Christy and John's Travels travel blog


beach at campsite

local kids - karate pose

local woman

Vilankulo is famous for it's world heritage site islands offshore. It was clear that the town had once been booming with tourism. The strange thing was that most of the shops, hotels, restaurants and campgrounds were empty or shut. It was a bit of a ghost town as most South Africans (Mozambique's major tourists) don't get this far North. We heard that the decline might somehow be related to the ongoing Zimbabwe crisis (whose citizens used to frequent the town).

Fortunately after asking around we eventually found a nice campground about 10 KMs outside of town. Very nice beach, but continued bad weather made boat trips, snorkeling, etc. less appealing. Still, we passed a pleasant few days here and met some fellow travelers, Mari and Wynand, who were heading to Malawi along the same route we planned to follow to Zambia.

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