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Vilanculos, Chimoio, Tete, Mozambique

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

The next major beach place was Vilanculos which was about 5 hours north. Another beach place, but the jumping off port for the Bazaruto islands. Vilanculos was similar to Tofo, but the big draw here was the islands. Unfortuneately, the island has been over run by 5-star resorts and the only backpackers (affordable) place was shut down not too long ago. Now, outside of dropping a couple of hundred a night for a dumpy place, the only way to explore the islands was by day trips. They have some decent reef sets to snorkel and dive by getting hauled out there by Dhows (wooden sail boats.) For me, I have seen enough islands and definitely don’t like that 5-star mentality, so they can stuff their island. Bonnie and Matt did a day tour which turned out to be good fun with good food.

After 4 days there we were off to Chimoio, a sort of crossing where you can either veer east and head back along the coast line heading towards Tanzania, West to Zimbabwe, or north to Malawi (my direction). Matt and Bonnie were on their way to Tanzania and then Kenya where Matt had family, so that is where we split up. It was really nice cruising in a nice truck with plenty of room and drop off service. First class.

After Chimoio I headed to Tete because it is renowned as the hottest place in Mozambique. Yea, it was hot (and humid as it was right next to the Great Zambezi river) but not even close to a Fresno summer. I had my sights set on a airconditioned hotel room that another couple Summer and Justin (Medical resident and health worker) who I was heading up with recommended. It was $20US, but I didn’t care. It had its own bathroom as well. I was on the top floor so I had a great view of the river and city, the air conditioned cranked, and I could walk around naked all day. Civilization……

Tofo Beach, Mozambique

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

After Maputo, it was off to the most popular beach area in Mozambique. I would say that 90% of the backpackers hit Tofu and nothing else. It is a bit far up and the roads are a little shitty but not as bad as everyone says. Also, it is almost ground zero for malaria.

To be honest, Mozambique is one big coast line and there are hundreds of beach resorts all up the coast line, but Tofo has become backpacker central so it has the best backpacker places and a lot of people to party with.

I stayed at Bamboozis which is a big resort spot set way down a sand road right behind a big dune and just on the opposite side of the ocean. At the top is the main bar/restaurant which over looks the ocean and on the other side the resort. Accommadation is all thatched suites, huts, or camping among the coconut trees. Very relaxed place.

Tofo is renowned for its diving because of its cleaning stations where Huge Ray’s, Whale sharks, and other large fish head to get themselves picked clean by the little cleaning fish. You get dropped at the feeding stations while huge Manta Ray’s glide above you. There are lots of whales to be seen and even one straggling great white passed by. Surfing is decent off the beach and they also have a great little fish market where the boats (little 10′ wooden boats) drop off their catch. The big difference there was the sail fish was a specialty and these guys were bringing in these big sails and were selling them off at the market. Barracuda was also a local specialty. I splurged one night on the all you can eat seafood buffet where every gringo in Tofo showed up.

I ended up staying for 8 days there. Met up with Bonnie and Matt, two Brits who were off doing a year in Africa before heading back and starting up their own hostel, possibly in Wales. They were driving in their own 4X4 so they invited me to go along as we were heading the same way. Me and Matt did some fishing as well and pulled some nice 4″ perch off the rocks while the surf pounded us. Extreme fishing.

Tofo Beach, Mozambique

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
After Maputo, it was off to the most popular beach area in Mozambique. I would say that 90% of the backpackers hit Tofu and nothing else. It is a bit far up and the roads are a little ... [Continue reading this entry]

Mozambique…. Beach time…..uggghh

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
Swaziland was kind of like going to the country after being in the big modern cities. I guess it fits somewhere between South Africa (first world country feeling) to Zimbabwe (third world country). It was slightly more modern ... [Continue reading this entry]

Traveling stats Durban, South Africa to Malawi Border via Mozambique and Swaziland.

Monday, October 30th, 2006
Durban to Richards Bay $95R Greyhound Richards Bay to Kwambonambi Free Pickup by hostel Cuckoo’s Nest Backpackers $50R camping Kwambonambi to Mtubatuba $15R Truck Mtubatuba to St. Lucia $10R Mini-bus Bib’s Backpackers $45R camping St. Lucia to Mtubatuba $10R Mini-bus Mtubatuba to Mkuze $50R Mini-bus SWAZILAND Mkuze to Golela, Swaziland $50R Mini-bus Golela to Mtata $11R Mini-bus Long ass day!!!! Mtata to Manzini $15R Mini-bus Manzini to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Update: Swaziland, Africa

Thursday, October 12th, 2006
This is coming from the little kingdom of Swaziland, Africa. It is located at the north east corner of South Africa and the far south of Mozambique. A very tiny country so I will just spend a few ... [Continue reading this entry]

Update: From Manzini, Swaziland

Thursday, October 12th, 2006
This is coming from Swaziland, Africa. It is a little kingdom engulfed in the north-east of South Africa and the south of Mozambique. I am going to spend a few days tromping around before heading into Mozambique. The new ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Cape Town to Durban

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
Okay, let's see how this works. Cape Town Cape Town Cape Town Knysna Knysna Port ... [Continue reading this entry]

Um, what happened with the blog?

Monday, October 2nd, 2006
Apparently something happened with the blog. Bootsnall who hosts it had a server problem so stuff got screwed up. They also seem to have changed the program so I have to re-learn the uploading stuff, specifically for pictures. ... [Continue reading this entry]

I’m Still Alive… and still lazy.

Monday, October 2nd, 2006
Over five weeks and not a posting. Not much to report anyways. I am holed up in Durban after finally getting some things accomplished. Before I get into that though, I will give you a quick run ... [Continue reading this entry]