“Inhaca to Ponta Membene Tour” is a shorter version of our “Inhaca to Ponta do Ouro Walking Tour“. It includes around 40 Kms of walking on the beach and finishes with an amazing Game Drive Safari inside the Maputo Special Reserve.
We all need a break once in a while, we need an adventure, to reconnect with ourselves and one another, and to discover the world around us and within us. Inhaca to Ponta Membene Tour delivers the best possible context to achieve all that.
In this unique expedition, we will let our feet in the sand transport us to unique places. We will commune with nature and revive our connection with animals, uncover smiles, flavors, and sights. In this memorable journey, we will be transported to the grandiosity of simple things. There are some precious and unexplored areas for us to freely walk and get immersed in nature, with all the senses of the human body involved in the experience, the waves, the birdsong, feet in the ground. Let’s discover the secrets of Maputo Special Reserve by joining this trip, shall we?*
We will leave Maputo in a boat to Santa Maria where our walking will start.
We will start at Santa Maria, your feelings on the white sand walking through the beach enjoying the unique feeling of being by the sea, the first day will be a welcome walk, we will walk for 10km, this will take more or less 3 hours, you will get to our first campsite at Ponta Abril. Our team will be ready to welcome you, welcome drinks and lunch will be ready for you.
Here we will camp right on the beach, so you have lots of time to get some swimming after lunch, or simply enjoy the sunset, if we are lucky we will see some whales, playing and spraying some water from a distance.
Dinner will be prepared while we enjoy delicious drinks, in the evening we will tell stories around the born fire and under the beautiful starry sky. Our guide or tour leader will give a brief about the plans and the times of the next day.
In the morning, you’ll wake up with the birds singing and the sound of the waves reminding us it’s time for our longest stretch, today, you can wake up early and watch the sunrise, chat to our team if you want a wake-up call. Breakfast will be served at the time you agree with our tour leader. Today we will walk for 16km and this should take us more or less 4 hours.
We will walk from Ponta Abril to Ponta Mucombo, our logistic team will wait for you at our camp for tonight, here the camp will be set on a bush camp close to the beach where you can have a hot shower. If you want we can arrange for kayaking or canoeing in the afternoon.
In the afternoon, after lunch you can take a nap or try some sea kayaking, after dinner we will sit around the born fire and chat about experiences so far.
On the third day, we’ll leave Ponta Mucombo behind and walk for 15.5km and sleep at Ponta Membene, during the walking we will pass Ponta Chemucuane, enjoy the beach, you can swim, you will stop for some snacks on the way,
Ponta Membene is in Maputo special reserve, so get ready to see some animals, animals that you may see are zebras, reedbucks, impalas, hippos, crocodiles, elephants and a lot of birds, if times allows we can do a short sundowner drive close to the camp or we can do a sundowner on the beach.
Here we have a good hot shower.
On the last day, we will leave Ponta Membene after breakfast, and we will do a safari in our vehicles, slowly driving towards the Futi entrance gate. We will stop at Lagoa Xinguiti for some snacks, here you will watch some hippos, crocodiles, and lots of water birds.
Maputo Special Reserve is unique, the landscapes changes as you drive through the reserve, the reserve combines lake, wetlands, swamp forests, grasslands, and mangrove forests.
The safari drive will end up at the main entrance to the reserve, now it’s time to go back to Maputo with our bags, minds, and hearts filled with new friends, stories to tell, and above all, with everlasting memories.
This beautiful walking tour along the Indian Ocean is an utterly cleansening experience: you exercise, meet new people, exchange opinions, clear the cobwebs in your head and generally relax. We even saw whales, hippoes and zebras! This is not a luxury trip but one during which you connect with nature and people. Just go with the flow and enjoy. Mussiro Trips caters for your basic needs like transport, food and tents and I was very grateful that they offered such a tour in an environment where most locals only travel to visit relatives and most expats prefer luxury accommodation. This trip made me FEEL Mozambique and I can’t wait for a second trip which covers the remaining distance down to Ponta d’Ouro. Khanimambo, equipa de Mussiro Trips!