Your wild paradise
About the lodge :
WATER : Water comes from a 57 meters deep borehole. A pump feeds a tank hidden on the highest dune of our land and then a gravity distribution system brings water to every places of the lodge. Therefore, we normally have no problem of water. But sometimes, water is a bit orange (you might notice this in the toilets, in the bath or on the sheets washed by the same water….. ). It is because of iron ions that precipitate with the oxygen of the air. This is totally harmless to health and water is drinkable at any tap of the lodge.
Nevertheless, you will always find filtered water in the bar available at each time. We can also give a bottle of filtered water to bring in the bungalow or the tent. Also, big or small bottles of mineral water are available (70 and 40 meticais).
Sewer system: Two 12 m³ concrete septic tanks have been built. Therefore, we thank you to throw ONLY toilet paper in the toilets, you will find bins in many places of the lodge.
ENERGY : We are at 12,5 km from the first electrical lines Therefore, the villages around and the lodge (as the main part of Mozambique !) have no access to electricity. After having tried several systems to generate electricity and learnt from them, we chose to use a diesel generator. This generator is switched off at night, the time depending on the animation of the common part. Oil lamps will illuminate the trails leading to your accommodation.
COOKING : There is no option for self-catering at “Dunes de Dovela”… one of the reasons why the rates include the three meals. The products are as far as possible local (seafood, fish and seafood; fruits and vegetables for instance come from down the beach until Maxixe passing through our neighborhood).
Considering our conditions and what we aim to share, we propose for each meal a starter, a main course and a dessert all this being the result of a “tropicalised” French cuisine. For each meal, the menu is defined before hand and there is no “à la carte” proposed. That’s the reason why we ask you a few questions before your arrival. Nevertheless, inform us about any special taste, we are opened to change anything when possible. For breakfast, we propose a “buffet” at the restaurant.
Per “default”, we suggest meals “scheduled” but please feel free to ask us for a specific eating time.
Breakfast: from 7 to 10 o’clock : restaurant or patio.
Lunch: from 12 to 14 o’clock : restaurant or patio.
Dinner: from 19.30 to 21.30: restaurant or patio.
Check out time: 10:00 am
About Mozambique :
MONEY: The official currency in Mozambique is the métical (méticais).
1 USD = from 25 to 30 MZN
1 EUR = from 35 to 40 MZN
Cash withdraw machines (mainly VISA) are available in most of the city (Inhambane, Maxixe, Inharrime).
The US Dollar, the Euro and the Rand are often accepted for transactions.
VISAS : Most of the nationalities need a visa to visit Mozambique. These visas can be obtained at the Mozambican Consulate before departure or at any borders (land or airport) on arrival. The tourism visas are valid for 1 month and can be renewed for another month at the Home Affairs (the closest Home Affairs desk from Dunes de Dovela is in Maxixe 80km). To travel in Mozambique, your passport has to be valid for 6 months after your exit of the country and must have 2 blank pages after the visa sticker.
HEALTH : Even if our dunes do not host the Anopheles (the mosquitoes that carries the malaria), it is highly recommended to take a prophylaxis against malaria for a short stay in Mozambique. Similarly an update of the vaccines for tropical disease is desirable. Before any journey it is recommended to visit your general practitioner in order to obtain the last update in term of treatments and vaccines. A travel insurance is always a must to travel in Mozambique.
CLIMAT and CLOTHES : Mozambique enjoys a warm climate all year round but with a cooler and dryer season from May to September. Temperatures during the day swing between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius and at night between 15 and 20. From November to March (rainy season) temperatures swing between 28 and 35 degrees Celsius.
Therefore we recommend you to bring a hat, sun cream, walking shoes and to do not forget a jacket or a sweater for the evening from May to September. Your binoculars have a great value at Dunes de Dovela (for birds and whales watching).
DRIVING : When driving, you must always have the followings with you:
Car certificate (livret),
Car insurance (Third Party Mozambique).
Valid driving license,
Border letter (if you rent the car in South Africa),
Two warning triangles,
A fluorescent cardigan,
Your safety belt.
Be aware of frequent speed traps in the villages and towns along the N1! We strongly advise you not to drive at night, pedestrians and lightless cars are too numerous...
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