From 1 June 2015, new regulations aimed at improving the safety of children travelling in and out of South Africa will be implemented.
Children under the age of 18 will require an unabridged birth certificate together with a passport when travelling abroad.
* An official signed and stamped certificate reflecting both parents’ details.
Home Affairs solution for delayed birth certificates :
Travellers who have applied for their unabridged birth certificates at least eight weeks prior to the June 1 implementation of the new immigration regulations and have not received them, can write to the Director General of the Department, who will then grant them permission to travel without it.
Please Email Mkusi Apleni: firstname.lastname@example.org”
- Visitors Information
ACCOMMODATION ON ROUTE TO ESPERANZA
* Old Vic Travelers Inn – 013 744 0993 or 082 340 1508
* Town Lodge Nelspruit – 013 741 1444
* Chez Vincent – 013 744 1146
* River Hill Lodge Komatipoort (Recommended) 013-793 7855 or
083 272 2224
* Border Country Inn Hotel 013-793 7100 or 013-790 7928
* Buckler’s Africa 013-793 7818 or 084 400 0703
* Guest House – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast – Kleintjie +258-84 583 7080 or Johan +258-84 3276 330 (50km north of Maputo)
* Blue Anchor Inn – Nigel +258 – 82 325 3050
* Casa Lisa – Bruce Buckland +258-82 304 1990 – (80km north of Maputo in Manhica)
* Restaurante Laurentino – +258-2-181 0115 or +25 -82 820 1290 or +258-84 506 1290
San Martinho Beach Club – Contact Marianne Fourie +258-84 425 3963
* Palmeira–Honey Pot – Contact Lynette Adams at 083 5880 217
* Nhambavale Lodge – Contact Derrick +258-82 8382 840
Peixe Grande – Campsites – Christa +27-82 8250 127 / Helene +258-84 230 2380
The border is open daily from 6am till 12pm. Sometimes during the holiday season, the border is open for 24 hours. Lebombo Border contact number is: 013-793 7311.
What you need at the border & in/on vehicle:
1. Valid Passport: (Passport must be valid for more than 3months on entry)
2. Vehicle & Trailer registration papers. From 18 April 2005 visas are no longer needed for RSA passport holders!!!
Ensure that license discs are current & visible.
It is compulsory to have 2 red triangles & one safety vest in your vehicle.
If you are towing, standard yellow/blue triangle stickers on the front & back of the vehicle & boat/trailer is compulsory. All trailers/boats must have reflective tape at the back.
3. Resort Reservation form with Passport names, numbers & expiry dates.
Extra expenses at border:
R20/passport & R15/vehicle entrance fee.
R150 third party insurace per vehicle & R80 per boat or trailer (available on border)
Between border & Maputo: 135Mt (Moamba Plaza), 25Mt (Maputo Plaza)
Xai-Xai: 20Mt (only when going back to Maputo).
The border is open at Pafuri, but only accessible to 4×4 vehicles (preferably groups).
Drive through the Limpopo River – no bridge – Not recommended during rain fall season. Can’t tow a boat – need to be at least 2 vehicles. The road links to Vilanculos.
Border open 8 am to 3 pm at Giriyondo. The first 70km after border is not for towing. Link to Chibutu, Xai-Xai. You need to have a reservation in KNP or the Transfrontier Park to get a pass.
Places to stay:
Transfrontier Trails do Limpopo www.dolimpopo.com – 082 655 2404
Campismo de Aguia Pesqueira Camp, Massingir dam +258-84 301 1719 or
Sanparks Reservations – www.sanparks.org
Turn right at the fork in Lindele, then ± 24km on the road to Inhambane.
Don’t use Jangamo turnoff – road too narrow, especially for boats!!!
Turn right at signposts for all the resorts (Lighthouse Reef, Paindane, Guinjata, Coconut Bay, Jangamo, Jeffs Palm Resort, etc.) ± 20km red sand road.
Deflate your tires to 0,8bar at the white sand road (last ± 5km to resort) is not accessible for cars, only 4×4 vehicles and 2×4 LDV’s with diff lock, preferably accompanied by 4×4.
PETROL / DIESEL
Available in all major towns ± 40 to 51 Mt/liter.
Unleaded petrol, diesel & air are available in Inharrime.
Petrol & Diesel are also available in Inhambane.
Petrol & Diesel now available at Petromac ± 8m from the Resort.
Petrol cards are not accepted.
New law: Use of reflective warning signs & reflective vests. (Available at TRAVEL AGENCIES & OUTDOOR WAREHOUSE)
From Inhambane Airport available at R280/trip – (4 peole max.)
Available 5km from Resort for people without a 4×4 vehicle at R40/day.
Contact Augusta +258-84 725 1310
* PLEASE do not exceed the speed limit of 60km/hr in the villages. If the limit is 60km, rather drive slower. They stop you even if you exceed the limit with 1km/hr. Do not pass a still standing vehicle on a solid line. Wait patiently or blow your vehicle’s horn.
* Use your safety belts (ALL passengers).
* Always be on the lookout for pedestrians, goats, cattle & un-roadworthy vehicles.
* If Officials want bribes, complete the Bribery Report (Supplied by the Resort) or report corruption at *800222222; *828002222; *848002222. Remember to ask for a receipt for fines paid.
* Be on the look out for thieves posing as officials in Maputo.
(between 2,5 and 2,8 (R100 : 250 Mt if the rate is 2,5)
* Money can be exchanged at border: Border Country Inn or FX Bureau de Exchange at Crossings Shopping Center Nelspruit or BP Garage Komatipoort.
* Don’t exchange money at locals on Mozambique side of border.
* It is better to pay in Meticais for petrol and at shops, although Rand and Dollars are accepted. Garage & Credit cards are not accepted.
* You can draw money with your Credit Card at the local banks or at an ATM.Resort Information
Reception Co-ordinates: S24.11 248, E35.49 463
Gas for warm water & stoves supplied in all houses.
All the houses have an electric fridge, chest freezer, fan, geyser, TV & DVD player (bring your own DVD’s), DSTV only in Beach Bar.
All basic utensils (pots, cutlery, cups, plates & glasses) are supplied.
All houses have tiled floors, tiled bathrooms with shower, toilet & hand basin.
Linen & Mosquito nets supplied (Fitted & flat sheets, duvet, and 2 pillows/person).
Bath towels & first toilet paper are supplied.
Kitchen towels, charcoal for first braai & 2 bags ice supplied on arrival.
Bring your own swimming towels.
A fulltime servant is included in the price during school holidays.
You can pay outstanding account in rand, medicals & dollars in the Resort.
CHEQUES & CREDIT CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
Bread, basic goods, meat & drinks are available in shop (Taurus) nearby (± 5km from the Resort). Taurus Co-ordinates: S24.04 176, E35.29 539
Petrol & Diesel available @ Petromoc garage ± 8km from Resort . Co-ordinates: S24.03 059, E35.28 666
Beer, wine, cold drink, etc are available at Translandia in Inhambane (near the market)
Don’t bring too much meat. Fish & Crayfish are available from the locals on beach and Prawns & Calamari (Lula) in Inhambane or Maxixe.
Don’t allow hawkers at houses.
Fruit, vegetables and other essentials are available in Inhambane.
Meat, brought into Mozambique, must be vacuum packed.
Water from our borehole is drinkable.
Plug points – 3 point plugs (same as RSA)
We have electricity & a generator on standby.
Electricity supply when generator is used
* Peak Season times: From 7am till 12am; 1pm till 4pm; 6pm till 10pm
* Weekends (Peak- & Out of Season): 7am till 12am; 6pm till 10pm
* Out of Season times: From 7am till 12am; 1pm till 4pm; 6pm till 9pm
* No electrical appliances are allowed when generator is running
* No extensions allowed
The natural bay formed by the reef, is ideal for snorkeling, swimming, water sports and launching. Always be aware of the currents. NEVER swim from the deepest point of the reef, to the beach.
NO 4-wheelers allowed in the resorts or on the beach.
Driving with 4×4 vehicles on the beach – only between beacons – must be limited. No speeding or dune driving!!!
Park your vehicle close to the dunes and not on the surf.
Pool table available in Beach bar & volley ball in front of Beach bar.
Have your reservation form and deposit slips (especially deposits made during the last month) ready on your arrival at the Resort. Balance of account payable on arrival.
All damages to the house and contents during your visit, (by yourself or your party) will be claimed from you.
Diving & Snorkelling trips. Bookings at the Dive Centre on beach between Beach Bar & Paindane.
Launching & Fishing PERMITS: Available from Paindane Office.
* Ski boat with fiberglass hull = 505Mt
* Rubber duck = 363Mt
* Jet Ski = 200Mt
* Sailing Boat = 200Mt
* Rowing Boat/Canoe/Kayak = 45Mt
* Spear fishing – only allowed 300m in sea from reef.
* Skippers license needed for boats & jet skis
* Angler licenses also needed for anglers on boats.
* Boats can be left next to beach in boat area – night watch.
* Bring own bait – sardines & squid are best.
Enjoy your holiday and remember: Your holiday starts when you leave home!!!
Please supply us with a contact number where we can reach you in Mozambique.
+27-82 094 6930 or +258-844 730 190
Tommy +258-84 899 1517
Belinda +258-84 885 2389
Alfredo +258-84 690 1060
Pedro +258-84 408 3266
4 x 4 Hire Inhambane:
Bernardo +258-82 630 8116
Fax: +258-293 21258
4 x 4 Hire Kempton Park:
011 – 396 1445
4 x 4 Hire Thrifty Car Rental:
086 100 2211
Bus service from SA:
+258-82 757 6540 or +27-82 829 1540
Web adress www.seabound.co.za
Tel: (Ralph) +258 84811 4883
Awaiting tenders for operator
LAM Airline flights from OR Tumbo:
011 447 0815
Lebombo Border Post:
Report Corruption to: +258-800 222 222; +258-828 002 222; +258-848 002 222
9 day weather forecast: www.weather-forecast.com/locations/Inhambane
2 day marine forecast: www.buoyweather.com
Weather forecast: www.yr.no/place/Mozambique/Inhambane
10 day weather forecast: www.foreca.com/Mozambique/Inhambane
Turn right on EN1 at Lindele to Inhambane
Turn right on Inhambane road (± 24 km from Lindele) on to red gravel road.
Turn right at Garage near Resort: S24.03 059, E35.28 666 – and follow road signs to Lighthouse Reef:
Reception: S24.11 248, E35.49 463
Shop (Taurus) near resort: S24.04 176, E35.29 539
Chalet 1: S24.06 605, E35.29 685
Chalet 2: S24.06 594, E35.29 669
Chalet 6: S24.06 534, E35.29 669
Chalet 7: S24.06 504, E35.29 677
Chalet 15: S24.06 547, E35.29 802
Chalet 16: S24.06 547, E35.29 802
Chalet 18: S24.06 522, E35.29 846
1. The last ± 4km to the resort is only assessable with a 4 x 4 vehicle.
2. Each chalet are serviced daily during Out of Season & have full time servant during High & Peak Season – don’t employ anybody without the approval of the Resort. The servants have all been screened and are very honest.
3. Furniture, cooking utensils, cutlery, and gas for stove and geyser, linen and mosquito nets are supplied.
4. You have to supply your own ~ towels (swim), toilet paper, charcoal for braai, black bags for rubbish, etc.
5. Fridges and deep-freezers are supplied in all houses.
6. We have electricity and a generator on stand by. Electricity is available ± 10 hours per day between 8am and 10pm when the generator is connected. Bring a flashlight to use when electricity is out.
NO OPEN FLAMES ALLOWED IN THE HOUSES !!!
7. ONLY CHARCOAL FIRES are allowed for braais. NO WOODEN FIRES ALLOWED.
8. Occupation of houses only from 2pm on day of arrival and departure is before 10am.
9. Home appliances (hairdryers, toasters, electric frying pans or any appliance with a heating element), battery chargers, welding machines or such appliances may NOT be used at any of our plug points when the generator is connected! Our generator can’t handle the amp load.
10. Water is safe to drink, but please use sparingly. Hosepipes for boat & vehicle washing are strictly forbidden. Wash boats & engines on the beach in designated area.
11. The number of people must not exceed the number of beds per house. Extra people pay R150/p/day, extra children under 12 years pay R80/day and children under 3 years stay for free.
Extra people must be mentioned when the reservation is made.
12. NO PETS ALLOWED.
13. The Paindane reef is a protected reef. No spear fishing within 300m of the reef. Areas close-by are appointed to exercise your sport, an R2000.00 plus fine can be imposed by the Maritime officials.
14. Don’t remove coral or live shells from reef. Please do not stand on or touch the coral. It’s illegal to buy coral from locals. Don’t purchase undersize and “in berry” crayfish
15. Access to beach permitted for 4 X 4‘s only. You’re allowed to drive only in front of Esperanza, Lighthouse Reef and Paindane Resort between the beacons. Driving on dunes is illegal, as is driving north or south from the beacons. A fine of R1000.00 plus is imposed if you are caught out of the specified area.
Motorbikes, scramblers and quad bikes are not allowed on the beach and in the Resort, only on the roads inland of the resort. We practise dune protection: Please don’t drive or slide down the dunes.
16. Jet skis and water bikes are not allowed into the bay. You can enjoy your sport on the north or far south side of the bay. Please be on the look out for anglers, swimmers and divers!!
17. No persons without a valid driver’s license may drive in or around the resort.
18. Speed limit on the beach and inside the Resort is 15 km/h, please be careful of children on the beach.
19. Boats can be parked at the house or in the boat area next to the Beach Bar. Remove all unattached equipment, like fishing rods, batteries (if not locked up), diving equipment etc. Water to wash available on the beach.
20. Boats and skippers must have valid RSA seaworthy discs and skippers tickets.
21. Boat owners are advised that the local MARITIME & SEA FISHERIES officials will check your boat launch & fishing permit should they arrive at the resort during your stay, these permits are legal and must be paid. The official documents pertaining to these permits are available for your perusal from Maritime when they visit the resort. Receipts will be issued.
22. Launching + Maritime fees ± 750Mt
23. Please clean all fish at waters edge or in boat area on beach – not inside the chalets.
* Mozambique Government Announces 30 day Tourist Visas
now available at Borders for all visitors -
Mozambique unrest info November 2013
History: Tensions in Mozambique have been simmering for some time. The fact that it’s now made it into South African news bulletins makes South Africans feel uneasy. “Will I still be able to visit Mozambique in December?” is a question asked by many guests.
To answer that question, probably ‘yes’…. With consistent growth rate of over 6 percent, Mozambique’s economy is flying – to the point that many young Portuguese students are returning to their former colony in a bid to find work. However, as with every overnight success story there is a down side. In its bid to hurtle towards development and shake off memories of a civil war that claimed millions of lives, the Frelimo government has forgotten a key role player in Mozambique’s success – its political opponents, Renamo. The former guerrilla movement that took part in the 1975-1992 war has withdrawn from the peace accord that it signed with Frelimo back in 1992.
It’s performed consistently badly in elections that have been held, losing control of key towns such as Beira as well as large swathes of traditional Renamo territory. For all intents and purposes it was a spent force that nobody took seriously. Back in 2009 after being soundly beaten once again in elections, rumours started to circulate in Maputo about secret arms caches that were being dug up and that old Renamo camps were starting to train youngsters. “They are just disgruntled old men with a few old guns; they are standing in the way of progress.” Now it seems these old men would like to be taken seriously. Since April they have carried out numerous attacks on police and army posts in far Northern provinces. How seriously should Renamo be taken? Well realistically, their numbers are probably fewer than a thousand with their stronghold based in the Sofala, Gorongosa, Manica and Nampula provinces.
These Northern provinces are a minimum of 2 days travel from the town of Inhambane.
Currently from Esperanza Lodge & Lighthouse Reef resort management there are no cause for concern. The resort is kept up to date with the political situation via the Inhambane Tourism Association.
The staff and management of Esperanza Lodge & Lighthouse Reef are excited and already busy preparing for all guest arrivals for the coming December holidays. There are many events planned and new programmes in place, especially for the kids and everyone at Esperanza & Lighthouse Reef is confident that the tourists will enjoy their stay.
7 Nov’13 South African High Commissioner to Mozambique, Charles Nqakula has assured South Africans who wish to travel to the country, that it is stable after the anti-government protests broke out in the north of the country.
Nqakula says the southern and central areas are safe for travel.
8 Nov’13 The “Department of International Relations” asked people (according to international agreement) to register on their website if they plan to visit Mozambique.
Go to www.dirco.gov.za and click on the ROSA icon to register.
20 Nov’13 It were the municipal elections in Mozambique. No incidents that we know of.
Currently there is absolutely NO threat to visit the Inhambane area. We will keep you updated as we receive new info.
moz info 24 nov
N4 – SCHOEMANSKLOOF not recommended because of stop/go. Rather use the N4 via Ngodwane to Nelspruit.
N4 – 2 x stop/go in Gorge between Nelspruit & Malelane.
KOMATIEPOORT – They are working on the N4 at Komatiepoort. Expect stop/go with 20 minute waiting period.
Toll Tariff increase: (Price increase as from 1 April 2013)
Moamba Plaza 135 Mt (was 105 Mt)
Maputo Plaza 25 Mt (was 20 Mt)>
Exchange Rate currently ± 2.7 against the Rand
Smiling after a good day’s fishing!
Electricity was connected October 2011.
Vodacom Data tower was connected April 2011.
Cellphone and Internet reception everywhere in the Resort.
Bring your 3G stick, roaming sim card & laptop for internet access.
Weddings at Esperanza Beach Bar
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Contact Marianne for bookings at
+27-82 094 6930
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