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Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Maputo February 20th 2018

Tuesday 20 February – Vilancoulos to Xai Xai We all arrived at breakfast on time (5.30am) and was on the road close to 6.00am. Everyone helps with the washing up and packing up so it’s very easy. The day started with a beautiful sunrise, made more dramatic with a heavy rain cloud in the distance, partially covering the sun. We only saw the results of the rain rather than be in rain. It was so pleasant sitting on the balcony watching the sunrise, in balmy temperature, sipping our coffee etc. Just as the sun was coming up it was windy but once it was completely up, the wind calmed down. We stopped on the way for a roadside lunch prepared at the truck. It rained on the way. Xai Xai lies just north of Maputo, situated ... read more
On the way to Xai Xai (3)
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Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Inhambane February 18th 2018

Sunday 18 February Barra Beach, Inhambane & Monday 19 February Vilanculos Up at 5.20am, breakfast at 6.00am (boiled eggs, toast and cereal) and away by 6.30am. It was still sprinkling with rain and the power had gone off early in the morning, so no air-conditioning. It was cooler, so that didn’t cause any issues. We stopped off at Inhambane for supplies. This gave us a chance to walk around the town, including the markets. It was a little too early (8.00am) on Sunday morning, so the activity hadn’t started. I came across a church where many people were singing and the minister at the front was definitely preaching forcefully. The singing was beautiful. Inhambane was a very typical African minor city with tired looking buildings, some abandoned but some in excellent condition. Most of the retail ... read more
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Our apartment at Vilanculos - afternoon drinks on our balcony (1)
Dinner time at Vilanculos (2)

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo February 17th 2018

Saturday 17 February – Barra Beach and Tofo It was an overcast day as we woke and walked to breakfast at 8.00am. After cereal, eggs and bacon, it was clear this was going to be another day of rain as it was the previous afternoon. Not to be dissuaded, and because it was not suitable to go with the boat out in the bay, we decided on riding quad-bikes to Tofo. Gareth our guide took us the Flamingo Bay Resort amongst the mangroves, to register and to pick up the bikes. It looked as though no one was staying at the resort which wasn’t unusual at this time of the year. December and January are their raining season, as well as February…apparently. After getting our driving instructions, along with our guide, we revved the engines and ... read more
Quad bike ride to Tofu - cashews which Mozambique is famous for (1)
Quad bike ride to Tofu (1)
Quad bike ride to Tofu - cashews which Mozambique is famous for (2)

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Inhambane February 16th 2018

Thursday 15 February Inhambane This was a long driving day through local villages. We saw the rural life of Mozambique which makes up around 80% of the country. The roadside stalls were selling fruit, cashews (very famous in the country) and clothing as well as charcoal and grasses. Inhambane (pronounced in-yam-ban) is in the Jangamo District of Inhambane Province, Mozambique. It is a sleepy historic town some 485 km north of Maputo. It has some great colonial architecture (in a low-key sort of a way) and is considered by many to be one of the prettiest towns in Mozambique. It is situated on a peninsula overlooking a bay, and also serves as a springboard to the coastal resorts around Tofo beach (some 30km due east, along a reasonably good road). The road was relatively good up ... read more
Maputo to Inhambane (1)
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Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Maputo February 14th 2018

Tuesday 13 February – I’m flying to Maputo, Mozambique!!! After a full breakfast on the ground floor restaurant of the Easy Hotel Kenya I wrote up my last bit of my blog so was up to date. I then decided to go for a walk around the outside of the hotel. Walking out the other hotel, past the security guard, to another security guard and through the security gate, I walked down the long driveway to the public road. For the next hour I walked along the roads, saying mambo to the locals. All along there were high security fences with electric of barbed wire on the top. The roads were terribly dusty as they were not seals, very rocky and Nairobi hadn’t had rain since 2017. I took some photos from the air to show ... read more
Maputo Mozambique (22)
Pemba in northern Mozambique (4)
Maputo Mozambique - Iron House (1)

Africa » Mozambique » Southern February 8th 2018

Fouriesburg was not very exciting, at all , the dinners ok fish but that was all. the general heading is north towards Mozambique and the Kruger Park so that’s where I went, north towards heat and humidity. The South African country side went by at moderate speed, why hurry if you don’t have to so I don’t. If I get to the Victoria falls fine and if not fine as well. The inn keeper in Fouriesburg told that using the GPS was a very good way of getting lost, so that’s nice to being told something that you more or less new already. I stopped in The Golden Gate Park and just sat there and thought about the beautiful nature, deep huh? I decided to go to Dundee and put it to the GPS and of ... read more
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Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Inhambane February 7th 2018

It is indeed a very beautiful country with a landscape that varies all the time lush green to desert beige, and it's not flat lile the Pampa of Argie or the plain of Brazil, nor is it col, well it is in places but more about that later. I left my boutique hotel and went for the coast double checking every now and then so that tracks4Africa in cohorts with Mssrs Garmin would not lead me on a wild goose chase yet again, close to Port Edward I was suppose to take a left which I did and then I thought about a nice cup of coffee and made a U-turn and went back to Port Edward and had a nice cup of coffee when the moneys came. They were looking for food and searched under ... read more
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Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Maputo September 29th 2017

Mozambique 9-26-2017 Mozambique Toi hen tai xe den dua toi ra shuttle de di phi truong luc 4AM. Toi muon o them mot ngay nua de di Mozambique vi bien gioi Mozambique cach phi truong 1 hr va cach Maputo 2.5 hrs. Toi doi may bay ve Johannesburg lai ngay hom sau 9-27. Toi phai tra tien thay doi ngay ve va sau do muon taxi di Mozambique. Va nguoi lam viec cho hang khong Airlink cua South Africa goi taxi quen cho toi voi gia 1,500 rands (khoang $120, $1=13 rands) Mozabique rong 800,000km2 gap 2 ruoi Vietnam. Voi dan so la 21 trieu, bang 1/5 Vietnam. Thu do lal Maputo. Noi tieng Portugese vi Porugal ngay xua la nuoc Au Chau chiem dong nuoc nay dau tien khi nguoi Au Chau lan dau tien ... read more
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Africa » Mozambique » Southern March 12th 2016

People ask us why we always go back to Mozambique and specifically Ponta Malongane. After all it is quite far to drive (about eight hours from Johannesburg), you have to cross a border (which can sometimes be somewhat of a schlep and then still bounce around for about another half hour on a sand road to get to the campsite. Furthermore we take malaria prophylactics which can also be tiresome. We ask ourselves the same question time and time again while undertaking these journeys but once we are there we sigh with satisfaction as we look out over the sea and say this is why we return. Who can complain about a shady camp, sheltered from the onshore and off shore winds, just a stone's throw from the beach? A couple of steps through the coastal ... read more
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Shopping

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Maputo January 31st 2016

Geo: -25.9664, 32.5713We sailed into Port Victoria in the Seychelles about 7am on January 27th. This is more like the tropical islands we know. The green hills rose in the centre while around the shores we glimpsed white sand. Port Victoria is the capital and is on the island of Mahe. Rain was forecast and it was very humid. We disembarked the ship about 8-45am and walked into the town. This took about 20 minutes. We stopped along the way to take a picture of a large model of a tortoise outside the Library. Giant tortoises are native to these islands. We also stopped at a square where three white crescents represent the three main peoples of the islands, African, Asian and European. We planned to hire a car so found a Hertz shop in the ... read more
Wind farm island off Mahe
Anchor at the Port
My friend the giant tortoise




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