Bundutec Adventures – Southern Mozambique’s Maputo Special Reserve : 09 – 17 October 2021
The ultimate Mozambique Bush to Beach adventure
Our trip kicked off at Nonkoni Fishing Camp which is situated in the Pongola Nature Reserve at Jozini dam. Some went and tried their luck with Tiger fishing, and although the stories were fantastic we never saw a real fish….
The next day we visit the beautiful Tembe Elephant Park, en route to Amangwane Camp in Kosi Bay where a beef potjie by Tony & Co literally blew our socks off! What a fun evening this turned out to be! Next day was set aside for final shopping and re-fuelling at Manguzi, before spending the afternoon at the spectacular Kosi Bay mouth with its fabulous “inland reef”.
Tuesday morning, and we depart for Kosi Bay border post. Quick and easy formalities on both sides, and I decided to show the guys the old route from the border to Ponta do Ouro – thick sand and wonderful rural country side before arriving at the colourful Ponta do Ouro. Despite the lack of tourism due to the Covid pandemic, this most southern town in Mozambique has got a proper Mozambican vibe, and you immediately feel that you are on holiday!
After buying a few local beers and enjoying a proper Portuguese coffee at a street cafe, we were set to explore the newly created 4×4 Wilderness Trail in the Maputo Special Reserve. Not far out of Ponta do Ouro we turned west off the main road in the direction of the Futi corridor. Being the first ever tourists travelling on these tracks helped to heighten the level of excitement as we finally enter the Park and made our way to Futi South camp site – our first overnight stop in the bush.
And this is where Johan Fouche pulled out all the stops, and announced that he purchased fresh seafood in Ponta do Ouro, and tonight’s seafood meal will be on him !! And man, did we have a feast – crayfish, prawns, crab, mussels, etc, etc – “expertly” prepared on the camp fire ….. WOW! From here the bush tracks took us from Futi South camp via the park’s main Futi Gate and further north all along the Futi river to Futi North Camp site. And again, another delightful little camp in the middle of the bush.
Thursday saw us crossing the wide open plains of the famous Futi corridor, while spotting elephant, blue wildebeest, zebra, reed buck and an amazing variety of birdlife on our way to the last wilderness camp – Lagoa (lake) Nela. This is probably the most scenic camp of the three 4×4 camps and it came with a spectacular sunset as backdrop, while we lit the camp fire – this is the LIFE!
Next day we started using the public sand tracks of the Park en-route to Ponta Membene, our next camp which is situated at the Indian ocean. Endless beaches and azure blue waters, this is what Mozambique is so famous for! Saturday saw us doing a bit of exploring to the nearby Santa Maria, where we chartered a boat to go and have lunch on Inhaca island – yet another highlight of this Bundutec Adventure tour.
Sunday came way too soon, and after leaving the Park we use the new bridge across Maputo Bay from where we joined the N4 back to South Africa.