This lodge is located in the small coastal town of Vilanculous and boasts African, Portuguese and Arab influences throughout the entire town.
… continuation from our ‘Zimbabwe Explored’ blog … click here to read part 1.
We woke up early and headed to the Zimbabwe border where we crossed into Mozambique, along with many of the locals. Mozambique is a well-known destination for beaches, diving and cheap seafood, but it is also a very poor country recovering from decades of civil war after achieving independence from the Portuguese.
I got up early (like 4:30am) to get a lift from the shuttle bus…however I hadn’t been given a receipt to show I’d paid my hostel bill, so the security guard wouldn’t let me out!…after waking the girl who couldn’t remember that it was HER I’d paid (!) we eventually sorted it out. Of course now I had to get a Chapas to Inhambane, so an hour and 30mins MORE than was agreed later 🙁 I arrived at Inhambane where I decided (as I was still quite early for the next bus) to get a Dhow across the estuary to Maxxis (the northern route bus station) I passed captain John (EH!) my bag then waded after him into the dhow – obviously getting my shorts wet in the process…….only THEN did aforesaid captain go back to shore to get more people and CARRY them over so they DIDNT get wet!!!!! Then we ran out of wind half way across and they had to row/punt the boat across! 1.5 hrs later we arrived JUST after the bus had left!
Following on…. Day 7 saw us heading for Maputo, Mozambique. This was to be a long and tedious day. This also happened to be Christmas Eve…After crossing the border we drove on a sand tack for about 3 hours. Any person that does not know how to drive with a 4×4 on the sand would … Read moreIndian Ocean Big Five Educational – Candice’s story part 3 of 3 – the end!
Indian Ocean Big Five Educational – Candice’s story part 2 of 3! – Jenman Africa Upon arriving in St Lucia we went straight to our hotel where everyone had a swim in the pool and enjoyed a light lunch of toasted sandwiches. The weather was gorgeous and we had the day to ourselves to do numerous things. Some of the clients opted for an afternoon boat cruise on the lake of St Lucia and others chose to wander around the town and do a bit of shopping.
“Encompassing game viewing and sun, sea and sand – this tour takes us through the historic KwaZulu Natal Battlefields, the amazing beaches of Mozambique , Big Five game viewing at Umfolozi / Hluhluwe Game Reserve and the Kruger National park – the flagship of the South African National Parks….”
With an introduction such as this, who would not be ecstatic to be told that they could join this tour as an educational?!