Morrungulo Facilities And General Info

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General Camp Information

We are situated right on the sea front and have easy beach and launch access.  The Dive Centre will be operational again from December 2016 and a new activity centre will be opening offering kayaks and stand up paddle skis.

Reception hours – 7.00 am – 6.00 pm. dependent on season.

1. Check in time 2 pm and check out time 10 a.m. on your last day of your holidays. Cleaning staff need to prepare for the next guests.

2 The camp runs off a single phase transformer and power is available all day, except for the busy season i.e. December when we run on generator for limited hours. Please note we do not supply double adaptors – please bring one with you. Please note only one double adaptor is allowed per plug point. NO hairdryers, kettles or other heating appliances with an electrical element are allowed as this will trip the power supply.  Most plugs are the 3 pin round SA type.  Please arrive at Morrungulo  with your frozen foods already frozen.  Avoid opening and closing the freezer  during the very hot months, as this will result in loss of temperature and it will taken even longer to freeze foods.

December – Personal SILENT Generators may not be run before 08.00 am, between 12 noon – 2.30 pm or after 8pm.  Under NO circumstances do we allow generators to run throughout  the night (even if you consider it to be quiet).  Bring a long extension cable.

4. Servants are available at a daily rate. Please do not employ any person without first speaking to our reception. Domestics must be paid for at the office only.

5. Do not remove coral or live shells from the reef. Also, do not purchase undersized crayfish or crayfish in berry, i.e. with eggs. Do not buy shells from vendors as this encourages the trade. Hawkers usually sell fish, fresh prawns or crayfish on the beach.  You  are allowed to pick up the washed up shells you find on the beach.

6. Driving on the beach is illegal. If found doing so you are liable to pay fines, payable to Inhambane Port Authority: 20 000 mts You may only drive on the beach to the allocated launch site, in order to launch your boat.

QUAD BIKES AND MOTOR BIKES ARE NOT ALLOWED WITHIN THE CAMP. NO JET SKIS PERMITTED IN FRONT OF THE CAMP – THIS IS A SAFE BATHING AREA.

7. Please use water sparingly.

8. Freshly baked bread rolls can be purchased daily from the local bakery just outside the camp entrance.

9. Carry your vehicle papers and driving licence with you at all times. If you are towing you must display a triangle on your vehicle and trailer. New road rules specify drivers must carry a reflective vest and 2 red triangles in their vehicle. Please do not drive in Mozambique at night. It is dangerous with with animals and vehicles travelling with no lights.  Carry sufficient cash on you in case of breakdown etc.  ATMs are not always close at hand and can be offline.

10. There are now three supermarkets in Massinga, including Mr Fresh.  SHOPRITE has just opened and offers an excellent range of grocery items including yoghurts, cheese, meat, a great variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. You no longer need to lug everything from home.  Its available right here.  Meat selection and cold meats is rather limited so it is suggested you vacuum pack and bring your meat with.

Fresh fruit and hardy vegetables are available from the market i.e onions, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, pawpaw, pineapples. Canned beers, canned cokes and soft drinks, locally made rum, brandy, whisky, vodka and bottled water also available. Perishables such as cheese, meat and imported fruit and vegetables, wines and alcohol (imported from SA) are now available from Shoprite, .  N.B. Swazi border to does NOT allow meat to be taken through to Moz.  However R. Garcia does.

11. Firewood and charcoal and fresh bread rolls available just outside the camp.  Occasionally you can also buy fish, prawns, lettuce, tomatoes and some fruit from the locals just outside the camp.

12.  Essential items – Bring a braai clamp  for your meat/wors, a torch/re-chargeable lights and adaptors/extension cables for appliances, lots of sunblock and some insect repellant.  Fire grates available from reception for a refundable deposit.

Visas

All foreign visitors entering Mozambique on vacation must have a valid passport and visa ISSUED PRIOR TO DEPARTURE in their home country depending on the type of passport you have. A visa can be obtained at any Mozambican consulate or embassy, with cost depending on the type required.

You will require a valid passport which is valid for at least six months upon your return and with at least two empty pages.

Visas are NOT required for South African and Zimbabwean passport holders travelling on holiday. However, they are only permitted to stay for a maximum 30 day period, and with new legislation will soon become 90 days.

There are penalties payable for overstaying your VISA so always useful to put down the full 30 day period to cover you in cases of vehicle breakdown, illness etc.

Malaria

Is prevalent in Mozambique and it is recommended that visitors to the country take anti-malarial prophylactics. The best precaution is to avoid being bitten by using Mosquito nets and repellent spray and wearing protective clothing, especially in the evenings. Curatives are readily available from the local pharmacy.  Most major towns have a hospital or clinic. These places are fine to use for minor problems, for example if you need stitches. They are excellent for malaria tests. The equipment is sterile and you get the result in 30 minutes.

Water

Bottled drinking water may be purchased anywhere. However, the tap water at Morrungulo is supplied by our own boreholes. Our water is safe to drink  – not brackish at all.  It is not necessarily to load your vehicle with cases of drinking water to lug all the way to Mozambique.

Road

Sedans, caravans and minibuses can reach our camp.  There is a 13 km clay road from the main turnoff into the lodge that is in good condition.  The only time a 4 x 4 vehicle is required is in times of heavy rain when the clay road can become “sticky”, otherwise the road is in good condition and accessible for small cars.

Cell Phones& ATMs & Fuel stations

Movitel is the best cell phone provider in the area.  You can get a full signal throughout the whole camp.  You can buy starter packs and recharge cards in Massinga.

There are 2 ATMs in Massinga town as well as 3 fuel stations.  Visa cards are generally accepted at fuel stations (however Master Card is less popular here and only a few places will accept them).

Bar / Restaurant

The Restaurant/bar is now open serving lunches as well as dinners. There is a small menu and meals consist mostly of fresh local seafood and BBQ chicken.  Join us for a sun-downer overlooking the sea with breath-taking views.

During busy times it would be advisable to book for the restaurant before 16h00. No orders after 7.00 pm.

Closed during the quiet seasons.

There is a salt water swimming pool at the restaurant for residents. No glasses/bottles allowed in the pool area. Children using the pool must be supervised by an adult.

Places To Visit

Pomene- North of Morrungulo as a day outing. 4 x 4 essential for sandy stretches. 2 hour journey one way – a conservancy fee is payable of 200 mts/person or vehicle approx 2 kms before Pomene beach. Massinga 20 kms away – resupply for basic items, petrol stations and ATMs. Maxixe – Standard Bank and resupply. Take a dhow from Maxixe to Inhambane. Inhambane – steeped in history. The first port to start the export of slaves. The Clock Tower is over 200 years old and overlooks the harbour. Go for lunch or visit Tofo.  Has an international airport.

Motorists

Anti Corruption Hot Line : 00258 800 460 460        Police : 112 or 00258 21 400 159

S.A High Commission 00258 21 24 3000 SA High Comm Emergency 00258 84 3044 600

Recommended sites :

Road Traffic Code (English)

http://www.clubofmozambique.com/solutions1/law/Road-Code-decree-Law-1-2011.pdf

Note maximum limits of speed fines etc.  Worth printing off –  read the laws and know your rights.  You can quote specific article numbers to police to fight your case.

DriveMoz on Facebook has interesting info and downloads of information relevant to Mozambique, as well maps of cut through roads and   information on road conditions in Mozambique.

No alcohol (open or closed) is allowed in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.  Keep it in the boot.

ONLY TRAFFIC POLICE HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CHECK TRAFFIC LAW VIOLATIONS AND IMPOSE TRAFFIC RELATED FINES.  TRAFFIC POLICE WEAR WHITE SHIRTS AND DARK BLUE TROUSERS AND ARE NOT ARMED. THEY MUST WEAR A BADGE WITH THEIR NAME AND NUMBER.  YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO ASK FOR THEIR NUMBER IN ANY CASE OF DISPUTE.

Normal police (grey uniform) have no right to issue traffic fines.  However they can ask for identification and search your vehicle for weapons.

NEITHER HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE YOUR PASSPORT!  IF YOU ARE ASKED FOR A BRIBE OR HAVE A PROBLEM CALL THE ANTI CORRUPTION HOTLINE AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE MADE A NOTE OF THE NAME and NUMBER OF THE POLICEMAN AND TIME AND PLACE OF WHERE YOU WERE STOPPED.

IF YOU ARE IN THE WRONG BE POLITE,  ACCEPT IT AND PAY THE NECESSARY FINE. FIGHTING WITH THE POLICEMAN MAY ONLY MAKE MATTERS WORSE.

In cases of road accident :

http://www.acismoz.com/lib/services/translations/summaries/traffic%20accidents%20ENG.pdf

Always keep the following documents handy:

  • Personal identification (Passport or certified copies of same)
  • Driving license (good idea to carry certified copy as well, or get an AA international driving licence)
  • Vehicle registration papers
  • Third party insurance certificate (obtainable at the border) and can be obtained prior to your departure from most of the major insurance companies, Quick shop or Outdoor Warehouse – R 220.00 per vehicle R110 per boat & trailer. Also  now available online.
  • Temporary import permit (obtainable at the border and obligatory for trailers, boats and caravans).  On it declare all goods that you are temporarily exporting for your holiday, such as jet skis, freezers, cameras, laptops, etc
  • If you are towing you will require two yellow and blue Mozambican warning triangles

The general speed limit in any town is 60kmph and 80 km just outside the city, signs will notify you of the speed limit. Outside of towns the speed limit is 120 km for car and 100 km for car with a trailer. It is illegal to drink and drive. Please do not drive in Mozambique at night.  It is dangerous – and there are vehicles travelling with no lights. Observe the speed limits and respect the rules of the road. You can be fined  1,000-4,000 meticais upwards upwards if you are caught speeding (for every 20 kms over the speed limit in towns the cost increases by 1,000 mts).  If you pay on the spot (you actually have a few days within it which to pay at nearest police station) then insist on a proper numbered receipt.  A proper half A4 page size must be issued – and NOT the small strip off the bottom of the page which just advises you must pay within 7 days and does not confirm if you paid the quoted fine.  You are only required to show your licence, and you are not obliged to hand over your passport unless in the case of an accident.

Seat belts are mandatory (back and front of vehicle) and you must carry two emergency triangles and reflective vest. It appears extinguishers are not a requirement – however it seems police constantly ask, so best to get one for the vehicle regardless.  Fuel stations are plentiful in built up areas and along the main roads, however when you travel on secondary roads, it is wise to ensure that you have sufficient fuel to reach your destination.  Baggage is not allowed on back passenger seats.  Place on the floor wherever possible.

 Customs/Border

******DO NOT USE RUNNERS AND CHECK THAT YOUR PASSPORT HAS BEEN STAMPED******

Your vehicle and trailer may be subject to an inspection by a customs official on the Mozambican side in order to obtain a signature on your gate pass. This gate pass will be checked by the gate guard to ensure that firstly you have a customs stamp on it and secondly that you have a customs inspector’s signature on it prior to allowing you access into Mozambique.

Do NOT hand over your passport or gate pass to any of the “runners” that approach you as you drive into the car-park even though they may flash some “official”  ID badges.  It is better to ensure your passports are stamped yourself.

Individual duty free allowances (5,000 mts per person) are allowed monthly in respect of goods imported into Mozambique for your personal   and family consumption only.  Take your till slips along for grocery items to help prove value of goods in vehicle.

  • Alcoholic beverages -1 Litre of spirits per person. 2.25 liters of wine (3 standard bottles).- not applicable to persons under 18
  • Tobacco products – 200 Cigarettes or 100 Cigarillos or 50 Cigars – not applicable to persons under 18
  • Perfumes – 50ml of perfume or 250ml of Eau de Toilette.
  • Pharmaceutical products – Quantity considered reasonable and appropriate for personal consumption or as prescribed by a registered medical practitioner.

No beer is allowed to be imported into Mozambique. The local beer is excellent and the famous 2M (Dois M), Laurentina and Manica brands are readily available, as well as  Castle, Amstel and Heineken.

Currency and Cash

When entering Mozambique you need not declare up to US$ 5,000.00  or the equivalent, in cash or travelers cheques. Above this limit you are required to make a declaration to the customs officials of Mozambique.

Check on  the current exchange rate prior to you departure,
Use this internet link http://www.clubofmozambique.com/solutions1/news.php , scroll down the page and look in the lower left margin for the current exchange rate table.
Local currency can be drawn at most ATM’s in Mozambique bearing the VISA, MasterCard or Maestro logos.  Visa is the easiest card to use here. Some ATM’s restrict the amount of cash that can be withdrawn per transaction. Ensure that you have set an adequate daily withdrawal limit on your cards with your domicile bank prior to your departure. Do carry sufficient cash in case of a breakdown or lack of ATMs in the area.
 Avoid using the touts at the border post. These cash vendors work in pairs, offer you an attractive rate (normally a couple of points above the going rate) and once the transaction is underway have an amazing array of techniques designed to distract you and fleece you of your money. Beware!
Toll fees on the Mozambique side of SA are payable in Local currency only and you cannot use cards.

Fishing / Diving

Morrungulo beach and boat launch area now has the Ports and Wildlife Authority team on duty checking on the beach serving the three resorts in the area. Fishing licences and catch limits are monitored.

Our wildlife is our heritage and must be conserved. Both normal fishing and spear fishing is strictly controlled as it affects tourism. Anyone diving off their own boat must show their dive qualification certificates. Safety equipment on boats is essential.

You are required by the Inhambane Port Authority to purchase boat launching, diving and fishing permits. These are available from our reception.

Fishing licences All fishermen require a licence 420 meticias normal fishing / 525 meticais includes spear fishing. Spear fishing is illegal without a licence. Permits can purchased at reception.

PAYABLE IN METICAIS – prices subject to change

Terms And Conditions

A NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF 50% of the total package price is required in order to confirm the booking.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHEQUES.

  • NO PETS ALLOWED .
  • NO QUAD BIKES IN CAMP PLEASE

contact us for bookings