Pomene is situated on the Mozambique coast between Inhambane Bay and Vilanculos and is a popular destination for fishermen.
From the turnoff at Massinga on the EN1 North you are faced with a gravel road that is very bad in places. Closer to the coast the sand becomes deeper and looser.
Pay heed to the notice to deflate your tires as you approach the coast. If you are towing anything such as a boat or trailer, you will need a 4X4.
Quite frankly, you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle at any time but if you know what you are doing you should get by on deflated tyres with a 4X2 and a rear diff lock.
Enjoy the pictures...
|On the way you pass through this rural village. It is a good place to stop and stretch your legs.|
|Take a bit of time to browse through the local shops, perhaps to buy a cold drink or some of the beautiful local materials that is for sale.|
|Although it is only about 40 km to travel, it takes more than 2 hours as it washed out in places and the loose sand forces you to drive slowly.|
|As you get closer to the coast the road becomes a sandy track...|
|...that winds through the trees...|
|...and the sand becomes deeper and looser. It is a good idea to deflate your tires to about 1 bar...|
|...to prevent you from getting stuck in the sand.|
|The Pomene Lodge is situated on a sand spit between the sea and the lagoon. You can either camp or stay in the chalets.|
|A picture of the swimming pool at the lodge.|
|The chalets overlook the lagoon. At high tide the water comes right up to the chalets.|
|A picture of the beach in front of the lodge...|
|...showing off the white sand and crystal clear water that you can enjoy here!|
|The old hotel has an exquisite setting on top of a headland jutting into the sea. Unfortunately it was abandoned many years ago during the civil war and only the shell remains.|
|The view of the beach from the grounds of the old hotel.|
|On the other side of the hotel there is this sheltered beach and gully...|
|...which is an ideal place for the kids to swim and snorkel in safety.|
|The sandstone formations surrounding the gully has eroded into interesting shapes such as this hole in the wall.|
|Nothing tastes better than a late brunch on the beach in these beautiful surroundings.|