The time has flown since out last update. We have had a wonderful break in Mozambique, the boat I have sailed on in the Vasco race has just completed the Cape to Rio race and we are well away to tackle 2017.
Below are us sitting in one of our favourite restaurants in Johannesburg (Wombles) planning our trip to Moz. Hugh had been at a sleepover that night and we just decided on a whim to have a sit down.
Since my last update in August we prepared for a good break into Mozambique, but to visit this country by car, good preparation is required. Among other is a brush-up on our sailing. Hugh took a liking in trimaran and got sailing in no time.
I in turn got hold of an experienced sailor who gave me some good tips.
Relaxing on the Hobie while waiting for Hugh to return with his trimaran.
The night before we left, Hugh had an allnighter at his Gymnastics school. That was his biggest party event ever!
In preparation we also joined a social network group called DriveMoz and made use of all the advice given.
Malaria prep, vehicle prep, boat prep, birth certificates, passports, accommodation and much more. In total it was an 18-hour drive to Vilanculos however border crossing can weigh you down much more. The queues leading up to the border is soul destroying.
A visit to this country is an adventure, you have to be prepared for poor road conditions, certain places only accessible by 4×4, officials who can make life very difficult, lack of assistance should you have a vehicle breakdown and heavy rains.
We did not take much food with as most people do, we decided to support the locals by buying from them so just to have something for the trip on the first day we set off. We did take 20 liters of water with just in case.
Mozambique is a poor country but one thing that is in good stead is cell phone reception. We bought a data bundle and talk time at the border and used an app called Zello to stay in contact with fellow DriveMoz companions. We went for 21 days, the country is not cheap and we ended up with a cost of R2400 (ZAR) a day.
After we crossed the border at about 10:00 in the morning having queued from about 06:00 we reached our pit stop for the night, Tofo. A wonderful backpackers with little family units which made us want to stay longer. We had heavy rains on the way and Charlie retired leaving Hugh and I to try out the restaurant and pub.
The next morning was still suffering from the overcast weather but a relief from the intense heat and humidity. I would highly recommend Tofo and Fatima’s Backbackers for a 5 day stop over.
The setting above is the designated party area with a stage behind me. Live music and a roaring time is to be had the next few weeks.
The sandy stretch to the water is a curse on a hot day especially with a son pretending his feet aren’t burning.
In Vilanculos we settled for a bit more luxury and we had this four bedroom condo to ourselves.
Islandview Vilankulo was a great stay, buying seafood from the locals made sure we had great food on the table. In the evenings we were in long sleeves to protect us from the mosquitoes. We regularly to our tablets and made sure we were covered with protective creams by sundown.
Charlie got stung in the ocean and we stopped at the local hospital. This is certainly comparable to best facilities we have come across. Wonderful staff, clean and what we loved most was the air conditioner inside.
We will update you on our stay in Vilanculos and the lovely people we met. Till next time.