How To Find Us
Resort GPS co-ordinates:
Latitude: 23°14’00.80″S Longitude: 35°29’31.00″E
Route: Johannesburg – Nelspruit – Komatipoort Border Post cross over into Mozambique .
Only one main road to follow – the EN1 – before the main city of Maputo take the turn off to the left showing the Xai Xai sign. – Pass Xai Xai and Zandamela, Zavora etc. Follow the EN1. (Also check on Maputo ring road shortcut details).
The road splits at Lindela, RIGHT to Inhambane but carry on LEFT to Maxixe!! So keep on the main road (left side), and don’t drive towards Inhambane town.
Pass Maxixe, then about 70 kms on pass the town of Massinga – 7km further on – look out for the Morrungulo Resort sign on the right. You will leave the tar road and turn onto the dirt road – carry on straight to the end and don’t turn off, 13 kms in total (heading towards the sea). Our lodge is at the very end of the dirt road and has a cement wall entrance.
(DIRT ROAD TURN OFF co-ordinates : 23o15’26.54″S 35o22’18.30″E)
4×4 vehicles are recommended but not essential. All types of vehicle can reach our camp – sedans, trailers, motor homes etc. The only time you may have a problem is in times of excessive rains when the 13 km clay road becomes sticky. You will be able to reach us with a normal caravan, as long as you are towing with a bakkie or 4 x 4 type vehicle. If you are towing with low profile vehicle, then the jockey wheel tends to catch.
The journey should take you at least 8-9 hours from Komatipoort, if not longer. If you are towing or want to make various stops then of course it will take much longer. The highway from Maputo to the turn off is in excellent condition but allow yourself enough time to reach our lodge during daylight hours.
Directions from the North – (Zimbabwe to Morrungulo)
The distance from the Mutare border post to Vilanculos turn off is about 560kms. If you are traveling from Zimbabwe : follow the main Beira road past Chimoio and Gondola, and then turn south (right) at Inchope. This is the National road EN1to Inhassoro, Vilanculos, Morrungulo turn off and Maputo. You will cross the Revue, Busi and Save Rivers. VERY BAD POTHOLES ON THIS SECTION. Unguane is the last main town on the EN1 about 20 kms before you reach us. You will see the Morrungulo turn off 7 kms (left) BEFORE you reach the town of Massinga. The dirt road to us is 13 kms. Travel right to the END of that road (do not turn off at all) and you will see our cement walled entrance.
Closest airports – Vilanculos or Inhambane – both approx. 180 kms away from us.
We are situated right on the sea front and have easy beach and self-launch access. Reception hours – 6.30 am – 5.00 pm. dependent on season.
1. Check in time from 2 pm and check out time is 10 a.m. On the last day of your holiday please adhere to the check out time as the cleaning staff need to prepare for the next guest.
2 The camp runs off a single phase transformer and power is available all day, except for December when we run on generator for limited hours. Please note we do not supply double adaptors – please bring one with you. 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. In December 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.
3. Servants are available at a daily rate and are to be booked at our reception. Domestics must be paid for at the office only. Please do not employ any person from outside our premises.
4. 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.
5. 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, SCRAMBLERS AND MOTOR BIKES ARE NOT ALLOWED WITHIN THE CAMP. NO JET SKIS PERMITTED IN FRONT OF THE CAMP – THIS IS A SAFE BATHING AREA. LAUNCH ON FAR NORTH SIDE OF BAY AND BE ON LOOKOUT FOR SWIMMERS AND DIVERS.
6. Please use water sparingly. Buckets can be used to wash vehicles etc.
7. 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 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.
8. Firewood and charcoal is available at the reception. Fire grates available from reception for a refundable deposit. You can also buy fish, prawns from locals selling on the beach (dependant on weather) and there is a small seafood shop outside our property.
9. 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 repellent.
10. You cannot get Cadac gas bottles refilled here. Bring enough gas for duration of your stay. The bottles here have a different fitting to the ones in SA.
All foreign visitors entering Mozambique on vacation must have a valid passport and if necessary a visa.
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.
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.
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.
Bottled drinking water may be purchased anywhere. However, the tap water at Morrungulo is supplied by our own boreholes and the 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.
Food & Groceries
There are shops in the town of Massinga 20km away. SHOPRITE closed. There is a Chinese supermarket in town that sells basic goods such as tea, coffee, sugar, toilet rolls, fly spray, biscuits, dishwasher, surf, long life milk, oil, rice etc. Bring your refrigerated goods with you. You can buy frozen chickens locally. No cheese or meat is available locally, but you can buy in Inhambane, a 2 hour drive away. It is suggested you vacuum pack and bring your meat.
Some 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. There is a fantastic new bakery in town that sells amazing bread and cakes. N.B. Swazi border to does NOT allow meat to be taken through to Moz. However R. Garcia does.
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 may be 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. We have a WIFI hotspot up at the reception/bar area where you can buy vouchers.
There are 2 ATMs in Massinga town as well as 6 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). Please travel with ample cash as Mozambique is a cash society and long ques at the banks and ATMs are common.
Bar and Restaurant
Please check out of season if we are open, as the restaurant does close during quiet times.
There is a salt water swimming pool near 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 600 mts/person and 900mts per vehicle approx 2 kms before Pomene beach. Massinga 20 kms away – resupply for basic items, petrol stations and ATMs. 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.
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.
In cases of road accident :
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 – 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 and 100 km. 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.
****** 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.
Individual duty free allowances (12,000 mts per person) are allowed monthly in respect of goods imported into Mozambique for your personal and family consumption only.
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,
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.
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 resorts in the area. Boats and skippers must have valid seaworthy discs and skippers licences.
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. Buy from Maritime authority on the beach. PAYABLE IN METICAIS ONLY. Permits are a legal requirement.
Terms And Conditions
A NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF 50% of the total package price is required within 72 hours to confirm the booking. Full payment due 30 days prior to arrival. In the event of your reservation being cancelled due to an “act of God” i.e. floods, etc your deposit will not be refunded. Should you NOT arrive within the 24-48 hour grace period your booking will be cancelled.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHEQUES.
NO PETS ALLOWED .
NO QUAD BIKES OR MOTORBIKES ALLOWED IN CAMP