Mountain Bike Magazine SANI - Autumn 2018 - Page 101

ride to coincide with low tide, especially when you are on a mountain bike. Fat bikes are more forgiving, and you have the option of using the bikes available to guests at the lodge. Don’t expect the latest or greatest MTBs, but it saves the hassle of taking your own bike if you’re flying into Moz. Should you pedal northwards along the remote beaches, you’ll pass Ponta Chemucane, dodging ghost crabs as you follow your front wheel. About 10km in, you’ll reach Ponta Mucombo, and then Machangulo Private Conservancy a further 8km along. Machangulo Beach Lodge would be a good stop-over for a drink before heading back for a bracing return ride just shy of 40km. Continue south past Anvil Bay if you’re energetic, racing the tide to Ponta Milibangalala (8km) or the river mouth at Ponta Dobela (14km). All in all, you have more than 30km of beach to explore on either side of Anvil Bay, plus the option of heading out on a night ride by the light of a sky lit up by a million stars. There are also a multitude of inland routes to discover, but best to do so in the company of a support vehicle. The chance of running into elephants is very real, and care should especially be taken in some of the thicker sections of sand forest. The staff at Anvil Bay will be able to best advise you as to route sections open to cycling. EAT AND STAY Anvil Bay Lodge is an exclusive and private barefoot beach camp, situated in the forests close to Ponta Chemucane, nestled up against the coast. There are 11 beautiful and secluded casinhas (“little cottage” in Portuguese) strung along the beach, each built from natural materials by local craftsmen. A central canvas and thatched dining and lounge area offer a relaxed social shelter from the elements. GETTING THERE Road transfers are available from either Maputo or the Kosi Bay border post, but adventurous types can easily tackle the approximately four hour drive to Ponta Chemucane in their own 4x4 vehicle. Speak to Anvil Bay beforehand for detailed directions. tropical time | MTB | 101