Bilene - need your help Mike

Farah1995 created the topic: Bilene - need your help Mike

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Hello Mike! I will be volunteering in Maputo for 6 weeks starting 24/7 and I have the weekends off, for the first weekend I wanna go to a beach destination and I picked Bilene/ Morrungulo/ Massinga. I thought bilene would be the best option in terms of transport (correct me if I'm wrong). However, all the hotels I found don't offer accommodation to solo travellers, what do you recommend i do here?

And please if you have an easy way for me to get to Morrungulo or Massinga do tell me :)

Thank you!

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mozman replied the topic: Bilene - need your help Mike

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Hi Farah and thanks for visiting mozguide!

Weekends out of Maputo are quite limited when you don't have your own wheels and do not want to fly. Yes Bilene could perhaps be reached on Friday if you could leave Maputo before 15h00, but few transport options at this time - possible though.

No easy way north other than the local buses that vary from mobile shack settlements driven by drunk idiots, to fairly comfortable and a bit more safe. Trick is to get to the "Junta" terminus (preferably not alone) around 0500, by taxi, and to ask for transport to Macia and hop on a chapa (minibus) taxi to Bilene. Or if there is transport direct to Bilene, use it.

Buses depart when full so if the bus that looks good is not filling you will have to wait.

Difficult to suggest where to stay in Bilene for a lone traveler, have you considered www.cariocainnbilene.com/accommodation-rates ?

Mike

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mozman replied the topic: Bilene - need your help Mike

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Hi again Farah
actually my best advice is to negotiate an extra day to your weekend and to get to Junta at 0500 on a Friday morning, skip Bilene and to head straight up to Tofo. Near Tofo at Tofinho there is Turtle Cove (Tell owner Nic Tasoulis I sent you) www.turtlecovetofo.com which is a 20 minute walk from the beach, but is far enough away so that you won't be disturbed by lo ud music from the local restaurants and baracas (small informal bars). Another good idea is to look up www.tofoscuba.com as their new Tilak lodge looks interesting.

Tofo is a year-round destination while outside of the Easter, June/July and December / January holiday seasons, Massinga and Morrungulo will be very quiet.

Enjoy Mozambique

Mike

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Farah1995 replied the topic: Bilene - need your help Mike

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Hello Mike! Thank you for your reply! I'm still not quite sure how long will my weekend be but it maybe 3 days long.

If so, I'll try to replace the bilene weekend with Tofo as you suggested. While we're at it I'll post my itinerary for the 5 weekends I have and please tell me what you think :)

Weekend 1: Bilene/ Tofo

Weekend 2: Johannesburg by bus to arrive Saturday morning:

Soweto tour, street market

Weekend 3:

Day 1/ days 1&2: Inhaca

Day 2/3: Kruger safari day trip from Maputo

Weekend 4: Capetown (bis from Maputo to Jo'burg and flight to Cape Town)

Boulder's beach, table mountain & just walking around

Weekend 5: Pemba by plane from Maputo, and dhow safari to vamizi, matemo island or others
**I've read a few times that solo traveling to Qirimbas is not doable, is that right?!! Also by the time my 5th weekend comes, it'll be late August like 28th for example. Will the weather be good at that time?

*Note: I speak Portuguese (level B1- B2) so transport maybe a little easier?

Looking forward to your reply. Thanks again Mike!

Best regards from Cairo, Egypt
Farah Nabil

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mozman replied the topic: Bilene - need your help Mike

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Hi Farah
Greetings from Johannesburg. Wow your weekend plans look exhausting, but fantastic nevertheless.

Will comment in more detail later, in the mean time for trips in Moz also look at m.facebook.com/tours2moz Zelma provides friendly, safe and reliable transfers.
Mike

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