Mozambique Beach Hike

Near Inhambane, Mozambique


Coastal hikes have always been popular and the Mozambique Beach Hike deservedly takes its place amongst the best of them. The trip takes 7 days (8 nights) , of which 5 days are spent walking a distance of around 40km along the beautiful Indian Ocean shoreline,  near  Inhambane , central Mozambique.  The hiking groups are limited to 12 adults per trip.

 

         
 

 MOZ BEACH HIKE TRIP ITINERARY

Day 0: Hikers arrive at the Road Lodge, Nelspruit, Mpumelaga, South Africa:

Bed & Breakfast included;

 Day 1: Our charter bus leaves Nelspruit  at 7h30am. We cross the Mozambique border at Lebombo / Ressano Garcia, and travel all day before arriving at Lake Nhambavale, North of Xai-Xai.  4x4 transfer to our overnight lodge.

Dinner , bed & breakfast included;

 
Coconut Bay A hiker enjoying the cool surf
Coconut Bay to Tofo Long stretches of beautiful shoreline

 

 
   
Praia Da Rocha Praia Da Rocha

Let the soothing sound of the waves heal your troubled mind

Day 2: 4X4 transfer and bus drive on to Inhambane.  4km walk around this interesting old town to see the fishing dhows,  1840 Mosque, railway museum and a highlight visit to the market. Bus transfer to Barra where we overnight at our lodge on the beach.

Weather and time permitting , optional Dhow trip at Flamingo Bay and later on enjoy a late afternoon swim and walk along the beach.

Dinner, bed & breakfast included;

 

 
         
 

Day 3: We start our beach walk of 12 km from Barra to Tofo. The rest of the day free to enjoy the rural market , have a swim and relax in the beautiful surroundings.

Dinner, bed & breakfast included;

 
Between Tofo and Bambooz Near the Lighthouse at Barra

Walk along the hard sand just above the surf line

 
         
 
From the lighthouse at Barra The Lighthouse at Barra

The Lighthouse at Barra

 

Day 4: We start early on our longest walk of 20kms from Tofo to Coconut Bay. Stop half way at Praia da Rocha bay to swim & eat our packed lunch.

Packed lunch, dinner , bed & breakfast included;  

 

 
         
 

Day 5: 8km walk for Coconut Bay to Guinjata Bay. Last minute shopping at rural market. 4x4 cultural tour of Moz rural village, then transfer to our next overnight lodge;

4x4 transfers, cultural tour , dinner , bed & breakfast included;

 

 
Fishermen at Barra The boardwalk to Flamingo Bay

Maybe we can learn from the locals about a relaxed life style?

 
         
 
Boat in Inhambane Bay Dhows in Inhambane Harbour

 Hikes end at Inhambane

 

 

Day 6: Free day to enjoy swimming, snorkelling , optional sea diving tours , or just relax on the beach at nearby Paindane Resort;

Dinner, bed & breakfast included;

 

 

Day 7: Early start 4x4 transfer to charter bus. Return journey takes all day and we arrive back at the Road Lodge , Nelspruit early evening.

Bed & breakfast included

NOTES:

The dates:  There are a number of hikes planned each year, which take place during the winter months (mid May to end Aug) , during which time the weather is mostly dry and cool, and is ideal for walking. The sea  is warm, ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

The walking:  In hiking terms , the walking is easy, mostly on the firm sand next to the shoreline. Your luggage is transferred daily to the overnight  lodges, and you will only need to carry your walking day pack along the beach.

The accommodation:  The accommodation is SHARED in good quality , rustic beach lodges with twin-beds in private rooms.   Most resorts have a gas stove, kettle and cups, so bring matches, tea bags, coffee, sugar and creamer to make your own beverages in the chalets.  The lodges have gas geysers for hot showers, but this is Africa, so expect the occasional cold water shower! 

The food: Suppers are usually seafood, fish or chicken, with rice or chips, and salads or vegetables. Breakfasts usually include bacon & eggs, porridge and cereals. Lunches and drinks are available at the restaurants and bars along the way.

Your luggage:  Luggage is strictly limited to one medium sized overnight bag per person , plus your walking  day pack. You will be required to carry your own luggage within the Lodge resorts.  

A suggested packing list will be sent to you when you book.

The serious stuff :  

Malaria - Mozambique is a high risk malaria area and although most hikers rely on diligently applied sprays and creams to keep the mozzies away, you may also wish to take preventative tablets  – please consult with  your pharmacist.

Medical - The medical facilities are basic at best, so in the unlikely event of a serious accident, you will need insurance cover for emergency air evacuation to South Africa  (check your medical aid policy , you may already be covered).

Passports & VISA’s -  Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return from Mozambique. South African passport holders do not need a visa for Mozambique.  All other passport holders (except Malawi and Tanzania) must obtain the necessary visa from their nearest Mozambican consulate.

 THE COST:  The cost for the Moz Beach Hike 2011 season is R5800 per person ( plus forex charges if payment is made from outside South Africa ).

This cost includes return charter bus from NELSPRUIT in South Africa, into Mozambique and back, 8 nights accommodation , shared in rooms with twin beds, 6 dinners , 8 breakfasts and 2 packed lunches, 4 x 4 transfers where necessary, Luggage transfers between lodges and staff gratuities.

NOT included in the cost are – drinks, tea & coffee, meals not specified, optional excursions, other activities and personal purchases.

 

 ENQUIRY & BOOKING CONTACT DETAILS:

Contact:                               PETER BURMAN

Email address : peterburman@iburst.co.za

Landline:                              011 024 5854

Cell:                                       076 791 3939


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