New Luxury Beach Resort in Southern Mozambique

White Pearl Lodge is the long awaited new Luxury Beach Resort that will be opening in Ponta Mamoli, southern Mozambique, in mid June 2011. 
 
The Resort is surrounded by lovely natural vegetation and is also well known for its excellent diving opportunities, especially for divers keen to view sharks.  Its one of the closest lodges to Pinnacle reef which is frequented by Hammerheads, Zambezi and sometimes Tiger sharks.   The area also has a variety of well established dive operators and a specialized Dolphin Safari company that educates visitors on Dolphins and arranges for swimming excursions with Dolphins in their natural habitat.
 
The new Resort will feature twenty two ocean facing suites, luxuriously furnished and each featuring a private plunge pool.  Guests will have access to a pristine beach for relaxation or enjoy one of the several activities on offer.
 
White Pearl will be accessed by helicopter transfer from Maputo or alternatively by road via the Kosi Bay border post.  Road transfers from the Sabi Sands / Kruger National Park or Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to Maputo can easily be arranged for a great bush and beach combinations.
 
Mozambique Voyages is proud to announce that its Director, Martijn Mellaart, will be one of the first Operators to visit the new Resort at the end of this month and will be happy to share his experience and views of the Resort with you at Indaba (please contact Barbara on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you do not yet have an appointment).  Currently there are no official images yet available of the Resort but this should be released during the course of April, please let us know if you would like to receive them.  Alternatively, all new images will be made part of our Image Gallery and available on DVD at Indaba.

New Access flights to Northern Mozambique

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!

New properties open in Inhambane

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_-_swimmingpool_areaCasa 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. 

Update on Visa Fees Increases

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.

Gorongosa National Park Is Opening Up

Gorongosa_-_Lake_Urema_BirdsThe 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.

1Time Airlines offers affordable flights to Maputo

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. 

Increase in Mozambique Tourist Visa Fees!

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.

Silversmiths of Ibo Island

Ibo_JewelleryA 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!

 

Tours of a Lifetime

Mozambique Voyages are extremely proud to have one of its tours, compiled in close collaboration with Reefs to Rockies, nominated by the editors of National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Best Guided Tours for 2010.  The tour combines the highlights of Maputo city,  a breathtaking ocean safari to view the majestic whale sharks in Tofo, the rugged wilderness of Gorongosa and the historic architecture of Ilha de Mozambique.  To read more please click on http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/tours/

 

 

 

New Security Taxes and Info for Ticketing

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:

* Passenger nationality
* Passport number
* Place of issue
* Date of Birth
* Gender
* Passport Validity

 

Helicopter Transfer Increases

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!Azura_-_Birds_Eye_View

The increases have been advised by the Helicopter operator and is therefore unfortunately beyond the control of the respective lodges.

New rates as follows:

Azura @ USD 150 per person, one way (excluding departure taxes @ USD 11 per person, per airport)
Benguerra @ USD 300 per person, return (excluding departure taxes @ USD 11 per person, per airport)

Both increases will be effective as of the 01st of May 2010.

Have a look at the Mozambique Video to experience the helicopter flight over the Bazaruto Archipelago - a truly breathtaking experience!

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