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|This is a very leisurely tour with the emphasis on enjoying the tropical island and all it has to offer. Starting with our ferry ride onboard a motorised catamaran, paddling to our very beautiful campsites, visiting the local villages for supplies and cold drinks, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, walking, sun-tanning, shell searching and enjoying paradise.|
Tour Type : Guided self-catering, own camping equipment (all to come on the kayaks).
Water Type : Generally calm sea, protected by Maputo Bay
Campsites : Rustic - No proper facilities, long drop or dig a hole, freshwater well, camp guards.
Paddling Distance : 38kms in total
Paddler Profile : Singles, Couples, Families
Experience : 1st time paddlers to experienced paddlers
Age Group : 5 years upwards
Fitness Levels : Moderate fitness, able to swim and comfortable in water
Min / Max Paddlers : 16 min / 25 max
Closest Town : Maputo, Mozambique
Of Interest on trip : Snorkeling, fishing, Marine Biology Station, Village Tour
Tour Availibility : April - September
Price R 3700 per paddler (includes All paddling equipment, ie: kayaks, spraydecks, Paddles, pfd’s + Experienced Guide, ferry, campsites fees, island levies and snorkelling fees
Price R2990 per paddler with own kayak from Canoe & Kayak World
Day Pre-trip - We all self-drive through to Maputo, usually the day prior to commencement of the trip and overnight in Maputo. Not included in the fee.
Day 1 - 8kms - Our departure time on the ferry, a 60foot Catamaran is dependent on the tide. Two hours prior to departure time we head on down to the Maputo Harbour where we’ll start with a safety briefing, followed by some paddling instruction as well as advice on how best to get your kit to fit into your kayak. We then pack our kayaks and load them fully packed onto the ferry. We then ferry all paddlers and kayaks across to Inhaca Island which takes a good couple of hours. A great time to get to know all your fellow paddlers.
We get dropped off onto the water approximately 9kms from our first campsite at Ponte Torres, we regroup on a soft sandy beach, have a snack break before we paddle the remaining distance to the campsite. Once we reach the campsite, we set up our tents and make ourselves at home which this will be for 2 nights.
Day 1 + 2 - There is plenty to do over the 2 days at Ponte Torres. There is a long stretch of pristine coral reefs stretching along the front of our campsite which are out the water when low tide, but when high tide offer the most incredible snorkelling experience. We have seen all the Nemo type fish , Turtles, Potato Bass, small Rays, Octopus, Starfish, Sea Cucumbers, Urchins, beautiful coral and much more. There are some great walks to the open sea side of the island, a fishing village to paddle over to visit and buy cold drinks, a hiking trail through the forest, some Mangroves to explore and fishing. What can't be caught can be bought from the local fishermen in their Dhows.
Day 3 - 12km - We pack up camp, load our kayaks and head off for The Biology Station campsite approximately 12kms away on route to Portuguese Island. There is a great reef there to swim out to and snorkel. The Biology Station (Museum) is also worth a visit. You can also paddle or walk up to Inhaca harbour and visit the village for a fantastic seafood meal or to get a drink at one of the shebeens. We stay overnight here at the campsite.
Day 4 (12kms) - We paddle up the side of the island, past the harbour and across to Portuguese Island. We set up camp on the side of the Island that faces the open sea but is protected by a large lagoon and sand dunes which are between the sea and the island. A walk around the Island is a must do, there are the most incredible shells to see and admire including the very pretty but fragile Pansy shells. For those wanting to practice some sea paddling and to play in the surf, this is a good place, you just need to drag your kayak over the dunes, or paddle round through the mouth.
Day 5 - The ferry collects us a couple of kilometres from the island early in the morning so that we can get back to the harbour, pack-up and go and be back in SA the same day.
This trip is subject to change depending on tides, campsite availability and any requests from the group as a whole.