Getting to Flamingo Bay
As the Flamingo Flies – getting to Flamingo Bay
South Africans like to drive to Flamingo Bay in Mozambique. It is a long drive from Johannesburg but they can usually make it in one day, long day. It is better not to drive at night – there are strict speed limits and some bad potholes on the old sections of road. It is wise to drive carefully and travellers will be pleased to know that the main north south highway is constantly improving.
Once in Maputo, the drive to Flamingo Bay is 485km – it takes about 6 to 8 hours to Inhambane and another 35 minutes to Flamingo Bay Water Lodge, a scenic drive at last. Roads wind through plenty of cheerful local villages and thick groves of coconut palm trees.
Fly in and explore Inhambane
The easy, less scenic, option is to fly into Inhambane International airport from Johannesburg, Maputo or Vilanculos. A representative from Flamingo Bay Water Lodge will meet you at the airport and help you onto the transfer vehicle to the Lodge, another 35 minutes away on the Bara Peninsula.
During your Mozambique holiday at Inhambane in southern Mozambique, make sure to explore the town a bit when you have time. Head straight to the central market and set forth from there. Take note of the interesting fragments of architecture left over from its colonial past – crumbling Portuguese buildings, now being replaced with strains of real African flair. Crazy local taxis (or chapas) ferry people around as far as Tofo and Barra. In 1498 Vasco da Gama visited this colony which was once the southernmost port used by the Arabs during the slave trade.
Inhambane province is rated as one of the best places to see Giant Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Turtles and other fantastic marine life. Snorkelling is excellent and this you will do a lot at Flamingo Bay Water Lodge.
Get to Flamingo Bay your way, but be prepared for delays and then look forward to a dream come true – breath-taking scenery, warm water and ice cold beers.
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