Kenya Airways have announced that they will be introducing direct flights between Nairobi and Nampula Airport, Mozambique, as of the 02nd of December 2010. The current schedule is set for a return flight twice a week - Mondays and Thursdays. This routing will cut out the need to travel via Pemba or Johannesburg to access the area surrounding Ilha de Mozambique - a UNESCO Heritage Site.
This is great news for clients flying in via Niarobi to the north of Mozambique as well as for clients who would like combine a Kenyan Safari, or similar, with a beach extension to the beautiful and remote white sandy beaches of northern Mozambique.
The luxury and unique settings of Nuarro Beach Lodge and Coral Lodge 15.41 is now even closer than before!
Inhambane has seen the welcome addition of two new properties to the current accommodation offering in the area. Casa do Capitao openend its doors in July and in early November will herald the opening of Barra Beach Club. Both properties bring a refreshingly upmarket accommodation offering to guests with all modern amenities catered for.
Casa do Capitao is situated in Inhambane town itself, in the once prestigeous location where the Port Captian's house was situated. The en suite luxurious rooms all over look the surrounding lagoon. The hotel boasts a restaurant with a scenic view across the waters.
Barra Beach Club will be situated on the renownded Barra beach and offers a more intimate accommodation option. Clients will be able to enjoy mouth watering cuisine from the restaurant, relax next to the swimming pool or order cocktails from the beach bar. Popular activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving can be arranged.
Please feel free to contact Mozambique Voyages should you require more information or rates on either of the above properties.
Newsflash from Rani Resorts:
We have received news from our government liaison in Maputo, that there still has been no resolution regarding the visa increase, even following a meeting with the Minister. They are pushing the matter with contacts at the Ministry of Interior and the Head of Immigration as well as various other government officials in order to start realising a possible solution for this matter and we will keep you updated on their progress. Presently, however, it is only in Mavalane (Maputo Airport), Ressano Garcia (Komatipoort border) as well as Immigration Headquarters that the new fees are being implemented and nowhere else in the country, as yet.
We will keep you updated as and when we receive the information.
The Mozambique Ministry of Tourism and the Gorongosa Restoration Project will soon be selecting projects to start tourism developments in designated areas throughout the Park. The new developments will have to adhere to the Park's high ecological standards ensuring “that the ecosystem will be preserved and that a sustainable tourism industry will be established”. The tourism developments include luxury tented camps, fly camps and lodges. The new developments are part of Gorongosa's long term goal to develop sustainable tourism that benefits not only the eco-systems in the Park, but also the surrounding communities through job creation and training.
We are looking forward to the new developments in Gorongosa National Park and being able to offer clients a wider variety of options to choose from when wanting a game and bush experience in Mozambique.
After much anticipation, 1Time Airline - a South African budget carrier - has announced that they will commence flights between Johannesburg and Maputo as of the 12th of August 2010. The carrier will be offering fares that are far below that being offered by SAA and LAM on the same route, starting from just ZAR 1 289 per person for a return flight. Their fares are almost 50% cheaper than the current offering from SAA and LAM and we are hopeful that the new competition on the route will motivate the other carriers to review their fares.
1Time will have flights operating on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The Mozambique Tourist Visa unexpectedly increased on the 06th of July from USD 25 to USD 82 per person. The price change had not been publicised by the Mozambique Government and has therefore taken the Travel Industry and tourists alike by surprise. We are trying to confirm if the increase is permament or not and will keep you updated as we receive new information.
A visit to Ibo Island is not complete without spending some time with the revered traditional Silversmiths. Using age old Arabian techniques the Silversmiths hand craft exquisite intricate jewellery that are a delight not only to wear but also to view the craftsmanship. Ibo Island has been a port to Chinese, British, Indian and Portuguese explorers over the decades and the blend and influence of these cultures can be seen in the designs of the Ibo jewellery.
Guests to the island are welcome to bring along unwanted old silver jewellery from home which can then be melted down and hand crafted into an original Ibo jewellery item by one of the resident Silversmiths.
Look out for Ibo Island Lodge Itineraries, on our Packages page, that includes the Silversmith Experience!
Mozambique Voyages are extremely proud to have one of its tours, compiled in close collaboration with Reefs to
We have been advised today by CFA that the Mozambique Government has implemented a new security tax that is payable by all passengers flying out of the airports. The new security tax will come into immediate effect and will be included in future in all tickets.
Applicable costs are as follows:
Beira, Nampula and Maputo Airport @ USD 6.44 per person (ZAR 48.30)
Vilanculos, Pemba and Quelimane @ USD 1.80 per person (ZAR 13.50)
The South African Government has also implemented a mandatory requirement regarding personal information of all passengers departing from and arriving in South Africa. No tickets may be issued unless the airline has the following information on hand:
This week has seen the announcement of increased transfer rates for both Azura and Benguerra Lodge, both situated on Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Transfers to and from the Lodges are done by Helicopter - which is definitely one of the best ways to reach the islands!
The increases have been advised by the Helicopter operator and is therefore unfortunately beyond the control of the respective lodges.
New rates as follows:
Both increases will be effective as of the 01st of May 2010.