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Africa » Mozambique » Southern March 11th 2013

Mozambique/Kosi Bay 20th Feb to 3rd March 2013 Clothes and food packed, check! Trailer packed, Check! Early start, got up at 4 am and left at 5. Managed to avoid most of the early morning traffic of Johannesburg which was great as I am sure it would add an extra 2 hours to our trip – not want you want to contend with at the start of your holiday. Mostly the road was good with all the road works just about completed although the road through Piet Retief still needs attention. We only had 1 stop and go just on the other side of Pongola. As we approach Pongola the vegetation changes – signs of a different climate – warmer sub tropics. Seeing my favourite fever trees, gives me that special thrill that we are heading ... read more
Pongola stop and go
Pongola
Near Jozini dam

Africa » Mozambique » Southern February 19th 2013

Another present time blog, although I will have no internet till we get back, so the rest of my blog will only be published after the trip. A touch of the Moz bug. It's that time of the year again. 2013 looms ahead of us and we need some goals to work towards before the rat race digs its claws into us. Time to plan our trips for the year ahead, so we sit with a calendar and see how we can fit in our travelling and holidays. After all, we need something pleasant to look forward to, don't we? Most years we decide to have a short break around February/ March and head for a destination where we can relax and do just what we want. This is 'our' time! But of course we want ... read more

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Bazaruto Archipelago September 26th 2012

13 april bazaruto archipelago family outing ( maputo islands ) The Bazaruto Archipelago is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Set just off the coastline of Mozambique, the weather along the coast remained sunny throughout the day, benguerra bay resort islands had excellent accommodation, they had small and intimate rooms were we slept for the weekend, they offered genuine hospitality, personalised service and an intimate knowledge of the natural environment. It had a rich East African/Arabic feel – evinced in both the décor, and the unique and delectable food. We were spoilt for choice with the luxurious options on the menu. The Bazaruto Archipelago is a crystal clear paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers, i experienced and novice the feeling with my family, the following day conditions were Excellent, the dive centers offered world- ... read more

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

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo August 30th 2012

I was up at 5 a.m. to pack my tent away and get the bus to Tofo, just under 400 km up the coast. Fatima's Nest where I was staying in Maputo, also had a place in Tofo and provided a shuttle bus, door to door. Except this wasn't exactly the case. They picked us up in a minibus and brought us to the bus station, where we were transferred on to the local bus to Inhambane, about 20 km from Tofo. The local bus usually only goes to Inhambane, but this one brought us all the way to Tofo. It was a long, uncomfotable 8 hour journey though. Tofo is all about the beach and even though it was late afternoon when we got there, I still had time to have a swim after putting ... read more
View of Beach from Campsite
Local Woman
On the Beach

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos August 28th 2012

Sunday morning was spent packing and preparing for the next stage of my African journey… I then went to Thyme Square (one of our favourite cafés) with Ruth, Ian and Sarah for a final morning latté. We’ve become such good friends over the past few weeks, and saying goodbye was sad, but amidst the hugs and a few tears we also made promises to meet again for a reunion at Christmas. My flight to Johannesburg was (thankfully) straightforward and I spent a relaxing evening at the hotel before having an early night, ready for my 6am. airport transfer . I arrived in Vilanculos on Monday afternoon, and it feels amazing to be back. As many people who have spent time here will understand, Vilanculos is a special place. Even after all my other brilliant travel experiences, ... read more
Tofo beach 2
Tofo beach 3
Tofo beach 4

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Maputo August 28th 2012

After getting my passport back from the Mozambique Consulate, with the visa inside, I got a minibus from Mbabane to Manzini, where the buses to Maputo leave Swaziland from. Unfortunately, I arrived just as one had filled up and was about to leave. This meant I had to wait for another one to fill up, which took about 2 and half hours. The one advantage of having to wait this long was that I got the pick of the seats and got a seat up front, a lot more comfortable than being squashed in the back. It was 5 o’clock before we got going and I was sitting beside a guy from Tanzania who lived in Maputo. He warned me as we approached the border that we could be there a while, depending on whether the ... read more
Praca dos Trabalhadores
Water Conservation
Maputo Coastline

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos July 12th 2012

Mum and Dad left me at Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3. There weren’t too many tears, just excitement for the big adventure ahead! As I queued to check in my luggage, I was already looking forward to leaving the commotion of Heathrow for the calm of Vilanculos’ small airport. The journey started with more stress than necessary, when my flight with Egypt Air was delayed, and we left London an hour and a half later than scheduled. I had a connecting flight in Cairo for Johannesburg, with only a few hours to spare. However, I calculated that as long as we arrived in Cairo by 10pm. I would make my 11pm. flight to Johannesburg, and contented myself with the fact that I was already experiencing ‘Africa time’! My stress was also relieved by chatting to the young ... read more

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo May 30th 2012

My absence of 2 days can be explained by illness, and yes, I thought I was going to die! Who knows what bug I caught or where I caught it? Conditions are not sanitary here, really, I've been sharing bathrooms and bedrooms and regulators etc....so I caught something. I became so ill I actually called the manager to get a doctor for me. That is not done here, but Steve, the owner of the dive shop Peri Peri, and his wife Martina, the volunteer I have mentioned regarding the orphanage, were at Casa Do Mar visiting the owners. Steve tested me for malaria, Katie brought pills for temperature, they iced me down, and gave me electrolytes. The hospital is the last resort, here. I am now off to get Randy at the Inhambane airport, so I ... read more

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo May 28th 2012

I spent a miserable night last night. On my way to bed I discovered that our electrical outlet quit working, so I had to go downstairs and sleep in the middle, airless, windowless, storeroom/bedroom. The mattress (if you can even call it that) was so thin I could feel the bed slats, so I decided to put the mattress on the floor. I did get a fan and had it on all night. I woke up aching. I then changed, went upstairs and turned on the faucet…no water. Shit. So I decided to check into Casa Do Mar a day early. I then did a two tank dive this morning. The ocean was a bit rough, with swells. The first reef was 30 minutes out, called Outback. No mantas, leopard sharks, bowmouth guitar sharks, leatherbacks or ... read more
2 eels!
Jelly dude
clear fin Lionfish




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