You know that feeling of real happiness? When you experience a sudden very high spirit, that feeling of lightness, you are feeling great elation. Elation is more than mere happiness — it is extreme, exhilarating joy. My neighbor brought me freshly picked sunflowers from her garden yesterday, when I saw the sunflowers I experienced this feeling of elation and decided to ask my husband, who is an artist, to paint me these sunflowers. I want to surround myself with items that make me feel real happiness. We can create our happiness, and I think 2021 is the year where a lot of us need to 'create our own happiness'. So I've given this some thought and found the below 'Tools' to keep me happy through 2021', I hope they can do the same for you:
SUNSHINE: Exposure to the sun is thought to increase the brain's release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting your mood and helping you feel calm and focused.
NATURE: Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but it also contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. Take the dogs for a walk, sit under a tree and feel the light breeze on your skin
BE GRATEFUL: Gratitude is a way for you to appreciate what you have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make you happier, or thinking you can't feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Being grateful helps you refocus on what you have instead of what you lack. Write a list of everything that you can be grateful for and then write down a list of all the 'bad things' and I promise your grateful list will be longer than your 'bad things' list.
SPEND TIME WITH PEOPLE THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY: The older I get the more I care less what other people think of me. I have come to realize that life is too short to spend it with people that you don't enjoy being with. Social distancing has given us the perfect excuse to spend time with only those people that matter. It's a proven fact that spending time with people you enjoy being around boosts your mental health. It notably reduces anxiety or depression and increases feelings of well-being, safety, and happiness. Talking via a video call works just as well!
LAUGH MORE: Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. We all have a friend that when we spend time together we talk nonsense and can laugh with.
HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: Relationships are connected to some of our strongest emotions. When they are positive we feel happiness, contentment, and calm. Compliments make us feel good - both giving and receiving them. Compliments help us communicate the appreciation we feel toward one another. And that makes us feel good. Make it a 2021 goal to praise every person in your family once every day, and try to get your children and spouse to do the same. If you arent married then try this with a friend. Learn to listen. When someone listens to you well, it makes you feel accepted, understood, important, valued, and validated. It gives you a voice to help you find yourself again. It reminds you that you are not invisible or alone. Although we hear with our ears, many of us don't necessarily listen to what is being said. With these 2 tools alone you can improve the relationships you have with family and friends.
HOLIDAY TWICE A YEAR: Studies show a boost in a person's happiness 8 weeks before a planned holiday, the anticipation of positive events elevates your dopamine levels. There is also an increase in happiness for 2 - 8 weeks after your return from a holiday, this is due to reduced stress levels. Ideally, you should take at least two longer trips per year, in addition to a few other smaller trips. Holidays are a very effective way to stay healthy, live happier, and longer.
FILL YOUR HOME WITH HAPPY: Filling your home with items that make you smile and give you a feeling of 'exhilarating joy'. Fresh flowers, a beautiful painting, sometimes it's the small things that make us smile.
I hope that in 2021 you can find the 'yellow sunflowers' in your life.
You can now have a covid Antigen test done at the Komatipoort border when crossing from South Africa to Mozambique. The test costs R170 per person and is valid for 14 days. There is a 15-20 minute wait for the Antigen test result. Kids age 5 and under do not need to have an Antigen test done. The test can be used on the South African and Mozambican side of the border when entering Mozambique and also when traveling back into South Africa.
GoBundu advises our clients to rather have a PCR Covid test done at a laboratory before arriving at the border, this is due to the Antigen tests at the border being done only between times 9 am and 2 pm daily and that the border only does 50 Antigen tests a day.
The PCR negative Covid test must be used at the border within 72 hours of you having the test done. The day that you have the test done is counted as day number 1. Kids age 5 and under do not require a PCR negative Covid test to be done.
Heres latest border protocol when traveling to Mozambique from South Africa
GoBundu has been holding back on sending all our followers an update on the current border procedure due to the volatile changes that keep on taking place. We are very happy to have an answer in black and white from the South African government regarding the current crossing of borders between South Africa and Mozambique.
On 16 September 2020, the President of South Africa announced that South Africa is moving to level 1 as part of the continuous effort to contain the spread of Covid 19. As of 1 October 2020 the Lebombo border post (known to some as the Komatipoort border post) is the only border, currently, open between South Africa and Mozambique, all other borders between South Africa and Mozambique remain closed for now.
The Lebombo border post requires a negative PCR covid19 test, not older than 72 hours from your date of your departure. This test can also be used on the Mozambique side of the border. The negative covid19 test must be produced to the Port Health Official on arrival and shall be valid for a period of 14 days from the date that the result was issued by the laboratory. The day that you have the test done is counted as day number 1.
You can have a covid19 test done at the border at a cost of R600 HOWEVER you will wait 24-36 hours for the result.
All travelers including those in possession of a negative covid19 test must be subjected to mandatory primary screening at the port which will include completion of the travel health questionnaire and submitting it to the Port Health officials on arrival or prior to departure, temperature screening, and visual observation by Port health.
Children 5 years and below
Children who are 5 years old and below shall be excluded from the test requirement and will not be required to produce a negative covid19 test on arrival into the country. However, they will still be required to comply with other screening requirements including completion of traveler health questionnaire on arrival and departure.
Travelers arriving without a negative Covid19 test result
All travelers who are not in possession of a valid negative covid19 test result will be subjected to mandatory quarantine at a state identified facility at their own cost. Travelers without a valid covid19 test result as mentioned above, on arrival, complete and sign a written declaration committing to adhere to quarantine requirements. Travelers will be liable for all costs related to quarantine and transportation. A list of approved quarantine facilities closest to each port of entry has been identified and shall be utilized for this purpose. Where necessary, Port Health will issue travelers with the details of the nearest facility, whereby travelers will be required to make booking arrangements and produce proof of payment for their stay at the facility for not less than 5 days prior to entering the country.
Should you have any further questions you can contact Beverly at Port Health on +27762742214.
Mozambique is a whale watching destination second to none ? from Ponto do Ouro in the south, up past Maputo to Inhambane and then on to Pemba in the north, travellers have the opportunity to witness these majectic marine giants as they make their annual trip to the warmth of the Indian Ocean to mate and have their calves between June and October.
This migration from the icy waters of the Antarctic to the warmer environmental conditions of the Indian Ocean ensures the safety of the calves - not only from Orcas (their natural predators) - but it also increases the calves' chances of survival.
A visit to Moz means that you'll have the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with both Southern Right whales and Humpback whales as they swim past the East African coastline on their annual migration, as well as being spoilt to world-class holiday accommodation in luxury island villas and beautiful beach lodges. Our aim at GoBundu is to help you find incredible accommodation options at pocket-friendly prices so that you can enjoy all that Mozambique has to offer - including incredible whale watching opportunities.
Although we're still unsure of when travel will be permitted once again, now is the perfect opportunity for Mozambicans to enjoy social-distancing in a beautiful, remote holiday villa on the beach.
And for all our South African and international guests, now is the perfect time to start saving and planning for your next trip.
Get in touch with our destination specialist, Lize, to chat through our current specials - email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
Account no : 62603557200
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.
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 email@example.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.
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!
5 parts gin
1 part dry vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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
180 ml warm water
140 ml milk
20 g butter
7 g dried yeast
7 g sugar
500 g bread flour
7 g salt
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)
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!
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.
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
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
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
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:
eSwatini (Swaziland) border:
For those travelling to Mozambique, find directions for alternative entry points into Mozambique, here.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 don'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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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 (email@example.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!
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)
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.
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!
Pa (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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (028) 254 9193.
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
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.
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.
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:
sarongs and/ or dresses to throw over your swimsuit
waterproof sandals or slops to wear on the beach
lightweight (preferably cotton) sleeping clothes/ pajamas
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
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 email@example.com for more.
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.
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.
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.
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 pos (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 Vitria 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 firstname.lastname@example.org