The Bazaruto Archipelago is perfect not just for diving but also for snorkeling. It is A beautiful National Park. The archipelago is made up of five dune islands which are all relatively untouched and idyllic. We first went to Benguerra Island for a short period of time. The snorkel brief was done here and then we headed out by boat. Snorkelling is arranged for when the tide is at its lowest in the area that is known as the aquarium. The corals are in pristine condition and there is an abundance of fish life. It is well worth purchasing a waterproof camera and taking a few pictures as the light is good.
Lunch was provided and eaten on the nearby Bazaruto island. This is an amazing place and it was fantastic to walk along a pristine beach and then climb the magnificent dune. From the top the views were amazing, the different colours in the sand were incredible to see. There were plenty of quiet places to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility - my own Robinson Crusoe experience albeit only for a couple of hours!
Definitely worth a visit.
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On the way back to the airport I took this photo. It was raining and it was taken out of the window. It is quite a way out of town and there are many squatter camps in the area.
I saw a few of these shops next to the road.
Here you can buy anything from a colourful bucket to bananas. In SA there are many of these Spaza shops. Mainly in the township areas for those who find it difficult to get into the city.
A lot of buidlings in Maputo is run down and is in desperate need of repairing. But there are also beautiful places. Buildings from previous eras in between the rest.
We walked the streets of Maputo as we believe this is the only way to see.
if you meet people in the know, they will take you to places you can't phathom existing. I'm still mystified how a place that requires 4WD and a boat ride to get to from a place as secluded as Beira exists. Maybe the prestine, empty beach has something to do with it.
I know- everything seems to be off the beaten path- even Nhamatanda itself. Well, it is. Mozambique is off the beaten path as well, although there were a good number of tourists going through Maputo and up to Vilankulos, but no further.
If you have a chance, and can't get to Lord Jim's pad in Nhamatanda, Lord Jim may be gracious enough to take you out in Beira for the weekend. That's where he goes every weekend. For the average tourist, Beira is off the beaten path, but there are many ex-pats living there. Not like in Laos, but many for a normal ex-pat community. Here in Beira you can get away from rice and veggies and have a plate of crab legs for $2. Repeat- $2.
i've forgotten, but who flew,
it was Jose, a friend who later moved to France, then suddenly passed away - RIP - mon ami !
It was Jose who piloted a single engined Cessna or ???
we flew over Lourenco Marques, across the bay over Inhaca Island,
then the thrill to see the hundreds of elephants moving slowly between the huge trees of typically African environment.
where are the elephants now, the victims of hunters in both peace and wartimes have reduced their numbers to about 180 in 1998 according to The Deibi project, a co-operation between Groningen University in Holland and Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, started in 1991.
A COELOCANTH about 1.5 m (5 feet) lon and weighing 57 kg (126 lbs). was caught by fishermen on the vessel Nerine trawling off the mouth of the Chalumna River in 1938 off the COMORES in the Mocambique Channel.
Latimeria chalumnae the living fossil a.k.a. the COELOCANTH first appeared in the fossil record about 360 million years ago, was thought to have become extinct about eighty million years ago.
Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, a curator at the East London Museum, could not identify the fish. She sent a sketch to J. L. B. Smith at Rhodes University in South Africa who identified the fish as a coelacanth.
"The discovery of a population of coelacanths off Sodwana Bay is a stunning reminder of how exciting science is and of how little we know about our own backyard when it comes to the marine environment along our coast. The episode is another fine example of the interdependence of science and the interested public - and that the public will only be interested if they are properly informed in the first place," says Dr Paul Skelton, Director of the JLBSI. According to Skelton, the discovery has a special significance for the JLBSI in the light of their expertise, the linkages and their obligation to enhancing marine conservation through a well-planned research effort on the coelacanths at Sodwana. "We are excited and looking forward to further discoveries about the African coelacanths," he says.
In the road between Maputo and Inhambane (near to Xai-Xai) we found a funny hut on the road. There were an inscription on it wall, painted in red : 'BON JOVI'.
In the middle of nothing we found that!!!
If you want to eat some good crawfishes, find a fisherman who can sell you his catch for a good price (generally very cheap) and cook at home (with a little help of a local person)this delicious shellfish.
try it if you can make it.
It´s cheapier than a restaurant.
Inhaca Island is just 10 minutes flight from Maputo. Nice place to stay and enjoy a little village near PESTANA resort.
Beaches are wild.
Take a boat and go the Island of Portuguese (Ilha dos Portugueses). Here you'll find beautiful Santo Amaro Beach.
One of the largest man-made lakes in Africa where ECO TRAVEL in a solid man made boat without industrial aid is possible.
CAHORA BASSA ( is apparently derived from the Chewa term 'Kebrabassa' ), which means 'the end of work'.
If you enlarge map below, the Man made dam wall is @ SONGA
http://www.radiobridge.org/moz/corba.jpg gives one an inetresting EOSAT jpeg image where the red area outlining the lake is dense vegetation growing along the shore.
The west end of the lake is deeper and carries less sediment than the eastern end, therefore the west end is darker blue.
Most of Mozambique is well off the beaten paths, but there's a province everybody will talk about as the remotest, far away, abandoned, isolated: the place where nobody would like to go, not even Mozambicans public servants. That is Niassa, and Lichinga is its administrative capital; the place where I have been based for three years, while the 'bandos armados' were swaying the countryside.
The small mountain in the picture dominates the Matama plain, 15 km away from the city, where most of our fields were and the seed production unit had been built (and immediately abandoned due to its supposed unsafe location) by a former international co-operaton programme.
More on Niassa, Lichinga and Matama, will be put in the travelogue.
Jay's Camp 50km north of Maputo on the road to Xai-Xai. At the delapidated town of Maracuena you take a ferry accross the Inkomati River and follow the signs to Jay's Camp. Jay's has excellent chalets if you want to spend the night, but you can take a day drive there as well (not in a sedan). They offer excellent meals served under thatched 'baracas'.
I still want to travel way up north in Mozambique, especially now with the recent implementation of a ferry service accross the Rovuma River into Tanzania, but up to now I have only travelled in the southern region. One of my best trips was down to Ponta do Ouro, visiting Ponta Mamoli and Ponta Malongane on the way. Camping sites and chalets are good. The sea is beautiful and offers good fishing and diving.