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Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos June 11th 2018

I arrived into the large town of Vilanculos on the rusty chapa and decided to stretch my legs and walk to the hostel. Baobab beach had been recommended to me so I headed in that direction. A few tuktuks pulled up offering a lift but I was enjoying the walk! When I arrived I checked into my dorm and went for a refreshing swim as the tide was in and the water looked so inviting. I chilled for the evening and ordered food and met lots of other backpackers. Which was nice as I had spent most of the previous few days without seeing a single traveller. The next day I took it easy. I relaxed on the beach, took a walk around the local area, did some laundry (exciting, I know. Amazing how stinky your ... read more
Vilanculos
Bazaruto archipelago
Sand dunes

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos April 4th 2014

A taste is all we have time for now, with barely a week left before we would fly out of southern Africa. The trip from Nelspruit to Maputo was uncomfortable, a five hour haul with our knees wedged into the back of the seat in front of us, a stranger’s shoulder pressed firmly against my own, our packs across our laps, and the smell of 16 sweaty people crammed into a minivan. Nonetheless, this travel served such an interesting lesson on how certain parts of the world work, that I wouldn’t have changed a thing. During the five hour trip, we were pulled over at five or six different police checkpoints. Though maybe these checkpoints do have some larger macro function for law enforcement, at the micro scale, they are an opportunity for the police officers ... read more
Benguerra Island in the National Park
View of Low Tide towards the mainland from Magaruque Island
Daniel and I making our way up the dune on Bazaruto

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos December 4th 2013

Geo: -22.6, 35.1167Petit retour en arrière : - Le chaton d'il y a 2 jours a trouvé une nouvelle famille... - En anglais, snorkle signifie tuba... et ce n'est pas très français de parler de faire du tubage on préfère parfois l'utilisation du terme anglais plutôt que de dire "faire du palme-masque-tuba", qui serait la traduction française... mais grammaticalement parlant pas beaucoup plus français ! Il s'agit donc de regarder ce qui se passe dans l'eau, équipé des 3 éléments susmentionnés. Pour aujourd'hui : Dernier jour à Vilanculos, journée bonus offerte par les rebelles de la Renamo qui rendent la route du nord pas très sure... et qui nous poussent donc à retourner en bus à Maputo (à 700km au sud) pour y pr... read more
Plouf !
OK !
Dhow

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos December 3rd 2013

Geo: -22.6, 35.1167Magueruque est la plus petite île de l'archipel-parc national de Bazaruto. C'est aussi la plus proche de Vilanculos. Même s'il est possible de faire le tour de l'île à pied, le but de la visite, comme le montre les photos, était surtout de voir les poissons en faisant du snorkeling près de l'île... L'eau n'étant pas très claire, nous n'avons pas vu grand monde (mais quand même un peu) pendant notre présence dans l'eau. Par contre, le repas a été agrémenté par la visite de quelques dauphins venant batifoler (et accessoirement aussi manger) entre les bancs de sable, tendant à disparaître avec la montée de la marée. Les sauts hors de l'eau, par banc, des poissons poursuivis était assez impressionn... read more
Dauphin
Corbeau pie
Bulbul commun

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos December 2nd 2013

Geo: -22.6, 35.1167La chaleur est presque étouffante à l'abris de la brise du large... En arrivant sur la route longeant la plage, en plus d'être rafraichis par un vent agréable, nous découvrons la splendeur de la marrée basse. Les mots ne la décriront pas... et les photos peinent à rendre l'impression que donne ce mélange de bancs de sable clair, d'eaux plus ou moins turquoises et du ciel azur. C'est aussi l'occasion pour les autochtones d'aller à la cueillette des fruits de mer. Le vent souffle bien, preuve en est la vitesse des dhows.... read more
Marée basse
Marche sur la plage
Dhow dans le vent

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos November 30th 2013

Geo: -22.6, 35.1167Plages de sable blanc et eaux turquoises, Vilanculos incite au farniente et il n'est du coup pas très difficile de se reposer, mais l'endroit vaut aussi la peine d'être visité et donc quelques balades s'imposent. Première d'entre elle, une journée vers l'île-parc national de Bazaruto pour sa dune de sable blanc et pour plonger à 2 miles reef. Un endroit réputé pour cette activité et qui nous a permis de découvrir la faune sous-marine locale. Les photos sous-marines devraient venir dans quelques jours...... read more
Beach lodge
Little egrets
Plage de Vilanculos

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos November 28th 2013

Geo: -22.6, 35.1167Rien de tel que le bus pour découvrir un pays... 700km séparent Maputo de Vilanculos, une broutille. Les bus partent tôt, nous partons donc à 4h du mat', le bus finira par partir à 5h30, pour un voyage de 10 heures. Le principe est assez simple, le véhicule part une fois plein... Et s'arrête ensuite pour charger d'autres passagers ! On se retrouve donc assez serré pour un moment... Et content de descendre au terminus !Arrivé à Vilanculos, un gérant de lodge, voyageant dans le même bus, nous propose de nous ammener à Casa Jules, un service que nous acceptons plus que volontiers.Le lieu est idéal pour se reposer... Et commencer de préparer le programme des prochains jours !... read more

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos November 15th 2013

Firstly, apologies that I have not recorded a travel blog for well over a month- life here has been amazing over the last month and a half, but also very busy! I left Baobab on the 29th September to move into a beautiful apartment near the beach, with Francisco. He has also brought over some lovely pieces of furniture- most of them made by him- and we have loved creating a temporary home here for a couple of months! I can’t believe how quickly the time is going, and that I’ll actually be back in the UK in a few weeks for my Christmas visit, before returning to Vilankulos again in January. I feel extremely lucky to have discovered this wonderful community, as well as having the stunning beach on my doorstep, and teaching here is ... read more
Dogs with me on the beach
Me with the lovely dogs from our apartment
Saturday afternoon at the beach

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos September 17th 2013

As I sit here to begin recording what I hope will be an amazing new life for me in Vilanculos, I am recalling times during the past week when I’ve actually had to pinch myself to check that it is real! I am very aware of how clichéd this sounds, but there have been a few moments when I‘ve thought I can’t believe that things are really beginning to fall into place, as I pursue the dream that I have had for at least two years. Saying farewell to Mum and Dad at the airport on Friday morning was tough, as always, after enjoying a great summer at home with them. However, I was also experiencing great excitement and anticipation at the thought of returning to Africa; I have found more recently that, as much as ... read more
Vilanculos Beach
Vilanculos Beach
Vilanculos Beach

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos September 2nd 2012

My next destination after Tofo was Vilankulos, about 200 km up the coast, as the crow flies. I was told that this was an easy enough journey and that it shouldn't take too long. Having been in Africa about 8 months by this stage, I really should have known that this would not be the case. Nevertheless, I had a fairly easy morning after the full moon party the night before and got the bus from Tofo to Inhambane a bit later than I had planned. I wasn't worried about this though, because from Inhambane, all I had to do was get a ferry across to Maxixe and then get a bus to Vilnkulos, which should take somewhere between 2 and 3 hours. Going north from Inhambane, it makes a lot more sense getting a ferry ... read more
Looking for Shellfish
Maraguque Island
Kids on Maraguque




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