During the whole day tourists use the Batelão, the large barge, to cross the Incomáti river from Marracuene to Macaneta beach.
Then, on late afternoon and since the Batelão is on service until 7pm, there's usually a big line of cars waiting in line to get back to Marracuene.
The Batelão carries 6 cars maximum and it takes about 30 minutes for each round trip. So, by the end of the afternoon, delays are expected for the return to Marracuene.
I personally experienced an over 1 hour waiting-line (from 5:30pm to +6:30pm) to get my car on the Batelão.
Portuguese Football (soccer in the USA) Teams are very popular in Mozambique. This is particular true for Benfica of Lisbon, Portugal.
In Marracuene I found this lovely wood crafted Benfica Eagle for sale (see picture). It was priced 550 meticais (about 16 euros) and the only reason I didn't buy it, it was because there was no more room on my luggage which was already over-packed with several other local wood artifacts.
Despite the fact that Sporting Clube de Portugal, Benfica's long time rival, is my preferred Portuguese football team, I know that this Benfica's Eagle would have made an huge success in my home country, if it had been brought to Portugal. :)
Benfica's Eagle seems to be a popular sell in Marracuene anyway for the salesman had 4 more of those kept in stock.
If you wonder about the S.L.B., please note that it stands for Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
For future reference, the Benfica's Eagle was on sale on the Macaneta river bank right after one gets off the Batelão.
Diary Report - January 21, 2007:
After crossing the Incomáti river I follow my way to Macaneta beach. On the road I met Ernesto, 14, who was selling a bunch of Tacamel fruit (see picture) for 10 meticais (approx. 30 euro cents).
Stopped the car, raised my camera, took a picture, bought the fruit and kept going to Macaneta.
In downtown Marracuene there's a public toilet that visitors will easily notice. It's obvious.
The Mural Painting outside says it all. Once one looks at it, one will immediately realize there's a toilet over there (see picture). It's 100% obvious !!! - Again, the painting says it all.
> H, on the left, stands for Homens, means Men.
> S, on the right, stands for Senhoras, means Ladies.
Any tourist visiting Marracuene are likely to be given a small toy made out of vegetables.
Picture here we have Augusto, 13, that was offering me this helicopter made out of (it seemed to me) pieces of papaya tree leaves (see picture).
Besides an helicopter I was given a made Whale and a also a Car by other Children.
Those kids approach Marracuene visitors and just make those offers without asking for anything else in return !!! - Their goal is definitely to get their interlocutor's sympathy and luckily they will get a tip. I thanked Augusto (the Helicopter guy) and gave him a 20 meticais tip (about 60 euro cents).
On January 21, 2007, Xadreco, 14, was selling for 300 meticais (about 9 euros) this colorful Painting (see picture) that was painted by Jaguar, his father.
Ultimately a foreigner buyer got a discount and bought it for mere 200 meticais (about 6 euros).
I personally enjoy this particular painting. It depicts the Batelão de Marracuene and curiously on its bottom-left corner the Santa Claus is also represented.
While driving in the Macaneta area a driver might definitely need to slowdown the speed since cows might be using the very same road.
The Road to Macaneta beach gets sandy for a little while but not as bad as to make it impossible for any regular commercial car to drive on it.
Once the Macaneta beach, the access to the beach has to be done walking on a sand path done through the local vegetation.
Those fishing boats found on the beach are rustic and hand-made.
I regret that while at the Macaneta I didn't have the chance to see those boats and the local fishermen in action.
Cows can be seen wandering around freely on the agricultural fields nearby the road to Macaneta beach.
Located downtown Marracuene, nearby the main road, Bafana Bafana Barbershop stands for its blue color advertising OMO, a popular clothes washing powder.
Toys are not abundant at all. Children have to be creative and play with whatever materials they find around.