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Namibia: Two Deserts, No Dessert

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Jan. 3-8, 2014

The border crossing between Botswana and Namibia was astoundingly painless. When we entered Namibia, we pushed our passports across the counter to the official, who took Darren’s and began filling out the requisite paperwork. The woman at the exit counter opposite, where there was no line, got up and took my passport in order to speed up…

For Hire, Land Cruiser Prado 3.0TD For Sale, 1996 model

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If anybody is interested in these reliable 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers, they are up for HIRE for a trip through Africa starting from Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa.
I’ve done numerous trips now around the African continent and have gained significant travelling experience with 4X4 Overlanding and can vouch for both these vehicles.
RE: Land Cruiser Prado 3.0TD For HIRE, 1996…

Southern Malawi

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Another Border: Mozambique to Malawi
Three days of relaxation in Cahora Bassa left us ill-prepared for the drive to Blantyre. Much of the route from Cahora Bassa to the Malawi border is one of Mozambique’s major arterial roads. This is not something that could be deduced from its condition, which deteriorated rapidly once we had passed Tete. First there was…

Never Sell Fish to the Congolese Mafia: Four Days in Mozambique

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*I had to save these photos as low-resolution files in order to upload them. Unsurprisingly, the quality has suffered. I’ll replace them with better versions when we have a decent internet connection again (possibly when we get to South Africa in February).
Oct. 25-29, 2013
Out of Zimbabwe
Our month in Zimbabwe ended a few hours north of Harare at…

Afrikaans paradijs

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Het best bewaarde geheim van Afrika is ontdekt. Mozambique, wat een paradijs! We leven al een tijdje middenin een ansichtkaart. Eerst Chidenguele, toen Barra en Tofo en tot slot Vilanculos. Picture this: na een heerlijke stranddag met een onwaarschijnlijk blauwe zee van 23 graden lopen we via de markt terug naar onze strandcamping. Het is even onderhandelen, maar dan hebben…

Weinig hectiek in Mozambique

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En de zigeunerfamilie trekt verder, vieze luiers en wat motorolie achterlatend;Felice is helaas nog niet zindelijk (en oei, hoe dieper we Afrika in trekken, des te schaarser worden de luiers) en we zijn weer wat centen armer maar een garage-ervaring rijker vanwege een olie-lek in het differentieel.(hint: wie helpt ons de Afrikaanse winter door…)
Inmiddels zijn we neergestreken in een…

Macenta Maputo, Mozambique to Hazyview South Africa

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12-16th June
We really enjoyed the coastal regions Inhambane, Barra and Tofo and would definitely come back to this region again. The coastline was amazing with beaches to die for.
We left Inhambane and spent a night in Xai Xai which was nothing really to go mad about before arriving at Willie’s (whom we had met by chance in Tete)…

Blantyre Malawi to Tete Mozambique

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8-9th June
We left Blantyre Malawi and drove 100km or so towards the Mozambique border Zobue. On route I said to Nic I am not sure if we would have a problem leaving Malawi as I had noted they had scribbled a 7 day visa above the entry stamp. Usually countries grant you 30 day visa even if you are…

Baobab Tree Campsite, Vilanculos and the Lighthouse campsite in Barra, Mozambique

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Lily on baobab tree resort beach

View from baobab tree resort

View of baobab tree resort

Dad and Lily Sleeping

We left Chimoio and the Pink Papaya and headed south east for the long drive to Vilanculos. We left around 10am but that was because we spotted another supermarket and bought some more goodies. We arrived in Vilanculos around 4.30pm.…

Pink Papaya, Chimoio, Mozambique

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We found this place in the dead of night, actually complete luck as we drove down the main road into Chimoio through a black gate we took a left turn to do a u-turn and as the lights swung around, we could see the “Pink Papaya” sign painted on the white wall. It was actually a god send, as we…

Once Mozambiquan, forever smitten

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Mozambique
 

(Photo: RWH)

In Mozambique, ghosts of Portuguese and Swahili settlers wander amongst faded colonial grandeur, unnoticed. The inhabitants of the remote north have quickly returned to the lives that they lived for hundreds of years before the colonists arrived. The only memories of the old times are the Portuguese language, the food and pastel mansions crumbling among the…

A taste of the real Africa (Part 2)

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So here we were on the other side of the Shire river not knowing where to camp and by now it was ten past 5 in the afternoon with the most beautiful sunset, but dusk was on us. We drove for about 2km and by then we both new we had to do our first “bush camp” or rather Village…

A taste of the real Africa (Part 1)

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We always plan our route very precisely when we are moving on towards our next destination.  We planned to drive from Inhassoro to Gorongoza National Park and made sure beforehand where to stay. We made sure about 2 campsites. The one inside the Park and the other one owned by Piet & Sakkie van Zyl about 9km off the EN1…

A little paradise called Inhassoro

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The Bazaruto Archipelago much of which is a national marine park is a diver’s paradise where you can still dive with the Doogong.  With its turquoise and jade waters, pristine coral reef and white sand dunes the description in Lonely Planet Africa really describes this area very well. Inhassoro is overlooking Paradise Island and is a small coastal village that…

Inhambane – Areia Branca, Ponta de Barra

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We had to decide between staying at Tofu or Ponta de Barra. Tofu is more open sea and Ponto de Barra is situated on the peninsula. When we arrived at Areia Branca Lodge where we camped, we did not realize that we were actually driving in the sea…….until the tide came in.

High tide and low tide taken from the…

Bilene & Xai-Xai

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It took us 5 hours to drive the 196km to Bilene. Luckily we started early. T4A showed Palmeiras as a campsite and we decided to try it. On our way I found out that my Kindle can help tremendously with finding places to stay and general info by using Google. The Kindle has GPS reception where nothing else has. I…

Heading east towards the coast

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The length of this dam wall that is also the crossing towards the main road to the coast, is  5km and they are busy lengthening it!

Crossing the Massingir Dam wall

The Olifants river that feeds the dam and the Hydro electric scheme

This says it all…..but NOT enough

Difficult driving through swamp land on terrible potholed road. Huge never…

Goodbye South Africa Hola Mozambique

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We left Letaba camp a bit sad because we had to say goodbye to new friends. On the other hand we were fairly excited about finally crossing  the border into Mozambique. Initially, after phoning the children for the last time, we were both quiet and after a while I asked Arno how he felt because I had mixed feelings of…

TO THE SOUTH OF MOZAMBIQUE

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THE DOOR
In Nampulo I swing the door open to get at the supermarket. Quickly And that strikes a blow against a truck. No, I have not seen him, though-he’s as big as, well a big truck.The door has been a big V and Ronald a tantrum and I pain in my stomach. It’s Saturday and the Toyota garage is not open. And the…

Mozambique – Malawi: Mozambique Pit Stop and the Lure of Lake Malawi!

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Mozambique was a short affair. In terms of scenery there wasn’t much in north Mozambique. It was dry and pretty poor. We passed village after village of mud houses and bags full of coal to sell lined up on the road.  As with most of the other countries, you had the occasional crowd surrounding the water pump with plastic Jerry…

New posts on website

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New post on Maralal in Kenya, Tompsons Falls in Kenya and Nile River Explorer in Uganda on the website please go and look at these posts.  Next post will be our experience trekking the Gorillas in the Bwinsdi National Park in Uganda.…

On route from Pemba to Tanzania Border

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We left Pemba and stopped by at a little computer shop which we had noticed a few days earlier to see if they had a laptop charger for me, however the shop was still closed and we needed to wait until after 9am in order for the shop keeper to arrive.  They showed me a charger which was not the…

Pemba Bush and Beach Resort

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We left Ilha da Mozambique and headed towards Pemba.  We were really looking forward to Pemba and it is one of the destinations that was on Larry’s bucket lists. We had read and heard so many wonderful things about Pemba with it aqua waters and white sandy beaches typically thinking that it was some type of Tropical Island.  Our dreams…

Mbuzi na chipsi mayay

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Van Mozambique naar Tanzanië rijden blijkt geen eenvoudige onderneming te zijn. Twee keuzes: ofwel rijden we langs de kust via de directe route, wat aantrekkelijk kort is en mooi, ofwel rijden we 600km om via de Unity Bridge, een misbaksel van beton,  dat halverwege de grens is neergepoot op een plaats waar geen kat ooit komt. Nog een nadeel van…

Casuarinas – Ilha de Mozambique

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Casuarina campsite is run by a fantastic Italian named Davide and his wife Spohia. He has been running the place for the past year and is loving every minute of been in this wonderful setting.  He came from Milan where he was a chef and decided that a more simple way of living suited him better.  Davide was very excited…

Nampula

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We travelled from Zalala just outside Quelimane to Nampula and passed one of the cleanest towns I have ever seen in Africa called Mocuba. The scenery had changed dramatically and we were enjoying the miombo forest and mountains of the area.  We knew that there were quite a few campsites in Nampula so set the Garmin for them all as…

Robinson Crusoë

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De Quirimbas eilanden vormen een archipel aan de noordkust van Mozambique. De eilanden worden nog niet vaak bezocht door toeristen, met uitzondering van een handvol honeymooners die rechtstreeks naar hun lodge vliegen op een van de vele bounty eilandjes. De ferry naar het hoofdeiland Ibo is dan ook niet veel soeps, een klein motorbootje letterlijk volgeladen met mensen, dieren, scooters,…We…

Zalala Beach Lodge (500 Mets per night)

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Zalala Beach Lodge (500 Mets per night)
We followed the road from Quelimane down to Praia de Zalala on an extremely badly potted tar road. It was rather disappointing as they don’t cater for campers, however they did say we could camp there and showed us a barrack near the workshop.  The one advantage of being near the workshop is…

From Beira to Quelimane.

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We stopped off at the market to pick up some ciggies and buy a mosquito net which we want to use when we are lying on our hammocks. Then we stopped off at a MCel office to see if they could get my Mozam sim card working with our blackberry but to no avail, so I am realiant on using…

Punda Maria to Beira

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We have eventually left Gauteng behind us as we have visited with the children and family for 2 months.  I must admit that it was lovely seeing everyone however I realise that I have lost nothing in Gauteng anymore. We headed out after doing our last minute shopping, the road north was calling strongly and we were happy to oblige. …