unabridged birth certificates.
It’s advisable to take anti-malaria tablets before/ during your visit to Mozambique. Easily obtained through your doctor, they are a must during the summer months.
Useful preventative measures
- Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outside
- Use mosquito repellents
- Stay in a room that has air conditioning, mesh screens on windows and doorways, and a mosquito net to protect you while you’re sleeping
Baobab Beach, Vilankulos
Vilankulos is a startlingly beautiful coastal town which stands as the gateway to the magnificent Bazaruto Archipelago islands. It’s affordable, right next to a modern airport with direct SA Airlink flights five days a week and LAM flights via Maputo.
Prices from R265 per person sharing the 4-person beach front chalet. From just R140 for a camp site.
Baobab Beach is situated directly on the beach and just a short walk from the Vilankulos market. The lodge boasts a restaurant with a well-stocked bar, communal ablutions, a communal kitchen. Wi-fi and internet cafe available on site.
Soak up the sun, go for a sunset cruise on a dhow or spend the day snorkelling, diving, island-hopping, horse riding and fishing!
‘…Baobab lodge will definitely be on our list on our next vacation in 2018, and I will recommend this lodge to anybody that would like to take in the sites and sounds of Vilanculos, in a friendly atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable and right at home. Thank you Baobab Beach!’ – Natasha Erasmus, December 2016 South Africa
Paradise Beach Lodge, Pomene
Pomene has a strikingly beautiful bay ideal for sunset strolls on the beach. Pomene’s Paradise Lodge offers quality, affordable accommodation perfect for families and couples. There’s great surfing, fishing and diving on offer. The variety of marine life is amazing with 12 regular dive sites to be explored. These diving areas are considered among the best in the world.
The beach house sleeps 8 at just R250 per person per night. There are a variety of units from which to choose; the 8-sleeper unit comprises 4 en-suite bedrooms; the 6-sleeper unit consists of 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms and a lounge, dining and kitchen area and lovely under cover patio.
Getting to Pomene
It’s an easy 3 hour drive from Inhambane to Pomene.
Lagoon Sunset, Praia do Tofo, Southeastern Mozambique
Tofo is known around the world as a coastal oasis for backpackers and for the array of marine wildlife spotted from its postcard-worthy beaches. Dolphins, whale sharks, migratory humpback whales and huge Manta Rays skim the sea. At Lagoon Sunset each well-equipped suite offers a kitchenette, a fan, braai facilities, and a private veranda overlooking tropical palm trees.
Tofo boasts scuba diving, boat trips, quad bike rides, horse riding and swimming, but it’s also the sort of place where you can lie in a hammock for a week.
Price from just R185 per person sharing per night. Their studio Bougainvillea sleeps 3 people at just R185 per night, and there are also 6, 4 and 5-sleepers.
Getting to Tofo
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