Travel Info

Travel Info

LOCATION:
The lodge is situated on the beach between Barra and Tofo beach approximately 30km from Inhambane airport in Southern Mozambique. We are about 5km to the north of Tofo beach and 1.5km to the south of Barra beach. We are located on a quiet stretch of beach and surrounded by natural bush, but Barra and Tofo beach are close by and offer a number of restaurants, bars and activity operators.

TRAVEL TO BLUE FOOTPRINTS

Flying
LAM (Mozambique’s National Airline) offer flights to Inhambane from both Johannesburg International Airport and Maputo. Please visit www.lam.co.mz/en to view flight availability and current flight schedule. There are direct LAM flights available from Johannesburg Airport (O.R Tambo) in South Africa, as well as from Maputo to Inhambane, Mozambique.
LAM and SA Airlink offer flights to Vilanculos which is located 4 hours away from Inhambane. It is possible for us to arrange transfer to and from Vilanculos, please contact us for these transfer prices.

Airport Transfers
Our lodge is located about 25km from the Inhambane airport, the last 4 km of which is a sand track and only accessible with 4x4 vehicles. Blue Footprints can provide transfers from Inhambane Airport to Blue Footprints Eco-Lodge and back. Booking for these transfers is essential and there is an additional cost for transfers.

Driving
Inhambane is situated 460 km north of Maputo. If you are planning on driving to Blue Footprints, please contact us so that we may send you road maps, directions as well as important self-drive info. Please note that the last 4 km is only accessible with 4x4 vehicles. To maintain our privacy, the lodge is not sign-posted at all. If possible, we like to meet self-drive clients on the turn-off to the lodge on the main road to assist with deflating tyres for the sand road. The contact number for the lodge is +258 848 900 507. If possible, please supply us with a number that we can reach you on while you are travelling J
508 km from Maputo
1035 km from JHB through Komatipoort border gates
1080 km from Durban through Swaziland Goba and Lavumisa border gates

VISA REQUIREMENTS:
International travelers require a visa for Mozambique which must be purchased prior to arrival if guests reside in a country with a Mozambican Embassy / Consulate. Alternatively, for countries not having a Mozambican Embassy, a VISA can be obtained at arrival at the first port of entry into the country and paid for in US$ cash - currently US$80 and could be subject to change. An additional US$2.50 stamp duty applies for entrance and exit, so we advise that clients should be in possession of around US$90 cash.
SADC passport holders do not require a visa to enter Mozambique.
Ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months and has two empty pages (front and back pages both blank) clear for stamps.

CREDIT CARD FACILITIES:
The Mozambique currency is the Metical. Blue Footprints also accepts payment by VISA but does not accept Traveler’s Cheques or Master cards. The bank charge for credit card transactions is 5%.

INTERNET ACCESS AND TELEPHONE
There is strong cellular phone reception at the lodge. There are no landlines in the lodge. Internet access is available through USB internet sticks with SIM cards loaded with data at an additional charge. Please inform us if you need us to have a SIM card for your use.

WEATHER & CLIMATE:
Mozambique has a typically tropical climate with hot and humid conditions along the coastal lowlands during the summer months, especially from December to March, and pleasantly warm during the winter days with cool evenings. Rainfall, mostly in the way of tropical thundershowers, tends to fall between November and March. Cold fronts, continuing up the coast from South Africa, occasionally affect Inhambane, with a few days of cold weather and rain, mostly during the winter months.
The coast of northern Mozambique is occasionally affected by tropical cyclones in the Indian Ocean. These tend to start with tropical depressions east of Madagascar. From time to time they move south or north, entering the Mozambican channel, where they can make landfall on the Mozambican coastline, but the majority pass east of Madagascar and hardly affect Mozambique. These cyclones bring heavy rain and strong winds and can cause large swells.
Having said this, we can take no responsibility for erratic weather patterns as Mother Nature tends to make fools of us when we try and become weather forecasters J but here are some averages over the last few years.

Average Temperature and Rainfall – Inhambane Province

Month

Min Average Temp (oC)

Max Average Temp (oC)

Record Max Temp (oC)

Average Rainfall (mm)

Jan

22

32

43

130

Feb

22

34

39

120

Mar

21

29

40

123

Apr

19

28

39

58

May

16

27

38

26

Jun

14

24

32

23

Jul

13

24

33

15

Aug

14

25

36

18

Sept

15

27

42

29

Oct

18

28

44

42

Nov

19

30

45

75

Dec

22

32

44

110

PRECAUTIONS AGAINST MALARIA:
The Inhambane area located in central Mozambique is considered to lie within the malaria belt. It is advisable that you take some form of prophylactic drugs. Always get the latest advice from your doctor at least a month before travel. Whilst here, cover up and use a mosquito repellent between sunrise and sunset, and use mosquito nets at night.

Divers need to be aware that there are a number of malaria prophylactic drugs which are a contra-indication to scuba diving and are considered not safe for scuba diving. Please ensure that you find out from your doctor or DAN (Divers Alert Network), which option would best suit your needs.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
Please ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for repatriation home in the event of emergencies, and if you are scuba diving, ensure it covers you to the depths you intend to dive to. Remember to bring copies of your policy together with emergency contact telephone numbers and policy numbers.

THE DOGS
White Puppy, Shoes and Itch are all rescue dogs who have decided that they quite like living at the lodge. Considering their early beginnings on the beach, they are fairly well adjusted.

TRANSFERS

  • Tofo beach is located 5km to our south, it takes an hour to walk there along the beach and about 20-30 minutes in a vehicle.
  • Barra beach is located 2km to our north. It takes 15 minutes to walk there and around 10 minutes by vehicle.
  • We offer transfers to Barra and Tofo beach, as well as transfers to and from Inhambane airport:
  • We have a lodge vehicle that is used for the transfers and we co-ordinate transfers daily to try and best accommodate all the guests in the lodge.

 

Authentic Eco-Luxury

For those who want to make a difference, know that by staying at Blue Footprints Eco Lodge, we are completely off-grid and have minimised our carbon footprints without compromising on service and luxury.

Perfect Romantic Getaway

With the sound of the ocean and white sandy beaches, it is impossible for Blue Footprints not to be romantic.

Get in Touch

Email: info@bluefootprints.com

Telephone: +25 884 8900507